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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

7,925 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 7,925
Reviews: 2,658
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 100
Gots: 520 | 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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pdeepak

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer that started it all for me. Served into a pint glass at my favorite craft beer bar.

I had a case of this in my fridge at all times for months after I tried it for the first time. Opened my eyes to the joys of drinking pale ales and IPAs. Still me go to at sports bars that are riddled with BMCs

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 16:32:30 | More by pdeepak
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BucannonXC5

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Had about a ½-inch of head. Slight film that lasted throughout the majority of the beer. Color was honey, copper and caramel, also like urine from a very dehydrated person.

Smelled of strong flavors. Citrus was the first smell that came to mind, maybe lemon? Smelled a bit hoppy.

Tasted slightly better than the smell. Initial taste was malty and citrusy, but not too much of either. Immediately followed with an aftertaste of alcohol. Each flavor complimented each other.

Mild carbonation. Very, very good mouthfeel that kept me coming back for more. Really tastes great throughout. Slight hint of caramel after I finished.

One of my favorite beers. Great balance throughout and hardly any weaknesses.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:52:12 | More by BucannonXC5
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful gold/amber with about a half inch of head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation and decent lacing.

N: Caramel, orange zest and pine.

T: Orange and lemon citrus upfront backed by excellent caramel malts. The citrus is then swapped out for pine and a crisp grassiness. Finishes with lingering pine, citrus and caramel.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

O: This is THEE American Pale Ale with good reason. Easy drinking, juicy and refreshing. Hop forward yet incredibly balanced. This has always been a great go-to-beer. This is the best example of what an APA SHOULD taste like.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:13:42 | More by justintcoons
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samie85

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy copper color with two fingers of dense foam that leaves behind thick lacing.

S-Smells of bready malts with some light citrus notes.

T-Tastes of bitter lime and some bready malts.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation for the style and a very slick feel.

D-Very easy drinking, and a great summer beer for when you don't necessarily want a beer that's gonna blow your socks off. I wish they had a more discernible dating system so I could know if this is two or eight months old.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:53:39 | More by samie85
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gabedivision

New York

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz to a SA Perfect Pint.

Deep golden bronze, with a 2 finger head and a solid retention. Strong floral hops fill the nose a nice smooth malt back bone, tons of lemon citrus, piny, very sticky and resin smelling. The taste is just about the same, extreme floral flavors, so appetizing. Big hops, big citrus, big bitter zest. Light on the feel, crisp, refreshing perfect for anytime of the year. Overall i love this beer, its the perfect APA.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 20:21:29 | More by gabedivision
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SiriusBock

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: good golden color with a decent head and good lacing.
S: smelled like pine, grapefruit, and barley
T: tasted sharp and acidic. It matched well with my garlicy pizza. It cut through the taste and left a pleasant pineyness on my palette
M: had good effervescence but knew when to quit aka had good level of carbonation. I can appreciate the bottle conditioned style. Impressive for a bigger microbrewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 17:45:32 | More by SiriusBock
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lynnwood Grill

Arrived a copper color with one finger of head and nice retention. Smell is pretty hoppy for a pale ale, very floral. Taste is also quite hoppy but does not overpower. Mild malts and floral, piney hops are extremely well balanced. Medium bodied with good carbonation; a little dry but very refreshing.

A great beer. One of my favorite pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 13:24:43 | More by tdm168
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tito42

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Bottled 29 APR 2011.

A: Copper in color with unfiltered, bottle conditioned particulate in suspension. Active carbonation and a fluffy, off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Earthy hops, grain, and a sweet orange citrus aroma.

T: Earthy hops with tart apple and a hint of sweetness, and a kick of alcohol at the finish. Malt presence throughout.

M: Smooth and creamy up front with a very dry finish.

O: The standard-bearer for the APA, and for good reason. Great looking and smelling, with above average characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:18:14 | More by tito42
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magictacosinus

California

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: A strongly toned amber color that's instantly recognizable as a Sierra Nevada brew. A small, thin layer of foam tops the beer.

