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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
91
outstanding

9,317 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 9,317
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 162
Gots: 1,176 | 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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Photo of akahn
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber golden color with lots of streaming bubbles. Off-white head of big bubbles. Sticky and lasts as an irregular skim. Some spotty lacing.

Mellow citric hop aroma, with a broad citric hop flavor. This beer has a serious hop bite, bitter, but not offensively so. Barely a hint of malt coming through, expressing itself as an underlying sweetness. This shows up more as the beer warms. Juicy, rather than dry.

Affirmative supporting carbonation that compliments the hops well, and a solid medium body.

Definitely drinkable, sessionable, but speaking from countless experiences this eventually leads to a sticky, unpleasant feeling in the mouth. But I guess that's a problem with lots of hoppy beers. This is probably THE beer that got me interested in beer, and returning to it after a long time was interesting. This beer is the same as I remember it, but I can appreciate it even more now. I'm glad to have a few in my fridge.

Edit: I'm having another one of these at considerably lower temperature. This allows a lot more pale malt and caramel malt flavors to come through. Also, I'm now noting the hops to be somewhat spicy.

akahn, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of mjn5036
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This one pours a golden, light orange color with a substantial head. The head is bone white and soapy, but lasts mere moments before fading away. Left behind is some sparse soap-scum lacing, which is quite appealing to the eyes.

Nose is a bouquet of delicate floral hops, rich malts and citrus.

Bready malts and fresh hops intrinsically work together in this beer. A great example of an American pale ale.

SNPA is medium body and oh so easy to drink. It is smooth and creamy on the palate with an abv slightly too high to justify it as a session beer. Sierra Nevada Pale is one of the quintessential beers that got me into craft brews.

mjn5036, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of noproduction
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

noproduction, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of NHGrafx
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24oz brown bottle.

Pours a copper color with a decent head, which does not last long at all and minimal lacing.

This one has a lovely aroma. There are some nice floral aromas mixed with a nice citrus aroma which smells like grapefruit and mandarin orange slices. As it warms, aromas of yeast come through as well. Very pleasant.

Taste starts off citrusy which then yields to the bitterness from the hops. There is also some malt flavors in there as well, but they seemed hidden to me. The finish has some nice bitterness to it and is also very dry. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. Moderately drinkable, for me anyway.

Overall this is very nice example of an American Pale Ale.

NHGrafx, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite "go-to" beers. Pours a light orange color with plenty of foamy head and some lacing.

Light aroma of grapefruit, yeast, some hoppy notes.

Flavor follows aroma with some nice citrus and hoppy tastes. Pretty much as expected for a pale ale. Not overpowing.

Solid mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation and very easy to drink. Great to have this so regularly as an option in most all areas I travel.

FanofHefe, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of OzarkElmo
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to tulip 03/21/2009. First taste of a legendary micro brew. Pours a slightly hazy orang/golden color. Moderate off-white head with decent lacing through finish. Aroma of cascade hops, citrus, and malts. Well-balanced beer with a good dry finish. Good representation of an APA. I kind of like a beer closer to home a bit better - Schlafly's APA. To me either one is good for a six-pack session with friends. Cheers!

OzarkElmo, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of iuhoosier336
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great beer because a good amount of bars, even ones that aren't into craft brews, carry it at least in bottle if not on tap. A stand by.

