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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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8,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,705
Reviews: 2,691
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 129
Gots: 900 | 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:
Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

DexterP236, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

sansho, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

SHCC, Feb 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BeerMeBrah, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Nfrey, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of craftbeer31
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

craftbeer31, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Merkur
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice amber color with a bit of off white foamy head.

Beer smells very hoppy. Slightly grassy and very citrusy in nose.

Beer tastes very crisp and refreshing. The initial taste is sweet citrus hops, followed by quite a bit of bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

Beer is slightly carbonated but very balanced and drinkable.

Very solid Pale Ale.

Merkur, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Pugsly
4/5  rDev -1%

Pugsly, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of BillH200174
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus, floral hops and fresh malt. Flavor has notes of sweet pale malt, grapefruit/floral and fruity hops with great malt balance. A slight touch of pine. Pleasant aftertaste of fresh, sweet wort. Mouthfeel is very full and round.

BillH200174, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of thefizzo
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

thefizzo, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Epicbeertime, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

bigalsd, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of jedtheavenger
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about Sierra Pale Ale that hasn't already been said? I'm not going to bother with a formal review of the nuances in sensory characteristics. Pretty much everyone who bothers drinking craft beer is fairly familiar with it.

Allow me to touch on its redeeming qualities (beyond the standard appearance/taste/smell/mouthfeel):
1. It's just about as ubiquitous as craft beer can get. If you are in unfamiliar territory and can't find anything new that catches your eye, a sixer of Sierra Pale is probably waiting for you in the store.

2. Hot damn, it's cheap....as in "I'm basically the same price as Miller Lite" cheap. The only decent beer at my store that is cheaper is Top Sail Session, so it really comes down to whether I want an ale or a lager.

3. Sometimes, you just want a beer that doesn't require a high-maintenance analysis of its flavor profile, but doesn't taste like a shitty macro. Sierra Pale is your answer. Tasty enough to be appreciated; humble enough to have three or four in a row.

jedtheavenger, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

tweenDhedges, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

jag21, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of djohnse
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Pale Ale before this but time to sit down and really think about it.

Appearance - Light amber color with a very light haze of what appears to be carbonation bubbles. Light head formed, dissipating fairly quickly.

Smell - Hints of citrus fruit aroma with malt thrown in.

Taste - Really upfront fruit at the start followed by a mellower bitter taste and finally finishing with the fruit and malt.

Mouthfeel - very light, only coats the mouth for a second then goes away.

Having it again reminded me to keep having more, I have a hard time really finding anything wrong with it.

djohnse, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Rocketman8911, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

stafford2, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

mechanicalprints, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Nage37, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

boudreaux, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

ninjaberg, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Satan70, Feb 20, 2012
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,705 ratings.