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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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8,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,469
Reviews: 2,677
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 117
Gots: 793 | 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  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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4/5  rDev -1%

12-23-2012 03:12:32 | More by truesolution
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Ah, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A staple for me at gas stations, crappy bars and restaurants. Pours a transparent golden color. Completely see-through. Smell is slightly grassy and hoppy. Taste is initial bitterness followed by malty backbone and ends again with the bitterness of the hops. Some bready characteristics. Overall, this is a great stand-by brew for any occasion.

04-29-2009 03:22:10 | More by jdubjacket
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is medium bodied, with a golden/orange color. The aroma of the beer grabs your attention immediately, with a mixture of spice, hops, and citrus, and floral overtones greeting the nose. Foaminess is average. As you drink a glass of this beer, it leaves a pattern of lace on the sides of your glass and it is common to find a thin layer of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has a distinct hopped flavor. This beer is brewed using two- row barley malt, caramel malt, ale yeast, Perle and Cascade Hops. The taste of the Cascade hops is obvious, but this ale also manages to have a slightly malty taste, which helps keep the beer from becoming too bitter. There is a somewhat creamy texture, with a citrus and spice accented body. The finish of the beer is bitter.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a classic American Pale Ale. It may not be the best pale ale in America, but it's still very good and it stands as a benchmark to the American Pale Ale style. The citrus hop profile and the malty backbone make this a beer worth seeking out.

06-21-2008 23:45:52 | More by BryanCarey
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4/5  rDev -1%

02-20-2013 01:41:13 | More by Buttermilk
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-06-2014 03:04:24 | More by bulldogg915
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-03-2012 06:21:58 | More by aliving1
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-10-2011 22:57:22 | More by brokentee
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-26-2013 21:25:19 | More by tabascosigned
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-05-2014 22:25:47 | More by berkshire413
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-29-2012 23:26:11 | More by cwreay90
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-20-2013 04:43:12 | More by ronin926
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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%

This ubiquitous pale ale pours a handsome golden copper color with a small white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is spicy, piney, and citrusy with a pleasant maltiness that balances out the hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a tad too heavy for the style. It is very nice and coating but given the abv and style, I'd prefer it just s smidgen lighter on the tongue. The flavor is a refreshing blend of subtler west coast hops and light caramel malts. It is very well balanced and almost as distinctive as the nose. There is a reason that this has been one of the most popular and benchmark ales in the realm of craft beers. Its a good and consistent apa worth trying and respecting.

05-01-2014 04:58:25 | More by lochef81
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a beautiful full gold, with just a blush of copper. Fine sticky 1/2" head settles slowly to thin, complete cap.

Cascades! Grapefruit City. But there's a nice bit of piney freshness as well, and the underlaying biscuity malt base is not obliterated by the hops. A bit too much hop to be well-balanced, in my particular parlance, but nicely done, nonetheless.

Medium full in the mouth, with the malt slightly outweighing the good hop flavor on the palate. Great length from the hop bitterness, and the bottle-conditioned carbonation level is just right, lightening the body a bit, and scrubbing the hops from the palate in preparation for the next sip. Easy to down several of these. An old favorite, a classic of its style, and always a joy to see on an otherwise dismal beer list.

08-25-2003 15:36:57 | More by Realale
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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.

01-12-2012 06:45:33 | More by McStagger
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-13-2012 04:32:08 | More by bigpoppa67
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-18-2012 00:09:26 | More by jeanphony
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-10-2013 14:23:34 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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4/5  rDev -1%

10-25-2013 16:04:04 | More by prock180
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-21-2014 14:29:02 | More by John_Beeryman
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-31-2012 06:39:53 | More by Pensfan0782
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Medium honey color, two-finger off-white head with decent retention and good lace. Mostly clear with good carbonation.

S: Nice floral hops with biscuity malt in the background.

T: Interesting! Clear flavors of celery seed and sweet rose water. Under this lies more biscuit. Minerals and dryness in the finish.

M: Medium body, smooth and good feeling of carbonation.

O: Would definitely drink more than one, quite pleasant.

I really like the flavors in this. Uncomplicated, but still compelling. Will surely buy it again.

03-24-2011 23:20:40 | More by AmericanGothic
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-15-2011 00:49:46 | More by RWACKO
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-28-2014 05:48:46 | More by SammyJaxxxx
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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