Poured from a tap into a pint glass its a nice evenly colored beer with a good head. The smell is of citrus and slight pine, the taste is flowery with a finish of minor hops. A beer that goes down well and also is a nice spacer in between some big IPAs.

iuhoosier336, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, as required in Italy it states a best before 13 march 2013, which should probably be one year after bottling date

A- Nice amber/copper colour, perfectly transparent. 2 fingers white head, decent retention and nice amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very attractive

S- Grainy malts aroma with some caramel notes. A delicate, refreshing herbal touch on the back of things, with some citric notes also showing up

T- Delicately crisp grainy/bready malts, with notes of caramel as the smell suggested. Not your face but still pretty distinct, clean, bitter feel shows up in both taste and aftertaste, bringing notes of mild citrus (lemon, orange peel) and pine. The slightest spicy hint brings a bit of life

M- Medium to light body, Average carbonation. Overall a nice, delicate crispy feel while still being quite smooth and easy

O- This beer has absolutely perfect balance as well as awesome drinkability. Highly enjoyable, still i was perhaps expecting something more impressive from a beer that is famous as a benchmark for it's style

Cozzatoad, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Huffs
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a nice off white head which dissipated surprisingly quickly and had only some lacing. Appearance was a light amber with a slight haze. Aroma was light and of malt and grain. Taste had hints of caramel, grain and a sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel was very full and nice with a clean, slightly sweet aftertaste.

Huffs, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of guntherhophead
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clover honeyish amber. White head w/lacing, and light sediment dancing in the carbonation.
S-Sweet floral hops, citrus, honey, grain.
T-Clean and even--fresh grain, light citrus, flowery hops, and an excellent aftertaste.
M-Light-medium body w/good carbonation. Excellent harmony.
D-Sessionable and refreshing.

guntherhophead, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Head is quick to fade but leaves a thin covering, minimal lacing. Some small floaties in the glass.

S: Hops and sweet malts. A little hint of carmel. Not overpowering.

T: A wonderfully balanced brew. Has just enough hop to keep it interesting and enough malt to make it real drinkable.

M: Light on the palate with good carbonation. Certainly a session-able beer.

Overall a great standby that is widely distributed. The perfect intro to craft beer as I know it got me into them. Not sure if it has toned down since the days when there was sediment in the bottle, but isnt as impressive as it used to be.

CloudStrife, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of appenzeller
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold, orange, good head that dissipates quickly. Smell is pungent with Cascade hops, I think, the taste follows as expected. Hops bite is moderate, not over the top, lingers through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, ample enough to be substantive but not overwhelming or heavy.

Obviously an American classic. Ironically not my favorite Sierra Nevada beer, but a very respectable brew.

appenzeller, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Blupoet03
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My favorite "every day" beer...

It pours golden amber into a pint glass with little head. The nose is hoppy with a hint of sweetness. Taste is sharp, bitter, and hops all the way. Carbonation is pleasant and not overpowering, it leaves a bitter aftertaste that makes you want more without taking away from the thirst quenching attributes of this beer.

This is a great summer and fall beer and cheap enough to have on a regular basis if you're on a budget. I've also heard it mentioned that this beer brought the pale ale style to America and shows off the Cascade hop variety beautifully.

Blupoet03, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of matsputis
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with some orange

It smells like a big grapefruit. Also has bready-biscuit aroma - a nice balance of hops and malts.

A strong citrus taste with bitterness starts it off, followed by the malty presence and a nice crisp aftertaste. The bitterness stays for a little bit.

It has a very nice crispness to it. Clean flavors

I especially like the aftertaste, and the bitterness gives it a nice kick. The grapefruit flavor I can deal with, but it's a bit strong. I'm fine with just one.

matsputis, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of Kaiser777
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A thick golden hazle color with a off white foam that raised just a bit, but never the lest a good thick foam with a million little bubbles floating from the bottom of the glass to the top.

S- A semi sweet smell, very hoppy with a slight hint of citrus, maybe even a carmel like candy smell as well.

T- A little hoppy with an explosive after taste with a little splash of citrus and a twist of sweetness that leaves an amazing after taste.

MF- Coats the mouth well and like I said before it has a beautiful after taste with a splash of citrus that I have grown to love over the years.

D- Very drinkable one of my favorite pale ales, actually one of the first micro brews I have ever drank about a year ago, and oh what a journey it has been.

