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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

7,925 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,925
Reviews: 2,658
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 100
Gots: 520 | 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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Roguer

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, pale, coppery color. Lighter than SA-Boston Lager, but darker than a simple ale or lager. Small amount of carbonation; decent, 1 1/2 finger head, nice lacing.

S - Clean, slight pine, slightly citrus. Nothing overpowers, nothing stands out. Gives the impression of a very drinkable beer (which is spot on). Hoppy.

T - More pine and hops than a non-IPA has any right. A hint of citrus, but no strong individual citrus flavors. Not super-complex, and almost no sense of malts, but lovely and forward. The more I drink, the more a subtle sweetness creeps in. Did I mention pine?

M - This ale drinks more like a lager than any other. It goes down very easy, very smooth. The alcohol and carbonation content allows you to drink it as slow or fast as you desire. Try as I might, I can't quite decide to swirl it around much, preferring to just swallow it down.

O - This can easily, easily be a daily drinker type of beer. It's far more complex and bitter than a BMC offering; it's brighter and hoppier than Boston Lager (it's most obvious contemporary, for me); yet it still goes down very easy. It offers something new, whether you're new to the craft brew scene, or just revisiting an old friend. It may not be the most complex beer around, but it certainly has some interesting characteristics.

Heck, if you're reading reviews about SNPA, what are you doing? Go out there and drink one!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 19:42:53 | More by Roguer
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-28-2013 03:27:21 | More by maclean25
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-28-2013 02:39:23 | More by salthemonster
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a nice light orange amber color with a soild pale white head with great retention and tons of lacing. Smell: Citrus hops dominate the aroma. Taste: Great, crisp, refreshing, good cascade hop flavor. Piney and refreshing and finishes with some grapefruit. Great mouthfeel and overall a great, crisp refreshing pale ale. One of the best as far as pale ales go that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 22:53:32 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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FetMule

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

04-27-2013 16:40:31 | More by Jason1337
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likesbeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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Braz

Washington

4/5  rDev -1%

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Martinecu

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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DougLana

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Black_ox

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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norinco

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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thechief16

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-25-2013 01:53:17 | More by thechief16
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DoubleMalt

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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horribleheaven

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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Jonbw

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-24-2013 23:06:34 | More by Jonbw
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LSx

California

4/5  rDev -1%

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Norway

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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Maine

4/5  rDev -1%

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Italy

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev -1%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

04-23-2013 01:35:20 | More by sacrelicio
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 7,925 ratings.