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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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8,982 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,982
Reviews: 2,711
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 149
Gots: 1,032 | 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 Kjos29
1.8/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Drank it in a Bottle
Appearance yellowish brown hint.
Don't remember the smell.
Too tart for my taste.
You could drink pretty many.
Overall I think this beer company gets way too much attention for something that doesn't taste very good by beer standards.

Kjos29, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great, classic brew from a company that I've really taken a liking too... A copper colored beer poured with an impressive head that receded after a bit... smell is very dry and biscuity... The taste is solid.. a good example of the style, with caramel and bready overtones... mouthfeel is equally good and with an easy drinkability, this is a classic American brew... their Celebration Ale was great, and this somewhat reminds me of it, with a lower alcohol percentage... a good, clean, crisp taste... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of shroompod
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden tone , small head, a little lacing.

Smell is faintly floral, citrusy.

Taste is primarily hoppiness , with some slight malty undertones.

Mouthfeel is light , with a crisp aftertaste. Carbonation is apparent.

A little high in the ABV department, but I have no trouble drinking 6 of these.

shroompod, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of assmasterson
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderate orange, just a tad lighter than iced tea. Little to no head, but that's because of how I pour it. Clings to the glass and slowly retreats back down.

S: Citrus up front with some floral in the background.

T: Nice and hoppy, with a slight sour aftertaste. Later drinks bring more of a lemon flavor. Simply delicious.

M: A tad sticky, yet thin enough to be quite enjoyable.

D: Very high. Definitely one to always have in the fridge alongside the others.

assmasterson, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of vdubmatt
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing you get when opening a bottle of SN pale ale is a huge dose of cirtusy hoppy goodness. This is probably one of my favorite session beers. Has a nice pale amber color with a small whiteish head. Again, the smell is dominated by citrus. Taste is very refreshing and crisp with a strong hop dominance, but a nice malt backbone. Moth feel is slightly watery. Very drinkable. All in all, it is a great beer that you can find almost anywhere in my experience.

vdubmatt, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This beer is a very nice gold amber color. A little more foamy than I would like but still a nice looking beer.

Smell- Very floral with a good hops presents.

Taste- Not as bitter as I thought it would be. There are some great citrus tones in the flavor but balanced with the malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth but bitter and light and refreshing.

Drinkability- A nice dinner or stay home and chill beer.

MTNboy, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of ajr24
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper and golden with a nice creamy head with good coverage on top. Small amount of lacing and it has an average head retention.

S- Piny and citrus/floral, smells like an excellent IPA which it is.

T- Piny, hoppy and awesome. Grapefruity and piny balance

M- Creamy and cripy (krispy-kreme?)

D- Sessionable as anything

ajr24, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.35... shared with a coworker... my half poured into a Delirium tulip.

Short lasting white head... atop a crystal clear lite golden brew.

Aroma is perfect blend of pronounced citrus hops and pale malts.... with just a touch of yeast fruitiness.

Flavor is as good as a an APA can be... cascade hops... balanced pale toasty malts and bitterness.... finish is more cascades and a little fruitiness. Body is perfect medium/low with the right carbonation.

Really not anything somebody can say bad about Sierra Nevada pale... I really don't buy it much anymore unless I am at a gas station and this is the only micro they have.... but writing a review makes me think about just how quintessential this brew is.... a classic if there ever was one.

JohnGalt1, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Grainy aroma with a small measure of caramel and a moderate citrus hop presence.

Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness mingles with the taste of toasted grains. Predominately citrus hops, but there is a pinch of pine in there, too. Medium bitterness leads into a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, a solid pale ale that's readily available and generally easy on the wallet.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of SargeC
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep golden color with an almost perfect, off-white head. Carbonation lazily flows.

Smell: Crisp hops, sweet malt.

Taste: Beautifully balanced to highlight the ingredients. Good initial hop flavor that evolves into hearty malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice staying power with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Classic American ale. Great session choice. Very refreshing and goes with everything.

SargeC, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of ifixufly
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured light golden amber color into a pint glass with 1" of head that disippated quickly into a tight white lace around the edges of the glass.
The aroma of the brew came across as hoppy with spicy and citrusy undertones when consumed. It has a smooth mouthfeel with very little aftertaste.
I would recommend this beer and seeing that it is one of my fave's, I drink this beer all the time. So bottoms up!

ifixufly, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here in LA, you can find this beer and almost any retaurant or bar that serves beer. And that is a good thing.

A: Mostly yellow with some darker orange hues throughout. Small and bubbly one finger head. A fizzy looking brew.

S: Mild sweet crisp smelling malts and a slight hop scent as well.

T: Grainy malt with just a touch of sweetnes. Ends with a bitter hop kick, not too strong but maybe more than other APAs. Pine hops seem to dominate the flavor.

MF: Very light and clean. Bubbly but easy to drink.

D: This is one of my standards because, as I mentioned, it's so easy to get just about anywhere. A great summer beer because it's light and not too dry. Certainly not my favorite beer, but it sure beats the usual restaurant selection.

rxdrewthejew, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of armock
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Hoppy goodness

T - Taste is of bitter hops in a good way

M - Theres quite a bit of carbonation the beer coats the mouth

D - This one is more hoppy than other pale ales but if you like hops this is a good beer or if your moving into IPAs.

armock, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear pale golden brew with a big head as a result of an aggressive pour. Thin head remains on top and lots of sticky lacing clings to the glass. Wonderful smell of spicy hops and malt. Starts out strong and bitter from the hops and then smooths out with some maltiness and finishes very dry and hoppy. What a wonderful brew. Hard to say american pale ale and not think of this beer.

clemsonbrewer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of jonsvws
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice crisp hoppy smell. taste nice and bitter but with a woody hint . very drinkable and very bubbly the whole time. head retention is not the best, legs stream long for awhile though. taste very smooth, bitter, and woody eceptional beer, would be able to drink all day long and have

jonsvws, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of PaleAlien2
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this beer all day. Poured from a bottle, it's orange with a finger-width, creamy white head that leaves lots of lacing as you drink. Scent is surprisingly not as hoppy as I would have thought. Lots of fruit and a woody/grassy aroma I couldn't place. Palate is crisp, clean and very dry. Not as hoppy as a lot of Pales and IPAs. You get a slight hop burn on the tongue, but it's balanced enough to let the grapefruit and spices come through. This is a laid back Pale - smooth, mild and highly drinkable.

