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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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very good

9,075 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,075
Reviews: 2,719
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 151
Gots: 1,064 | FT: 2
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 ericjubeck
4/5  rDev -1%

ericjubeck, Mar 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Cris4545, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent hop aroma. On the citrusy side, with some pine. Clear, with a golden color and a decent golden-white head.

Hop bite at entry, rounds to maltiness in the mid-palate, and ends sweet on the swallow. Hoppy bitter aftertaste. More of a hoppy snap to it than I remembered -- I'm kind of surprised! Bite is complemented by nice aggressive carbonation. Excellent beer, eminently drinkable.

Overall: A

grannaniwa, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of brinch
4/5  rDev -1%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Cheezus
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Cheezus, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of KyleBatten
4/5  rDev -1%

KyleBatten, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Pat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Pat, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev -1%

oldvines, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of warelphant
4/5  rDev -1%

warelphant, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev -1%

donunrue, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of fdig23
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. A re-review after a few years without having one.

Appearance: Nice dull gold with a white head.

Nose: Very floral pine notes with sweet candied lemons and caramel.

Taste: Very clean and straightforward flavors. Crisp juicy citrus first with perfectly balanced malts. The finish is floral and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice, but I'd like a bit more body.

Overall: It's a classic and something you can always rely on.

fdig23, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev -1%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Adam5150
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep honey color with very thick and lasting head. High carbonation is present at first but dissipates fairly quickly. Nice smooth taste with a light hint of apple. Ends with slightly bitter taste on tongue and back of throat. Very good and high drinkability.

Adam5150, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of indiapaleale
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from the can almost 10 years after my first review of this beer on BA...how the craft beer world has changed in that timeframe!

Pour - familiar amber golden appearance with very rich, thick white head on top that settles very nicely. Great looking pour coming out of the can, with the head leaving some lacing after the first sip. Looks like it came straight from the tap.

Aroma - floral and citrusy notes hit the nose right away. I've had so many bottles and pints of this pale ale that its like an old familiar friend. Love the slight hints of pine and light malty sweetness.

Taste - that first sip brings back lots of memories. Who hasn't had one of these during a great night out or at a great BBQ or party? Balanced malts and hops with a zippy, lemony zing and some bitterness that isn't too overpowering. A nice floral flavor with a solid malt backbone. An all around great beer for any occasion.

Overall - A time tested recipe that's hard to dismiss. Great all around flavor profile with the right amount of hops and malts to appeal to the masses. One of several gateway craft beers that has led many folks down the road to hopheadness. We love that it's in cans and we'll certainly be pulling a lot of these out of the cooler in the months ahead!

indiapaleale, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of greencovesteve
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

greencovesteve, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of dasenebler
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, canned on 2/15/2012.

Pours a crystal-clear light amber with a tight, half-finger head. Retention is very good, decent lacing.

The aroma is oddly yeasty, with an almost sulfur-lager character to it. Some hops, but not much.

The flavor is nice, very clean. Crusty, bready malts are balanced by a hefty bitterness for a Pale. Some hop flavor, but not nearly as much as I remember with this beer. Subtle grapefruit and Cascade character. The mouthfeel is very nice, with creamy yet spritzy medium carbonation. Can-conditioning worked out well.

This is about as fresh as I've ever had SNPA, and yet I remember the bottles I've had in the past having a more robust hop flavor. Will have to do a side by side comparison, bottle vs. can.

dasenebler, Mar 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

wiegs4life, Mar 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

voidrunner, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

nrombes, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Trumbullout, Mar 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

dino821235, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of paulginva
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a foamy off-white 1" head that dissipated quickly leaving good head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a hazy amber body.

AROMA: Moderately piney hops were quite prominent along with lighter resin and grapefruit. Also a light grainy malt aroma.

TASTE: Moderate pine and light grapefruit, lemon and orange hops, together with a bit of grainy malt and just a hint of yeast.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a medium body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and good body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was lightly bitter with a moderately bitter finish that lasted for a long time, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: Probably the best mass market APA that I've seen (don't get me wrong -- Zombie Dust is the best APA I've ever tasted, but it's not exactly mass market). Well balanced, but quite hop-forward. An excellent session beer that I'll drink and serve again and again. It has an excellent price point and it's easy to drink -- what's not to like?

paulginva, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

NumberNone, Mar 13, 2012
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 9,075 ratings.