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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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8,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,688
Reviews: 2,690
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 129
Gots: 895 | 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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Photo of zoolou
5/5  rDev +23.8%

zoolou, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of dangordon0128
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

dangordon0128, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of bmjivi221
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

bmjivi221, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of dfecteau
4/5  rDev -1%

dfecteau, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev -1%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of toddicus13
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

toddicus13, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of pod
4/5  rDev -1%

pod, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

GonzoHomebrewer, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of charlescorley4
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%

This will always be my favorite Pale Ale. Absolutely lovely citrus and floral aroma, with one of the most perfectly balanced flavors. A biscuity undertone is countered by the flavor of magnum and cascade hops, giving it its piney, citrusy flavor. Not too overpowering of a hop aroma. As I said before, it is perfectly balanced. It is JUST RIGHT. Truly a classic. This will always be my go to when I'm in the liquor store and not quite sure what to get.

charlescorley4, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Hoptoudrop
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Hoptoudrop, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of stvanderwoude
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

stvanderwoude, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1%

jaydoc, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of scotorum
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottled April 9th 2013 if my code deciphering is correct. So a bit old, which might have affected the review.

Poured into an Innis & Gunn flute from the 24 oz. bottle.

a: A clear amber formed a two inch tall white head which disspiated slowly to a heavy surface foam film and fancy lacing. Evidently highly carbonated.

s: Hint of pine.

t: Nicely balanced as a pale ale should be. Easy drinking. Apparently mine was not as hopped-up as other reviews have suggested this ale usually is, possibly due to its being about four months old.

m: Silky smooth almost to a fault, in fact curiously slick, almost like you were drinking hoppy light lubricating oil.

o: A different Pale Ale due to the unusually smooth mouthfeel. On the low side of hoppiness for modern American pale ales. A good one.

scotorum, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of ekalb31
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ekalb31, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of rangerred
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.

rangerred, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of mwyeep
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

mwyeep, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Nitty703
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Nitty703, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of E_Cox
4/5  rDev -1%

E_Cox, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Hesperus
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.

Hesperus, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Skwisgaar
4/5  rDev -1%

Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ImperatorScab, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Daffron24, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of hubsluvsbeer
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.

hubsluvsbeer, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev -1%

Bear1964, Aug 04, 2013
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,688 ratings.