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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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8,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,697
Reviews: 2,690
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 129
Gots: 897 | 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  rDev -1%

ALMN, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

mcrawford, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a dark golden color with small foamy head. Head retention and lacing is very minimal. Aroma is not very strong. Slightly hoppy but more of a yeasty, apple-like aroma. Malty, bready taste up front with a strong hop bitterness that follows. Soapy, bitter aftertaste that persists very well. Good session beer. I prefer a less soapy aftertaste but there is still a good hoppy bite.

jngrizzaffi, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of MPSTARR
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MPSTARR, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Lamdawg420, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of WeisenForEisen
2/5  rDev -50.5%

WeisenForEisen, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of StrangerTides
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%

This was one of the first couple of beers I tried after jumping on the Pale Ale/IPA bandwagon, and now I'm a big fan of Sierra Nevada. I like this one for its smooth drinkability combined with that tangy pale ale taste - not to mention the fact that at many restaurants that have not yet embraced the craft beer revolution, this remains the best available choice on the menu, so I still drink it fairly often.

StrangerTides, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

DuffDaddy, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

TasteFiend, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

52P48, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

PositivePest, Aug 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Slev1822, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BenjieK, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

kodt, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

VBWharfRat, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Greasy, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

jgunther71, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

magpieken, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Mbennett, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from the oversize bomber into a shaker. A moderate pour produces about 1.5 inches of creamy, off-white head that's plenty sticky. The beer is hazy, with a deep straw color.

Sweet malt and mild floral hops are apparent on the nose and palate. I detect undertones of a sweetness suggestive of honey sweetened tea. The hops assert themselves, but do not overpower, and blend with the fruitiness of the malt to produce a mild and sweet citrus taste similar to a tangerine. A mild bitterness lingers on the tongue, with fruity aftertastes wafting from the burps...

This is one of my "go to" beers- it's refreshing and epitomizes a west coast pale ale without going overboard on the hops. The 24 ounce bombers can often be had in my town for around $2.99 on special (cheap!), and the larger size bottles are also great for filling with homebrew.

archyquaffer, Aug 15, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance: The beady, off-white head has a creamy top and real staying power. The color is a medium amber, and clarity is slightly hazy, presumably due to dry hopping.

Smell: Floral citrusy hops are nicely balanced with grainy malt. A touch of honey is detected as the beer warms.

Taste: Toasted biscuit malt with a touch of caramel. Bitterness is medium-high and lasts through the finish, but still allows the malt to come through. Citrus hop flavor plays a soft, yet noteworthy secondary role.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation. Good balance of smoothness on the palette and dryness in the finish.

Overall: A solid example of an APA. Sessionable and balanced, but at the same time, diversified enough to keep things interesting.

BethanyB, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Beer_lover89, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

nanandtomfitz, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

michaelcs, Aug 14, 2013
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,697 ratings.