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

10,186 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,186
Reviews: 2,944
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 218
Gots: 2,026 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,186 | Reviews: 2,944
Photo of mikebraun1225
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer the first time I tried it

Photo of Kale99
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very nice pale ale enjoy this all the time

Photo of AndrewGoria
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An old classic. Always happy to have this beer.

Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A classic. Pine taste. A go-to beer that isn't boring.

Photo of Sjsuki
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Pale Ales ! Goes with just about everything !

Photo of mtomlins
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the Bier Markt. I remember drinking this *many* years ago (pre-BA) and thinking how agressive the hops were. It was definitely one of the beers that turned me 'towards the light.' I think it is a true testiment to the craft beer world in general that now SNPA is just a standard, highly drinkable pale ale with a nice hop profile...dangerously sessionable.

Photo of RenzoD
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, pale appearance. Looks very clean and clear. Small, non foamy head, quickly fades. Relative to how great of an ale this is, the smell isn't too huge. Pretty standard piney scent. Taste is up front with hint of roasty malt but dominated by cascade hoppiness. Refreshing bready/cracker and maybe slight skunk finish but hardly detectable. Oil and resin mouthfeel. Very spritzy and carbonated, which really really works for this beer. I could drink this all the live long day.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle of pale ale drank.

Photo of ZBowden
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear orange copper small white head, smells of biscuit cracker malts slight spicy hops, tastes malty on front with warming hop bitterness, incredibly smooth mouthfeel with a fantastic finish.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Obviously I have had many SNPAs in the past, and in fact I would say Sierra Nevada was my gateway into craft beer, but I'm just now getting around to reviewing it myself. Sierra Nevada really fits the bill, setting the bar for other APAs with a beautiful, lustrous amber hue and two-finger, bubbly white head. The lacing sustains throughout. The aroma is floral and citrus with the hops coming through nicely, and the taste is not harsh at all, just enough bitterness to tease the tongue, and a nice hoppy finish (not overpowering). I've always admired the balance in this beer, and the carbonation is moderate but present. Overall, this is a standard for APAs, a really solid brew.

Photo of buckslayer50
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this right after the SA Rebel and loved this even more, looked and smelled amazing, had even more citrusy flavors than the previously mentioned rebel. I think these end up my gateway beer to loving all sorts of IPA's

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a thick cap of foamy off-white head. Amazing retention. The aroma is light, with mild pine hops notes and hints of yeast and malt sweetness. The taste is also mild, but not lacking in flavor, with pine, spice, and floral notes and a nice bready quality from the malt bill. There is a solid carbonation to it and a bitter bite on the finish.

Photo of maxson924
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

As far as "big craft beers" go, this is definitely not as good as Sam Adams. But it's fine, and I'll order one in a bar or restaurant if there's nothing better.

Photo of Nolo
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look-> Cloudy dark gold, really just spectacular. I got 1/2 finger of head that quickly disappeared and what was left was just a white layer that lasted till the end, nice carbonation too. Loved how the small sediment clouded the whole beer, final chug an amazing experience

Smell-> Really nice orangy, lemony, citrussy smell. Hops are just amazing, really an amazing floral smell. Not sure if i perceived pine, maybe someone else did.

Taste-> Truly amazing, hops are perfect. Not overpowering and not too low. I can easily have 3 or 4 of these.

Feel-> Defenitely a crispy one, really good to the palate. Smooth and creamy. You can actually have this one at different temperatures! Im not a big fan of warm Pale Ales but this one I can.

Overall-> Truly perfect, brewed to a perfection! Love Sierra Nevada.

Photo of bongobeer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been enjoying this classic for over 20 years and I think it is still one of the best pale ales...one everyone should try!

Photo of Oldmankeebler
2/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It tastes kinda watery. I didn't care for it.

Photo of blameo
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not bad, but nothing special. too plain.

Photo of jooler
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great everyday drinking beer. Smell is really floral but the taste is very crisp with a touch of bitterness

Photo of Zak94
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer will turn an average drinker onto stronger, hoppier craft brews. It's an accesible, staple APA.

Photo of Beer_Doge
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow.

So pine.

Such classic.

Much citrus.

Wow.

Photo of Antc2382
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new American classic. If your on here and have not had one- I find it hard to believe.

Photo of GFM
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber color with one finger of thin lacing. Ample carbonation and streaky, clinging lacing. Mild pungent hop scent with a grainy, earthy undertone. Don't sense much of a citrus aroma. Medium bodied feel; carbonation gives it some bite. Some hop bitterness but also an earthy taste and an occasional sweet undertone. A very balanced beer. This is the true embodiment of an American Pale Ale. I would choose it over many average IPAs but not over the better ones. (8.5)

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Looks pretty, with an amber-copper color with a thick, bubbly head and carbonation bubbles continuously rising from the bottom of the glass. Unfortunately, not much in the way of an aroma, mostly just yeastiness. Smells like a lager. The taste makes up for it though, with nice piney and citrusy flavors for a cheap, canned pale ale. It's always been one of the most accessible and cheap beers that actually tastes good. The feel is crisp and smooth. Overall, a nice solid beer for anytime drinking. Not much fanfare or excitement, but a solid drink.

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice head with almost no lacing. First thing I noticed was the light copper color. She looks beautiful as the slight carbonation bubbles to the top. As with some of the lighter pale ales it's a little difficult to pick up a smell at first. Eventually you can pick up the citrusy yeast smell though its rather light. It's got great drinkability and at 7.99 is a great value.

Photo of Chuck6860
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada and IPAs go hand in hand. Right up there with Torpedo as a fine ale.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 10,186 ratings.