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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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9,807 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,807
Reviews: 2,835
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 195
Gots: 1,607 | 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 JArtellan1992
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bozebus17
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange color. There is a thin bright white head that lasts the whole glass.

It smells fresh, grainy, and citrusy. This gets my mouth watering.

As far as flavor goes there is a crisp citrus-hops taste. This is well balanced by a smooth malt flavor. This beer is light-medium bodied. It goes down clean and is a very easy-drinking beer.

SNPA is a true American classic. This brew is crisp, refreshing, and damn tasty. I don't really buy this beer much and every time I do I wonder why.

Photo of Wvlibrarydude
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of aravenel
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't already been said? While not one of the best beers I've ever had, it is nonetheless one of my favorites. Why? Very good taste, especially considering its wide availability and (relatively) low price. For what it is, and especially coming from what is essentially a macro-brewer, its damn good. It has a permanent space in my fridge.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Paired with a nice cornish game hen.

A-two fingers or rocky head from a hard pour that settles to light skin and some lace with stick.

S- bigs citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime. Mild pine and some back round sweet touch.

T- good balance between grapefruit and pine. Biscuit breadiness and a mild sweetness.

M- medium to light in body and a mid level carb that really scrub the tongue and invigorate the palate.

D- well its my go to regular bar beer, its so available, easy to enjoy, its got tons of flavor, and cheap. What's not to like.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be a charming ale. I'm not a hop head at all, but I'm liking the brew. I has two treats; a nice bitter smell yet refreshing taste when cold, and a warmer maltier taste warmed up.

Appearance: dark amber with good head and lacing.
Smell: medium to strong hops with maltiness.
Taste: strong bitterness when cold. Sweet malts are present, but barely. Finishes with strong clean bitterness. As it warms, but bitterness fades and some of the deeper flavors sweet malts develope.
Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation.
Drinkability: great session beer.

Photo of BB1313
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey color w/ great white head and sticky lacing.. very nice looking beer. Nice nose, but the aromas are faint. Slightly bready w/ bitter hops and some fruit notes. Tastes like somethings missing, not as bold as I'd like it to be; very subtle. The hops are not harsh, making it very drinkable. SNPA is a clean and refreshing beer.

SNPA is classic, I used to drink it all of the time, but there are still a number of Pale Ales I perfer. Still, this is a beer that EVERYONE must try at least once.

Photo of dfillius
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tall water glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 1.25 fingers of white head with great retention. Clear brownish-gold. Very inviting.
S: Very little smell, a little floral, tropical fruit, some phenol.
T: Light on hops, but they are there with a grapefruit/pine flavor. Kind of bland. Stronger hops upon warming. Definitely an APA.
M: Decent bittering with a bit of malt balance.
D: Very drinkable session beer. Taste and smell don't blow me out of the water, so I'm ranking this lower than if they were really exciting.

Photo of kegerator
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out a haz yellow/bronze color with a nice 1 inch head that dwindles but leave a little lace.
Aroma was all hops, citrus, herbal and clightly pine notes. Taste was mostly herbal citrusiness that finshed off dry, crisp and bitter and a nice lemony/citrus aftertaste that lingered around.
light bodied, crisp and refreshing

Photo of ruckus232
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden coloring with excellent white head and really nice lacing

Smell: Grainy smell with a nice citrus smell in the background

Taste: A slight malt sweetness that is complimented nicely with a pleasant bitterness that isn't overpowering in anyway.

Photo of BucBasil
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear golden color ith hints of orange. Head was about 2 fingers thick and slightly off-white.

Smell: Clean aroma with a citrusy hop aroma that is also slightly floral with a hint of balancing malt underneath.

Taste: Very nicely balanced, starting out with a light, almost orangey hop character. Malt is always there, somewhat bready and adding some depth and substance to the beer. Finishes with a crisp drying hop.

Mouthfeel: a bit disappointing - smewhat flat, though this probably wouldn't be a problem from the tap.

