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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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9,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,507
Reviews: 2,757
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 169
Gots: 1,271 | 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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Photo of mjtiernan
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into an oversized tulip

A: Fairly aggressive pour creates a nice fluffy white head. Color of the body is a hazy golden with slight copper hues. Average head retention and spotty lacing.

S: Generous citrus and floral character with hints of pine. Some tangy sweetness is a nice complement.

T: Taste has all the components of the aroma but the sweetness is muted and the hops really explode. The citrus provides a nice bite and then transitions to the floral flavor that I think is the real signature of this classic brew.

M: Body is light to medium. Texture is a little watery but the finish is dry. Carbonation is above average and those scrubbing bubbles do an excellent job of cleansing your palate with all sorts of foods.

O: My gateway craft beer. I’ve been drinking this on and off for about 15 years. A special beer with a classic flavor that is refreshing in the warm weather and satisfies completely.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Jsteez
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer from a bottle and on-tap.

A-Copper and dark orange hue with slight light brown. Medium-high carbonation, very refreshing. White-tan head and creamy lacy sides around the glass.

S-Fresh hops, caramel, a little malty, sweet and citrus. Notes of pine.

T-Sweet and citrus going in. Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter. Notes of hops, grapefruit, and caramel linger on the palate.

M-Carbonation is moderate. A little wet, which provides this brew with the refreshing quality it holds on a consistent basis. Lovely aftertaste.

O-This is a great beer to have on tap, from a bottle, in a glass, now in a can. I have not tried it from a can yet, but I will soon. This was one of the first brews that introduced me to the microbeer world years ago. It complements any type of food you want! Drink it! Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, fridge temp, poured into a tulip.

finally! SNPA in cans! the crack and pour yields a very nice bright golden color, fairly good clarity, lots of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. a big solid 2 fingers worth of head. very good retentive 1/4 inch layer is left the whole rest of the glass. decent lace.

sharp grapefruit citrus, grass, and a bit of grainy, very light caramel malt. maybe a bit more subdued than i usually remember, but im not sure how fresh this is.

grassy, grapefruit citrus, spicey hops, maybe a hint of pine in there. grains and a light caramel malt come in at the end to try and balance and then are washed away by a sharp, prickly bitterness.

clean and simple. love that mouthfeel. crisp, light feel, refreshing, prickly carbonation.

ive prolly drank more SNPA, than any other craft beer. this is and will continue to be my staple session beer, even more so now that it comes in cans.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,507 ratings.