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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

9,007 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,007
Reviews: 2,716
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 150
Gots: 1,040 | FT: 2
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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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

I like this better than Torpedo. Less bitter. Grainy. Medium to lighter in body. A bit thin. Bitterness is mild, with a good balance of hoppy aroma.

A classic? Maybe. If you revere a beer for its history to the craft movement then, sure. Flavor-wise, I'm underwhelmed and not likely to crave this any time soon--though, it's worth another try if nothing more interesting is on tap.I can see how in an earlier age if might have made waves; nice, but it's not rocking my boat.

logicalparadox, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of ob_carr
4/5  rDev -1%

The greatest thing about Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is that you can find it in so many places. It's distributed wide and far and, unless you've wandered very far off the beaten path, it's usually one of the few worthy brews you'll find almost everywhere. It's a pretty amber and it's hoppy, that's apparent right away. The Cascade hops throw a strong shadow over the malted barley. A nice, mellow head adds a smoothness to the mouthfeel but the sharpness of the aroma, to me, throws the floral notes and malty finish out of balance. One is usually enough before my palate asks to move on. Unless of course there is nothing else at which point you'll see me order another and complain not! It will always be a solid, go-to APA for if/when you can't find an alternative to try at your local brewpub.

ob_carr, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Rimbimhoot, Today at 06:18 AM
Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bluehende, Today at 03:17 AM
Photo of Curlybash
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Picked this up in SN's Snowpack 2014- never had SN Pale Ale before this, even though i see it everywhere. I've heard and read good things about it, so I'm gonna drink up.

Appearance:deep copper leaning towards a more brown hue. faintly off-white head, about 1/2 finger, which remains throughout. collars and sheets of thin lace throughout. 4

Aroma: floral, clean hops dominate the nose. vague malt background, although im bad at detecting malt in hops-dominated beers. Seems a little one note, but it could just be me. 3.3

Taste: Starts with an initial hops bite, finishes with brown bread crust. aftertaste is malty with a slight bitterness that grows between sips. 3.78

Mouthfeel: medium with moderate carbonation. nothing overpowering or distracting, or particularly interesting. 3.6

Overall: A well balanced pale ale. No overpowering hops and a pleasant, subdued malty finish. Very drinkable but still a quality beer. Cheers!
3.68/5

Curlybash, Today at 02:04 AM
Photo of kanozakd
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

kanozakd, Today at 12:09 AM
Photo of RobbDogg
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured into a pint glass, orange and clear with an attractive thin head. The thin head lingered and there was some lacing. Smells OK, but honestly not much on the nose. A light feeling beer with a little to offer everyone. Light hop presence, a little bready malt, a touch of fruit and a subdued bitterness. I get a spicy, peppery finish more than bitter. An overall well crafted, balanced ale with not much in the way of wow factor. Solid, but nothing special, so I can't approach the 4.0 it is currently getting. To me a 4 is a beer I will seek out again, and this I probably won't.

RobbDogg, Yesterday at 10:19 PM
Photo of redmaw
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

redmaw, Yesterday at 07:11 PM
Photo of Cafu912
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%

Cafu912, Yesterday at 02:35 AM
Photo of epyon396
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

epyon396, Thursday at 08:40 PM
Photo of rickvitale
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

rickvitale, Thursday at 05:27 PM
Photo of gsuppy
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Hops are not too overpowering for a pale ale. High alc content and very refreshing.

gsuppy, Thursday at 05:16 PM
Photo of holder45
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%

holder45, Thursday at 06:23 AM
Photo of TCJ0100
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into Bloomington Brewing Company stange glass from a 12 oz. bottle from a fresh winter variety pack. Bottled on 9/1/14 which is about as fresh as I have ever had it. It pours clear with an orangish tinge probably due to the caramel malts. Had a decent head that quickly dissipated.

The smell is predominantly earthy hops with a distinct Cascade flavor showing through. I wouldn't really describe this beer as cirtrusy, but it has maybe a touch of grapefruit showing through.

The flavor is very balanced with malts at first, then a grapefruity finish afterwards. It is quite good, and it seems like a very modern sort of beer. Amazing that this was brewed in 1980.

This has changed my outlook on this beer. I drank a 12 pack of cans of this and was not impressed. It's either the freshness or the bottles that make this beer really shine. It is excellent, and it is a testament to how prevalent craft beer is becoming that I can buy this at my local grocery store for nearly the same price I would spend to buy Miller Lite.

TCJ0100, Thursday at 04:46 AM
Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Great beer. I love Cascade hops. Clean and easy drinking beer. Just a bit of citrus. Tastes the same every time I have it.

Brackh, Thursday at 02:03 AM
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,007 ratings.