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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
outstanding

8,107 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,107
Reviews: 2,665
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 602 | 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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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

06-07-2012 18:14:57 | More by OriolesFan1008
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chippo33

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

11-02-2012 06:32:00 | More by chippo33
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

03-02-2012 06:44:02 | More by Zachtheporter
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stimblin

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

02-07-2012 20:05:59 | More by stimblin
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Dains


2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

03-19-2012 02:59:02 | More by Dains
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schnay90

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-18-2012 16:22:57 | More by schnay90
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GBPackers

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

02-05-2012 14:11:24 | More by GBPackers
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sketchyhoodie

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

02-10-2013 04:49:05 | More by sketchyhoodie
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heliocopter

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

06-15-2014 21:12:38 | More by heliocopter
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afrothunder

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-16-2013 18:54:09 | More by afrothunder
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beerslushy

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

12-03-2011 15:39:38 | More by beerslushy
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Lindsaybirdfeed


2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

07-20-2014 17:49:15 | More by Lindsaybirdfeed
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nicholas527

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

03-04-2012 19:53:02 | More by nicholas527
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Druss157

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

11-18-2013 11:06:48 | More by Druss157
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alexknuckles

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

03-16-2013 20:11:20 | More by alexknuckles
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ALLMUCH

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

11-04-2012 05:04:01 | More by ALLMUCH
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thelagerheads

Michigan

2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fishbine, we meet again. I've said this before with the Bell's Two Hearted Ale and I reiterate it here: I simply don't get the appeal of pale ales with their citrusy rind taste. It's an intentional thing but comes through like a tragic mistake. Why muddle an otherwise smooth and creamy beer with a brunt anvil of flavor? It warms a lot better than the Two Hearted Ale but the sugar-sucked lemon-orange squeeze of bitterness gives me no joy. Stan Heironymus, send in the Trappist Monks, the abbey has been overriden by a bitter toucan named Sam.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 00:39:00 | More by thelagerheads
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kojevergas

Texas

2.59/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2000 reviews and I somehow haven't done this one yet. Go figure. Bottled February 1st according to the bottle code. 5.6% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard ("Use Bottle Opener"!) pressure cap acquired at a local Trader Joe's and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm rarely impressed with Sierra Nevada, but this is indisputably a classic craft beer which did a lot historically. Regardless of what I may or may not think about the beer after enjoying it, I do respect it.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention. Little lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a fairly vibrant pale copper; transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's generally appealing and is typical of the style. There's nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Floral hops, ejected shell casings (seriously), artificial pine, soap, and pale malts. The soapiness is bothersome, and becomes more reminiscent of detergent the more I smell the beer. Bubblegum. Yeah, this spent too long in primary. An average strength aroma that isn't particularly appealing.

T: Okay. Muted citrus, dominant soapy character, light artificial pine, and some mild floral hops. Bland pale malts form the foundation. There's not a whole lot going on here, and I'm none too keen on what is. Imbalanced and badly built for the style. A bit too bitter for the style as well, but it's also too sweet up front.

Mf: Way too dry on the finish, eradicating any refreshing feel that it might have had prior. Smooth and wet up front. Too thick all around. Overcarbonated, to boot. Weak. Doesn't suit the flavour all that well. Palate presence is okay.

Dr: I'll finish this bottle, but it's really not that drinkable for a pale ale. I'm shocked at how underwhelming this beer is given its influence on the style. I'll try to revisit this on-draught; maybe this was just an off bottle arbitrarily. As it stands, this is rather pedestrian and I see no reason to get it again. Hides its ABV well. Another disappointment from Sierra Nevada.

C-

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After the bottle review above, I tried it on-draught when it was the only decent option at a bar in Las Vegas. I actually found it to be much better on-draught, and would have given it a high C+ but wasn't in a reviewing mood at the time. I'll plan on revisiting this beer; it's so ubiquitous it'd be criminal not to.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 05:19:46 | More by kojevergas
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown 350ml bottle, best before mid Oct 2007, drank late March 2007.

