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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
90
outstanding

8,526 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,526
Reviews: 2,682
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 818 | 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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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

01-20-2013 02:22:08 | More by LooseMoose1978
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itracy63

Alaska

4/5  rDev -1%

06-02-2013 19:25:08 | More by itracy63
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

08-14-2013 20:51:46 | More by Tayloraphilips
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BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

06-26-2014 20:57:50 | More by BrahptimusPrime
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John_Beeryman

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-21-2014 14:29:02 | More by John_Beeryman
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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

This is definitely one of the classic american ales on the market, and I was glad to find a six-pack hidden on the shelf of my local supermarket. The pour revealed a nice amber/dark golden color. There was a thin head that disappeared after about a minute, but a nice lace remained until the last sip. The smell was a crisp, sharp one with some nice fruity(citrus??) hops. The first taste revealed more of those hops and a pleasant bitter taste that receded quickly and left a nice dry aftertaste. Overall a very good brew that I would recommend to anyone!

01-12-2003 15:38:43 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-04-2012 02:26:43 | More by rcatalano
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hoosier222002

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-17-2014 20:34:00 | More by hoosier222002
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Golden copper, looks a bit cloudy. Has a decent, foamy white head with average retention.

S - Big floral hop aroma mixed with citrus and sweet malts.

T - Roasted, bready malts up front, followed by grassy, floral hops. While well balanced, the hops are plentiful and provide a mild hop bite. The finish is rather dry with some bitterness, leaving a lingering citrus/malt flavor.

M - Crisp and smooth. Light-medium bodied.

D - Highly drinkable, making this an extremely sessionable ale. Bold, robust flavors for a pale ale. Everything seems to work well together. An all around great beer.

09-08-2011 01:10:13 | More by mooseo
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velosuds

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but coded printing on label.

A-Pours a golden amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops.

T-Too bitter for an APA, but the malt presence became more noticeable as it warmed.

M-Very smooth but not quite enough malt presence.

D-A good APA, somewhat overrated in my opinion. Very easy drinking. Definitely improves as it warms, but I like to drink APAs cold and in large gulps to quench thirst on a hot summer day. Doesn't quite do it for me.

08-09-2009 01:19:10 | More by velosuds
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Orange-yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is equal parts malts and hops. Some very fainat citrus.
Taste is hops up front, with the malts coming out from underneith. Faint bitterness comes near the end. More faint light fruits.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a clean finish.
Great drinkability on this one. Another good beer to "session."

04-04-2010 23:31:41 | More by Parrotbeak
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-01-2014 01:49:06 | More by JDeming
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Arch578

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

08-05-2014 13:14:46 | More by Arch578
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juju7

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Finally got a hold of one of these. A little hard to come by round these parts. Happy to say it lived up to the hype. Soft grapefruity, citrus nose with lovely itching bitterness that fills the mouth. A sturdy caramel malt backbone as well in perfect balance with the hop flavours. Carbonation, malt, hops, bitterness all in line. Wish it was more available(and cheaper).

08-19-2009 08:53:24 | More by juju7
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-08-2012 21:36:42 | More by mquinn919
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sjrodriguez

California

3/5  rDev -25.7%

08-13-2014 02:59:28 | More by sjrodriguez
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CBFanWish

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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mnrider

Connecticut

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.

Cheers!!!

03-09-2011 03:07:44 | More by mnrider
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josefnewsong

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 12oz.

Appearance:
Golden with a little haziness. Clingy white lace.

Aroma:
Grain, spicy hops, cirtus, tangy

Taste:
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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MJR

Missouri

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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DCgolfpro

Maryland

3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-09-2013 02:46:54 | More by DCgolfpro
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NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-10-2013 14:23:34 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-06-2013 13:58:40 | More by irish01980
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,526 ratings.