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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

8,213 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,213
Reviews: 2,670
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 656 | 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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screamking

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours a nice apricot color, white foam head that doesn't linger long. 3.75

Aroma-grapefruit right up front, orange, lemon zest, some lite floral notes. 4

Taste-bitter citrus mostly grapefruit, apricot, hint of pine, honey. 4

Feel-leaves mouth feeling bitter, light bodied easy to drink, but overly bitter and dry in my mind. 3.5

Overall-for a beer that everyone can get just about anywhere this is a no brainer. One of the first craft beers I ever had still lives up to what it was 10 years ago. Price is among the cheapest for any craft offering. If you have few options in beer this is the one to get. 4.25

Serving type: can

02-17-2013 20:43:39 | More by screamking
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alankwak

Florida

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear with medium carbonation and good lacing. Good head retention.

S: Wonderful hop aroma(cascade).

T: Great quality grainy flavor from the barley perfectly balanced with the bitterness from the hops. Seems high quality ingredients are used. Finish is dominated by the hops flavor and aroma. Great.

M: medium/full mouthfeel. Nice.

O: I was pleased and surprised by this fine ale. Tasted, smelled and looked great. Great Ale. I will be drinking more soon .

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:47:30 | More by alankwak
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. A re-review after a few years without having one.

Appearance: Nice dull gold with a white head.

Nose: Very floral pine notes with sweet candied lemons and caramel.

Taste: Very clean and straightforward flavors. Crisp juicy citrus first with perfectly balanced malts. The finish is floral and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice, but I'd like a bit more body.

Overall: It's a classic and something you can always rely on.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 18:02:40 | More by fdig23
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, light orange body with an OK head.

Smell – Sensuous hops aroma consistant with the style and the very slightest hint of pine tells us that this one is serious.

Taste – It tastes like a lot of different hops in there. I get a little citrus, but not quite like an orange, and a lemon without the sourness (if that makes any sense). Some hops seem to have a strong floral taste, whereas others are a little bit more crisp. This is a hop-lover’s delight.

Mouthfeel – This feels great in the mouth. The carbonation is small, of course. The brew has a consistancy that just glides along the cheeks and gums. Nice job, SN.

Drinkability – This one has it all. It’s complex yet purposeful. There is an abundance of flavors in there, yet we know right away that it’s an American Pale Ale. In fact, this one would be a great reference taste for other pale ales.

Comments – I have been very impressed with the offerings from this brewery thus far (this is my fourth SN review).

Update – I first reviewed this beer the same month that I joined the site, so I thought it would be fun to revisit it with the 2004 vintage now that I have 1,000+ reviews under my belt.

This really is an understated but incredible Pale Ale. The nose is big on the hops and very complex, but the taste is expertly balanced. It’s everything good in a mild sort of way. I think this is the most often named beer when folks ask the perennial BA question in the forum, “What’s the best beer to introduce a macro drinker to craft beers.” I’m upping my Drinkability rating from 4.0 to 5.0 while bowing in the general direction of Chico, CA.

Update – I had a few bottles of 2006 and thought it was grainier since I last remember. It is a terrific beer but just seemed so ordinary this time around. It’s a definite 4.0 across the board at this point.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 02:37:12 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

10-23-2013 00:33:17 | More by cam477
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

05-28-2013 00:35:01 | More by DanGeo
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Turbo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

12-08-2013 14:33:37 | More by Turbo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden color, nearly amber; white head with some heft to it, simmers down quick but lasts in the form of lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong and solid; nice dose of American-style hops, leafy and earthy with a hint of citrus, on top of a huge malt canvas, full of some sweetness and bread-like yeast attributes. The taste is spot on for the style - west coast APA full force, leafy and earthy hop presence, mild bitterness which is both the king of the forefront yet overall mild at the same time. Mild citrus flavor in the form of orange peels and grapefruit - it's there, but not in large amounts. You'd swear the malt is given in nearly equal parts, as it cuts in about halfway through to give a nice sweetness full of rich barley and slightly toasted grains, with a finish that turns to the caramel aftertaste of the malt and the biscuity character of the yeast. Some lasting bitterness resides on the tongue, but it's relatively low and easily accessible, once again - great for this style. Tight, abundant carbonation and a medium body.

This is certainly a "go-to" APA when you're looking for something to sit back, relax, and drink a bunch of. You can certainly toss these back all day - great drinkability, tons of flavor. Also a great beer for introducing people to the world of craft beer, namely hop-forward beers, as it has a large hop presence but is relatively mild and far from overpowering, especially to a new palate. This is APA done simple, and done right.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 12:40:59 | More by tectactoe
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

09-26-2013 01:02:19 | More by OhioBobcat
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npala86

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

08-08-2013 14:48:10 | More by npala86
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%

11-12-2012 22:48:07 | More by dmheinz57
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ajkiser12

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

11-27-2012 20:01:03 | More by ajkiser12
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joemetric

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%

07-10-2014 17:27:40 | More by joemetric
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%

03-21-2012 18:00:21 | More by sabitu
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -1%

03-06-2014 03:04:24 | More by bulldogg915
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Dangerrangerjas


4/5  rDev -1%

09-06-2012 01:59:00 | More by Dangerrangerjas
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could sit here and drink this beer all day long. Gold color, medium-size white head, little bit of lacing. Mostly malt aroma, a little bit of citrus. The citrus comes through more in the taste, and I think it intensifies in your mouth. A little bit of malt in the taste also.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 21:55:15 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

03-22-2014 21:07:52 | More by DaftPatrick
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pengs68

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

03-07-2014 22:12:15 | More by pengs68
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

06-13-2013 03:08:23 | More by warnerry
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chip26

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

07-10-2014 03:23:05 | More by chip26
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

07-05-2013 11:57:42 | More by TTripp725
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

05-17-2014 08:14:51 | More by generallee
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

05-24-2012 07:01:21 | More by nstroup
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

11-25-2011 21:47:04 | More by TimoP
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,213 ratings.