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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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8,742 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,742
Reviews: 2,694
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 135
Gots: 920 | FT: 2
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 sliverX
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes:
served a light copper / amber transparent with a small white film that leaves down to a film with a nice ring around the edge that left decent lacing
smell is sweet with good pine and grapefruit notes
taste is light all hops, pine floral and grapefruit going on
mouthfeel is crisp with the bitterness but still quite nice
drinkability is good this is a great alternative compared to BMC

sliverX, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a great amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass nicely as well

S - The aromas produced by this beer were sweet malts and some citrus-like hop flower mixed in

T - This beer had a malty start that progressed to a grapefruit and orange center that finished with a great hoppy bitterness which was not a hopbomb, but was not subtle either

M - The mouth on this beer had a very crisp, medium body with moderate amount of carbonation

D - What can I say, this is one of the greatest session beers ever created, although some people tire of it, I never do. One of the most wonderful American Pale Ales crafted, hats off to Sierra Nevada

cvfish, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of jazztoloc
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 OZ bottle poured into a pint. Love the colors on Sierra Nevada´s bottles and caps.

A: Light copper, nice head and lacing. This is a very nice looking beer. Love at first sight.

S: Hops, hints of manila mango, spicy herbs, lots of herbs.

T: Very smooth, some fruit. Love the the bitter mango finish, great!

M: Medium carbonation and body, nice balance.

D: The drinkability of this beer is very high for me. This was the first time I had this and it was a very nice surprise. I wish I coud get it in Mexico in a near future.

jazztoloc, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Adam2200
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A.very clear light white head with steady retention on the head

S. smell is light hop aroma not as strong as most pales that I am used to

T.the taste is nice light with small after taste of hops it is good for a light pale drinker

M. there is no bad taste in my mouth just pale ale

D.Very nice beer with any type of food or company good for a new beer drinker for ales

Adam2200, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking pour, true amber with loads of carbonation visible within the colomn. Its sudsy head fills half of the glass with a moderate pour. It is crystal clear and almost as inviting as a spring day. There was heavy lacing left in the glass.

It smells crisp and slightly bitter with subtle hints of yeast. There is nothing overbearing or extremely impressive. Just a little hoppier than I have smelled in the past.

Tastes slightly hoppy with a metallic "ting" to it. Very mellow with semi-sweet malts...not quite caramelesque. I get flavors of buttered bread...actually pretty nice.

A great medium bodied beer that is both soothing and creamy with just a smidge of bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is very nice, going almost unnoticed until the end.

Very smooth and extremely easy drinking, without a doubt a great session beer. I have drank more of these than I care to count...still serves me well, almost like a safety blanket regardless of the occassion.

ncstateplaya, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of aletales
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale poured clear and golden from the bottle. The head was dense with lots of lacing on the glass. Crisp flavor similar to a lager with some citrus. Nice carbonation helps to assert itself in ways that its mild recipe might not without it.

aletales, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of beerogre
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is truly an American icon. Although there are more elaborate beers than this one available across the country, few can demonstrate the level of consistency, claim the enduring drinkability or indeed have the widespread availabilty that SNPA has.

Having just spent the last few days moving house (a sure way to build a thirst if ever there was one) I finally got the opportunity to have a few beers tonight. My fridge is packed with some really great beers from such breweries as Stone, Victory, Brooklyn, Southampton and even some SN Bigfoot, Torpedo and Celebration - but despite my impressive inventory, all I wanted to do was guzzle some SNPA, such is its thirst quenching quality. The thought of SNPA came into my head a few days ago, and I know that when that type of thing happens it's an itch that's not going to go away until it's scratched. So a quick trip to the supermarket soon remedied the situation - and that's one of the real beauties about this beer - it's available practically everywhere.

With its clean, crisp, (look at me I'm stood on top of a mountain and it's so) refreshing taste it really is a beer I could drink until the cows come home. Pure Class.

beerogre, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep rusty orange/amber color, nice head. exceptional clarity and great lacing. This is just a fantastic looking beer

S: piney, citrus notes with a good malt backbone to that backs it up with a touch of sweetness

T: More on the bitter side but it has balance as I detected malty sweetness towards the end

M: Medium-body with a dry finish that highlights the hop prfile

D: overall this is a really good APA, definitely put a few of these away... tasty beverage.