Imported into the UK and sold in a lot of supermarkets, thought I'd see what all the fuss was about with Sierra Nevada beers.

Poured into my Corsendonk tulip glass it looked a bright traffic light amber, almost terracotta orange colour. A tight white head sat on top, bubbles replenishing the head from the base and side of the glass.

An aroma of sour hops, mashed with an iffy yeast culture, attacked my nose, obviously not a Brit Pale Ale, thats for sure.

Young, green taste, the beer isn't ready to drink yet. Made me burp straight away, which also indicates to me it isn't the finished article.

Dry and metalic aftertaste, sorry, not for me.

Not too sure what I was expecting from this beer, something smoother perhaps, certainly not the young, dry, tinny flavours which I found. I will try another in the summer maybe, to see if the warmer weather helps me see it's characteristics in a better light.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 20:24:20 | More by BlackHaddock
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi clear orange hue with a fluffy white head. Piney grapefruit nose. Medium in body, extremely clean. Slightly tinny taste and just a touch soapy on the finish. Fruit comes through a bit on the tip of the tongue but more of the pine. Balanced. Flavors aren't as pronounced on the tongue as they are on the nose.

Clean and balanced but with some off flavors. I know this thing has made a name for itself but so has stone, anchor, and rogue, and id take a stone ipa, an anchor steam, or a rogue dead guy over this. Its decent, but its reputation made me expect not to find these strange off flavors and overall dullness.

Not saying id never drink again, it is decent, but just Idk, somethings missing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:05:02 | More by jtierney89
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pale gold with a hint of orange. thin white head. there are some bubbles

S-very hoppy, but very bold and striking. its not that citrusy but i'm getting a hint of orange. there's a good strength to it.

T-starts with an oddly bitter mixture of hops and barley. there's a bitter after-taste of barley. this is quite the simple and unexciting beer.

M-medium to high carbonation which is creamy. finish is a tad dry

D-it doesn't get any worse than the initial taste but it doesn't get any better. i've heard a lot of good things about this beer but i was really let down. this is nothing special and doesn't beat the other commonly found beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 19:21:54 | More by AdamBear
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kindestcut

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The SN Pale Ale pours a clear and pale golden amber. The head is quite frothy but dies a brave death in only a few minutes. Quite a refreshing looking beer before the first taste.

The aroma is, as would be expected, spicy and very subtle floral with strong hops. The flavor is not particularly smooth but with a bitterness that is not overpowering.

Ultimately, I think that the SN Pale Ale is not delicious but it can be refreshing...if you were very thirsty.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 07:58:13 | More by kindestcut
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JohnBeerRun

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer in Athens georgia because I had heard good things about it. The overall look was great and the smell and mouthfeel was good but it's just the taste of pale ales I can't get past. I'm more into dark roast or cream tasting beers. Not knocking this beer at all it's just more for pale ale drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 14:48:25 | More by JohnBeerRun
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear and bright, golden in color and topped by a full inch of off-white foam. Good retention, decent lace.
Smell is hoppier than expected with notes of herbs and citrus and a very light malt in the background. Would like better balance.
Taste is at least similar to the scent in that the malt takes a 'back of the bus' approach with the hops driving. Light citrus (grapefruit) note accompanies the heavy herbal/floral/medicinal hops. Less balanced than the nose.
Medium bodied with a somewhat sharp effervescence in the front. Dry finish, astringent. Hops mellow in the aftertaste but remain the main ingredient. Warming didn't improve this one, quite the opposite. Sadly, this is a pale ale more in name than in the glass. Drinks like a good lager should. Too bad it isn't labeled as one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 23:48:13 | More by PorterLambic
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breslaubrewer

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I know this is the classic example of an American pale ale ,but.... in the midwest it becomes oxidized on the retail shelves and doesn't hold up well. I've had one six pack I really enjoyed (nice piney floral aroma, dry finish, bitter spicey taste). I usually won't buy unless I know it's fresh because I get a cardboard/oxidized taste that I can't overcome and usually throw the rest out.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:54:22 | More by breslaubrewer
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,107 ratings.