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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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8,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,200
Reviews: 2,670
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 651 | 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 redjameskidd


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

What can I say that hasn't already be said? It's a classic. From the stubby bottle and the green label to the taste of the floral cascades, this is probably the beer we most owe for the craft beer revolution.

Great for introducing people to the style. I am going to introduce my father to APAs with a bottle of Sierra Nevada tonight!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 23:03:48 | More by redjameskidd
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a brilliantly clear orange with a soft, creamy 1 finger dirty white head that settled rather quickly to a thin, sparse covering. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: The nose started out with a dry grassiness at first before giving way to a sweet citrusy nature.

T: The initial flavor starts out with a great graininess with a citrusy and light pine hopping. Quenching citrusy bite. The crisp, pale malting truly stands out here is never overshadowed by the bright citrusy nature. Finishes with a touch of grassiness and dried grapefruit. There is a reason why this is considered the staple per style. To many modern pales have been bastardized by amercian's lust for hops while neglecting the true intended crisp pale nature of the drink. This one offers a great balance with a crisp malting with a touch of malt sweetness and hopping that is balanced perfectly.

M: medium, oily viscosity with a nice feel and light dried citrus hop fade.

D: By style one of the best. Crisp, refreshing with a great malting and true to style. Case worthy by all means a go to for that summer picnic to quench the thirst with a citrusy blast.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 00:20:42 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Reaper16


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

An aggressive pour yields a hazy golden color with a mountain frothy, white head. Huge bubbles due to my fast pour. Visible yeast sediment throughout the beer.

Carmel malts, twangy hops make up the nose. Sweetness with a touch of fragrant floral characteristic. Not complex, but plenty good.

Good, bright hop bitterness up front, nice citrus flavors. The sweet, caramel malts are present too; this is a balanced beer. Nice, drying hop aftertaste. Good hop burps, too.

Feels more than adequate in the mouth. Good amount of carbonation. I can drink this all night, which I am right now during this small break from playing Rock Band.

This is a great session beer, and a fine example of an APA. Obviously, no one needs me to tell them that. A fine Rock Band beer, too. I would never, ever feel bad about this being in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 00:58:55 | More by Reaper16
Photo of lionking


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

Appearance. Poured a one finger head from a 24 oz. bottle. Orangish, coppery color. Some lacing on the glass as I drink it.

Smell. Spicy hop nose.

Taste. Again strong hoppy taste with sweet malt.

Mouthfeel. Crisp and well carbonated.

Drinkability. Overall an excellent beer. Kind of the staple for its kind. Probably one of the most available craft beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 17:55:13 | More by lionking
Photo of SerieDNo3

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bomber poured into a mug

A: Pours a dark golden color with a thin head that quickly becomes a film atop the beer. Moderate lacing. The beer is somewhat hazy.

S: A strong smell of citrus, and something resembling freshly baked cookies...a bit sugary.

T: Crisp, citrus-y hop flavors with minimal malt presence. Seems to get sweeter as the beer warms up, tasting a bit like candy...if candy were made out of hops.

M: Well carbonated, and feels very crisp and refreshing. Even so, it also feels somewhat thin.

D: The crispness ultimately wins out over what I'm perceiving as thinness. This is a pretty drinkable brew. Just slightly high on the ABV to be a session beer, I suppose, but still one of which I'd have a few in a row. Given its availability, this ought to be a staple for any beer drinker to keep on hand...or at least an excellent fallback option.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:03:54 | More by SerieDNo3
Photo of meatmallet


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden color with a thin white head.

Smell: Grapefruit, yeast, and a lot of hops. Smell is awesome.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with grapefruit and a nice bitter hopps.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: A good beer that is eaasy to find. Could be a daily drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 23:34:49 | More by meatmallet
Photo of y2jrock60


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

A- Great appearance. I love that you can see sediment floating in the beer

S- Excellent hoppy smell when the bottle is opened. However, this dissipates after a few minutes.

T- Starts out bitter then finishes smooth with a little crispness

M- On the lighter side

D- I could easily pound these down.

This is a fine Pale Ale. I usually prefer highly bitter IPAs. But if I wanted something with bitterness that was easy to drink, this would be one of my top choices.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 19:33:23 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of usmittymc


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark, clear golden liquid with a white head that reduces to a sticky lacing.

