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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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9,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,514
Reviews: 2,757
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 169
Gots: 1,286 | 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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3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

S - Grapefruit and other citrus from the American hops. Slightly grassy. Slight malt aroma.

A - Clear beautiful gold. Cream colored, thick fluffy head with sticky lacing.

T - Citrus hop bitterness and flavor. Well balanced with a bready malt background. Hop flavor transitions to more grassy from middle to end. Very little malt sweetness produces a very clean profile. Dry finish.

M - Moderate body with medium carbonation.

O - A quality APA deserving of its reputation as true to style. Very drinkable.

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

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a nice foamy white 1 1/2 finger head. Head sticks around for a bit and the lacing is moderate. Color is a bright amber-golden.

The aroma is of piney and floral hops, maybe a bit of citrus in there also. There's also a noticeable bitterness to the smell. The hops aren't overpowering though. Nice and balanced with malt and breadyness.

The taste is really on par with the aroma, but there's more bitterness here. Pine, floral, and grassy hops go well with the moderate bitterness and balancing caramel/caramel malt and bready notes.

The consistency is smooth, almost velvety. The carbonation is medium. The body is medium as well. And the finish is on the lighter side of medium. Very nice mouthfeel/dribkability.

Overall this is a great pale ale and one that really turned me on to the craft beer scene a few years ago when I first tried it. It's still just as god as I remember. One of my go to beers for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into wine glass.

A: golden bronzy in colour. Minimal white head's lacing clings to glass with some difficultly.

S: definite hops but not overpowering. I get some bready tones as well. Nose is simple but good.

T: Moderate hops up front with a nice mildly sweet malty finish. Certainly some hints of caramel but these pale in comparison to the hoppy bitterness.

M: Nice. Mild carbonation, smooth, refreshing.

O: A great beer, easy to drink. It is not complex, but is very good. Would certainly recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pretty standard for a PA. Orange, a little lacey.

S: It smells like weed. Just straight hops, but faint. It's sweet, too. Intoxicating.

T: Again, pretty standard for a PA. It's well done. A little dry, slight citrus, and decent sweetening hops. A nice sugary crystalization is there.

M: This is where this beer really does it. It's thin, but crisp. Extremely bubbly. Tingles on your toungue. Goes down fast and kicks the back of your throat like a coca-cola. Awesome.

OVERALL: I've had this beer on tap quite a few times and never understood why everyone said it was so good, but this is my first bottle. Maybe I always had bad tap lines, because this beer is amazing. It's a safe beer done perfectly. Love it.

NOTE: Live review.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,514 ratings.