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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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2,876 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,876
Hads: 10,530
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 246
Gots: 2,411 | 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:
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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Reviews: 2,876 | Hads: 10,530
Photo of haddon
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden brown with a good two-finger head that doesn't hang around too long. good lacing all the way down

S- not a whole lot going on here. little hoppy on the nose with a faint smell of malt and citrus. very faint aromas all around

T- hoppy and bitter at first that dissipates quickly with not much aftertaste at all.

M- best part of beer. light and crisp with a good balance of carbonation. sits on the palate well

D- good beer. unfair to compare with an ipa if you are expecting more hops. actually got better as the beer warmed a bit.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at InField's, Chicago Loop. Good to see this style-setting beer at more places in my neck of the woods. Pours an appealing amber body under a thin pale ale head. Originally had a mild taste, but I felt that I was "tasting" the glass more (maybe it wasn't rinsed correctly), but the fine balance of hop and malt came through. Definite northwestern hop profile with spice, bitterness and a light fruity touch. A good, toasty malt blend that's just a little sticky on the palate. Leaves a nice aftertaste and a little alcohol warmth to enjoy afterward. Not "extreme" by any means, but an excellent session beer.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very whipped cream-like head with poor lacing. Pours a pale orangish yellow, almost a clear urine color.

Smell - Slight hop notes, but not much else is going on here.

Taste - Slight bitterness turns over to a sweet and smooth aftertaste. A delicious caramelized pine note that has a very smooth hoppy aftertaste. A well balanced lemon-squeeze aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Well balanced and smooth. Quite easily drinkable; so much so that I could easily drink a six pack in a night. I guess I would call this my 'go-to" beer.

Verdict - Defintely a tasty and delicious beer. When I'm just in the mood to have a beer in general, this is what I reach for. I have had it several times; bottled and on tap.

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Photo of Buebie
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown stubby bottle into a pub glass. The semi-rigorous pour reveals a 1'' white head. Receding to leave a thin cap of retention. Sticky lace drapes all the way down leaving a few rings.
The color is a glowing orangish copper with some golden tones. Mostly transparent with a bit of chill haze.

Aroma is kind of subdued with citrus notes and plenty of malty sweetness.

Taste upfront is orange peels, hops are mild but present upfront. Becoming increasingly bitter through the swallow, lingering with bitter pine. Carbonation tickle throughout.

A solid pale ale, definitely a thirst quencher on a hot humid day like today.

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Photo of Jafne
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a medium amber, well carbonated, decent head. Left a good amount of lacing. Poured clear till the bottom of the bottle, where some suspended particles and foginess entered the mix - my favorite part.

Smell- To my nose it smelled piney, resiny, and a bit citrusy.

Taste- Tasted much like it smelled; piney, citrusy, maybe a little grassy. I tend to like maltier brews. This Beer is not malty, caramely, nor sweet. I'd say more antiseptic, clean, and biting. Maybe it's just hoppier then malty. I did not review the beer till after my third time trying one. Third one was the charm, maybe an acquired taste for me. Definitely on the citrus side, pungent, with a bitter taste that lingers.

Mouth feel- Well carbonated. Smooth on the swallow, but a definite bite to the tongue.

Overall- This is my first review here. Overall it's a great beer. Has a nice bite. I personally like maltier brews and had to give this a few tries before really appreciating it. Right now, I'm thinking of having a second one. Plan on having some other pale ales, so I can compare.

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber into glass, small, white head forms but retreats fairly quickly. Ale appears hazy, nice lacing sticks around for awhile, this is a good looking ale.
Smells of malt, light citrusy hop aroma, nothing too over the top.
Taste is similar to the smell, maltiness with a slight hop bite.
Mouthfeel on this one is good, perfect carbonation, feels great on the tounge, nice and tingly. Very refreshing.
I'd have to rate the drinkability high on this ale, there is nothing too outstanding about it, but it is very nicely rounded. Moderate alcohol content makes it a cakewalk to have a few in a row.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

350ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £1.90 for a single bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy amber coloured body with plenty of fast rising visible carbonation. A thick, foamy, two-finger in height, white head slowly fades to a thin cap leaving thick bands of excellent sticky lacing.