S: Dominant piney and citrusy hops. Faint malt in the background.

T: The hops dominate the flavor profile of this beer. Clean and fresh citrus flavors on the front. The pine flavor hits on the back.

M: This beer is very well carbonated and almost alive on the tongue.

D: This one is a classic and with is relatively easy to find at most bars and some restaurants (even in Mississippi). I always have a few of these either in the cabinet or in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 02:40:03 | More by usmittymc
Photo of magictrokini


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A go-to pale ale. Always good, always available. Pours clear copper with a short white head. Clean, fresh floral hop aroma with shrap, crystal malt. Taste is representative of the aroma, citrus hops taking a back seat to the tangier malt. Would rather drink an AleSmith brew, but I'm not going to whine if this is my only option.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 17:45:30 | More by magictrokini
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass (Would have liked a pint glass, bartender).

Appearance: A nice copper / amber color, a little cloudy but mostly translucent. A 3 cm head partially dissipates, leaving some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell: A strong citrus aroma, mostly grapefruit, with some yeast, a little caramel, and a lot of hops.

Taste: The citrus bites a little on the front end. I can sense a slight caramel sweetness before the hops come into play. Although not a sweet beer by any means, there is a slight sugary malt that serves as a segue between the different flavors. The main taste is the mostly citrus-tasting hops. Overall this is a simple beer that is held together pretty well.

Mouthfeel: This is pretty crisp, with slighty more than medium carbonation. A good balance.

Drinkability: The smoothness is definitely a plus, but it does turn a little dry at the end.

Overall a solid beer and definitely a go-to choice when at a restaurant with otherwise only crappy macros.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 22:33:10 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of callmescraps


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

Time to review a classic:

Appearance - An light orangish-copper color. A pretty decent inch of chunky head that laces the top nicely.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit. Very strong citrus with a little hop kicker.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit up-front, with some hop bitterness coming in on the follow. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel - A nice balanced body. Not too thin, nice carbonation. It's a good, very crisp.

Drinkability - Pretty decent, although it's kind of hard to drink too much with all the citrus followed by the hop bitterness.

A classic of the style. Sometimes I forget how good these old reliables really are.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 07:33:51 | More by callmescraps
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

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

A- pours a nice clear light copper. Carbonation bubbles up nicely. A small foamy head dissapates quickly.

S- Citrusy hops with a subtle bready sweetness. Also a slight scent of alcohol.

T- Hops... A nice coating of grassy flowery hops on the tongue. The hops really stand out in this brew.

M- Carbonation is prickly on the tongue Nice full body to this brew.

D- I really like this beer. Hoppy with a nice full body.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 21:18:58 | More by JayNH
Photo of bag057


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear copper with a good off white head that does not last very long. very fine bubbles throughout.The smell is floral and citrusy. Fantastic bitter hop taste but not too overpowering. Dry finish with hoppy aftertaste. Very drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 19:41:35 | More by bag057
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
October 6, 2008

Pours a bit darker than expected, looks wonderful. Smells hoppy with hints of citrus fruit. Taste is malty, very citrusy, crisp, incredibly easy to drink. This gets me excited for Sierra Nevada's IPA. Really complete, excellent tasting beer that's unbelievably easy to drink. A-level beer. Didn't notice too much of a difference from the bottle, to be honest.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 18:53:53 | More by Vendetta
Photo of AleWerks


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah SN pale ale. What can you say? Aroma is nicely balanced between hops and caramel. Appearance is light copper with a white head. Flavor is hoppy and balanced. Mouthfeel is bright and hoppy, finishing clean. Overall, this beer is the epitome of the American Pale Ale style. I drink this beer every chance I get.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 17:03:28 | More by AleWerks
Photo of djeffbee


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

A: Amber body with a white head and visible carbonation.

S: Wow, citrus hop aroma. Screaming West Coast.

T: Great hop bitterness lots of hop flavor. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Clean and crisp. High carbonation tingles the toungue.

D: It's hard to have this much flavor at 5.6%. This is one you can enjoy beer after beer..