Smell: Sweet and malty with brief hoppy aromas. It's definitely on the fruity side, with scents reminiscent of oranges and lemons.

Taste: As pale ales go, this ranges more on the maltier side than the hoppier. Never mind that, though, as this is a damn tasty beer! The tastes of citrus are full-bodied, and the malts are good enough to provide a thick, grainy experience.

Mouthfeel: Every time I take a sip of this beer, I feel very relaxed, as it is gentle on the palate. This is due to the hops not being strong at all, as well as it tasting more fruity as it warms up. The carbonation that maintains itself throughout further maintains the soothing experience of drinking this beer.

Overall: While I prefer the more hoppier varieties that Sierra Nevada has to offer, this beer is nevertheless a classic in craft brewing that deserves all the praise it's received. It may be gentle on the mouth, yet is flavorful on the taste buds. A great pick!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 07:54:26 | More by magictacosinus
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fields336

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 119th day of the year. April 29.
Served in a Bell's pint glass.

A: orange amber with 2 fingers of thick white head that isn't going anywhere. Slightly hazy from the bottle conditioning and there is a good amount of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Sticky white lacing is clinging to the sides. A masterpiece of a beer.

S: Piney, floral, grassy, citrusy hops fill the nose along with a bready caramel malt background. A ton to sift through here.

T: if you weren't aware of what you were drinking this could be classified as an IPA. tons of different hops flood the palate, backed by a great amount of malt. Exactly like it smells, delicious

M: creamy and light-medium bodied this is still an easy drinker. At 5.6% it is very close to a session ale. This is a world class beer.

O: somehow I always seem to overlook how good this beer actually is. The leader of the craft beer movement for a reason this should be in every craft lover's fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:12:05 | More by fields336
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Nugganooch

California

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awww SNPA...one of my personal gateway craft beers along with Boston Brewco, Mendocino , Rogue, Nectar Ales and a small group of others. I owe a great deal of gratitude to this brew for elevating not only my palate but my overall appreciation for beer. It was over a decade ago that I was in college and a dormie said I gotta try this danky stuff from Chico! Should have made this my very 1st review now that I think about it but here goes.

*Popped with my Sierra Nevada Opener and into my pint

A: SNPA pours a clear copper pale...leaning more towards that golden straw hue with a frothy 2 finger off-white head and some very classy lacing.

S: Smell is a bouqet abundent with citrus and florals and as I reminisce there was just nothing like it at the time it debuted.

T: Taste is just sooo good and wins me over every time with it's balance. That citrus and pine hop combo that I find in other brews made classic by this one right here. A light bready cereal malt base. Slight caramel sweetness. Just so refreshingly crisp and hoppy deliciousness.

M: Light sticky body and creamy texture make for an overall great mouthfeel.

D: Can't say enough about this brew. Super drinkability. It's hoppy but not offensively bitter. It's malty but not overly sweet. Just great balance and a for sure crowd pleaser. The beer for me when I go camping, fishing, vaca, etc. And one of the few brews that the wife and I can both enjoy togther. In fact I had a keg of SNPA at my wedding in 2004.

Truly a beer that is standing the test of time. It's only been downgraded here because of so many new amazing beers that have no doubt spawned from what is SNPA IMO. Never dissapoints. Would definitely never turn one down. Again just can't say enough!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 22:18:09 | More by Nugganooch
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of funny that I have not reviewed this one yet, I guess when you are always trying to seek out new beers you forget about the everyday beers out there. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger off white head. After it dissipates it leaves a bit of lacing and a thin froth on the top. Slight pine and dried hop leaf aromas with a bit of estery fruit in the malt. Nicely balanced malt and hops with a medium body good carbonation due to the bottle conditioning. A nice lingering hop bitterness that makes its presence known but is not overpowering. Funny how tastes can change, when I was younger and new to beer this beer seemed so bitter to me now after years of drinking what seems to be hoppier and hoppier beers this one barely registers. To me this beer is important in the same way that beers like Sam Adams Boston Lager are important. They were pioneers in the craft beer scene, they are good benchmarks for the style and maybe more importantly, they turn new beer drinkers on to craft beer. A great American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:40:26 | More by BeerAmbassador
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Thickfreakness

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden honey amber into my DFH head signature glass. Nice creamy head that fades and leaves a decent amount of sticky lacing. Nice carbonation.

