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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
91
outstanding

9,508 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,508
Reviews: 2,757
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 169
Gots: 1,273 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of HoustonTX
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper color, pale white frothy head, good retention, and only small streams of lacing line the glass.

S - Hops and malted barley.

T - Initial taste is quick and strikes the palate at a fast pace. A malt backbone which is balanced by biting hops. Residual sweetness thrown into the mix. Along with floral, citrus peel, and earthy undertones from the hops. Finish is suprisingly dry and bready.

M - Crisp and a tad oily on the palate.

D - Excellent drinkability.

A classic example of the APA style. A must try.

Photo of JohnnyK
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of TheTrevor
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light copper color with a big beige head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell is mostly floral and citrusy hops, very pleasant. The taste starts off with some sweet bready malt that gives way to some floral spicy hops and some malt comes back for the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, and probably one of the most popular beers in the style for a reason.

Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyDan
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a golden colored brew that has a white head with excellent retention, decent carbonation and very very good lacing that clings nicely to the side of my beer mug. The smell is of citrus, yeast and hops. The taste is a citrus taste at first followed by some malts and hops. It has a citrus after taste to it. the mouthfeel is a nice creamy smooth medium bodied beer with a nice crisp clean finish. This crisp clean finish also makes the beer a nice drinkable beer. I'm not a huge fan of the taste of this beer, but it does have a nice hoppy finish to it and it is worth trying for those that like this style of beer. However, a better beer to try in this style is Michigan Brewing's Mackinac Pale Ale.

Photo of Didier
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

This is by far the most-frequently purchased beer i my household (between my wife and I). This is my staple beer, almost always found in my refrigerator.

Pours a beautifully clear, deep amber with a two finger, tightly packed head. Lacing is always left all over the glass. Aroma is piney and hoppy, with the cascade hops overpowering the aroma with its citrusey notes. Taste is very hoppy, but balanced well with toasted malts. Hints of caramel and toffe are noted, but mostly an herbal hoppy presence and a strong orange/grapefruit flavor. Exceptionally mouth filling, but easy drinking. Despite the slightly higher than average ABV, it is remarkably easy drinking. Perhaps the most well-crafted pale ale made in the USA. I strongly recommend this beer to everyone.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Light amber orange body full of small bubbles rising to a white creamy head that laces all over the place.

S: Picking up some moderately fresh hops over some subtle malts.

T: This beer has all the usual suspects for pale ale that is leaning towards an IPA. A variety of semi-fresh hops swirl and cascade over the top of a foundation of sweet toasty malts. All this smooths out with a slightly more bitter finish than I was expecting. The aftertaste lingers shorter than expected, but is a good one.

M: Smooth but fresh with a nice balance of carbonation. The body is on the lighter side, but that lends to the drinkability nicely.

D: A very drinkable and pleasing APA. Not over-powering, and because of this it can be a fine session beer for the hop-seeker that doesn't want to blister his palate with one of the many American hop-bombs.

Overall: Arguably, this beer is (in my opinion) one of the "Big Three" beers that facilitates the conversion of great number of Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers into craft drinkers (the other two being Sam Adams Boston Lager and Guinness Draught). I wonder how many hoppy APAs and IPAs exist today because of the success of this beer. Regardless, it is a reliable, widespread, well-crafted pale ale that can be used as a benchmark to rate others against. This beer promotes beer advocacy, and on that note... it is a great beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About as well balanced as an ale can be. Along with Liberty Ale, about as good of an example of a classic American micro-ale. Pours a nice,
golden-to-amber color, foamy head, good retention. Nice lace throughout. Wonderfully fruity, hoppy aroma and taste. Not overly dry, despite the obvious hop presence. At 5.6% ABV, packs a decent little punch (the hops are noticeable, also) but quite drinkable. I have nothing negative to say about this beer at all.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,508 ratings.