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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

8,710 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,710
Reviews: 2,691
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 130
Gots: 903 | 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 420Rick
4/5  rDev -1%

420Rick, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

stella77artois, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

nharres, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

tabascosigned, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Arch578
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Arch578, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of PSUDREW
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is, if nothing else, a standard to measure if Pale ales are poor, or, if they are elite. Drink When it's Hot, Drink it when it's cold. Drink the damn thing if it's 20 years old. It is a delight. Hoppy, but not overpowering. Sweet enough to make it that year round treat. Dry aftertaste indeed. But it has that pale ale citrus flavor that everyone loves. So drinkable, it is a shame more people do not love it. If it takes you more then a day to finish (given that you are one to finish a 6er in a day, extenouating circumstance not standing) you got some problems, cause even the "Bud-Light Boys" are down with this delight. Go, buy this and run to the hills and sign it's praises. You are dismissed

PSUDREW, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Land Ho in Orleans.

What a great beer. This is a perfect example of what a Pale Ale should be. It does not have all the characteristics that I truly enjoy, but its balance is so good it’s incredible. The perfect amount of hops, followed by a fruity, but not over powering body, finished by a slight pine ending. Tops in its class.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Vengeance526
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a 2 finger white head that slowly settles to a small ring and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma of earthy hops and a bit of citrus.

Taste again reveals the hops, a little earthy, a little piney and a faint spicy character. Some grapefruit present in the finish.

Crisp with a medium level of carbonation. Very easy to drink. Still a classic although I think the Torpedo may have ruined this one a bit for me since I basically see that as an amped up SNPA.

Vengeance526, Mar 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

hoosier222002, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

BreweryRun, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

JDM44, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

TTripp725, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Erice78, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

alexm1309, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of ndekke39
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle with no bottling date. On a hard pour it has a nice white head. Clear golden-yellow color. Great retention. Soft aromas and tastes of lightly toasted malt and honey. Finishes cleanly with a brush of the hops. Tastes travel well. Light-bodied mouthfeel. Continuous carbonation adds to the head, although it doesn't bite the tongue. Not the most powerful flavors, but a well-balanced session beer. Great example of a Pale Ale!

ndekke39, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Very nice light copper color. No head to speak of, I suspect it was due to a barkeep who doesn't know how to draw one correctly.

S-Nice floral and citrus notes with some spicy hops.

T-Smooth yet with a nice hoppy/bitter bite. A nice biscuity maltiness to it as well. Very nice, very well balanced.

M-Surprisingly smooth and creamy, but with a nice bite and dry finish.

D-Very, very drinkable. A great session brew to be sure!

Lerxst, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of 9InchNails
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to it! This is my 100th Beer Review!

Light golden but cloudy body. White fluffy head. Doesn't look too carbonated as there are sporadic slow moving bubbles. 4

A chalky metallic smell of hops upfront. A little sweet and bitter as well. With the first scent, I thought I smelled vanilla but that seem to have diminished. 4

A very crisp taste, a little bitter, some pine and citrus in the beginning winding down to a buttery biscuit like taste. Interesting taste for sure, not sure if I like it, though. 3.5

The mouth is okay, nothing fantastic. Slightly acidic. It goes down very easy. 3.5

Despite the uncertainty of truly liking the taste of the beer and the okay mouth feel, this is a very drinkable beer. It's crisp, light, refreshing and easy to go down. 4.5

9InchNails, Feb 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

gr0g, Nov 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Carpentiere, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MrBuckHigh, May 09, 2013
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,710 ratings.