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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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9,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,808
Reviews: 2,835
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 196
Gots: 1,611 | 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:
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
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Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really tastes like an APA should. Plenty of grassness in the flavor with an acceptable consistency.

Photo of ngandhi
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fruitier out of the bottle. Maltier too. A rare occassion, indeed, but I like the bottle more than the tap. The tap's a little more astringent. Drinkability gets a 5 because this is an ideal session ale. A gorgeous beer. I buy it by the case.

It's not incredibly complex but the hops used here are delicious on the palette and nose -- evidence of intelligent, careful brewing. There are mild esters in the background but not unusually flowery like HopDevil. Bitter but not unpleasant. The hops here are a flavor, part-and-parcel of the beer, instead of some crazy quasi-adjunct that's there just to burn people's tongues off. There's even an influence of American pale lager in this beer on the nose, in a good way, -- somewhat Pilsnery. Clean, smooth body with a very controlled hop bite and medium malt. The flavors are delicately mellowed, but defined. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale isn't trying to prove anything. It drinks honest and pure.

Relax, relax.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can't believe for how many times I had this I never reviewed. amber hue, nice foamy off white head, nose is full of cascade and caramel, balance a tad to the bitter side, tasteful citrus and caramel meld well. sure there are better apas, but none of them are the benchmark that Sierra nevada's is.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours an amber gold with a frothy white head that dissipates in to a thick film that lasts and laces the whole way down the beer. The smell hits you initially with the aroma of the hops. First of all the distict floral and citrus flavors that are so common. There is also a hint of some lightly toasted pale malts. The taste is also fantastic. The hops are obviously the focus of the beer but this does not prevent the beer from preventing some delightful sweet and toasted malts. Again the normal floral/citrus hops are most prevalent but once the beer is tasted the citrus flavor seems to dominate. The mouthfeel is carbonated well with some nice thickness. There is also a welcome dimension of bitterness associated with this beer. Overall I really enjoy this one and have to give it a 5 on drinkability. This is one I will come back to again and again.

Photo of Popp24
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of chasmandocharles
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cwreay90
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SStein
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of KillaB
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of factoide
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint,

The pour is a darkish yellow with copper tinges. A very proud creamy off-white head forced me to stop pouring with half an inch left in the bottle. The lacing is wonderful and a good cap never goes away.

The nose is divided between pink grapefruit and oddly, melon, from the use of solely Cascade hops and grainy bread.

Taste essentially mimmicks smell. Grapefruit becomes more dominant with sour juice, not sweetness. Some bready malt intercedes before grapefruit pith bitterness finishes.

Good carbonation level doesn't disturb the flavors and the weight on the palate is perfectly full.

Without this beer, the craft beer worldwide might not be where it is today. To many of us beer geeks this may not bring the excitement of an Imperial IPA, but it is a damn solid beer. Even though it isn't technically sessionable this would make a good all nighter.

Photo of mcphish22
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a brassy amber color with a perfect finger and a half of off white head. Great retention with some great lacing.

S- dry biscuity malt aroma with just the faintest touch of honey glaze. A huge dollop of piney resiny hop aromas with a note of yellow grapefruit citrus rind.

T- floral resiny hops hit the palate at first. Assertive hop bitterness leaves a classic pine/juicy grapefruit lingering on the palate. Just enough malt to bring a really nice balance and refreshing character.

MF- full round mouthfeel with a medium body and great bottle conditioned carbonation.

D- very very drinkable.

Overall this is the classic example of what an American pale ale should be. Balanced and full of hop flavor. Superb

Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mjohnson17
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Iowacraft
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of fisherman34
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a tinge of amber. Hoppy aromas of grass and mild citrus. Some grainy malt flavors combine with notes of citrus hops and white grape skin. Assertive, but not overpowering black peppery bitterness. Not watery, but surprisingly muted. This would probably make a good session beer, but I've had a few more interesting APAs than this one.

Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, but slightly hazy, amber hue with a very healthy almost pure white head that sticks to the glass with the best of them throughout the drink and perfect head retention. Aromas of the kind of hops that got me into IPA's, but not as strong as many IPA's or APA's I've had since. Light hoppy aroma with a sweetness backing it.

This is the taste that got me into IPA's back in the day. It basically introduced the hop as a beer's main character to me. Like I said for the aroma, I've had better since, but as for the taste, this is one of the most solid beers out there. Very perfectly balanced for a beer that is known for its hoppy character. For an introductory beer to the world of craft, there isn't a much better beer to have. Bitter when it needs to be, and just sweet enough on the backside to balance it out perfectly. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and smooth but not extremely.

One of the best all-around beers out there and one that I will always accept willingly when offered. One that apparently got a lot of people into craft beers, me included. Always have a soft spot in my heart for this one.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,808 ratings.