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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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8,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,685
Reviews: 2,690
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 129
Gots: 891 | 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 hyuga
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Pale copper color and a large, impressive white head with great retention. Leaves a huge amount of beautiful lace. Refreshing hoppy aroma of citrus and a bit of pine. Characteristic pale ale malt aroma behind that, which I assume is from pale grain. Crisp citrus and pine-like hop character hits first. Specifically, the initial wave of hop bitterness reminds me of a Christmas tree. Not far behind is a grain-like maltiness, also very crisp. Just above medium-bodied, but good and complex. Hoppy, but still very well balanced. High drinkability, very refreshing. Wonderful pale ale that is worthy of being considered one of the nation's top microbrews.

hyuga, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of AudioGilz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Clear amber and orange hued color....with an enormous head that ends up one heluva lacer. As far as hops and malt goes, the hops dominate, but the malts are there just enough for an awesome balance. The crispness makes it very drinkable and refreshing. This is definitely one of the best American Pale Ales out there.

AudioGilz, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of McStagger
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A: pours a murky orange yellow. Two fingers if rocky white head. Awesome lacing. Good retention.

S: pretty malty beast with some citrus and floral peeking through.

T: again with the good malt presence. Hops are muted compared to some of the west coast pales ive had. Citrus pops up in the end with a bitterness coming through to keep it balanced.

M: Great mouthfeel. Full bodied.

O: the quintessential west coast brew. One of the very original. This is my go to in bars that don't have a great selection of beer.

McStagger, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

The beer is a nice orange gold color with a lovely head that lingers.

The aroma is hoppy and piney with a little hint of caramel hop.

The flavor is at first sweet with some caramel hints and finishes with a nice hop bitter bite.

The mouthfeel is medium and beer is well bodied.

Overall this is a wonderful session beer. It is refreshing and not to radical in any one direction.

LeeryLeprechaun, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of BrandonOakes
4/5  rDev -1%

BrandonOakes, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4/5  rDev -1%

AlpacaAlpaca, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

wisegreensoul, May 01, 2014
Photo of Arch578
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Arch578, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Donkster46, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of TheBierBand
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Had a couple bottles of this before the Reds game at Game Day Sports Bar just down the street from Graet American Ball Park, Cincinnati.

I poured the bottle into the 16 oz plastic cup to produce a 1" off white head over an amber colored beer. The head dissipated to a thin cap over the course of drinking this beer... lacing.... somewhat (even on a plastic cup).

The aroma was of floral hops with a bit of a sweet/malty profile in the background.

The taste: fairly good. Good hoppy taste but not overbearing. The malt came trough to balance this out.

Mouthfeel: nothing offensive hear. appropriate carbonation and not too thick... a good "gateway beer".

Drinkability: decent beer, best I could find at Game Day... nothing special. I'm sure that I'll have more... wouldn't turn one down....

TheBierBand, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev -1%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of loganburgh
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

loganburgh, Nov 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

DCgolfpro, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of cclark67789
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

cclark67789, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of RichardMNixon
4/5  rDev -1%

RichardMNixon, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of cwreay90
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

cwreay90, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of JLeet
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

JLeet, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of rcatalano
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

rcatalano, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of nasty15108
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

This is a classic American Micro-Brew. This ale was poured from the classic brown 12oz bottle into a glass.

A - The ale poured a golden amber color, with a thin head of white foam. Lots of carbonation and lacing.

S - Hoppy and fruity with hints of flowers.

T - Crisp, light and refreshing with lots of hoppy punch in the finish.

MF/D - Clean and refreshing taste. Lots of bubbles and pleanty of dry flavor. A classic American Pale Ale. One of the best out there. If you haven't tried this classic, get out there and find one.

nasty15108, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of TheBronze
3/5  rDev -25.7%

TheBronze, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of uustal
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Faint citrus hop taste upfront followed by a sweet, refreshing malt and the hops come back around for the finish to complete the cycle. The malts are top notch and makes the beer. Incredibly well balanced, drinkable and well done. A classic American Pale Ale

uustal, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of mquinn919
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

mquinn919, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of jordanimal
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jordanimal, Aug 21, 2014
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,685 ratings.