S- Nice hoppy bite! Decent citrus and pine upfront, but a nice malty backbone that holds everything together. Grassy, clean and fresh flavor. A really nice change of pace from all the IIPA's I've been drinking lately.

T- Nice citrus punch without being overly so. Nice piney, grassiness that's nicely balanced by the malty sweetness. Really well balanced. This could be a fantastic APA to keep in the fridge at all times.

M- Nothing overly impressive here, but nothing to say anything bad about either. Citrusy, piney and sweet. Nice blend between bitter and sweet.

O- I haven't had one of these in years... but damn I missed it!!! A seriously fine APA!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 00:48:31 | More by Thickfreakness
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isaacpopp

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: yellowish orange pours with a 1 to 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly with little lacing.

S: a nice hoppy citrus aroma with some grassy notes as well

T: hop bitterness with some but definitely on the bitter side

M: light carbonation that is pleasant and leaves just a bit of a tingle on the taste buds in combination with the bittering hops. Thin mouthfeel otherwise.

O: Overall this is a really solid beer and one that you could drink as a session if not for the 5.6% ABV. A good bet if you are in the mood for a pale ale. Good quality to price ratio too!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 04:25:28 | More by isaacpopp
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ithacabaron

California

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original Review, 2003.

12 oz. stubbie, into a pint glass, alongside a 3 pound homemade turkey sandwich...mmmm.

This beer pours a burnished, golden amber in the glass. Aroma is fresh cascade hops all the way. The initial taste is almost like sucking on a cascade hop leaf, the flavors are so bright and simple and singular -- but there is a generous portion of malt that backs it up, balancing the beer perfectly.

The malt profile is what makes this such an excellent session beer. While it supports the hops, it never becomes overbearing, allowing the appriciator to sip many of these in one session. Additionally, the freshness of the hops makes this beer perfect for cleansing the palate in-between bites of food.

If I weren't a poor college student, I'd keep a sixer of this in my refridgerator all the time. Seems like it would be an excellent beer to convert macro drinkers with.

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Re-review, July 2011. Numbers adjusted appropriately.

Pours a fantastic copper with soft orange highlights. A nice foamy head soon settles down to a thin cap. Excellent lacing appears down the side of the glass.

Aroma is soft and mild, mellow malt, fresh grass, dill, and candied grapefruit peel.

Taste expands into a buttery, smooth, golden syrup. At the end of the swallow, a firm (but not harsh) dimple of bitterness appears, a whisper of freshly squeezed citrus, a hint of pine sap. There's an immediate invitation -- but not a necessity -- to take another sip. Wondrous.

Mouthfeel is appropriately pillowy, a cascade (ha!) of warm surf.

This beer has held-up through the test of time; if anything, the ever-expanding palate of choices -- it seems like a new craft brewery opens every week -- has only magnified how excellent this brew is. More importantly, Sierra Nevada hasn't dumbed their Pale Ale down over time. This is, and remains, THE platonic ideal of American Pale Ale.

Inevitable, inescapable, all but perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 22:37:02 | More by ithacabaron
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Eramen

Ireland

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into the glass a pale gold, I can observe significant carbonation and also there is about a half finger head.

S - Citrus, immensely floral, pine, sugar, some hops.

T - Brew malts, floral, sugar/syrupy, bitter hops.

MF - Quite light with foamy sensations on the palate.

O - Not an overly exceptional pale ale, but they are on to something at the Sierra Nevada brewery! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 20:30:27 | More by Eramen
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rwathree

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems silly to review this, but...

12oz bottle, poured into tulip glass

A: Pretty, translucent copper color, golden when held up to light. Yields a solid white head that lingers and leaves a bit of lace.