The hop forward nose predominately consists of bold floral and pine aromas. Lighter notes of citrus fruit and spice are underpinned by an ample amount of soft bready malt. The taste mirrors the nose, leading with floral and sticky pine hop profiles followed by a touch of peppery spice. The soft, sweet bready backbone and a touch of caramel malt provide excellent balance throughout the mid palate and linger for an enjoyable length of time before smoothly fading as hops re-enter in the finish. In the mouth, the texture starts pleasantly smooth and creamy. The medium body, lifted by plenty of lively carbonation, is crisp, easy drinking, and refreshing but the finish becomes just a little too bitter and dry. Strong resinous pine and grapefruit flavours build, and a large amount of hop oils stimulate the palate with a prolonged, moderately bitter, slightly astringent sensation that is left to linger.

Overall this is a very good beer. With the exception of the aftertaste, which I found just a little too harsh, it is very well balanced and hugely drinkable, I much prefer this to Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo offering. I could certainly see myself trying it again in the future and would absolutely recommend it to someone with a slightly higher tolerance to that bitter pine hop profile than myself.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a bright brown/orange color with a two finger head which settles into lacing which stays on top of the brew and clings to the glass until the end.

The smell is strong with citrus and floral hops. There is also a pine smell.

The taste starts with floral and citrus hops, a bit of mint, moves to sweet malts and carmel then finishes with a pine like taste. Pine hop resin stays on the tounge after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is bready and chewy, hop oils dominate.

This is an average Pale Ale, not bad just average. The mix of flavors that I am used to smelling and tasting with this style are not present. It is a well put together brew but I believe Sierra Nevada could do better.

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Photo of newcastleme
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was an excellent ale. The only problem is that it may be too sweet of an ale.

Appearance was a pale standard ale.

The smell was moderately sweet.

Taste was the most appealing factor of this beer. It was strong with nice hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and not to strong.

I would drink this beer again and feel it has incredible potential for food pairings. I would pair this with seafood and some chicken dishes.

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Photo of gogreen99
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark caramel in appearance almost orangish red. Very light carbonation with a minimal yeasty aftertaste. Definitely has nice aromatics, very thick head. Minimal lacing on this beer. Head had a little bit of clumping. Found this beer to be surprisingly mellow.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beer is an orange copper color. The clarity lets for visible carbonation. The head is off white withe decent retention and leaves small patches of lacing.

S - Semi bitter hops in the nose. A good balance between citric and floral hops. The malts balance it out even more with a touch of honey sweetness.

T - Taste is soft and bitter with some honey undertones and a bitter orange bite. Finish is mostly bitter but with very pronounced orange flavor.

M - Mouth feel is medium bodies with soft carbonation and a smooth finish.

O - Not a bad beer. Lots of good flavors and the mouth feel was great. Went down very smooth.

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Photo of changeup45
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, out of the bottle, I always enjoy this beer. Copper color with moderate off-white head and some lacing. A bit floral, nicely hopped, with grapefruit, moderate bitterness and some sweet malt for a nicely balanced beer. This is a solid beer and probably easy to find for most people.

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Photo of genog
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this the other night for the first time in a long while. One of the first craft beers I ever tried a few years ago.

Pours a rich golden color that leaves a white head for a short time.

Smell is floral and some fruit

Taste is a nice blend of bitter with the bite of strong hops. Very rich in flavor.

Leaves a nice carbonated feeling on the tongue. I enjoy this beer.

Smooth pale ale, that can be enjoyed over the evening in several bottles.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with average body. Golden bit a little bit more sturdy than pale. Shimmering head and foam residual. Low lacing but some. Medium low carbonation.

S malty and average hopping for APA. no diacetyl or dms. Light and clean.

T a touch sharp. Low maltiness and good bittering. Not much hop flavor.

M&D not the best but not the worst. Low dextrin. Could use more body to finish a bit stronger. A bit watery. Very drinkable and could be a staple drinkin' beer.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean, golden. Oatmeal colored head started off big but is falling rapidly. Lots of lace clinging to the sides of the glas

S: Floral and citrusy, cascade hops.

T: Pine and cascade flavors lead to slightly malty and alcoholic flavor.

M: Decently smooth but some what prickly.

D: An American standard. A classic.

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Photo of Jesswellick
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fruity and refreshing smell. Slightly piney hints. Very bitter hoppy beer but has a great mouth feel that is very refreshing. The bitter taste gives a slight bite that makes it enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. The slight fruitiness and bitter bite make it a great beer.

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Photo of jaycount
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I figured it's about time I reviewed this classic.

A - Light golden in color, looks like most pale ales... delicious!

S - Citrusy hops, only a slight bit of maltiness.

T - Alot of hops, especially sharp at the end of the swallow. I'm not sure if I drink mild IPAs or if this is a hoppy PA but this guy has quite a bit going for it.

