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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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8,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,703
Reviews: 2,690
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 129
Gots: 899 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Duesler, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

JesseLara, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

grimey68, Nov 15, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

A bronzy color to this one. It left little or no head. the smell was somewhat sweet at first but became super hoppy.
This was an interesting beer. I found it to be rather meaty, if that is a word to describe beer. But I was sort of overwelmed. This is not normally like me. I can drink the hoppy brews with the best of them. I did like pale ale. It is something I will drink again, but I can't make this a daily drink. I'm a wierdo and a hippy.

CBFanWish, Oct 07, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

josefnewsong, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 12oz.

Golden with a little haziness. Clingy white lace.

Grain, spicy hops, cirtus, tangy

Very smooth, tangy, a little spice, pine, sweet malty backbone. Bready, biscuity finish

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Very drinkable. I could have a few of these with some cheese. Mouthfeel is smooth and consistent.

Notes: I had one of these with some asiago, jack, and cheddar on sweetish, bready biscuits. The combo was fantastic.

BeerNemesis, Feb 19, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Pours a pale copper color with great clarity. What head it has comes in the form of a small cap. A few swirls of the glass increases it's size, but it shrinks right back down.

Smell: Aroma of bready malt and Cascade hops.

Taste: The malt/hop balance leans more to the hops, with grapefruit and citrus flavors in the forefront. The malt backbone is a bit thin, and is bready and slighty fruity.

Mouthfeel: The thickness is on the lighter side of medium, along with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This brew has saved me many a times when walking into a bar and seeing the usual macro crap, with this one buried in-between the swill.

All in all, a good (but not great) pale ale that is a good standby.

MJR, Mar 26, 2003
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4/5  rDev -1%

Pug, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

irish01980, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

cw13, Jul 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

timotao, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jaemeno3, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

mlklein27, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of benclimbs
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours golden orange with a sizable head and ample lacing

smell is citrustastic but nothing other than that lemon and orange peel

taste is also quite tart, not like a sour but just dominated by citrus hops, a nice buiscuit like finish

mouthfeel is smooth

A very drinkable, classic tasting American pale ale a wonderful staple session beer. One of the first craft beers i ever had years ago and Its still a very nice brew

benclimbs, Dec 31, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +18.3%

an old standby i haven't visited in years! let's see what i remember and see if my palate has refined due to being bush-hogged by barrel-proof bourbons this winter...

a-that deep golden color that suggests orangey-green. i love it. a beautiful head that diminishes a bit quickly, but not too much so...sporadic lacing that doesn't cling for long.

s-so fresh, crisp, better than i remember. i probably didn't if smell it on purpose last time (that was 1989, i think....). i catch a perfect whiff of malty-hoppiness. what schmaltzy-happiness!

t-my goodness, this is really a fundamentally premiere stellar top notch pedigree american pale ale...it has a nice bitter, but subtle fade out, but it's hard to get to that point due to taking another swallow before too much time passes...the hops are right up front, but there's an obvious depth to it as well as (is this oxymoronic?) being subtley assertive. i love the way the maltiness weaves and pirouettes on the margins.

m-as it should be. as you would expect from this classic. chew it, inhale, you catch ethereal textures, nice continued hopscotch play of hops and malt...even catching somthing herbal, a hint...not sure what that is, but it's a bonus.

d-very very quaffable. an ultimate session brew for me.

this simply blows the quite admirable SN ESB 2009 out of the water. and yes, that itself is a fine brew.

mempath, Feb 28, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

DocJitsu, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

rkf1976, May 04, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

I've been drinking this for years and have always marvelled at how such a widely available beer can be so consistently tasty. But it is the mouthfeel and taste which really capture me. That citrus chewy oily hoppy quality once the beer hits the tongue never fails to activate even the most stubborn taste buds. Sure it isn't a 240 hour IPA but the balanced lingering bitterness and reasonable alcohol gives the brewer no where to hide faults. Just as well that I've never found any worth mentioning apart from the fact that it is hard to have just one. So easy to find and enjoy and so rewarding. The consensus is growing but I still don't think it gets the respect it deserves.

Zimbo, Aug 21, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jeanphony, Jan 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

caverog, Jul 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

SpongeRuiner, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,703 ratings.