S: Citrus and pine, citrus and pine. As it should be.

T: See above, but there's also something sweet that hits for just a moment, like a touch of caramel. Whatever it is, it's gone fast, scrubbed away by grapefruit. Very bright. No hop aftertaste, which I really appreciate.

M: Nothing too remarkable about this. Medium-bodied, leaves some pleasant hop resin.

D: This almost goes without saying, but this is a perfect session beer. It's a definite go-to when I'm anywhere with an otherwise average selection.

So easy to take for granted, and at this point it shouldn't wow anybody, but there's a reason why this was the keg beer at my wedding celebration. For balance, taste, and accessibility, a classic.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:51:38 | More by rwathree
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heygeebee

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly 2500 reviews and someone really wants to read what some Aussie thinks about a sample which is as fresh as we can get, but that's not saying a lot in the grand scheme of things?

In short, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Not a WOW beer, but one you could drink all night. Not many pales you can say that about I suspect, most are too heavily hopped.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 23:28:36 | More by heygeebee
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nschueller

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful, clear, light amber beer with bubbles rising through the mug to the thin one finger hear. Head is moderate in duration with light lacing. Head will not keep volatile aromatic molecules in beer.

Aroma: Caramel Malt. Not overly hoppy.

Taste: Caramel Malt and piney cascade hops. As far as I can tell it tastes like the bill is simply 2 row, caramel 60ish, and cascades. Wonderfully simple, wonderfully ideal. Piney but not bitter (for the style)

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Clearly an American PA (in this respect and others). Light. Worth swishing over the tongue once or twice.

Overall: One of the better brews a gentleman can find in nearly every liquor store in the country. My favorite example of the american pale ale. Strangely won a few awards for english pale ale even though the hops are obviously american cascade and the beer is very bubbly. One of the few beers I am comfortable sitting down with and sticking it out with for the entire night (if not weekend) - a "desert island beer".

Notes: Yeast in bottle a top fermenter and is pretty active and can be cultured pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 19:39:06 | More by nschueller
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Lightbearer2012

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a historic day as I am posting my first ever review on BA and I chose this beer because although I try new beers all the time Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is always in my fridge. Why? Because this beer has replaced Budweiser as my go to. I remember trying this beer about 20 years ago and thought it was horrible. My how the palate changes.

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Beautiful orange color with a nice fluffy head.

The smell is light and fruity with a nice hop aroma. Nothing knocking my socks off fragrance wise but smells of quality.

The taste is great and I like the balance of malt and hops. Again this beer tastes of quality and care in the brewing process.

The mouthfeel is great to me if a little light but that is one of the best features of this beer- drinkability! Perfect carbonation and ridiculously refreshing!

Overall I love this beer and for $12.99 a twelve it is a no brainer. If you are nervous about trying pales this one will win you over and get you started.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 23:42:20 | More by Lightbearer2012
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beer is an orange copper color. The clarity lets for visible carbonation. The head is off white withe decent retention and leaves small patches of lacing.

S - Semi bitter hops in the nose. A good balance between citric and floral hops. The malts balance it out even more with a touch of honey sweetness.

T - Taste is soft and bitter with some honey undertones and a bitter orange bite. Finish is mostly bitter but with very pronounced orange flavor.

M - Mouth feel is medium bodies with soft carbonation and a smooth finish.

O - Not a bad beer. Lots of good flavors and the mouth feel was great. Went down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:49:45 | More by depechemode1983
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I pour a 24 oz. bomber of Sierra Nevada Pale ale, the old stalwart of American craft beer intro a shaker pint glass. It's a mellow 57 degrees out,a little chilly for a July night in California so I think this beer is a perfect choice. The beer arrives in the glass as a consistent medium amber with light yellow undertones. The opacity of the beer is medium. It looks a tad watery and bubbles rise throughout the glass for a long while. The head comes in at a nice full foamy inch. It's very light tan in color. Eventually the head diminishes and then retains at 1/4 inches, thinning in the center and leaving a ring of light clinging lacing.

