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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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9,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,808
Reviews: 2,835
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 196
Gots: 1,612 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: reasonable brown bottle with an original and decent label.

Appearance: mid-amber in colour with a light haze. Disappointingly minimal head that doesn't last long.

Aroma: a typically APA nose of citrus, pine and a dash of caramel. A touch of herbs behind as well. An enticing prospect.

Taste: a little disappointing, actually. Not as full as the aroma, and a bit weak in feel. The good flavours do still come through, however, which helps keep this beer afloat.

Aftertaste: oddly, stronger on the finish, with a good dash of bitterness. Even better near the bottom of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: a bit weak in body. The flavour could have been carried better by a heavier feel. Light-to-medium carbonation is pretty bang-on.

Overall: a good quality American Pale Ale that is only let down by its lack of body. Good for a 6-pack, but I don't think it will be joining my list of regular beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic American pale ale and one of my standards. Still better than many of the new to market American pale ales. Solid in appearance, nose and taste. One of the best "gateway" beers for those trying to get off of bland and boring adjunct beers...

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know this one has been reviewed countless times... my contribution regardless:

Perfect amber orange in the glass with a full 3 or 4 finger head that persists and tempts. Foamy on top even through the last swallow. Smell contains citrus, hops, yeast... the smell is slightly muted considering the rest of the beer living so loud.

Taste starts with a light to almost sweet hop note that immediately turns bitter but is complex in the finish as it throws spicy citrus, pine without much yeast flavor that is otherwise in the aroma. It lingers on the tongue for a long time, with the pine and hops tingling well after the beer is washed down.

This is one of my favorite brews, a trusted outstanding ale that I can find nearly anywhere in the country and never leaves me wishing I had chosen something else. Paired today with a sharp cheddar and more muted farmers cheese, you just can't go wrong with the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unfiltered. As the bottle says, all natural. It's a nice amber color with a bunch of floaters in the glass. There's a nice head that stays at about a centimeter through the glass, and there's also some pretty nice lacing as well.

Smell: Muted. Faint smell of hops and spiciness. Pleasant, and not very strong.

Taste: One of the best pale ales I've had. It's definitely a pale, but at times it seems TOO flavorful. Obviously, that isn't a problem, but this is a damn good beer. Spicy, hoppy, piney, but not too much so. If the ABV were a bit lower, I'd love this as a sessioner.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, some good carbonation... feels like I had this straight out of the tap. Pretty good.

Overall, this is undoubtedly worth every bit of praise it gets. If I had the choice between this and their Torpedo though, I'd probably go with the Torpedo. This is probably the best pale ale I have ever had. Be warned though, if you're used to your pale ales being "meh" and uninteresting, you'll be surprised when you take a sip of this.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,808 ratings.