PaleAlien2, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of MarzenMan
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 1 1/2 Finger thick rocky head that leaves a lot of lacing. Yellow slightly amber color.

S - Hops

T & M - Not what I expected from the standard APA. Dry, crisp, clean and bitter. The hops don't seem floral but rather bitter. Very mild flavors. Thick on the tongue.

Different and good. Light and dry version of a pale ale.

MarzenMan, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice light amber color with a very thin head that disappeared quickly but had a constant stream of bubbles throughout the drink.

S- Smelled herby - I dont think thats a word but...also keen on the bitterness comes out in the aroma.

T- Crisp, clean and a little bitterness to boot. Tasted great. Also a little piney on the back end of the drink.

M- Very clean and crisp. Light body.

D- I think one of the most drinkable, readily available beers on the market as of right now.

hwwty4, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has escaped my review radar for long enough! ;^)

It pours from 12oz bottle a slightly hazy gold with a good 2 finger head of foam from the initial pour and it stays for the entire session as a solid 1" layer. Good lacing to be had here as well.

The smell is hop dominant to the nose but it's fairly light.

The taste is hoppy with a mild bitterness of grapefruit and a touch of grass. I can just taste some malt, especially when I swish the beer in my mouth, but it's just there to cut through the hops a bit...not really to balance it as hop is king in this very tasty APA that I've enjoyed for many many years. This was actually one of my main gateway beers bridging the past of light tasting, oh so similar tasting brews to the present, where you can pretty much sample flavours all over the spectrum. And....after all these years, it does more than hold its own. This is a *classic* and rightfully so.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation and it finishes dry and has a nice bitter aftertaste that lingers on for some time. *Still* one of my favourites of the style and one I frequent often. It is that good.

Bitterbill, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of kguyty
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally had my first Sierra Nevada. I had been wanting to try one, and now I know why.

The PA ours a nice golden and amber color with a nice head. There is a decent smell of hops and sweetness. The taste is fairly hoppy, but not overly hoppy. The carbonation was just right which added to the drinkability of this beer.

A good beer from a company that I look forward to trying more of.

kguyty, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of flyingv63
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden amber color, has a decent head that doesn't dissapate right away.

S- Smells kind of floral with a hint of carmel.

T- Good bitterness, nice balanced malty flavor

M- Bitter at first but smooth as silk going down very little aftertaste

D- I could easily drink two or there before starting to feel full although this is a very filling beer.

flyingv63, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of racer2k
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer back in the early 90's while enjoying some Grateful Dead shows on the east coast. This was well in advance of the craft beer revolution and many west coast deadheads would sell this excellent beer at shows. It has been my favorite "go to" stock beer ever since. Always plenty in the fridge.

A - Dark copper color, good solid carbonation. Thick creamy two finger head retention. Plenty of lacing on the sides of my pint glass

S - Moderate bitter hop smell with some hints of sweet malt. Very consistent smooth smell with a solid hoppy profile.

T - Very balanced taste with a moderate flow of hops and light malty flavor. Sweet but not syrupy sweet like some of the high powered IPAs. A bitter taste hits you in the middle of your swallow and there is a nice hoppy finish with hints of pine and floral overtones. A beautiful thing.

M - Good dose of carbonation with a moderate bitter hopped feel. Very balanced and not too thick.

D - Excellent session beer. That has a perfect balance beer after beer. This beer is positioned between a lighter hopped pale ale and a hoppier IPA in my opinion. I typically shy away from Pale Ales as many are bland and not hoppy enough. This is an exception for sure.

racer2k, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of orangemoustache
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-It pours an amberish orange with fluffy off white head and lots of sticky lacing,it also has tons of little yeast particles that are slowly falling to the bottom of my pint glass,it looks delicious like apple juice

S-i could actually smell this one (a little),sweet,with a pine like bite!

T-this is a VERY tasty beer,what a nice suprise,it starts with a flavorful hoppy goodness,and then finishes with a fruity,earthy touch that leaves my tounge screaming for another sip(gulp)

M-medium body,but on the lighter side of the spectrum,it has a strong bite upfront,very soft,and fulfilling on the finish

D-very drinkable at all times really but especially when out a eatery,bar,ect. and nothing else is avalible,a great stand-by!

orangemoustache, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Strix
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is hoppy and floral. Taste is floral, a tinge of pine and citrus and a pleasant bitter tinge. Below the bitterness, a clean finish, making for a nice balance. Medium density mouthfeel, quite drinkable.

A classic. Good drinkability with a shot of bitterness.

Strix, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whenever I find myself in a place that does not have a selection up to par, Sierra Nevada is always a safe bet
A: Pours a beautiful cloudy golden color with a small head and lace
S: Interesting smells that include notes of hops, some citrus, some malts, and others that I cannot put my finger on
T: Interesting taste that includes citrus, hops and more
MF: very refreshing, clean, slightly bitter, and smooth
D: Highly drinkable, one of my favorites, but it gets too intense after a few

I recommend this beer

scottyshades, Oct 23, 2007
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,982 ratings.