Smell: The malt presence is upfront. The blend of pale and crystal malts works well to create an aroma of toasted biscuit with a definite sugar presence. However, this beer isn't sickeningly sweet, a quality I usually dislike. There are aromas of dried fruit, tannins, raisins and caramelized sugar. Perhaps it isn't far fetched to also appreciate a leafy quality in this beer. I think this would be a great autumn beer. The cascade hops are piney and citrus. Floral and spicy flavors emerge in the background. A highly present flavor is grapefruit. The bitterness isn't appreciable until sipping.

Taste: Upon sipping this beer I find that the taste profile is fleeting. The malts come quick and then disintegrate into a nice but depreciating slight bitterness. It isn't a huge mouthfeel of flavor but it does hit all the fine points of the style. In addition to the usually citrus flavors, a grassy presence is detectable when tasting the beer. There is a emergent flavor of cocoa. The bitterness is mild, but becomes cloying when the beer warms. Pale Ale should be served at it's proper temperature. Since this beer is relatively low ABV it lends itself towards being sessionable.

Mouthfeel: The water base seems to be distilled. The ingredients are good but lack subtlety. The balance is fine, albeit it does lean bitter. With time the beer develops a slight chalky texture. The finish is clean and sharp.

Overall: This is the archetypal APA. I will always pick this beer up when it it the best possible choice, but because of it's lack of distinguishing characteristics will lean towards more interesting options if they are available. A great beer to introduce to craft beer novices if they are bold and want to try something with notable bitterness. A legend for it's consistency.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied sticky chewiness that fizzes in the mouth. Finishes bitter. Refreshing.

Overall: I find it hard to knock this beer. It may not be the most interesting beer ever AKA the next best thing but it is a great introduction to high quality craft beer. I will definitely be using Pale Ale to introduce my friends to craft brew. Everyone had had this beer which validates it's reputation. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is one if the best APA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 06:17:02 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is one of my go-to beers when I'm at a non-craft bar, need a beer to share with a variety of friends or just want something to relax with. I'm surprised I've never reviewed it until now.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a small frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the surface, leaving behind numerous spots and lines of lace. From the bottom of the glass a steady stream of bubbles rises rapidly to the surface.

The aroma is rather faint with notes of orange and lemon citrus and pale malt.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is slightly creamy with a firm carbonated feel. Finishes dry. The flavor is a nice balance of citrus hops and sweet malt. It starts sweet with flavors of caramel and pale malt. This is followed by mellow flavors of orange citrus and a touch of lemon zest. It finishes moderately bitter. Once gone the orange citrus and sweet malt lingers on the palate.

This is such a well balanced, easy drinking beer. I could have a pint every day of the week and not get tired of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 20:01:28 | More by WanderingFool
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Jammies

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color with about 3/4 an inch of foam. Great carbonation and pretty decent retention. Strong lacing. Still visible by the end of the beer.

S- A light floral small. Smells more like a pilsner.

T- Hoppy and mild. Good balance but somewhat dry.

M- very light, but still decent body. Hops leave the mouth dry. Slightly bitter.

O- Solid go to beer. Light and hoppy plus available year round. Not my favorite pale ale, but good.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 13:51:09 | More by Jammies
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tjsmith910

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of a weird dynamic here in my opinion. I purchased this product on a referral by a friend. I was fairly disappointed the first night as I finished off 3 of them. The next night, I just wanted them out of my refrigerator so I decided to finish the other 3. Big change from one night to the next. The first night, They seemed to taste like chilled thin cough syrup. But the next night I poured them into a pint glass and it is like the flavors mixed and matched and moved around to produce a rather tasty beer.

A - Pure transparent Orange color with off white 1 finger head that dissipated in about 2 minutes, leaving a light lace.

S - I rate all beers a 3 because of my lack of the sence of smell

T - Strong, lightly bitter and almost like sourdough bread.

M - Smooth follow through for an APA

O - Impressed by the ending of the product, glad I gave it a second round.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 20:10:25 | More by tjsmith910
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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