Kaiser777, May 25, 2010
Photo of SirBentham
3.88/5  rDev -4%

SirBentham, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass with a great 1 1/2 inch head (a great pour if I can congratulate myself for a second) with a nice golden yellow color with a slight amber hue to it. A really perfect color, what a beer should look like. The smell was slightly citrus, but mostly of the hop and malt combination. The taste would be just as you would imagine from its scent, mostly the great combination of the malt and hops, with some bitter citrus to it. This leaves the most prominent element to the aftertaste- bitter, but in the good way, lingering on the tongue. As I continued the head disapated to a quater inch head leaving some lacing as it went. A decent amount of carbonation, not enough to take away from the taste, and also a good mouthfeel to it, not watery at all.

Overall, I think this would be a great beer to drink as an all around refreshing beer. Pleanty of taste to keep you drinking, with a good amount of carbonation and a crisp taste to the finish. A wonderful pale ale.

thebarnesbomb, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date into a mug.

Pours clear dark gold with light head. Levels off into an off-white cap. Blotching lacing.

The aroma comes with leafy and flowery components. Hops dominate the aroma, no malts detectable.

Strong hop flavor with slight hints of fruit in the background. finish with a bit of lingering hoppiness. Slight grain is available as the beer warms.

Crisp and clear mouthfeel, but not too watery. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

A solid pale ale, more bitter than its English counterpart. Solid APA in my book.

BeerSox, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of BeerSingh
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By the time I got the glass, the head was very thin, which was a disappointment. The body was brownish orange with a lot of playful bubbliness. Nice nose - a lot of grape and citrus notes, with a little bit of grain and yeast. ah, the taste was multi dimensional, with a sharp zesty bite, sweet fruitiness and a robust hop bitterness, more than average for a pale ale. A lot of carbonation there with a light palate. A very drinkable session beer.

BeerSingh, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Faroveryonder
3.88/5  rDev -4%

Faroveryonder, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of AndreasDif
3.88/5  rDev -4%

AndreasDif, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of mwilbur
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a pale gold yellow with a hint of white head that quickly dissipates. Hint of lacing.
S: Nice and fresh aroma. Citrus, apple, and some spice.
T: Citrus (esp orange) hops, sweet yet bitter apple, toasted grains, spice and black pepper...with a hint of caramel malt holding it all together.
M: Smooth and oily feel. Sweet up front turning bitter in the finish.
D: Solid for style. One of the classics. Nice summer session brew.

mwilbur, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of zacharius
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light amber that is something slightly less than brillantly clear. White head sits on top. Smell is of citrusy hops. Taste of beer is of Cascade hops with a slight malt background, finish is all hops. Slight hint of mineraly water. Very drinkable and smooth beer with a nice body. Definatley a session beer.

zacharius, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of Fenris244
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color, .5 finger head, decent retention leaves a thin lace on the surface of the beer, thin lines of bubbles are seen in the glass

Not much in the nose some hop character and some malt maybe but that's about it

Very hoppy up front, terrific malt character following it up, the grainy bread like sweetness is a perfect balance to the hops. The hops give the beer some of the usual ipa flavors but the great malt backbone is the star of this beer for me

Light in body and very crisp, the medium carbonation helps out in the mouth feel. The alcohol isn't to high and the flavor is just right to make this a damn drinkable brew

Fenris244, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of mooseo
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Golden copper, looks a bit cloudy. Has a decent, foamy white head with average retention.

S - Big floral hop aroma mixed with citrus and sweet malts.

T - Roasted, bready malts up front, followed by grassy, floral hops. While well balanced, the hops are plentiful and provide a mild hop bite. The finish is rather dry with some bitterness, leaving a lingering citrus/malt flavor.

M - Crisp and smooth. Light-medium bodied.

D - Highly drinkable, making this an extremely sessionable ale. Bold, robust flavors for a pale ale. Everything seems to work well together. An all around great beer.

mooseo, Sep 08, 2011
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,317 ratings.