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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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9,307 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,307
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 161
Gots: 1,170 | 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  rDev -1%

Swaino, Feb 12, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice floral hop aroma with a very subtle earthiness. Some sweetness comes across as well. Pours a deep gold in color with a light tan head. Citrus grapefruit are most evident in the mouth but the beer still has a nice malt backbone. Dry finish with a good hop bite. Medium-light carbonation is very evident. A finely crafted brew.

jreitman, May 03, 2003
Photo of cichief
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage, MD.

A- Poured a nice gold in color with a beautiful white head.

S- Very flowery, nice and hoppy.

T- Nice and clean, very hoppy, with a nice dry finish.

M- Nice, not too fizzy, done very well.

D- A good everyday beer, a perfect example of the American Pale Ale style.

cichief, Apr 08, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

BuckeyeSlim, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Danno48, Apr 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Mlawrence, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

JohnnyK, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing after several tastings, both in bottle and on tap. Pours a nice golden amber with thick, almost rocky head. Nice smell of hops and a hint of pine. Taste is good, not great though. A good balance of malt and hops leaning towards the hop side. Moderate carbonation leaves a crisp and light feeling in the mouth with a dry and bitter aftertaste. Easily drinkable and has a good flavor do to the hop presence. Overall this is a very good beer, not an amazing one. Due to its availability definitely worth drinking over most other beers commonly found on tap.

bunnyhustle, Oct 05, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

pcsnyder, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

rmehughes, Dec 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Jmick28, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

milkbone_underwear, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Pinche_Oso, Jul 03, 2012
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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a shaker. Wonderful white, foamy heady, decent lacing throughout review.. A foggy, golden, honey hue.

Hops, citrus and pine on the nose. Lightly floral.

Smooth on the tongue, perfect carbonation. Slightly sweet up front with hints of honey and citrus. Finishes off with a lightly dry, bitter, hoppy mix of grapefruit and pine. The dry/bitterness doesn't last long and then the honey seems to comes full circle, leaving a very pleasant sweet note behind.

This is a very smooth and refreshing brew. Not complex, just very complete. Nicely balanced and easy to drink. The hoppy finish is quick, cleansing your taste buds and in return beckons for another swallow...and then another...and another. Great everyday pale ale...Salud!

Boca-X, Feb 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

GoGators, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz->Anchor Steam Pint
A ~ pours a perfectly pale honeyed-brown. Constant steady carb
with a bit of lacing.

S ~ Solid nose of grass, fresh barley, brewer's yeast & grass

T ~ Nice balance of crisp hops & pale malts...bit of
bread-crust, and a finish of their tasty house yeast.

M ~ Crisp & clean. Simple, with a nice balance.
I don't understand how some think this is too hoppy.

D ~ Just good...really good. It's a given
to buy this beer in 12-packs. The definition
of the (American) style. Not a big beer by any
means, just a solid one. We all started w/ this.

chocosushi, Aug 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

joeseppy, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Steve_Oldrati, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

RangnaR, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

MNMike, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

JDeming, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 04, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden tone , small head, a little lacing.

Smell is faintly floral, citrusy.

Taste is primarily hoppiness , with some slight malty undertones.

Mouthfeel is light , with a crisp aftertaste. Carbonation is apparent.

A little high in the ABV department, but I have no trouble drinking 6 of these.

shroompod, Dec 22, 2007
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,307 ratings.