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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

9,324 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,324
Reviews: 2,734
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 162
Gots: 1,180 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Necronomad, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

afwood63, Sep 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ryko, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bigpoppa67, Aug 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

LordFoul, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

WiscoTerr, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a break I have been drinking this beer quite a bit lately and must say that I am impressed with it all over again. It's a classic in the light caramel/ citrusy hops vein but what I am struck with is just how elegant this beer has become. Residual sweetness, bitterness, malt and hops in the nose- it's all in perfect proportion. This is a real quality APA.

TongoRad, Jul 22, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

agaloco9, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

HairyHood, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

KShophead, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

mikelward, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Jim_Kenney, Nov 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Saisons-of-the-Abyss, Oct 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Sande, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

darcelle, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of CrescentFresh
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My personal favourite of all time. The cascade hops are quite strong but not overbearing. Pours well, smells great, tastes better, feels smooth going down. This is the beer I try to clone whenever I make a batch of home brew. I wanted to rank it a 5, but Sierra Nevada might bring out a new version one day that's even better.

4.5 out of 5 swills, and that's not being generous.

CrescentFresh, Mar 17, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

SnapMan, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

greenbeer29, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Rupert50, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, color is a light reddish-golden (on tap it seems darker to me though). The head is white and dissipates a bit rapidly. The aroma is clean with a bit of maltiness and a nice citrusy hop smell. The flavor is crisp, clean, with a slightly sweet malty base followed by a piney, resinous hop note and a solid bitterness. Several years ago this was the hoppiest beer I had regularly; since then its hoppiness has been surpassed by others, but I don't think any beer is as well balanced and compliemented as this one. This is a great beer and delicious.

KroMagnon, Jan 09, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

awillick, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

TheSteak22, Jul 17, 2012
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,324 ratings.