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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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8,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,079
Reviews: 2,662
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 109
Gots: 586 | 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 trackstar1043


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

Picked up at 24 oz bottle to go with a nice dinner.

A - Beautifully Golden with a hint of orange, clear and unclouded. Massive head almost 1 in plus, that lasted 2 or 3 mins. Leaving behind a sticky lace as the head disapated, fantastic.

S - Bitter sweet aroma, with hops and a mix of fruits with a somewhat creamy lingering.

T - Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting, a nice mid-bodied with a creamy taste of citrus, fruits and eager hops. When down extramley smooth and a crisp clean finish.

M - Not a heavy drink at all, again suprised on how light light and crisp it went down, slighlty low on carbonation in my personal taste.

D - Fantastic with a nice steak or pasta dinner, easily could be a daily favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 00:24:54 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of MOShepp


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

Poured into a mug. One finger off-white head with a good amount of lacing. A dense light amber color.

Hoppy aroma with floral, citrus and bread.

Tastes of bread, clover and citrus. The hops really shine through. More bitter than most P.A.'s especially at the finish, a lingering after taste but still smooth.

This one is easily consumed and is nice and crisp. I drank it on it's own but will try again with Mexican food maybe.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 04:38:18 | More by MOShepp
Photo of ZAP


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

You can't go wrong with this brew...a highly drinkable, yet flavorful pale ale.

The aroma is decidedly floral with some mild spiciness....the taste includes some of those same characteristics but whatalso emerges is a subtle sweeter style citrus hop flavor....think mandarin oranges or ripe clementines..clean and crisp drinker...just the right malt balance...

Not as "big" in assertiveness as some others....I really enjoy Summit Extra Pale Ale and would probably rate that a little higher but it's kind of like comparing apples to oranges...the Summit is a little more aggressive...this is softer and sweeter...both are very tasty...

Highly recommended for the style...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 05:43:09 | More by ZAP
Photo of hardy008


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

Appearance - Amber in color with a nice white foamy head which left a nice lace down the side of the glass.

Smell - Citrus from the Cascade hops.

Taste - rich and full bodied. slightly bitter, but extremely pleasant.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and clean.

Drinkability - The kind of beer you can drink one after the other.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 03:13:55 | More by hardy008
Photo of meechum


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

I last had this beer before last night approx a year ago..before I was a BA and absolutely hated it..I thought it was so overly bitter and unpleasant...what a difference a year makes

A - Poured a golden yellow to soft amber color with a nice fluffy white head that fell moderately and left a nice bit of lace

S - Very citric with a hint of the bready malted flavors in there

T - A nice sharp citric hit up front that mellows out and gives a nice full flavor of bread and grains and then finishes with a re-awakening of the citric hop bite that finishes a little dry and crisp

M - Nice crisp and clean flavor with a little drying at the end..no bad aftertaste

D - This may be the epitome of the APA...and is a great example for the style

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 17:38:20 | More by meechum
Photo of steelcutoats


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of this at Dawg's in Greensburg last night and figured I'd wait until today to write my review. I must say this is one of the best pale ales I have ever tried. I'm somewhat familiar with the Sierra Nevada line...I've sampled their IPA, Celebration Ale, and BIGFOOT Barleywine, respectively.

I poured one 12 fl. Oz. bottle into my trusty tasting snifter and almost immediately smelled the aroma of hops. This is definitely a more aggressively hopped A.P.A. There was a short head, only about a quarter of an inch, which eventually subsided. The color was a beautiful amber gold. As mentioned before the nose was sharp with hops and also a yeasty malt aroma. The taste was bold for an American Pale Ale. You can tell that the good brewers at Sierra Nevada take their time crafting this offering. I'll have to remember to pick up a case of this next time I'm out at the beer distributor.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 23:37:52 | More by steelcutoats
Photo of johnnyirishman


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

I was very happy with this beer, its been around for a good while and ive enjoyed it for a long time, but not untill recently have i actually savored every aspect of beer. Ive just recently started "tasting" beer for what it really is, delicious. I'd rank Sierra Nevada as a very drinkable beer but not for the "casual" drinker. Anyone whom enjoys a nice hoppy flavor with a slight bite(bitterness) will enjoy this beer. It delivers a nice pour with a head that dissipates to generous lacing, Golden brown in apperance, with an aroma of floral, the taste is slightly bitter with a hint of pine, and finishes clean.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 16:16:14 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of Gehrig


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty, different pale ale from Sierra Nevada. Copper body, two fingers of white head top this pale ale, with significant, durable lacing decorating the mug--quite good. The smell is hopped, not heavily so but certainly present, with fruit intruding occasionally. The taste is a bit more balanced than the nose and, combined with good carbonation, this is enjoyable--smooth, delicious, at times bitter but never overbearing.

