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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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8,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,705
Reviews: 2,691
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 129
Gots: 900 | 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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2.6/5  rDev -35.6%

Robert289, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%

Brown 350ml bottle, best before mid Oct 2007, drank late March 2007.

Imported into the UK and sold in a lot of supermarkets, thought I'd see what all the fuss was about with Sierra Nevada beers.

Poured into my Corsendonk tulip glass it looked a bright traffic light amber, almost terracotta orange colour. A tight white head sat on top, bubbles replenishing the head from the base and side of the glass.

An aroma of sour hops, mashed with an iffy yeast culture, attacked my nose, obviously not a Brit Pale Ale, thats for sure.

Young, green taste, the beer isn't ready to drink yet. Made me burp straight away, which also indicates to me it isn't the finished article.

Dry and metalic aftertaste, sorry, not for me.

Not too sure what I was expecting from this beer, something smoother perhaps, certainly not the young, dry, tinny flavours which I found. I will try another in the summer maybe, to see if the warmer weather helps me see it's characteristics in a better light.

BlackHaddock, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%

Pours a semi clear orange hue with a fluffy white head. Piney grapefruit nose. Medium in body, extremely clean. Slightly tinny taste and just a touch soapy on the finish. Fruit comes through a bit on the tip of the tongue but more of the pine. Balanced. Flavors aren't as pronounced on the tongue as they are on the nose.

Clean and balanced but with some off flavors. I know this thing has made a name for itself but so has stone, anchor, and rogue, and id take a stone ipa, an anchor steam, or a rogue dead guy over this. Its decent, but its reputation made me expect not to find these strange off flavors and overall dullness.

Not saying id never drink again, it is decent, but just Idk, somethings missing.

jtierney89, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
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.

AdamBear, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of kindestcut
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.

kindestcut, May 05, 2003
Photo of JohnBeerRun
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.

JohnBeerRun, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
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.

PorterLambic, Dec 07, 2011
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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.

breslaubrewer, Aug 14, 2011
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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.

aquatonex, Jul 08, 2004
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

danpam1024, Feb 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

jjohnston88, Dec 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

trocketsauced, Jul 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Mbpike, Jul 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

R3ason, Aug 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Peder, Jan 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

JustinSparks, Jul 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

TheWillMitch, Aug 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

BlottoOtto, Mar 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Joshuwutphilly, Jul 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

BEER_TRVP, Jul 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

IrishTank, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Brunite
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.

Brunite, Mar 14, 2011
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,705 ratings.