Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -1%
On tap served in a pint glass
A - Clear ruby amber with a one finger white head with minimal lacing and minimal head retention
S - Nice bouquet of citrus and floral hops
T - Follows the smell with light malt sweetness and a good light bitter dry finish. What has been said about this beer already?
M - Light body, moderate carbonation
O - Solid IPA, I'd drink this anytime.
02-06-2012 17:02:10 | More by williamjbauer
4.63/5 rDev +14.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint.
5.6% ABV, 09099 - (April 8th).
A - Very slightly hazed with fine particles, constant carbonation flows up from the etched hop nucleation point to the huge three-finger egg-shell colored, densely packed head. The beer itself is a deep goldenrod color. Overall appearance is near unbeatable as the well-formed head diminishes slowly leaving lacing all over the glass.
S - Crisp floral hop aroma that has a touch of spiciness - a bit of pepper perhaps - with a solid sweet honey and pale malt base. Crisp and light but sweet and robust. Very well balanced.
T - The hops impart a citrusy, pine flavor that lingers for quite a while. While the hops are the obvious showcase for this beer, the malt base does a good job of supporting the hop flavor and bitterness. The background has a lightly sweet touch of honey aspect to it.
M - Crisp and citrusy right away, the malt base comes in to round it out to a medium body but the hops finish out dry and moderately bitter. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is very refreshing.
O - This is an incredibly crafted Pale Ale with great drinkability - it's one of the superior examples of the style available and a classic. Bottom line, it should be tried by all.
02-03-2012 22:35:44 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a pale gold, clear, with one finger sticky head. The rocky foam clings to the glass and laces well for a pale. The tart yeast aroma is clearly evident upon opening the bottle, but disappears soon after. I get sweet, sticky pale malt, toasted biscuit made with honey. Piney fresh hops sit atop, wafting easily to your nose. The initial sweet malt flavor is fleeting as bitter hops and yeast flavors take over quickly. The yeast starts tart and serves as a smooth transition to the bitter piney, earthy hop flavors. This is about as full bodied as a Pale Ale can get, with middling mouthfeel and a medium finish.
I'll make no claim that I am currently an acolyte of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. I'll tell you a secret, though: I hated it when I first had it in college. I was into nutty, watery beers (read: Newcastle), and this tasted like soap to me. I didn't always get along with hoppy flavors, it seems. Now I can't imagine a better stand by, go to beer in a jam. Thank you, Sierra Nevada, for making such a palatable, robust ale that is available nearly anywhere that a boring tasteless InBev product is served. Cheers!
02-03-2012 05:46:12 | More by Philousa
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
A: pours a clear golden orange into a DFH Off-Centered glass with a finger and a half of dirty khaki head that hangs around for a bit and is continuously replenishing itself.
S: wonderful dark citrus greats the nose with a burst of grapefruit, sweet oranges and lemon. There is a distinguishable malt aroma of biscuits, caramel and honey.
T: much the same as the nose the citrus is the most formidable taste on the palate but is not overbearing on the sweet malt notes that make up the backbone to the beer.
MF: a medium to light body with a great effervescence, crispness and very refreshing.
O: the quintessential pale ale, the one I bring to all the parties and enjoy quietly at home. The almost light body keeps it very drinkable and the malt qualities keep the palate fresh to taste the next one.
02-03-2012 01:03:16 | More by nickthetick
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
1st ever review.
Poured from a undated 24 oz bottle into pint glass.
Color is bright honey with a slight bit of haze. Nice white cap the dissipates but remains present & good lacing down the glass.
Smells like beer - Nothing overpowering. The taste is clean and balanced with Med to higher carbonation and good mouth-feel with a bit of a bitter hop lingering. This beer is easy to find and a solid option for any occasion. I will continue buy and enjoy this offering as you can't go wrong with this one!
02-03-2012 00:53:08 | More by DanL133
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,443 ratings.