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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

9,331 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,331
Reviews: 2,734
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 161
Gots: 1,184 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mmmaaattt, Apr 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - golden orange with slight haze, nice lacing.

Aroma - clean citric dominate aroma with some sweet floral aroma underneath both of which are layered over a malty grain base.

Taste - clean hop bitterness balanced against a malty grain sweetness. With a dry finish which verges near to being harsh, but instead manages to get your attention without overwhelming you.

Mouthfeel - clean and sharp, there is not really any of the round feel that one would expect from the aroma. Dry finish.

Overall - hop forward, classic APA, smartly balanced against a strong grainy malt base. Very very good APA.

Michaelcbyrnes, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ZachKelly, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jlogan7, Nov 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

TinkerToys, Nov 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MitchLocke, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

gubiguy, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

udouche, Apr 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Yallnumbskulls, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

stressfree00, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jopezu, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

troutfishingusa, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Ellbert
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap this beer looks much better. Its head sticks much longer and it looks much creamier.

The smell is a little more pronounced. The hops stick out a little more yet the malt is still there with a little spice to make it nice.

The taste seems more hoppier than its bottled friend. The hops are more pronounced and fresh.

The mouthfeel is pretty rich and creamy. The apperance of the head was nice and creamy and it reflects the mouthfeel.

Ellbert, Sep 16, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

veryseldon, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A99kuz, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

fchicken, Apr 04, 2012
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.

Greggy, Jan 29, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

abuss2, Sep 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

goalie35, Feb 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Leowulfe, May 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

srw, May 12, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, date of 1174 -- June 23rd, 2011(?) which makes close to 3 months old.

This pours a nice clear golden color with a foamy white head which leaves behind a little lacing. The smell is of pine and citrus hops, a little caramel. The feel is medium to light. The taste is initially of piney hop flavors, a hint of grapefruit and some caramel, there is some bitter afterflavors but this is very crisp and not as fatiguing as a super hopped IPA (which I love). Overall this is a great beer, easy to drink but full of bitterness and flavor, its also one of the cheapest craft beers to buy so what's not to love?

DavidST, Sep 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

n00blar, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

sgregory, May 27, 2013
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,331 ratings.