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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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9,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,507
Reviews: 2,757
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 169
Gots: 1,270 | 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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3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear and amber gold, with about a finger's worth of head that had all but disappeared by the time I turned around from throwing away the cap. Leaves a thin, swirling foam, almost like soap bubbles. Laces decently as I drink it.

S - A light, pleasing smell of floral and piney hops, with just a hint of biscuity malt. Nothing really stands out in the aroma.

T - Starts with some spicy, piney hops, which then gives way to the floral that is in the smell. Finishes with the biscuit malt, and a clean bitterness. At 5.6%, it certainly isn't a "big" beer, but there is no taste of alcohol at all.

M - Very mild carbonation leads to the impression that this beer is watery, but combined with a dry, clean finish, it is very refreshing.

O - If I had to describe this beer in one word, it would be "inoffensive." Which makes it, I suppose, a good example of a Pale Ale, not as hop forward as an IPA, which is the point. I always say "This is my least favorite Sierra Nevada beer," but despite that, this is not a bad beer. It would make an excellent "Gateway to Craft Beer" beer.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle from six pack poured into a pint glass.

Bottling date on bottle: October 11, 2014

Drank on December 8, 2014

Appearance - Clear dark amber gold bullion with a creamy white head.

Smell - Slightly piney. Mildly floral, with equal parts Cascade hop citrus and spice.

Taste - Grapefruit, spice, and flowers, finished with a clean malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and slightly spiky, with a sweet smooth finish.

Overall - Hands down, a great Pale Ale. Perfect on a hot day by the grill, or a cold night by the fire.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a one-finger creamy white head. The head disapates leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet malts and hops.

T - Flavor starts with some sweets malts. The sweetness fades into some nice citrus and earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

O - An American classic and the gold standard pale ale. Just as good as ever.

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3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

need to re review. Have had founders and Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams rebel IPA now. These and founders are my go to

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4/5  rDev -1%

If you are a big fan of american style pale ales then this is going to hit the spot for you. I gave this a 4 just because it is a great example of the style of beer but my personal tastes have changed and I no longer crave pale ales.

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4/5  rDev -1%

This is the beer I compare all pale ales to. This incredibly drinkable pale ale is smooth but still offers a nice amount of flavor.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,507 ratings.