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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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9,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,804
Reviews: 2,833
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 194
Gots: 1,606 | 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:
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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Photo of Raymond855
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into wine glass.

A: golden bronzy in colour. Minimal white head's lacing clings to glass with some difficultly.

S: definite hops but not overpowering. I get some bready tones as well. Nose is simple but good.

T: Moderate hops up front with a nice mildly sweet malty finish. Certainly some hints of caramel but these pale in comparison to the hoppy bitterness.

M: Nice. Mild carbonation, smooth, refreshing.

O: A great beer, easy to drink. It is not complex, but is very good. Would certainly recommend.

Photo of Stockfan42
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange body with a thin white head that seems to stick to the glass pretty well.

Smells of grapefruit and hops with a spicy kick.

Taste has a very sharp and bitter bite. Very crisp, very clean, hops and grapefruit again. Also got a nice spicy kick as detected in the aroma.

What I really enjoy about this beer is the mouthfeel. A very creamy body while still maintaning a very citrusy and bitter bite. Goes down easy and very drinkable.

Overall a solid pale ale. Never a let down.

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold with an orange hue. Good hops nose with a bit of fruit and plenty of malt character. Nice retention and lacing. Medium body and carbonation. Finishes dry with good balance but a little extra emphasis on the grain. Understated and classic in it’s approach.

Photo of Deutschetaters
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. Mild malts and hops. A hoppy, slightly malty pale ale. Full flavor. Good balance of hops to malts. Mouthfeel is smooth. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is bitter. The classic Pale ale. This is an excellent beer to drink ICE COLD on a hot summer day.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a wide glass.

A - Beer is a deep golden color and very clear. The head is not overly big or long lasting, but is made up of tiny white bubbles.

S - The aroma is big and sharp. Green, citrusy, fresh hops. There is just a hint of bready malt in the background, but it is certainly secondary.

T - The taste is dominated by fresh hops emphasizing citrus and grapefruit. There is just a bit of nutty, grainy malt in the background. Not much complexity.

M - The bitterness is sharp but not mouth-puckering. A bit of carbonation fizz. Body is moderate, as fits the strong hops flavor. No alcohol noticeable.

D - The beer is very drinkable and enjoyable. It holds up well despite being such an early example of craft brewing. My only complaint is a lack of complexity with the hops so dominant.

Photo of mjw3180
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of danielocean03
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich orange-hued amber into a pint glass. Short fizzy head fell quickly to light lacing. Smells of fresh, fruity hops, somewhat citrusy. Taste is slightly masked by heavy carbonation at the start, opens quickly to the hops and sweetly marked of citrus, tastes very fresh, crisp and clean. Mouthfeel is sharp, light, bubbly, finished clean and dry, somewhat like champagne will. Nice and complex blend of citrus and hops, excellent brew, would purchase again, drinkability high, nice introduction to someone new to APA's.

Photo of beerdown77
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is an old stand by. It's on-tap everywhere, so the "ace in the hole" factor is a plus. I like that it is well rounded, medium bodied, and easy to have a few of. This time around I poured it into a pint glass with two fingers of head. The retention isn't as good as Celebration, but still pretty good. The color is orange/copper. I smell hops, malt and citrus. The taste is a little on the sweet side, but there is a good amount of hop presence for a Pale Ale.

Photo of tlema1
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the three major craft beers you'll find at many establishments on draft (the others being Fat Tire and Boston Lager), I got this at Famous Dave's BBQ when I was in Fresno this weekend. Paired with BBQ beef tips, on to the beer:

What's to say that hasn't been said? It's a west-coast classic with it's own unique beat. Typical of American styles, it leans towards the hoppy profile, with a grapefruit/citrus aroma. From draft, it has a creamy feel that's good to the last drop. I'm glad to hear from casual beer drinkers that this is on thier list for thier favorite beers, so it has appeal for everyone.

Photo of Redwood21
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a great beer, its very smooth, and goes down smooth. there is a definate taste of hops with a finish of hop/bitterness. However the bitter finish is by no means overpowering. There is a semi complex flavor profile, but still simple enough for someone new to pale ales. A great first pale ale, but one that you will come back to. Great pale ale and great beer. Must try.

Photo of rolltide
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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

12oz draft

beer pours a crisp golden amber colour

aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, pine and hops

taste is of caramel, hops, grapefruit

mouthfeel is a good amount of carbonation, slightly bitter aftertaste, crisp, and tasty

this is very drinkable, easily sessionable.

Solid brew from S.N.

Photo of bargemouse
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Golden amber coloring with a creamy white head. A strong sharp hop aroma and sharp hop flavour. Smooth and full bodied. Very drinkable ale, especially for those who apreciate hops. Not to complex, just a well hopped beer. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is an excellent example of the style.

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

Considering this beer is distibuted more widely than many other beers rated on this site, I'd say it's pretty darn consistent. This being said, I still gave it a strict review. I have always respected this beer and would drink it over many others of its style. It's one you can come back to and one that you can find more easily than the rest.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber color, very clear. Light head that disappears pretty quickly

S: Citrus and pine hop profile. Very fresh and not terribly strong.

T: Starts off heavy on the hops, nice citrus crispness with a pine finish. More malt balance than I would have expected - this really isn't a bitter pale ale like you may expect from the smell or the initial bite. Finishes very clean.

M: Nothing special, very crisp and a pretty even feel start to finish. Little to no aftertaste.

D: For 5.6abv, this is a drinkable brew. It's light for a pale ale so you can easily put away a few of them, and it's appropriate for any season or food pairing really.

Overall a solid standby beer, one I don't mind having around at all times.

Photo of BobMessina
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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

This has to be one of the biggest available mircobeers available. Pours a lemony golden hue with sharp amber glints. A good pour with a fuzzy white head. The retention was good, although didn’t last through the whole sampling, as was the lacing.

The smell is a tad more on the hop side of pale ales. A good citrus and floral hop aroma. This is backed by a balanced malt that is rather basic.

The taste is well balanced as well. A good malt base supports a aggressive sweet citrus hop taste up front. This is mixed well with carbonation that is leveled just right. The hop characteristic lasts through and finishes with more of a floral taste. There are hints of pine and earthiness to it as well.

It isn’t difficult to see why this beers does so well. A good body and overall good flavor.

Photo of Brewers316
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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

A - Pours into the glass a pale gold, I can observe significant carbonation and also there is about a half finger head.

S - Citrus, immensely floral, pine, sugar, some hops.

T - Brew malts, floral, sugar/syrupy, bitter hops.

MF - Quite light with foamy sensations on the palate.

O - Not an overly exceptional pale ale, but they are on to something at the Sierra Nevada brewery! Recommended.

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

from notes:
served a light copper / amber transparent with a small white film that leaves down to a film with a nice ring around the edge that left decent lacing
smell is sweet with good pine and grapefruit notes
taste is light all hops, pine floral and grapefruit going on
mouthfeel is crisp with the bitterness but still quite nice
drinkability is good this is a great alternative compared to BMC

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,804 ratings.