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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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8,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,442
Reviews: 2,678
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 117
Gots: 780 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-18-2014 01:06:13 | More by Kramerwtmf
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-05-2014 16:37:13 | More by nharres
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-03-2013 21:14:04 | More by RichardMNixon
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-19-2014 21:27:17 | More by green_plastic
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

A bronzy color to this one. It left little or no head. the smell was somewhat sweet at first but became super hoppy.
This was an interesting beer. I found it to be rather meaty, if that is a word to describe beer. But I was sort of overwelmed. This is not normally like me. I can drink the hoppy brews with the best of them. I did like pale ale. It is something I will drink again, but I can't make this a daily drink. I'm a wierdo and a hippy.

10-07-2003 23:30:23 | More by CBFanWish
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

1 pint 8oz. brown bottle

A: Pours a semi clear golden orange color with a nice fluffy head. Great sticky lacing.

S: Strong hops and citric fruits with other grains.

T/M: So smooth and creamy. Hops stand tall with a citric semi fruity taste. Good blend of sweetness and bitterness. Overall greatly balanced, nice body and fine tasting brew.

D: One of the best APA's out. Surprised I haven't reviewed it yet, since I've been drinking it for awhile now.


03-09-2011 03:07:44 | More by mnrider
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-04-2011 16:14:46 | More by josefnewsong
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 12oz.

Golden with a little haziness. Clingy white lace.

Grain, spicy hops, cirtus, tangy

Very smooth, tangy, a little spice, pine, sweet malty backbone. Bready, biscuity finish

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Very drinkable. I could have a few of these with some cheese. Mouthfeel is smooth and consistent.

Notes: I had one of these with some asiago, jack, and cheddar on sweetish, bready biscuits. The combo was fantastic.

02-19-2010 20:33:55 | More by BeerNemesis
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-08-2012 21:36:42 | More by mquinn919
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

10-14-2012 12:20:22 | More by TequilaTom
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-06-2014 13:52:29 | More by waston
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Pours a pale copper color with great clarity. What head it has comes in the form of a small cap. A few swirls of the glass increases it's size, but it shrinks right back down.

Smell: Aroma of bready malt and Cascade hops.

Taste: The malt/hop balance leans more to the hops, with grapefruit and citrus flavors in the forefront. The malt backbone is a bit thin, and is bready and slighty fruity.

Mouthfeel: The thickness is on the lighter side of medium, along with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This brew has saved me many a times when walking into a bar and seeing the usual macro crap, with this one buried in-between the swill.

All in all, a good (but not great) pale ale that is a good standby.

03-26-2003 18:02:31 | More by MJR
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-06-2013 13:58:40 | More by irish01980
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4/5  rDev -1%

10-02-2013 01:55:01 | More by ThisMoonlife
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South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-18-2014 05:41:35 | More by SD-Alefan
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

12-24-2013 23:21:59 | More by jaemeno3
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

08-20-2014 14:15:28 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-17-2014 20:34:00 | More by hoosier222002
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4.78/5  rDev +18.3%

an old standby i haven't visited in years! let's see what i remember and see if my palate has refined due to being bush-hogged by barrel-proof bourbons this winter...

a-that deep golden color that suggests orangey-green. i love it. a beautiful head that diminishes a bit quickly, but not too much so...sporadic lacing that doesn't cling for long.

s-so fresh, crisp, better than i remember. i probably didn't if smell it on purpose last time (that was 1989, i think....). i catch a perfect whiff of malty-hoppiness. what schmaltzy-happiness!

t-my goodness, this is really a fundamentally premiere stellar top notch pedigree american pale ale...it has a nice bitter, but subtle fade out, but it's hard to get to that point due to taking another swallow before too much time passes...the hops are right up front, but there's an obvious depth to it as well as (is this oxymoronic?) being subtley assertive. i love the way the maltiness weaves and pirouettes on the margins.

m-as it should be. as you would expect from this classic. chew it, inhale, you catch ethereal textures, nice continued hopscotch play of hops and malt...even catching somthing herbal, a hint...not sure what that is, but it's a bonus.

d-very very quaffable. an ultimate session brew for me.

this simply blows the quite admirable SN ESB 2009 out of the water. and yes, that itself is a fine brew.

02-28-2009 23:35:43 | More by mempath
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-16-2012 02:28:19 | More by DocJitsu
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

I've been drinking this for years and have always marvelled at how such a widely available beer can be so consistently tasty. But it is the mouthfeel and taste which really capture me. That citrus chewy oily hoppy quality once the beer hits the tongue never fails to activate even the most stubborn taste buds. Sure it isn't a 240 hour IPA but the balanced lingering bitterness and reasonable alcohol gives the brewer no where to hide faults. Just as well that I've never found any worth mentioning apart from the fact that it is hard to have just one. So easy to find and enjoy and so rewarding. The consensus is growing but I still don't think it gets the respect it deserves.

08-21-2010 22:56:46 | More by Zimbo
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-10-2012 00:41:35 | More by BryanK
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

09-28-2012 23:57:30 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-09-2013 02:46:54 | More by DCgolfpro
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

07-03-2012 04:20:02 | More by caverog
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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