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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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9,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,884
Reviews: 2,856
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 204
Gots: 1,702 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way overdue review here. Geez...even after I acquired a taste for craft, it was even longer after that I acquired a taste for Sierra Nevada and damn was the wait worth it!

Really, this is the staple Pale Ale. Better for my palate than the other readily available Pale Ale Mirror Pond. The only Pale Ales I prefer over this one are ones that call themselves Pales but really drink like IPAs. (Alpha King and Drake's 1500 to name a few especially these days)

Doughy and grainy malt bill with a nice floral Hoppy pop, finishing bitter and earthy...just how I like it.

Similar to PtE, still argued the best of it's respective style even though created years and years back. (SNPA WAYYYY back further than PtE but you get the picture) There has been plenty of time to improve upon the style but hard to improve upon the benchmark.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky orange yellow. Two fingers if rocky white head. Awesome lacing. Good retention.

S: pretty malty beast with some citrus and floral peeking through.

T: again with the good malt presence. Hops are muted compared to some of the west coast pales ive had. Citrus pops up in the end with a bitterness coming through to keep it balanced.

M: Great mouthfeel. Full bodied.

O: the quintessential west coast brew. One of the very original. This is my go to in bars that don't have a great selection of beer.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer awhile ago and didn't think much of it, but ended up getting a case of it at costco just recently. And I'm glad I did. The lacing on the glass is really nice. More noticeable than on other beers i've had.

The smell is farely mild. Nice floral hops up front with grains in the back.

The taste follows very nicely. The hops aren't over powering at all. Overall I really like this beer. Definitely worth the price. Sierra Nevada always gets it right.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear gold to amber with a creamy head that revives easily with a swirl.

Grassy and grapefruit citrus hop aromas up front, followed by a bready malt. Clean yeast character: no esters or phenols.

Flavor has a smooth bitterness that is moderately assertive throughout, but doesn't linger much. Some citrusy hop flavor. Bready and toasty malt. Very balanced beer by today's pale ale standards.

Slightly grainy mouthfeel, bitterness dissipates quickly leaving a moderately dry finish, but less dry than many pale ales. Creamy foamy carbonation provides some body and a smooth mouthfeel.

It's a classic. Still worth returning to. Very drinkable too.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass straight from the fridge. Nice and cold.

A: Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Dark golden, just slightly hazy. Just a hint of haze gives it the appearance of depth without looking dirty. Medium head which fades down to a slim foam coating on top and lingers and lingers throughout the entire glass, leaving beautiful lace along the sides.

S: Floral, pine, citrus, slightly sweet. Beer, beer, beer. Scent really jumps out and tickles the nose with anticipation and enhances the smell throughout the glass.

T: Follows the smell, but without the big bitter bite you might expect from the aroma. And that's just to my liking. Pine is probably the dominant flavor here, but there's plenty of citrus and floral flavor as well, and some notable malty sweetness especially as the beer warms up. Dances on the tongue. Delicious.

M: Light and drinkable, but enough malt backing not to feel watery at all. I've had a sore throat the past few days and this has done a nice job coating it with its foamy malt goodness. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is what a beer should be. I could easily see myself drinking two of these a day for the next month and not getting a bit tired of it. Moderation is difficult with beer this good! Midwest Supplies sells a clone homebrew kit for this and I'm very tempted to buy it and see how that goes.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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