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 15:33:25 | More by djeffbee
Photo of Mistofminn


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

I had this at Noodles and Company in Minneapolis of all places. I was rather shocked at their beer selection. Coors Light and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale! HA! What an easy choice! I can understand only having 2 beers on hand. But Coors Light and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale? Really? Anyways I just thought that was odd.

What a great Pale Ale. Perfect balance. Perfect balance of malts and hops, body and carbonation, aroma and taste. Everything. Just great. One I will hopefully be drinking for years. I really don't have anything bad to say about this brew.

So remember, next time your at Noodles, choose a Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 03:54:29 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of ssam


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very nice color and 2in frothy head. the head didnt retain very well and disappeared completely.

S-the smell is very pleasing, you get surrounded by the smell of the malt and the hops, very balanced and fragrant

T- delicious pale ale, lots of hoppy aromas and tastes, but not overly bitter. small citrus undertone

M- nice mouthfeel. just the right amount of carbonation

D-okay drinkability, slightly heavier than i would have liked

good beer

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 06:46:48 | More by ssam
Photo of heath1agnew


4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- pours a nice light amber color with a two finger head that eventually settle down to one. Carbonation bubbles can be seen.

smell- wonderful hops with a hint of citrus

taste- AHHH. pretty dang good. the hops are not over powering and the citrus is just right in the background. has a wonderful slightly bitter finish.

mouthfeel- just perfect for it's style not to thin and a nice kick of carbonation. also has a great dry finish.

drinkability- it's a no brainer. it's easy to drink and the dry feel to it leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 22:41:38 | More by heath1agnew
Photo of xhcadamx


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - honey amber with lots of tiny bubbles. Nice creamy head and good lacing.

S - cascade hops, toasty cereal, and a earty spiciness

T - pretty much like it tastes with a good carbonated bite. well balanced.

M - very smooth but a little dry at the end.

D - gets a 5 for me. I can find this anywhere and I can drink this anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 04:21:56 | More by xhcadamx
Photo of mattffrost


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass.

Appearance beer is a clear light amber color. The white head does not last long. Some lacing.

Smell I hardly smell anything at all. Some grassy floral hops smell.

Taste Nice mellow Pale Ale. Nothing over the top. Some piney taste that finishes a hint bitter. Good quality beer. Not an abundance of flavers but sometimes simple is better.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and tasty on the palete. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Very Very Drinkable beer that is clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 03:26:40 | More by mattffrost
Photo of colts9016


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is amber hue, with carbonation. The nose is citrus, yeast and hints of malt. Taste is citrus and floral, with hints of yeast and malt. Finish is bitter and dry. Overall very good pale ale... Although I will have to say that is pale ale has an assault on your palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 23:16:21 | More by colts9016
Photo of Mosstrooper


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

Poured from 24oz into Guinness tulip pint.

Appearance: Pours a golden, slightly orange color with a large head, dissipating relatively slowly, that leaves a decent amount of lacing

Smell: Floral and citric hops with a little bit of nuttiness.

Taste: Biscuity malt, with a rounded, bitter finish that also has hints of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin body, but smooth, crisp, and somewhat dry at the end.

Drinkability: A good, drinkable beer all-around. Definitely something I'll go for in the future, might be something I'll have around for parties. Can't believe I passed on this beer for so long.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 17:50:17 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of wahhmaster


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fist review...here goes...

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a Guinness branded tulip pint glass (I really need to get better glassware; this shit is ridiculous).

Appearance: Fuckin' epic. Nice straw color with a decent head that dissapates quickly but leaves average lacing.

Smell: Hoppy aroma with grassy hints. Pretty good but nothing to write a sonnet about.

Taste: Why haven't I had this beer before?!? This is amazing. Nice hop taste that comes on strong upfront. Basically tastes like it smells: hoppy and delicious. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin. Nothing special here...

Drinkability: A solid pale ale by Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended for fans of the style, beer noobs, or beer advocates in general. Peace out...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 17:28:29 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of ThirstyBird


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
A - This ale is a deep honey color with a 1" head which is off white and falls slowly to a fluffy skim.
S - Citrusy hops as well as some malt.
T - Hops are lighter than they smell but taste comes first. Slightly bitter.Followed by some malt sweetness.
M/F - Medium body with nice carbonation.
D - Very drinkable ale not too hoppy and a rather smooth brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 01:03:56 | More by ThirstyBird
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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