Drinkability: One of those perfect chill-out, highly drinkable beers. Nothing you have to think about, but with plenty of taste and substance.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice darker yellow with a head that retained nicely. The smell was just typical beer type smell nothing outstanding, nothing bad either, a pefect 3. Fortunately the taste was better then the smell. Piney hops, not overwhelming like a hop bomb, but certainly present. Pretty complex flavor profile for a pale ale, it wasn't a one-note hit as you could sense the malts and a fruityness of some sorts. Seemed like it was a little overcarbonated to me, maybe it was just the tap it poured from. Despite the extra bubbles, this was extremely drinkable and went extremely well with my wings.

Photo of hoplover82
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a hint of amber in it. Fluffy to a little creamy medium white head that dissapates and leaves a little delicate lacing.

Aroma is soft with citrus hops and some pale and caramel malts.

Flavor is same as above with some soft bitterness the mild sweetness of the caramel.

Medium bodied and smooth.

Very drinkable. But not my favorites, not exactly what I call fuul flavored, kinda mild for me. But decent none the less.

Photo of welldigger888
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK poured from a 24 oz. bomber into an american shaker pint glass.Nice golden color for sure, white fluffy head and some lacing.
Smells of a well balanced beer,with an fruity yeast. Malty bread and a hint of hoppy bitterness.
Well balanced brew here,biscuity malt with a nice bite from the hop. The beer seems to meld the flavors into one nice even brew.
Just about right carbonation with a hint of creaminess.
Could drink this most of the night till I needed for flav.

Photo of mchegash
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%

Date: 8/26/2014
Other notes: Packaged 7/21/14

Appearance - 4/5
Deep orange in color. Extremely clear. Can see a few particles floating around in the beer, but not too many. Extremely minimal head retention. Can see a lot of carbonation floating up at a quick pace.

Smell - 3.5/5
Lots of piney hops smell. Perhaps a little citrus smell as well.

Taste - 4.25/5
Tastes of pine hops, but different from all other pine flavors I have tried. It's not as intense, but rather a little more subtle, like in the background...but yet still in the foreground. I like the pine taste in this beer better becaue I find the pine taste is usually overpowering in most piney beers. But here the pine taste is nicely balanced. There is a little sweetness, maybe some citrus flavors

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
In between creamy and crisp. A nice carbonation kick, but not too overpowering. Medium body.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a pretty good beer. I like the piney taste in moderation, but most beers with pine tastes have an overpowering pine taste. This beer had just the right amount of pine taste. I will definitely be turning to this beer if I want a piney beer.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

Photo of shadwow13
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drums4matt
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up - as I often do - on a hot day after making some moves on a Summer-like day.

Poured almost totally clear (other than perhaps a little chill haze) from the bottle into a Scaldis tulip. Looks nice; it pours a typical, goldenrod ale color with a one-finger, white, slightly fizzy head that only remained for a moment. Minor, though quite pretty, lacing is left around the apex of the glass.

Smell has significantly less to offer than other "micros" right off the bat, but after sipping one slowly and allowing for some warming-up this beer really shows its colors. There's a sweet graininess right out front with some west-coast hops just peeking their way through the soft, fragrant bouquet. Mmm. That smell sits SO nice with a hot afternoon.

The taste is nice. It offers more than the aroma would let onto. There's some nice fruity flavors right out front - tastes like a combination of the malted grains and phenoly, almost vinous, flavors. Delicate hops leave a lasting impression of floral and slightly citrusy flavor with a palate-coating oiliness.

Sierra Nevada is one of the beers that turned me onto beer. It has such well-defined characteristics - it nearly defines (or possibly ACTUALLY defines) the style of American Pale Ale. The refreshing drinkability (and not in the Miller Lite sense, either) meshes so well with the malt and hop to yield something that has become a classic.

