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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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9,876 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,876
Reviews: 2,855
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 204
Gots: 1,696 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 9,876 | Reviews: 2,855
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to review a classic! Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a light golden color, with a very sexy, fluffy white head.

S: Has a subtle floral smell paired alongside some understated malt notes. Faint hints of citrus are detectable, as well.

T: Starts with a little bit of biscuity malt before opening with a solid bite of NW hops. Has a floral, piney character that merely tingle your taste buds, rather than attack it with scissors. Not my favorite tasting beer, but it still works perfectly.

M: Good carbonation with a proper feel on the palate. Dry finish makes it a great pairing with spicy/zesty/bitter food.

O: It's a craft beer classic for a reason, people. All the refreshment you'd expect from a pale lager, but far more satisfying to drink. Insane drinkability, well priced, very easy to find, and a fantastic gateway beer for newbs. What's not to like?

Photo of ryantupy
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright golden orange haze with a little white head that tended to cling to the glass. Smelled of very strong hops, some floral notes, and some citric scents aswell. Tasted nice creamy and smooth with a very mild malty crispness. I found it a little on the bitter hop side but in an enjoyable way. I really enjoyed this beer and ended up buy another round of it. So i would definatly reccomend this beer.

Photo of Eirerate
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my favorite mug. As expected from the style, pour produced small head which left behind little lacing. Dark golden color seemed just a bit hazy but still appealing. Got a nice aroma of piney hops but not overpowering. Smooth enjoyable flavor. I liked this beer even though I prefer a darker beer with a more prounced malt flavor. Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated. A nice balanced beer and a fine example of the style. Very drinkable

Photo of jonziefle
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear light amber color, with a three-finger light khaki head. The head is a bit foamy/billowy and has good retention. Plenty of visible carbonation. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of grain and bready malts. A sharp bitter nose, but with very little hops at all.

Taste: A mild beer with a good balance between the grainy malts and the light hops. No one taste really dominates. A good "standard" of the style, memorable for its simplicity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth. Good crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability: A very good pale ale. Very simple without one real defining quality, but a true standard of the type. Very easy to drink and goes with anything. Might be the beer that started my on my craft beer journey.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light amber hued with fantastic clarity. A fingernail of off white covers the majority of the top. Light Brussels lacing. I smell citrus hops and marzipan. I taste a nice well balanced blend of amber malt and citrus hops. The mouth moderately carbonated and crisp.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle

A: Pours a nice golden like color with a beautiful head. Amazing, sticky lacing the whole way down the glass. A+

S: Nice mixture of hops, the more prevalent, and malts taking the undertones. Citrus with some bread notes as well. Typical APA.

T: Smooth and crisp. Nice fresh hop taste all the way through the drink. Not a bitter finish at all, but finishes with a nice bite.

An amazing pale ale. One of it's greatest characters is how smooth and well balanced the ingredients are. It does lack real bite that I'm looking for, even as pales are considered. Great beer and will be buying this one again.

Photo of emmasrue1
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love this beer anytime but particularly on a nice warm Summer day. It won't knock your socks off and it sure is refreshing. I like the can so that we can take it on the boat. This beer and Torpedo are two of my top 10 favorites. You can drink more than 2 of these and still feel in control. Nice smooth taste.

Photo of AlephNull
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers that seems to be available everywhere. When I want a hop-monster, this is the way I tend to go. The bar I got this from may have had some ambient scents that were washing out the flavors, because I know it has a more robust smell than it seemed to that day.

A - Pours a warm amber with the head poured off. As I drink it, the head leaves nice round lacing rings.

S - Not as much as I expected (as above) but I smelled no real discernible malt, but there's definitely some grapefruity hopy scent. Maybe a little piney-ness.

T - Oh yeah, that's the great pacific northwest hop beer we all know and love. Grapefruity hops from start to finish. Not a lot of variety to that flavor, and the malts are definitely overwhelmed. There might be a bit of a bready malt there, but hops dominates.

M - The heavy grapefruit hops emphasize the carbonation which helps the refreshing nature of the beer. Not quite watery, but definitely not creamy, a solid body.

D- I find it very drinkable, but if you're not a fan of those NW cascade hops you'll hate it, so I'll have to give it a slightly marginal rating, but as I said, I love it.

Photo of zebedee
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Now, I’ve always been ignorant of American ales, until I discovered this site, mainly because the only American beers I’ve ever seen here are the usual Bud/Miller shite. Suffice to say, this ale was part of a new line in my local, evil supermarket, so I thought, what the heck, I’ll try it.

This ale poured a marmalade orange colour, with a one finger head of weak, brilliant white foam. There was little noticeable carbonation. The head quickly dissipated until there was but a thin film covering the beverage.

