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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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8,464 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,464
Reviews: 2,677
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 117
Gots: 792 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-16-2012 02:28:19 | More by DocJitsu
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

I've been drinking this for years and have always marvelled at how such a widely available beer can be so consistently tasty. But it is the mouthfeel and taste which really capture me. That citrus chewy oily hoppy quality once the beer hits the tongue never fails to activate even the most stubborn taste buds. Sure it isn't a 240 hour IPA but the balanced lingering bitterness and reasonable alcohol gives the brewer no where to hide faults. Just as well that I've never found any worth mentioning apart from the fact that it is hard to have just one. So easy to find and enjoy and so rewarding. The consensus is growing but I still don't think it gets the respect it deserves.

08-21-2010 22:56:46 | More by Zimbo
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-10-2012 00:41:35 | More by BryanK
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

09-28-2012 23:57:30 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

4/5  rDev -1%

06-04-2013 19:23:52 | More by Carpentiere
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

07-03-2012 04:20:02 | More by caverog
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-07-2013 03:49:34 | More by SpongeRuiner
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

07-11-2013 01:24:11 | More by cw13
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

01-20-2013 02:22:08 | More by LooseMoose1978
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-10-2013 15:21:59 | More by Shawner
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-01-2014 01:49:06 | More by JDeming
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Paid $6.99 for a 6'er for Turkey Day...


The beer pours a clear beautiful ambe rbrown base with a medium white head, good retention and lacing effects. The aroma was not really distinct so I give it an average.

However, the taste is very full which I like personally; it has notes of hops, a little malt, a little fruity and a little sweet; a real nice blend. The M&D life this beer to a new dimension. I have never been more impressed by a mainstream beer than this. It is extremely smooth all over and this is an ideal session beer, watch out @ 5.6%...

Final Thought: It's been over two years since I drank a SNPA but I am glad I refounded this relationship that will continue for quite some time.

11-27-2004 05:28:45 | More by mobyfann
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3.38/5  rDev -16.3%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, savored 07/06
Medium pour in a shaker.

Poured with hues of amber and copper, with consistant off-white head.

Smelt of fruity citrus and a hint of biscuity malt.

Taste begins with soft citrusy piney hops a subtle sweet bready malt kick, with enduring sour pineness. A soft approach and gentle release on the palate. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy and average carbonation.

Overall, a classic American pale ale that sets a standard, but gives room for improvement.

08-02-2006 05:11:17 | More by xav33
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-18-2011 07:03:36 | More by mdvatab
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Tried this beer once before and was very disappointed. Decided to try it again just to see if I'd gotten an old bottle. I'm glad I did - this sample was much more enjoyable.

Pours a nice orange color with not a whole lot of head - dissipates almost immediately. Smell is of citrusy hops. Taste is similar. The citrus and cascade hops are really noticeable, but it's not really bitter. There's a slight hint of spice here. Quite drinkable, especially if you're a fan of the style.

10-07-2009 00:01:50 | More by Mavajo
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours golden orange with a sizable head and ample lacing

smell is citrustastic but nothing other than that lemon and orange peel

taste is also quite tart, not like a sour but just dominated by citrus hops, a nice buiscuit like finish

mouthfeel is smooth

A very drinkable, classic tasting American pale ale a wonderful staple session beer. One of the first craft beers i ever had years ago and Its still a very nice brew

12-31-2009 04:06:31 | More by benclimbs
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Review Number 50.

One of my go to beers for the past 5 years, figured I would give it a well deserved review

Appearance-Vibrant Golden amber color with a 2 inch creamy off white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

Smell-Citrusy Hops(grapefruit, lemon), Pine and a Caramel Malt aroma. Very nice for a APA.

Taste-Off the bat you get the caramel malts, then you get hit with some citrus with a piney hop finish. Not too bitter, very nice finish leaving you wanting that next sip.

Mouthfeel-My mouth is coated with some nice piney hops. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall-I can see myself 50 years from now still enjoying this beer. It goes great with food too. I do my grading to style and this is definitely one of the best, if not the best Pale Ale. I would drink this next to a buddy drinking a Pliny and I would be completely satisfied.

04-30-2011 20:15:12 | More by SWMeyer4141
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

06-11-2014 21:01:01 | More by wvbrewcrew
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

09-04-2012 00:10:22 | More by Stumpy29er
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

04-12-2014 20:11:51 | More by Zekenyce
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-03-2014 03:06:07 | More by jimmygord
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

12-03-2011 22:36:33 | More by ejw127
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

10-23-2013 16:23:13 | More by Wortman1998
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

08-05-2014 13:14:46 | More by Arch578
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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