Ordering a second of these to wash down a lousy fish sandwich for lunch today was not only necessary, but quite enjoyable. Far from the boldest pale ale, but solid and quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 01:52:14 | More by Gehrig
Photo of baseballrock


4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer and there is nothing more i can say.

A - is a light brown but not amber, it has great lacing, and the carbonation is of incredible, large bubbles.

S - the smell is hoppy, with a bit of floral.

T - the taste is balanced, with a light pineyness to it. I love the bitterness.

M - slightly heavy on the palate, the bitterness does mask the overall taste a bit.

i think this beer is very drinkable. i think it is perfect for the style. i always try and keep a few of these around.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 23:55:52 | More by baseballrock
Photo of skittlebrau


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've waited so long to try this one considering how it is a staple of the American craft beer industry.

A: An attractive beer. Amber brown like apple juice. Tall head or maybe I just poured it too hard. There was good head retention.

S: Floral hops and toasty bready malt.

T: Hop character takes over here with lots of flowers again, but there is a respectable malt backbone. Flavor is just slightly dry.

M: Thin.

D: Drinkability is pretty good. I tend to go a little slower on hoppy styles of beer, but this one had me reaching for another.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 17:33:15 | More by skittlebrau
Photo of SpencerT


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Crystal clear golden, almost apple juice in color.
Clean scent of peach and piney hops. Good balance of hop and the sweetness of malt. A hint of citrus comes to you as the pint warms a bit.
Clean and refreshing with very distinct flavors.
This ale has good drinkability and could go well with seafood or other light tasting dishes.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 00:39:40 | More by SpencerT
Photo of BMan1113VR


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

Aroma is moderate pine hops with light molasses malts. Pour yields a small frothy barely off-white head with fair lacing. The color is a golden honey. Taste is fruity at first followed by moderate bitterness. Not watery at all. Light to medium body, slightly over carbonated. Quite possibly the king of common beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 22:01:24 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of Deadstar


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


Look: Poured a very nice golden-brown, the head dropped down to a quarter inch of foam and then to some suds around the sides in about two minutes or so.

Smell: A little bit hoppy, my nose still isn't trained very well (as well as the words in my vocabulary to really describe what I'm smelling.) Some citrus scents in there too.

Taste: Very pleasant. I couldn't really taste any alcohol in this; it was also nice and hoppy. The taste lingers in the mouth after swallowed.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation tickles the tongue while the drink itself is quite lite.

Drinkability: I'd say this brew is quite drinkable. I'm most of the way through the 24oz bottle and I feel like I could drink more if I'd like to after finishing it.

Overall, very solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 03:40:20 | More by Deadstar
Photo of SMark


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

Had this on tap at Ruby Tuesday's because they did not carry Yuengling's. I will have to keep searching for a nearby RT's with the oldest breweries beverage.

The first one was served in a footed pilsner glass and I was immediately concerned if not confused. The second, yes I drank the first anyway, was served in a pint glass. Then I felt a little more comfortable.

The beer was poured in both instances with a nice white foamy head which left adequate lacing as it was consumed. A golden color was present.

Hops were noticeable with the aroma and taste. The beer was very clean tasting and assured me I had made a good choice as I have previously had this in bottles.

Bitterness stayed with me for a while and it was enjoyable the whole time.

This is a very good flagship beer for Sierra Nevada and I should try more of their offerings. I look forward to trying the Celebration Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 02:45:39 | More by SMark
Photo of DaveUK

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance - Light brown, strong bottle conditioned head.

Aroma - Perfumed grass and fresh citrus fruit hops, orange peel.

Taste - Juicy toasted malt up front and a soft hop bitterness that builds into a strong bitter and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Powerful carbonation delivering a bubbly creaminess to compliment the initial malt taste. Light to medium body (as expected) with only a little sweetness on the lips.

Overall - A crisp and hoppy pale ale. Good hop mix for aroma - complex and intriguing. It draws you into a sip. Alcohol is completely hidden. A well crafted ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 22:41:51 | More by DaveUK
Photo of CrellMoset


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

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a pint glass.

