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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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9,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,508
Reviews: 2,757
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 169
Gots: 1,272 | 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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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper/Orange color, medium head, plenty of lacing.
Plenty of citrus notes, grapefruit, tangerines. Smells crisp and the smell is unique due to the use of whole cone hops.
Strong hop presence considering its only 30 IBU, it’s not too heavy, refreshing and yet “down to business” enough to remind you that you are drinking THE IPA. It’s available everywhere now days and it is what started the love for so many IPA drinkers and once you have one you’ll understand why.
This is one to be recommended to everyone. Are there more serious pale ales out there? Yes, but this one is unique and so freaking good. Go get one.


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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Caramel colored on the pour. Great clarity. Frothy and creamy off white head is very persistent. Lacing is thick and foamy. A beautiful beer to behold.

S: Doughy and grainy malt base with light honey and caramel sweetness. A little brothy. Hops are very floral with notes of earth and pine.

T: Caramel, toasted grains, honey, touch of broth. Floral. Flash of mint and lemon rind. Earthy and piney hops kick it up a notch on the back end. Doughy. Toasty and grainy, earthy and piney hops on the finish.

M: Sturdy medium body. Ultra creamy and smooth. Light hop astringency. Modest prickling carbonation adds a bit of crispness.

O: A classic. One of just a handful of the pioneering craft beers that was able to sweep the nation. Approachable, and perhaps more complex than people give it credit for. Always a solid buy.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce glass

Appearance: Very little head all of which dissipates very quickly. Light tan in color.

Smell: Pine with a lot of citrus and slightly fruity.

Taste: Very balanced. Smells very similar to how to tastes at first it is piny then turns to citrus and fruit pineapple very tropical. Dry but very satisfying finish. The flavor lingers very pleasantly and calls for more.

Mouthfeel: Medium very smooth but bursting with flavor.

Overall: Very drinkable, balanced, and delicious. One of my favorite beers. Can't go wrong with a six pack of this. The best Sierra Nevada beer that I have tried up to this point in my opinion the others I have tried have been good, but really lacked balance.

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada is so consistent, their Narwhal is as fine as any RIS, and their Pale Ale is perhaps the best pale ale for the price in the world, bested only by Stone or Dales Pale Ale (which is entirely different beast).

A: Perfect pour, lighter colored, hazed, and good head and lacing.

S: Nicely floral and spicy, complex craft, original, piney, and refreshing. Inviting. Gets really good at 50-55 degrees.

T: Follows the floral and spicy nose. Good hop flavoring pronounced in the mid-body.
MF: Medium to light bodied, cut nicely by bittering. Leaving mouth nice and dry and tingly. Lighter than sticky Stones, Dales, Troegs, or Left Hand.

O: This is one to buy by the case on sale. This is the go-to beer of all go-to beers. For example, I have found it for 12.99 a 24 vs 18.99 for 24 Dales. 4.25 for value.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,508 ratings.