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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

7,962 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,962
Reviews: 2,659
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 102
Gots: 540 | 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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Ratings: 7,962 | Reviews: 2,659 | Display Reviews Only:
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

05-05-2013 20:34:34 | More by ZEB89
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Bubba569

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

05-05-2013 17:23:35 | More by Bubba569
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DantooineBBQ

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

05-05-2013 14:51:13 | More by DantooineBBQ
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logicerror

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-05-2013 07:26:29 | More by logicerror
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is the consummate entry for the style. In what hits every category it does it with perfect example. From exacting body and color to perfect balance in scent and flavor SN does this beer right.

A pale ale should strike a balance between malt and hops and this does just that. Both scent and flavor has malt and hop appearances but neither overshadows the other to create an easy drinking flavorful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 01:55:41 | More by KYGunner
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ralphny

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-04-2013 22:10:14 | More by ralphny
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jkrug5

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-04-2013 20:19:49 | More by jkrug5
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CoolEthan

California

4/5  rDev -1%

05-04-2013 19:55:35 | More by CoolEthan
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schaffer9252

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-04-2013 17:27:47 | More by schaffer9252
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bmac093

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

05-04-2013 15:09:15 | More by bmac093
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rkf1976

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

05-04-2013 02:33:37 | More by rkf1976
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PoppyParthenonE

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

05-04-2013 02:17:43 | More by PoppyParthenonE
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fearfactory

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-04-2013 00:11:49 | More by fearfactory
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Sande

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-03-2013 23:10:51 | More by Sande
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Michael_Stribling

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-03-2013 19:58:10 | More by Michael_Stribling
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Dylanjf

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

05-03-2013 00:35:56 | More by Dylanjf
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iaminside

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +23.8%

05-02-2013 22:08:46 | More by iaminside
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dwoolley1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-02-2013 19:58:55 | More by dwoolley1
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

05-02-2013 15:31:43 | More by jayhunter357
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McBraniel

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-02-2013 03:49:47 | More by McBraniel
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep gold. It holds a one and a half finger head of crisp, tight white bubbles, showing nice retention. Sheets and patterns of lacing are left as it goes, with a thick film left across the top of the liquid. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives pale, lightly wheaty, and metallic adjuncty malts alongside citric and sweetly nectary hops. Vanilla sweetness, raw honey, toast, faint pine cone earthiness, and turkey meatiness come out with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely hopped, with a hearty and classically “pale ale” base. As we sip, lemon zest, sweaty pale malts, soured adjuncts, baker’s yeast, gingerbread sweetness, and orangey citric hop sugars start things off. The middle peaks with pale muddiness, coriander and cinnamon depth, German lager malts, green grassiness, and mossy tree bark. The finishing wash shows mineral water, gravel, spicy earthy hops, white sugars, continued grassy hops, sesame seediness, and a revival of bitterly drying pale malts. The aftertaste breathes of lightly wet wheatiness, grassy and citric rind hoppiness, flashes of white sugars, red cherry skins, sweaty saltiness, and adjuncty coin. The body is medium, and carbonation is light to medium. The mouths is cooled and coated with an oily film. This eventually dries into a softer astringency. Each sip gives okay slurp and smack, with lesser froth or cream. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its drinkability. This guy is a staple for the style, as well as for the craft beer revolution as we know it. The hops are robust and biting, while the aroma is decently fresh, mildly warming, and inviting. The flavor retains its strength with each sip, and invigorates the palate with its blend. This is a classic sipping beer, and something every beer enthusiast should be familiar with.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 02:35:04 | More by TheBrewo
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SmokeyDaVillain

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-02-2013 00:37:16 | More by SmokeyDaVillain
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Swanson

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-01-2013 21:07:11 | More by Swanson
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sunny289

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-01-2013 21:05:25 | More by sunny289
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BrianSherry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-01-2013 20:52:31 | More by BrianSherry
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 7,962 ratings.