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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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9,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,006
Reviews: 2,716
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 150
Gots: 1,040 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev -1%

prock180, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

JDM44, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

TTripp725, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Kingcurio, May 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Johnroby, Mar 12, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6091 stamped on the side, whatever that means. Just put the freakin date please.
Pours a shade of yellow/orange with particles in suspension. Head is thick and off white with large bubbles. Aroma is light pine. Taste is a nice mix of pine with a touch of mint and a lemon citrus finish. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Very east to drink.
Used to be a go to Pale ale, but now there are just too many other solid Pale ales and IPA’s out there for this one to stand out like it did in the past. Still a solid pale ale.

sacfly, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Very nice light copper color. No head to speak of, I suspect it was due to a barkeep who doesn't know how to draw one correctly.

S-Nice floral and citrus notes with some spicy hops.

T-Smooth yet with a nice hoppy/bitter bite. A nice biscuity maltiness to it as well. Very nice, very well balanced.

M-Surprisingly smooth and creamy, but with a nice bite and dry finish.

D-Very, very drinkable. A great session brew to be sure!

Lerxst, Sep 26, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz bottle .best by date 025721617 ?

Poured a nice golden hue with one finger head that dissipated quickly, good lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smell was of malted barley and hops with light citrus hints.

Taste was very good - Just enough hops to give it a above average bitterness that blend in well with the malted barley's, light citrus notes.

Drinkability - very drinkable ale. I would recommend this to anyone whether they are hop heads or not.

InebriatedJoker, Nov 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

RWLawman, Sep 20, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is golden copper color with a nice, bottle conditioned head that covers the surface the entire time.

Good aroma full of cascade hops. Strength is moderate from the dry hops. Smells great but makes you wish for a stronger nose.

This is the best tasting pale ale out there, no wonder its the most popular. Light bodied but with a strong hop taste and moderate bitterness. This got me addicted to hops. The citrus/pine/grapefruit flavors are all there.

Mouthfeel is great all the way through. Carbonation is right on, where other pale ales have too much. Bite from bitterness is welcoming and doesn't make you cringe. Drinkability is excellent. If I want a 6 pack for one night this is a good option.

Overall this is a great beer and has to be the top american ale to start off on if your getting into craft beer. I won't leave this behind either.

jeffthecheff, Nov 25, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's crazy to me that I hadn't had this beer before last night...it really is the staple of the craft brew revolution...so it is time for me to pay it some justice.
The beer pours a pretty copper with a healthy head on its shoulders that plays well with others for a long time.
The smell is a nice balance between pine and citrus hops. Very refreshing smell, not too strong.
The taste is the same, just enough flavor, without wearing out the taste buds. This would be an excellent beer to get someone into good brews, as it does not come off strong enough to offend the pallette of even the stoutest macro drinker.
The mouthfeel is light, with good carbonation, another factor that really plays well with the beer as a whole.
I could drink this beer all the time, it is definitely worth the nametag that it carries, tugging along the burden of the brewer...excellent drinkability and a testament to the return of our barley messiah.

grayburn, Mar 12, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Baab200, Dec 28, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown color with a golden hue that has an off-white colored head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, and hops seem to come out. The taste is typical for this style with a mildly astringent mouthfeel due to the hop bitterness. Nothing about this beer is overpowering which makes for a very good session beer or a relaxing beer. Good example of the style; perhaps a bit too sweet in the finish. A solid beer that is readily available in many areas.

jaluria, Dec 08, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

gr0g, Nov 27, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4/5  rDev -1%

GreenMind, Oct 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Jstark5150, Nov 26, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Golden copper, looks a bit cloudy. Has a decent, foamy white head with average retention.

S - Big floral hop aroma mixed with citrus and sweet malts.

T - Roasted, bready malts up front, followed by grassy, floral hops. While well balanced, the hops are plentiful and provide a mild hop bite. The finish is rather dry with some bitterness, leaving a lingering citrus/malt flavor.

M - Crisp and smooth. Light-medium bodied.

D - Highly drinkable, making this an extremely sessionable ale. Bold, robust flavors for a pale ale. Everything seems to work well together. An all around great beer.

mooseo, Sep 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

RichardMNixon, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

sachie23, Jan 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

KolbMarley, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale amber color, with a tight crisp white head.

Floral scents, with lemon mix with hop aromas.

Medium body. Excellent malt character along with raw grain flavors. A dry hop infested finish follows. Some people would say this an IPA. I just call it good.

xgrigorix, May 13, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a great pale ale as far as I'm concerned. I had it straight off the tap in a pint glass. Had a little bit of an amberish color to it. Although I thought it was a great beer, it tastes very similar to the Rock Bottom Brewery's Potomac Pale Ale (my last review). Sierra Nevada however is definitely in my top five of favorite pale ales.

Rootdog316, Sep 07, 2004
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,006 ratings.