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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
90
outstanding

8,446 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,446
Reviews: 2,678
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 118
Gots: 785 | 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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%

A-pale gold with a hint of orange. thin white head. there are some bubbles

S-very hoppy, but very bold and striking. its not that citrusy but i'm getting a hint of orange. there's a good strength to it.

T-starts with an oddly bitter mixture of hops and barley. there's a bitter after-taste of barley. this is quite the simple and unexciting beer.

M-medium to high carbonation which is creamy. finish is a tad dry

D-it doesn't get any worse than the initial taste but it doesn't get any better. i've heard a lot of good things about this beer but i was really let down. this is nothing special and doesn't beat the other commonly found beers.

01-04-2011 19:21:54 | More by AdamBear
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kindestcut

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%

The SN Pale Ale pours a clear and pale golden amber. The head is quite frothy but dies a brave death in only a few minutes. Quite a refreshing looking beer before the first taste.

The aroma is, as would be expected, spicy and very subtle floral with strong hops. The flavor is not particularly smooth but with a bitterness that is not overpowering.

Ultimately, I think that the SN Pale Ale is not delicious but it can be refreshing...if you were very thirsty.

05-05-2003 07:58:13 | More by kindestcut
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JohnBeerRun

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -33.2%

I tried this beer in Athens georgia because I had heard good things about it. The overall look was great and the smell and mouthfeel was good but it's just the taste of pale ales I can't get past. I'm more into dark roast or cream tasting beers. Not knocking this beer at all it's just more for pale ale drinkers.

02-10-2012 14:48:25 | More by JohnBeerRun
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -33.2%

Pours clear and bright, golden in color and topped by a full inch of off-white foam. Good retention, decent lace.
Smell is hoppier than expected with notes of herbs and citrus and a very light malt in the background. Would like better balance.
Taste is at least similar to the scent in that the malt takes a 'back of the bus' approach with the hops driving. Light citrus (grapefruit) note accompanies the heavy herbal/floral/medicinal hops. Less balanced than the nose.
Medium bodied with a somewhat sharp effervescence in the front. Dry finish, astringent. Hops mellow in the aftertaste but remain the main ingredient. Warming didn't improve this one, quite the opposite. Sadly, this is a pale ale more in name than in the glass. Drinks like a good lager should. Too bad it isn't labeled as one.

12-07-2011 23:48:13 | More by PorterLambic
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breslaubrewer

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -32.4%

I know this is the classic example of an American pale ale ,but.... in the midwest it becomes oxidized on the retail shelves and doesn't hold up well. I've had one six pack I really enjoyed (nice piney floral aroma, dry finish, bitter spicey taste). I usually won't buy unless I know it's fresh because I get a cardboard/oxidized taste that I can't overcome and usually throw the rest out.

08-14-2011 19:54:22 | More by breslaubrewer
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aquatonex

New York

2.73/5  rDev -32.4%

I expected more from this Pale Ale, perhaps it was the batch that was the problem. Pours light amber. Smells a lot of hops and alcohol, kinda skunky. Tastes rather bitter with a generous portion of hops, alcohol, and skunk that stays with your tongue until your next sip. I was not impressed at all.

07-08-2004 04:37:10 | More by aquatonex
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

09-12-2012 13:29:04 | More by wattoclone
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danpam1024

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

02-24-2013 12:42:02 | More by danpam1024
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jjohnston88

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

12-07-2013 04:11:30 | More by jjohnston88
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trocketsauced

New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-14-2012 14:18:08 | More by trocketsauced
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Mbpike

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-15-2013 18:37:23 | More by Mbpike
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ByMySword


2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

05-21-2012 21:29:30 | More by ByMySword
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Peder

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

01-15-2014 00:10:12 | More by Peder
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JustinSparks

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-29-2014 15:48:02 | More by JustinSparks
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TheWillMitch

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

08-18-2014 01:21:02 | More by TheWillMitch
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Travisnin

Idaho

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

09-14-2012 06:37:40 | More by Travisnin
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BlottoOtto

California

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

03-28-2012 11:28:58 | More by BlottoOtto
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Joshuwutphilly

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-30-2013 01:51:35 | More by Joshuwutphilly
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BEER_TRVP


2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-15-2014 05:57:34 | More by BEER_TRVP
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Brunite

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Appearance: Hazy, light gold colored beer. Lots and lots of floating sediment. This bottled was handled and poured properly. Yet...tons of sediment. Not to thrilled here.

Smell: Mild....nothing noteworthy. Very subtle citrus and malt.

Taste: Average. OK bitterness...some biscuit...not very memorable.

Mouthfeel: Decent but nothing special.

Drinkability: Really disappointed here. Had hopes of making this a go-to APA due to price & availablity. I've had much better. Just too many floaters and not enough flavor for a PA. I'll pass next time.

03-14-2011 06:46:30 | More by Brunite
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

10-02-2012 23:41:02 | More by jaswilson2
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fafa50

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

08-31-2013 21:00:39 | More by fafa50
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dczernic

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

05-14-2013 03:27:46 | More by dczernic
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Bluecane

New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

04-21-2013 06:35:54 | More by Bluecane
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Arch578

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

08-05-2014 13:14:46 | More by Arch578
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,446 ratings.