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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

8,446 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,446
Reviews: 2,678
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 118
Gots: 784 | 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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titosupertramp

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Golden amber in color, crystal clear. Nice large, foamy white head. Leaves behind very thick film with great lacing. Near perfect for a pale ale.

S: Piney, floral hops with toasted malt.

T: Follows the nose to a tee. Taste has a floral/pine hops quality with the toasted malts balancing it out, but still pretty bitter as the hops win the war on this. I've been noticing a tea quality to hop forward pale ales lately and this has it.

M: For a pale ale, this has a thick quality to it. Bitter, dry finish.

O: This isn't the most drinkable pale ale you'll come across due to the dry bitterness, but it's still excellent. One of the seminal American Craft beers, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale doesn't disappoint.

05-06-2011 01:51:46 | More by titosupertramp
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flayedandskinned

California

4/5  rDev -1%

01-11-2013 07:26:13 | More by flayedandskinned
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wo87810

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

03-07-2012 22:47:23 | More by wo87810
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Antonius08

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

Drank out of a bottle. Small amount of head that lasts a while and pours thick. Tastes excellent--you can taste a bit of honey. It is nice, smooth and the carbonation is perfect. Tastes even better when ice cold.

Has a nice bitter after taste and really holds the flavor well. You will want to retain the flavor in your mouth.

The beer smells delicious and really makes you crave it. You can smell the freshness of the hops and that overall good flavor to it.

On the bottle, the beer prides itself on having all natural, fresh ingredients with no additives, and after drinking this beer you really do notice the overall freshness and goodness of it.

I highly enjoyed the beer, and regret having waited all this time to finally try it.

01-01-2012 05:41:26 | More by Antonius08
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%

A: Golden, perfect head size - ideal look for a pale ale (Judging by the times I've poured it from a bottle or had it on tap)

S: Piney hops dominate the smell along with some citrus

T: Follows the nose. Mostly piney hops some citrus and bitterness with a small malt backbone that is vaguely present. Finish is very smooth and lingering. Clean, Easy to drink beer.

M: Pretty thin mouthfeel which is normal for the style. Hoppy dry finish.

O: This beer has earned it's status as the quintessential American Pale Ale. Overall, Not the best pale ale I've had, but it's up there. Could go for one of these anytime. My go to session beer.

08-31-2013 22:12:06 | More by Givemebeer
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J-Bonestradamus

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-14-2014 21:53:58 | More by J-Bonestradamus
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a dark gold with a thin wispy white head. Nose smells strongly of hops with notes of grass and citrus, very "summer" like. The taste is similar, though a bit more grainy and heavier tasting than I expected. Quite hoppy but a decent amount of malt character to match and balance.

Nice APA, but honestly, this is a pretty standard brew within the constraints of the style, very drinkable however.

02-22-2005 17:02:31 | More by Gaisgeil
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Amerikon

California

4/5  rDev -1%

01-22-2013 05:22:50 | More by Amerikon
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kb2250

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-18-2012 03:35:21 | More by kb2250
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Topher78

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-23-2013 02:49:02 | More by Topher78
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carlmoberg

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-02-2014 20:12:13 | More by carlmoberg
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BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

06-26-2014 20:57:50 | More by BrahptimusPrime
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palliko

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance is a cloudy orange with white foam and clinging lace. Aroma is floral hops, green leaves and lemon blossoms. There are some barley and malt notes, too. Initial taste caresses the tongue with silky smooth crackers and malt, balanced by dry hoppiness. Ethanol fumes work through the sweet grapefruit hops and brown sugar. Good beer!

07-15-2005 15:59:41 | More by palliko
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KoG

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Nice amber hue with a good head that stays a bit then fades off to leave a little sticky lace.

Mmmm... smells great, nice and hoppy with a malt background that draws you in, gets even better when it warms up.

Taste is well balanced overall. At first it seems a bit hoppy, then sweetens up, but leaves just as it came with a nice crisp, refreshing finish and no tartness.

Mouth is good, nice carbonation and it goes down smooth, had this on tap as well and it seems a bit thicker.

Drinkability is nice, but I've never gone totally nuts for it, quenches thirst very well and takes the edge off if I need a good hop fix though. Overall a nice beer that is a good fallback for me if I can't find anything else.

10-23-2004 22:41:05 | More by KoG
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from bottle to a pint glass

A-Has a beautiful golden pale color with plenty of carbonation giving it a shimering quality.

S-Citrus and spicy notes.

T- Overall the ale expresses balance between hops and malt and is refreshing. Finishes smooth , mild and slightly sweet.

M- Really nice mouthfeel, carbonation is balanced.

D- Extremely drinkable!

12-12-2005 02:13:16 | More by bosco7
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pest

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

11-17-2011 05:19:27 | More by pest
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-31-2011 22:22:05 | More by muddyh2oblues
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ezperkins2

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-01-2013 06:44:11 | More by ezperkins2
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Los1324

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

03-09-2014 23:25:02 | More by Los1324
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twkirkby

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

12-22-2011 01:59:42 | More by twkirkby
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%

07-09-2012 16:11:46 | More by Nutwood
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jkn09

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-08-2013 19:14:30 | More by jkn09
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Bsetz

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-29-2013 23:46:46 | More by Bsetz
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alexm1309

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-22-2014 12:38:18 | More by alexm1309
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John_Beeryman

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-21-2014 14:29:02 | More by John_Beeryman
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,446 ratings.