LyonsHead, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange in to a pint glass. The head is nice, with considerable lacing.

Smell is subtle, slight hint of floral.

Fresh and bright taste. Hops are there but not overwhelming. Malts try to peak through the dry finish.

Mouth is pretty light for the style.

I could and will drink this all day. It is refined enough to compliment fine cuisine and simple enough to drink all day at a ballgame.

I love this beer. It is always consistent. You know you're going to get a good head and it's always fresh. Good value and easy to find (even in rural Indiana). This beer is solid and so is the brewery. Thanks.

JohnWaynes44, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great amber color.. looks like a pale!

Smell its slightly pine and citrus, but not too strong.

Light malt and decent hop notes. Mild citrus and pine. Doesn't taste so grainy like some other sessional pales. No rice or corn there!

Great fishing beer, slightly dry.

A bit more on the bubbly side.. I like a pale that is slightly less carbonated.

A home brew kit I have says SN uses hop pellets to make this one... I don't think it's true.. maybe in the start!

Docer, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Napone
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - golden amber with a nice head. Not 'orangish' like some Pale Ales.

Smell - mild to moderate aroma, not too intense

Taste - great going down with a complex finish

Drinkability - a very drinkable beer, similar to some of the India Pale Ales I've had in the past

Sorry about that lack of technical terms, this is my first ever review.

Napone, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of dstrand
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Medium gold/amber color. Had a pretty good foamy head with noticable lacing.

S - FLoral notes, malt, with a bit of citrus. Hoppy, but not too much. Also smelled a little piney.

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

D - Great drinkability. A good summer beer, I enjoy all year round. One of my favorite brews, as well as anything from SN.

dstrand, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Frosthazard
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nice tall "beer mug"

A- Clear with tiny particles after pour, beautiful amber color. Medium head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Very enticing.

S- Nutty malt and piney hops, just what I would expect from a good American Pale Ale. Slightly citrusy and yeasty. Very well rounded.

T- Slightly piney, but it a very good way. Hoppy, a little bitter, but well balanced. one word-delicious.

M- Nice carbonation, has a little bite, which I like, lets you know your drinking it. Medium body.

D- Very drinkable, wish the alcohol content were slightly higher, but this is definitely one of my favorite beers.

Frosthazard, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of ChrisQ
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring Pale Ale into a glass, one will see an amber liquid with a half inch of bone colored creamy foam that lasts about a minute. The view of looking into the glass gives the viewer thoughts about clarity and character: a brew that isn't hiding anything and can stand up for itself.

Smelling your freshly poured drink reveals a light floral smell that invites you to taste. One's tongue is given a bath in clean flavors with a light bitterness that sticks around until your next sip. Subsequent sips cause the front clean flavors to blend with the initial sharp aftertaste, causing the taste of bitterness to mellow which creates a cooperation of flavors that keeps your mouth from getting bored.

This is definitely a drink that can be enjoyed in multiples due to its building flavors on top of itself, so I look forward to my next trip to the store.

ChrisQ, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of jczn
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice, clear medium gold with warmth. Thin white head that dissapates with time. Small amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle does not seem to affect clarity.

S: Floral, fairly light American hop aroma. Could not detect much, if any, malt on the nose.

T: The hops are definately out in front, but not over-agressive. Nice citrus flavor and good bitterness. Has decent malt background, but it is definately overshadowed by the hops. Still, does not have the bitterness of an American IPA.

M: Mouthfeel is enhanced by healthy carbonation, but is not overwhelming.

D: The beer's greatest quality is its drinkability. It maintains enough of a malt base to be well balanced while showcasing classic American hops. A great example of an American Pale Ale, it's an easy beer to drink and appreciate every day.

jczn, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of youngleo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a nice head. Head had a slight orange color to it. Also had some nice lacing. Ale was golden orange in color. Very pretty. Left some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Had that citrus hoppy pine smell to it. Smelled good. Tasted of citrus, hoppy pine, malt, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was good. Very drinkable. Would love to try a session with this ale. This is another one of those brews that you would have to be carefull with. They go down very smooth.

youngleo, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange with yellow tinted edges. There is a large soapy head that results in a thin layer, a thick ring and copious amounts of lacing all over the glass. The smell is clean and not overpowering. There is some fresh cut grass and lemon zest with a slight fruit and flower lingering in the back. The taste is not overly hoppy like too many APAs nowadays. Its clean and refreshing with a very balanced malt and hop mixture. Its a little bland for someone who is used to a lot of hops but perfect for the style. This one is great as a good old standby that can be drank all day long.