Appearance was orangey-copper, with a medium, white head with good retention. Lacing was average in volume and retention, and carbonation was medium. All in all, a very nice beer to look at.

Smell was very intense, with piney hops dominating but not overpowering a sweet malty backbone.

Taste was great, quintessential American pale ale. An initial burst of hops, with a good balance in the middle and a nice, piney aftertaste. No alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel was again decent, working well in concert with the taste - full, without being too full, with the mild carbonation dying down perhaps a little too quickly.

Drinkability is superb - this is a definite go to beer for me, and it's good that perhaps the most easily-available American Pale Ale is such a classic. A good introduction to the style, and a good dinner party beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 23:45:03 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of abedenbaugh

South Carolina

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

A:Very clear amber color. Pale white head with a good amount of lace around the side.
S:A citrus hop aroma that is mild but still dominates over any malt aroma that is there.
T:A mild citrus hop flavor. The bitterness is low for a pale ale, but works great with the beer. A slight taste of malt in the middle of the palate. The flavor is also very smooth.
MF:A light to medium body. The goes down very smoothly.
D:Very easy to drink. Overall it's a great beer that is very well balanced. Also hops isn't too strong so most of my friends will drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 02:14:30 | More by abedenbaugh
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, It poured an amber color with a white foamy head that left decent lacing on the glass. the smell was of hops and malt. the taste was the same,with a bitter after taste. overall this beer met my expectations. I look forward to drinking more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 00:47:19 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of JDV


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

On Draft at UFC 73 in Sacramento. Lovely amberish color with just a little white head. Smell is a great fruity, fresh, hoppy scent. Taste is medium hoppy up front followed by a malty sweet aftertaste with a very nice finish. Great beer overall, with lots of flavor and a nice finish, and much better than I expected. I really liked this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2008 21:38:54 | More by JDV
Photo of Greggy


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an excellent deep red copper color. Crystal clear.

Smell: A nice fruity hop smell to this brew that is quite enjoyable.

Taste: A great balance of the fruity hops with malt in this one. I enjoy this balance that some Pale Ales seem to overdue to an IPA point. This is, in my opinion, the bar of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Excellent and smooth in the mouth with no tart or sour aftertaste. I always try to have at least a sixer of these in the fridge at a time.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 02:19:00 | More by Greggy
Photo of bluegrassbrew


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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a nice initial head. No lasting lace though.

Smell is floral and juicy. Citrus and flowers at the same time.

Taste is a nice balance between some very juicy hops (Cascade?) and sweet malts.

Oveall, this is a great beer. One I consider the measuring stick for American Pale Ales. Highly flavorful and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 01:50:46 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of roadhouse


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

This has always been one of my favorite brews - a perfect balance between malts and hops, while still allowing the bitterness to dominate.

Pours a deep golden/copperish color with a nice one finger head.

Aroma is wonderful, like being inbetween a grapefruit orchard and a pine forest (is this possible?).

Mouthfeel is medium-light, not exceptional, but good.

Starts with piney flavors and finishes with citrus and a nice bittersweet end.

One of those beers where after you have had two, you just have to finish the whole six pack. As many have already said, it's a benchmark for the APA style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 19:23:18 | More by roadhouse
Photo of MerkinMan


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

This is the standard to which all APAs should be set.

Pours a nice deep coppery color with an explosion of citrusy hop aroma. While the hop presence is certainly the focus, it is supported with a nice malty backbone.

The mouthfeel of this beer is good, but nothing that really sends off fireworks. The head retains nicely.

This is a very drinkable beer if you are in the mood for an APA or IPA. People who do not like massive doses of hop goodness should beware, but you probably knew that already.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 16:29:48 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of 1fastz28


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

pours a really nice light amber color, with a small head and has some average lacing. smell is good, hoppy with a nice malty undertoe. taste is good, has a stronger alcohol flavor than one would expect, the hop flavor is piney and citrusy, aftertaste is kinda malty good beer all around

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:58:18 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

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

I really like this beer. It's been my standard for several years now. My wife also loves it. It's one of the few bottled beers that really retain it's hop flavor and aroma. And if that's not enough, I can get it at my local Target for $11.99 / 12 pack. It's cheaper than most of the crap beers they sell. Go figure.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 01:51:55 | More by GJ40
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