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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

8,510 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,510
Reviews: 2,680
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 808 | 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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asull238

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-17-2013 01:53:16 | More by asull238
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leroybrown10

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

07-16-2013 22:11:49 | More by leroybrown10
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TheDoak

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

07-16-2013 20:24:29 | More by TheDoak
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Ultra-Plinian

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-16-2013 17:13:40 | More by Ultra-Plinian
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themegamancave

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-16-2013 14:21:06 | More by themegamancave
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Kikuzzo

Italy

4/5  rDev -1%

07-16-2013 14:18:10 | More by Kikuzzo
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Samohtyrb

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%

07-16-2013 04:09:31 | More by Samohtyrb
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -13.1%

12oz. bottle poured into standard bar glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: A rich amber color, with some haziness throughout from the yeast sediment. A lustrous cream-colored head eventually deflates to a very respectable frothy cap that retains quite nicely. Sticky lace is found all over the glass. I was quite surprised, to be honest, in this department.

S: Lots of hop and citrus aroma, with bits of pine and yeast. Not detecting much of a malt sweetness here at all. A little underwhelming throughout.

T: A sharp hop bitterness up front, with the typical hoppy/citric flavor overall, with some flowery, grassy, and pine undertones. A very weak malty backbone struggles to contain the bitterness, but does manage to round it all off in the finish. I did notice a refreshing bit of spice in the finish, with a very slight hint of alcohol warmth as it goes down.

M: Medium-bodied throughout with a nice creamy texture and mild carbonation. Very solid in the mouth and drinks really well.

O: I don't hold this in high regard as some seem to, but this is a solid brew in its own right. It's not my first choice by any means, but with its popularity and thus wide-availability, I could see myself ordering this at a restaurant or pub if there's no other solid choices.

07-15-2013 18:46:31 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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Mbpike

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-15-2013 18:37:23 | More by Mbpike
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1%

07-15-2013 18:27:58 | More by TheMrFarnham
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance 3.75: Poured out an opaque orangey golden color. Slight head quickly dissipated leaving the typical swirly foam on top. Striking look to this beer.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Sharp, alkaline hop scent with a light hit of concentrated citrus. This is a refreshing hop hit, hard to describe. Almost like quinine.

Taste 4.0: Very nice. Front is smooth and slightly sweet. Middle is slightly dry, with deep barley and malt tastes and is velvety smooth. There is also the first hint of hops here. Finish is where the hops really come in, but it is a balanced wave of alkaline hops and features the good hop tastes of citrus and a slight chlorophyll. Aftertaste features a pleasing switch in the hop tastes: it turns to an emphasis on certain resiny, piney taste and a return of the malt, all of which is subdued and refreshing.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Creamy carbonation and general smooth as silky mouthfeel. Nice.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding and a great brew. Smooth and balanced with a little more hoppiness than some may like. I, however, am a hop-head and love it. This beer is slightly sweeter than you might expect from a bottle-conditioned beer, but it makes up for it in its sessionability. I could quaff this bad momma all night. And probably will... . ;) Recommended.

07-15-2013 03:11:01 | More by BeerDocT
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memphischas

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-15-2013 00:24:21 | More by memphischas
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-15-2013 00:00:45 | More by pastramionrye7
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mtc23

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-14-2013 22:43:10 | More by mtc23
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FortKnox15

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

07-14-2013 22:42:31 | More by FortKnox15
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tmcelman

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%

07-14-2013 20:27:11 | More by tmcelman
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

07-14-2013 17:28:57 | More by KevinGordon
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%

07-14-2013 08:36:10 | More by BigJim5021
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-14-2013 02:30:03 | More by VictorWisc
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andre_dufour

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Served from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Murky and solid gold, with a mild but crisp carbonation. If you pour it with a half inch head, it'll stay with you to the bottom of the glass. The lacing is thick and obvious from start to finish.

Smell: The piney cascade hops will be the first thing to waft up from the glass, but you'll get a sense of the citrus in the background as well. You should also be able to get a brief whiff of the spicy undertones.

Taste: As with the smell, you'll notice pine first, citrus second, and a spicy undertone to compliment the finished flavor. As the beer warms, the spicy citrus aspect becomes much more prominent. The aggressiveness of the pine is tempered by attributes of dryness and graininess. The balance results in a strong and flavorful, yet tame and welcoming APA.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is perfectly balanced. The body is heavy enough to startle the palate, but smooth enough not overwhelm it. Very dry throughout, and a very brisk finish.

Overall: Excellent and prominent flavor, while still remaining extremely drinkable. I would recommend this as an enjoyable summer ale to anyone.

07-14-2013 01:55:38 | More by andre_dufour
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TOP

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-14-2013 00:45:07 | More by TOP
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GeorgeH

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-13-2013 22:47:26 | More by GeorgeH
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NoCurse2012

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

07-12-2013 23:25:06 | More by NoCurse2012
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roodie

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

07-12-2013 21:05:05 | More by roodie
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-12-2013 20:58:21 | More by Extrajoker00
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,510 ratings.