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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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8,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,168
Reviews: 2,668
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 629 | 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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Photo of titosupertramp


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber in color, crystal clear. Nice large, foamy white head. Leaves behind very thick film with great lacing. Near perfect for a pale ale.

S: Piney, floral hops with toasted malt.

T: Follows the nose to a tee. Taste has a floral/pine hops quality with the toasted malts balancing it out, but still pretty bitter as the hops win the war on this. I've been noticing a tea quality to hop forward pale ales lately and this has it.

M: For a pale ale, this has a thick quality to it. Bitter, dry finish.

O: This isn't the most drinkable pale ale you'll come across due to the dry bitterness, but it's still excellent. One of the seminal American Craft beers, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 01:51:46 | More by titosupertramp
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-11-2013 07:26:13 | More by flayedandskinned
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-07-2012 22:47:23 | More by wo87810
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-06-2014 18:39:42 | More by andy1701
Photo of Gaisgeil


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a thin wispy white head. Nose smells strongly of hops with notes of grass and citrus, very "summer" like. The taste is similar, though a bit more grainy and heavier tasting than I expected. Quite hoppy but a decent amount of malt character to match and balance.

Nice APA, but honestly, this is a pretty standard brew within the constraints of the style, very drinkable however.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 17:02:31 | More by Gaisgeil
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-23-2013 02:49:02 | More by Topher78
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-08-2013 15:38:08 | More by teraflx
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-01-2014 01:15:36 | More by WuBByG999
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-05-2014 18:55:29 | More by wellsnb
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-16-2014 02:21:38 | More by Beervana
Photo of palliko


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a cloudy orange with white foam and clinging lace. Aroma is floral hops, green leaves and lemon blossoms. There are some barley and malt notes, too. Initial taste caresses the tongue with silky smooth crackers and malt, balanced by dry hoppiness. Ethanol fumes work through the sweet grapefruit hops and brown sugar. Good beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 15:59:41 | More by palliko
Photo of bosco7


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to a pint glass

A-Has a beautiful golden pale color with plenty of carbonation giving it a shimering quality.

S-Citrus and spicy notes.

T- Overall the ale expresses balance between hops and malt and is refreshing. Finishes smooth , mild and slightly sweet.

M- Really nice mouthfeel, carbonation is balanced.

D- Extremely drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 02:13:16 | More by bosco7
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4/5  rDev -1%

11-17-2011 05:19:27 | More by pest
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-18-2012 03:35:21 | More by kb2250
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-01-2013 06:44:11 | More by ezperkins2
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

03-09-2014 23:25:02 | More by Los1324
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1%

06-04-2013 19:23:52 | More by Carpentiere
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3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, perfect head size - ideal look for a pale ale (Judging by the times I've poured it from a bottle or had it on tap)

S: Piney hops dominate the smell along with some citrus

T: Follows the nose. Mostly piney hops some citrus and bitterness with a small malt backbone that is vaguely present. Finish is very smooth and lingering. Clean, Easy to drink beer.

M: Pretty thin mouthfeel which is normal for the style. Hoppy dry finish.

O: This beer has earned it's status as the quintessential American Pale Ale. Overall, Not the best pale ale I've had, but it's up there. Could go for one of these anytime. My go to session beer.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 22:12:06 | More by Givemebeer
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-07-2014 04:22:48 | More by chossboss
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-15-2013 00:00:45 | More by pastramionrye7
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-22-2013 05:22:50 | More by Amerikon
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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On top of all the high marks for quality, I also have a soft spot for this brew, as it was a benchmark in my beering adventures. It became a beer to which I compared all others. I have recently taken to almost exclusively trying new beers of all styles (which I highly recommend) but I came upon this bottle in my inlaws fridge, and instantly decided it would be my next (third) review. I have a solid twenty minutes before I am noticed missing, and plan to cherish each and every one.

A-Light clear bubbly amber color with a large almost half-a-glass head (I poured into a curved Boddintons pint glass)that sticks around and then leaves some lacing.

S-When I smell a Sierra Pale Ale I get that green fresh hoppy IPAish sense in my head

T-But the taste is something smoother and more refreshing than expected.The bitter hops remain after a well balanced initial mouthful.

M-Carbonation is present and tingly throughout your mouth. Gets a little heavy and syrupy as it warms. I would tend to not want to let this one sit too long in the sun.

D-This one has given me many a headache which earns it a 5 in Drinkability

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 01:47:55 | More by yossarian14
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-09-2013 17:51:32 | More by stevefinny
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4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a bottle. Small amount of head that lasts a while and pours thick. Tastes excellent--you can taste a bit of honey. It is nice, smooth and the carbonation is perfect. Tastes even better when ice cold.

Has a nice bitter after taste and really holds the flavor well. You will want to retain the flavor in your mouth.

The beer smells delicious and really makes you crave it. You can smell the freshness of the hops and that overall good flavor to it.

On the bottle, the beer prides itself on having all natural, fresh ingredients with no additives, and after drinking this beer you really do notice the overall freshness and goodness of it.

I highly enjoyed the beer, and regret having waited all this time to finally try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 05:41:26 | More by Antonius08
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-09-2012 16:11:46 | More by Nutwood
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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