Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,469 ratings.