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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

8,550 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,550
Reviews: 2,682
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 122
Gots: 829 | 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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rangerred

Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Can't believe I've never reviewed this beer.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with just a thin white head. Just a few splotches of lacing.

Aroma of tropical fruit along with a little floral hop character. Some toast and biscuit from the malt provides a nice backdrop.

An amazing hop/malt balance on the flavor. Floral and fruit up front quickly followed by light toast and a touch of biscuity. A moderate bitterness helps dry out the mouthfeel leading to a crisp finish.

Overall, one of the best examples of the style out there. An extremely quaffable beer with tons of flavor. An American standard.

08-07-2013 01:08:24 | More by rangerred
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mwyeep

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

08-06-2013 20:46:09 | More by mwyeep
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Nitty703

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-06-2013 16:55:01 | More by Nitty703
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E_Cox

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

08-06-2013 01:54:31 | More by E_Cox
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Hesperus

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Light, perfectly translucent amber with a solid two fingers of well-retained head, active carbonation, and decent lacing.

Smell: Piney hops with strong notes of grapefruit upfront, with pleasing malt and biscuit behind the scenes.

Taste: Piney bitter hops with with some grapefruit upfront, this is somewhat compensated for by an undertone of bisctuity maltiness. Very pleasing to my palate.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, somewhat dry, still refreshing. It has enough body to be very satisfying while still being highly drinkable for those with a taste for hops.

Overall: This is one of the best and most common examples of an American Pale Ale, and while it is certainly not the end-all-be-all APA, it is an immensely satisfying beer in every respect. It's a good entry beer for those wanting to get their hop on, and a highly-available standby for visitations to establishments with limited selection. It's very hard to go wrong with one of these.

08-05-2013 22:37:27 | More by Hesperus
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ChristopherTenore

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

08-05-2013 17:18:42 | More by ChristopherTenore
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Skwisgaar

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

08-05-2013 05:41:25 | More by Skwisgaar
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ImperatorScab

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-05-2013 00:29:45 | More by ImperatorScab
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Daffron24

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-04-2013 21:09:49 | More by Daffron24
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hubsluvsbeer

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

bottle. pours dark yellow with a solid white head. grassy and slight citrus aroma. taste is very bitter lots of fresh cut grass and some sweet sugar malt. had this on tap at the clarkston union and cant believe i have not rated it yet as it is a very true to style beer. it may not have the hop wallop that zombie dust has but the malt that is there plays a very nice roll in balancing out the hops.

08-04-2013 20:58:33 | More by hubsluvsbeer
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Bear1964

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1%

08-04-2013 20:48:51 | More by Bear1964
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-04-2013 17:39:21 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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Paul_Apsley

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-04-2013 11:40:36 | More by Paul_Apsley
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kustard

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-04-2013 03:54:16 | More by kustard
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

08-04-2013 03:04:22 | More by linnymtu
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pottergator

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-04-2013 03:04:15 | More by pottergator
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Lightman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-03-2013 21:26:11 | More by Lightman
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 3, 2013.

The pour is a good looking medium amber-copper with a full off-white head that lingers for a time.

The aroma is grainy and bready with a dash of earthy hops that smell clean and crisp.

The body falls into the medium range and the texture is generally smooth.

As far as the taste there is a quick biscuit and grainy maltiness but then the hops explode but simmer down to a moderate dry finish. By today's standards this is a pretty basic pale ale but one cannot neglect Sierra Nevada's role in the history of the craft beer movement. I bet this was wonderful in the 1970's to early 1980's.

08-03-2013 21:25:02 | More by puboflyons
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Averwo

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 20:00:25 | More by Averwo
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one4thegutter

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 18:48:32 | More by one4thegutter
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MikeRice1969

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 16:31:53 | More by MikeRice1969
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

08-03-2013 15:41:14 | More by mpalestino
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jakecattleco

California

4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 06:09:36 | More by jakecattleco
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Dracarys

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 04:29:31 | More by Dracarys
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ghostRdr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-03-2013 01:47:09 | More by ghostRdr
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,550 ratings.