The smell, I found intriguing. Parma violets initially came to the fore, with some sherbet and a hint of liquorice. This gave way to oranges and lychees. Quite an aroma I thought.

Despite the smell, which I feared would be a precursor to a sickly sweet drink, I actually found it fairly delicate. It tasted like I was drinking a liquid bouquet, with violets and lavender, with some sour apple thrown in for good measure. The finish was quite dry, and slightly sour.

I felt little carbonation on the tongue, but it does hit the back of the throat on the way down. I feel this adds to the dryness, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It felt thin in the mouth, but not in a negative fashion.

This ale is light and crisp, and I would certainly be able to sink a few in a sitting. It lacks the sickly sweet taste I feared it would have, and is overall a nicely rounded drink. This would go down just chipper on a warm, dry day, which we seldom have here:(. All in all, I was very pleased with this beer as an introduction to American pale ales, and I hope I continue to have good fortune with them in the future.

Photo of Lizzie8148
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Reidrover
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had heard a lot about this beer from other "micro" beer drinker, so when it went on sale for $4.99 a six i thought i,de give it a go.
Pours pretty nicelly, but doesnt hold a head to well, the smell is good. Has a nice after taste to it , thiough the feel in the mouth is pretty average. I was drinking this with a hang over already so maybe i found the drinkabilty less than i would have in top condition LOL

Photo of MarzenMan
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 1 1/2 Finger thick rocky head that leaves a lot of lacing. Yellow slightly amber color.

S - Hops

T & M - Not what I expected from the standard APA. Dry, crisp, clean and bitter. The hops don't seem floral but rather bitter. Very mild flavors. Thick on the tongue.

Different and good. Light and dry version of a pale ale.

Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle with no date

Pours gold-orange with lots of very fine suspended sediment. Small, film-like, bone-white head. Smell is faint; malt, pine, lime, and barnyard. The taste is very one-dimensional in it's bitterness. Some toasted malt and barley in the background, a lemon zest finish, but not much else. Unremarkable but solid flavor. Mouthfeel is great: crisp, smooth, creamy.

One of the best "cheap" craft brew options.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly copper-tinged brown colour, very thin bead of carbonation occurring at 90° intervals around the glass. Very thin head when poured, none now. Leaves a thin web of lacing. Not bad but not GREAT.

Smells, yup, like Little Creatures. Dominant hoppiness with a generous sherbety pineapple character to it. Might need warming up but anyhow it's a pleasant, fresh kind of nose.

Isn't that interesting. Good complex flowering palate. Fairly strong hit of hops on the front, settles out into a sweet malty but subtle back palate with blended elements of guava and pineapple, with the slightest caramel hit. There are very nice flavours but it's dominated by the hoppy front palate which is the standout flavour.

I'm told that when Americans taste Little Creatures they say it's like Sierra Nevada but not as good. I have to say that cuts both ways. This is a very pleasant drop, but I do think Little Creatures has a bit more character and more complex flavours. If I were born across the Pacific though I'd be perfectly prepared to say the opposite :)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great drinking beer. The appearance is a light orange with a nice white head. The smell is full of hops but does have some more earthy smells in it as well. The taste is great with a burst of hop flavor in the beginning that fades into a toasty malt flavor that finishes the beer well. I can definitely see how this one is a popular beer today.

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant caramel copper color with a dense, foamy half inch ivory head that slowly correlates, leaving solid lacing.

Pine, muted citrus, and lightly toasted malt form the initial aroma. There's a bit of fresh cut grass, resin, and light floral notes.

Flavor reveals underpinnings of grapefruit and orange pith, with slightly bready, toasted malt at the backbone, carrying into a somewhat bitter, lightly resiny finish. Tastes a little watery, perhaps oxidized. Could be the tap lines. Skunky and floral hops emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate to a touch watery, with moderate carbonation, a touch of warmth, and slight astringency.

Very sessionable brew. Fairly balanced, but leans slightly toward the bitter/hoppy side.

Photo of jharmon
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chlsyhawkins
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of CTague
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KristijanG
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of soper2000
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on of my first microbrews so i decided to revisit it for the purpose of this review. It pours a nice golden orange color with a smooth white head. A standard looking pale ale i might say. Smell is big on hops and citrus as is the taste. Big hoppy notes are present, I wish there was a little more malt flavor in this as the citrus and hops aren't balanced that perfectly to my palate. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both decent. This isn't my favorite pale ale but it'll always do in a pinch.

Photo of kbova17
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DavidPaul
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JDoogle
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of diamondlie
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,876 ratings.