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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
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9,868 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,868
Reviews: 2,854
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 203
Gots: 1,690 | 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: 9,868 | Reviews: 2,854
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%

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
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

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.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,868 ratings.