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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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9,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,686
Reviews: 2,803
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,484 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish golden in color with a slight haze. Off-white head.
Aroma dominated by the hops. Mix of citrus and floral with a bit of pine as well. Pale malt underneath the hops.

Taste follows the nose. Healthy dose of hop bitterness throughout. Hop flavor is a mix of floral, citrus, and pine notes. Good caramel-tasting, pale malt base underneath that falls a bit short of really balancing this one. Enjoyable flavor.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good APA. It's relatively wide availability often makes it a welcome sight in an otherwise boring beer establishment.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Light amber orange body full of small bubbles rising to a white creamy head that laces all over the place.

S: Picking up some moderately fresh hops over some subtle malts.

T: This beer has all the usual suspects for pale ale that is leaning towards an IPA. A variety of semi-fresh hops swirl and cascade over the top of a foundation of sweet toasty malts. All this smooths out with a slightly more bitter finish than I was expecting. The aftertaste lingers shorter than expected, but is a good one.

M: Smooth but fresh with a nice balance of carbonation. The body is on the lighter side, but that lends to the drinkability nicely.

D: A very drinkable and pleasing APA. Not over-powering, and because of this it can be a fine session beer for the hop-seeker that doesn't want to blister his palate with one of the many American hop-bombs.

Overall: Arguably, this beer is (in my opinion) one of the "Big Three" beers that facilitates the conversion of great number of Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers into craft drinkers (the other two being Sam Adams Boston Lager and Guinness Draught). I wonder how many hoppy APAs and IPAs exist today because of the success of this beer. Regardless, it is a reliable, widespread, well-crafted pale ale that can be used as a benchmark to rate others against. This beer promotes beer advocacy, and on that note... it is a great beer!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally decided to review this beer after years of consumption of this fine brew. This one ranks on my all time favorites list- I am never sick of this stuff and it's always as refreshing as it was the first time I had it.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Poured a burnt yellow/copper/orange color. No lacing- small amount of head- hints of malted barley and big hops- floral scents and even a hint of grapefruit.

This goes down as smooth as anything- as a reviewer said previously- not sessionable at 5.6% but there have also been many a nights where these beers have been consumed at a high volume by all parties involved.

This is a pale ale done just right.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great drinking beer. The appearance is a light orange with a nice white head. The smell is full of hops but does have some more earthy smells in it as well. The taste is great with a burst of hop flavor in the beginning that fades into a toasty malt flavor that finishes the beer well. I can definitely see how this one is a popular beer today.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,686 ratings.