CrazyMacHarris99, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A reliable classic. With all of the micros and craft brews out there today, its easy to forget how good this beer has been for so long.

Pours a light amber color - mine had minimal foam, but I attribute that to the bartender pouring it.

Mild aroma, some pine, some citrus and hints of the hops lurking withing.

The last Sierra I had was a Hop Harvest, so I was waiting for the hop explosion that never came. This taste here is classic Pale Ale - great taste, but with nothing that overwhelms you in any one direction.

Drinkability - I only had one with lunch, but many times before I have worked my way well into a purchased six pack. This is an easy beer to double up on.

KTCamm, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a light gold, with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a mix of citrus fruits such as lemon, grapefruit, and a little orange. There is also a big of earthy flavor that comes out in the nose, not grassy but leafy.

The taste is citrus with a good bitterness that touches a few spots in my mouth and leaves it's mark. It has a sweet sugary flavor that is quite interesting.

This beer has a nice light feel to it. Has little carbonation and is easy drinking.

Duhast500, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is long overdue. One of the most widely available and highly regarded American pale ales and I've never reviewed it... despite having it numerous times!

Pours from the stubby bottle into a pint glass. It has a pale golden yellow color with nice white head. The head retention is ok but it does leave some sparse lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not over the top. Sweet and piney with some citrus/graprefruit notes.

Flavor is a nice balance but leans towards sweet with pineapple and pear on the front and hoppy sour bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is there and, since it's not too heavy or hoppy, it could be a reasonable session.

Not especially hoppy relative to what's availble today but certainly tasty. I'm sure when it was introduced it was on the leading edge of hop-forward beers. This is probably one of the better beers that's easy to find no matter where you are. It's a tribute to SN to have gotten this beer so far that it sits side-by-side with all the mass produced American macros in most bars and restaurants.

GilGarp, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of adamks
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: golden with sticky two-finger head, slight lacing

s: citrus, slightly flowery hops with a hint of sweet malt

t: the citrus balances the sweet malt, just a bit of hop bitterness on the way out

m: light body, medium carbonation

d: a great session beer, some flavor but not enough to deter from downing a sixer in one night

adamks, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Mikeyr89
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a nice two finger head, the beer poured perfectly and probably had the best mouthfeel of any beer I've ever had. (Granted that number is nothing compared to most on here) This was the first time I've ever had a beer and enjoyed the hop flavor! (Again I'm new) but I do hold this beer high among those I've had for it was wonderful. I have to add it in there too, that at this price (7.99/six) it's certainly hard to beat. Full of flavor and not at all too powerful!

Very great!

Mikeyr89, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A golden brown hue with high carbonation streaming up the glass meeting up to a white thin foam head. Mixed with the carbonation you can even see some hops floating right in there

Smell- Hops and slight citrus notes on the nose, the beer does call you in for the first sip.

Taste-- A hop lovers dream, delicious hops with a smooth balance finished. A beer that has a reputation that is good for hops and this more then crushes those expectations. YUMMY!

Mouthfeel- Cool smooth and delicious

Drinkabilty- An amazingly good tasting beer that with each sip and bottle leaves you crying for more.

If you haven't tried it go try it a great beer.

Stunner97, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one with the one, the only, William Pang (Queens, NY).

Poured this one a little aggressively, leading to a much larger head than normal. However, it ended uip being a deep gold with a very frothy and bubbly off-white head and very nice lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, with a well-balanced malt sweetness backing it up.

The taste, at first, is straight grapefruit. However, as it settles in your mouth, it develops a bready, doughy flavor that is surely from the malt profile.

Medium body, creamy feel in the mouth, with carbonation bubbling around.

Very drinkable, very tasty, well balanced. Very nice.

tittymcj, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Wogs
2.03/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I think this beer is way over hyped.

A- Off white head, pretty good lacing and a amber color

S- Citrus smell to it

T- I did not enjoy the bitter after taste. The taste of it did not warrant the sharp bite.

M- Good carbonation and not too thick.

D- I can drink it but I would rather have something else.

* This is my first review hope its ok.

Wogs, Jan 31, 2009
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,742 ratings.