M - Light, carbonated, refreshing.

This is a great drink for a hot, sunny Summer day.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me say first off that I think this is a great beer. I really think they should be applauded for their role in the craft brewed revolution in this country. I think many of their products are excellent, and the snpa is the flagship. This used to be my favorite session beer. Why do I say used to be? Two reasons: first, I think this beer is not quite the beer it used to be. This is true both because it has stood still while great hoppy beers grew around it, but also because I think it has lost a little of its unique flavoe over the years. Second, I think this beer has had freshness and consistency problems as it has grown larger. I've had way to many snpas that were stale tasting if not downright skunky. This is particularly true on tap, but I've had some bad bottles too. I think its the beer, not the storage, but as snpas presence has become more ubiquitous, I'm sure there are more places that don't treat it right. Also, I think the tap beer is not as good as the bottles (Except maybe at the brewery- where its wonderful). The krausening in the bottles lends the brew a fruity yeastiness that is part of its charm. This is really lacking on tap, where an earthier taste comes through. When you find it really fresh and well handled, this can still be a near perfect brew, but its getting harder to find that way imo.

The beer came from the tap a beautiful copper color with a good head and excellent lacing throughout.

The smell is pretty good- earthy hops, but maybe with a little bit of a stale aroma as well. The draft lacks some of the fruity esters of the bottled.

The taste is still solid, fairly soft up front with a good earthy piney hop bitterness. A little stale on the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin, but there is some creaminess there as well. The hops are pretty clean, but not a hop explosion. The thinner body helps the beer remain balanced.

Very drinkable, but best when really fresh. My scores are for draft at an average place. They would be higher at the brewery or in bottles.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the first, if not THE first craft beers I ever tasted many years ago.

Pours an orangish golden color with a half in head. Smells very earthy. Has a bit of old sock smell about it. Hops are very noticeable as well as a bit of citrus. Taste is hoppy with a lot of earthiness. A tad bit of bitterness on the back end. Not a very complex brew, but good. This is a bit over carbonated for me, but very satisfying. Overall, this is a good everyday beer, or good session beer.

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Photo of hubsluvsbeer
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle. pours dark yellow with a solid white head. grassy and slight citrus aroma. taste is very bitter lots of fresh cut grass and some sweet sugar malt. had this on tap at the clarkston union and cant believe i have not rated it yet as it is a very true to style beer. it may not have the hop wallop that zombie dust has but the malt that is there plays a very nice roll in balancing out the hops.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer of the Month this November at my local Taco Mac.

It arrived in my 20oz glass a light copper color, very clear with an off white head, very wispy. Small lacing appeared on the side of the glass as I drank.

The aroma of light pine hop with a clean grains dominated. The taste was mild with just a hint of pine and some sourness on the finish.

It had a light crisp medium bitterness with a light feel on the tongue. Nice drinkable beer, this one could carry you through the evening easily.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is hops, some bitterness, a bit of malts at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I tried this before and was unimpressed but now I found it to be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purchased a 1/6 barrel from the local bier store for my kegerator.

A: Pours a rich, slightly dark, golden color with a good foam head that hangs around for a long time.
S: Pretty hoppy, acid like. Nothing great, but you can tell it is a pale ale.
T: A little bitter with a moderate after taste. Leaves your mouth dry.
D: Since I have it on tap, it will be easy to drink. However, I don't ever go out of my way to buy it at the store or in a bar.

Overall, a decent pale ale and one that I think everyone has had already. A recommend. Prosit.

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Photo of FriarPrickly
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Aggressive pour with < 1/2 foamy tan head that disappeared quickly (less than two minutes) with minimal lacing. Beautiful giold honey and clear appearance.
Smell of freshly cut grass after a spring shower. Some citrus noted.
Taste opened with a bubblegum that quickly moved to and remained lemony pepper.
Felt sandpaper on tongue with the carbonation being high and watery mouth. Finished slowly with bitter hop taste remaining.
Overall I was stepping outside my zone on this one. I am trying to be objective and keep my mental filters clean. OK.... I know others love this beer but for me it was average or slightly above at best. I bought a 12 pack but it will be a long time before I repeat the purchase. It is always quite possible my taste buds are burnt out.

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Photo of paulfear
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it poured a nice deep golden almost copper color, the head was about 3/4 of an inch but the head disapated quickly.

it had a slight hoppy aroma. upon drinking, it had a nice sweet bite and not much of an aftertaste in my opinion. overall pretty pleasant with a nice light body.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,876 ratings.