Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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9,528 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,528
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 169
Gots: 1,314 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light amber. Pours with a nice carbonation. Head is bubbly, sticky, and loose. Drops to a thin cap and collar in short order. Some lacing. Cap lasts for the duration.

Smell: Biscuit malts and spicy/citrus hops. Almost earthy. Something akin to salt almost. Pith and dry, dusty bread crust. Some sweetness punches through. Raw grain and very floral.

Taste: More of the raw grain. Cracker crumbs and bread crust. Citrus comes through and layers over a slightly spicy, almost herbal base. Earthy at times. Mellow sweetness helps to balance things out. More bread than bread crust, but it's all there. Faint dusting of that same salty thing on the nose. Works well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a dry finish. Carbonation is on the higher side of moderate and the body swings the other way. Lighter side of medium. Easily quaffable.

Overall: This is definitely the baseline for the APA style. Nice balance without ever overdoing it. Loses a little in the long run with the drying hop profile, but solid and always worth keeping around.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-06-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

A: Head is white and creamy, one and a half fingers high on a bright, copper-colored and clear beer. Head retention is good with a very nice amount of lacing.

S: Aromas are clean and hoppy, with citrus, pine and floral qualities.

T/M: First taste is of hop bitterness, plus citrus and orange zest. After that comes the caramel malts. Crisp feeling, with a bitter and spicy finish. Body is medium with carbonation in the medium to high range.

O: Nicely balanced beer, with an obvious lean towards the bitterness. Very good American pale ale.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,528 ratings.