Photo of BenHesk12
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Decent beer in a can! Price goes down, value goes up, takes up less space and is lighter to carry. I thought I would hate good beer in a can but since pale ale has always been a "go to" decent beer for any occasion, it's fitting that it's now available in a can. And yes, I'm drinking it straight from the can. There is something about the hole in a can that aerates the beer and gives it a novel texture and taste which I must admit I enjoy. As long as these stay a good bit cheaper than the bottled Pale Ale I think I will buy these many times over. No need reviewing the flavor of one of america's most common "craft" ales.

Photo of sammy44
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep copper to amber color. Nice white head that hung around until the end. Tried two of these, one pouring the yeast into the glass and one without. I couldn't tell much difference except a liitle bit of cloudiness.

Smelled strongly of hops. A little citrusy and piney. A little more unbalanced toward the hops than what I think a pale ale should be. Almost into the IPA range. Nice full mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. All around a good beer.

Photo of 89Vision
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This isn't what I usually drink, but I saw it in the grocery store and it made me thirsty, so I figured why not. I've had it before, though I didn't appreciate it then.

The appearance is a toasted golden color, with a very thin head. It has a bready pine scent that is pleasing, but subtle.

This beer is pretty damn tasty. While I'm not usually a fan of highly hopped beers, I enjoyed this one. It does have a fairly high bitterness, but its not unpleasant, and the hops give a nice pine, woody flavor, but doesn't become overpowering. I could see this beer being perfect for a camping or canoe trip.

Photo of benmiliron
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $1.29 for a single bottle.

This is the classic pale ale. The quaffer/session beer for the rest of us. Good price, good brew, I'd keep this around if you're looking to get a bit tipsy for less than $7.00.

Other than that, it's really nothing special. Nice hops, but not fantastic. Not something to go for if you're looking for the unique brew. It's good, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of MTNboy
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This beer is a very nice gold amber color. A little more foamy than I would like but still a nice looking beer.

Smell- Very floral with a good hops presents.

Taste- Not as bitter as I thought it would be. There are some great citrus tones in the flavor but balanced with the malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth but bitter and light and refreshing.

Drinkability- A nice dinner or stay home and chill beer.

Photo of Spider889
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The benchmark with which all pales ought to be graded, this is a solid beer, and excellent at times. One of my gateways into hoppy beer, and certainly well worth the cost.

Lots of visible carbonation from my pour (bought this sixer at a gas station with my brother while out of town, gotta love seeing this no matter where you are). Very clear, a clean-looking bronzen beer. A tall frothy head is expected, and this beer easily delivers. The head is a white merangue - very resistant to my attempts to break through to the resinous nectar beneath. I am left looking a thick gooey lace after each sip. The appearance literally cannot be improved for this beer/style.

The smell seemed lacking, note to self: I need to tick this brew fresh off the tap. I got fresh wet hop leaves which create an earthy pine aroma. I have also always perceived a faint "lagery" smell from this beer, I assume that's just my brain associating like malt profiles with each other.

As for the flavor, there is an immediate perception of fresh winter pine needles. The hops are bitter and sticky.

The mouthfeel is quite resinous, and I'd pin SN Pale on the heaviest side of medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing nonetheless. Dry finish. The bitterness lingers and treads water very near that of many lesser IPA's. But then again, that's what SN is all about.

Always a solid beer. However many more interesting beers are out there for the finding.

Photo of heygeebee
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly 2500 reviews and someone really wants to read what some Aussie thinks about a sample which is as fresh as we can get, but that's not saying a lot in the grand scheme of things?

In short, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Not a WOW beer, but one you could drink all night. Not many pales you can say that about I suspect, most are too heavily hopped.

Photo of pvsob
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-A- Crystal clear, gold with a one finger head that fades slowly leaving a thin film and little lacing.

-S- The main aroma is that of citrus with hints of pine and just enough sweet malt to balance things out.

-T- It starts off with some sweetness, but this is quickly overpowered by the hop bitterness. This beer also has a very clean finish. There’s nothing much more to add about the taste, except that this brew is very balanced.

-M- Medium feel with some carbonation.

-D- The classic APA this is solid in every aspect of the style. I've been drinking this one for years and will continue to do so. Cheers!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,807 ratings.