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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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9,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,665
Reviews: 2,797
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 178
Gots: 1,449 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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Photo of cichief
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage, MD.

A- Poured a nice gold in color with a beautiful white head.

S- Very flowery, nice and hoppy.

T- Nice and clean, very hoppy, with a nice dry finish.

M- Nice, not too fizzy, done very well.

D- A good everyday beer, a perfect example of the American Pale Ale style.

Photo of goschool
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's almost 1000 reviews already. I probably don't need to run through all the particulars.

It pours an amber hue with a decent-sized off-white head the lasts quite a long time. The aroma has pine and malts. This is crisp and clean, but it's got more flavor than it get credit for having and the hop bitterness, which takes on a citrus character in the taste, is huge compared to the beers at most of the bar that serve it. It's medium-bodied and lively. A true benchmark.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is truly one of the beers that helped kick start the micro revolution in America. This was also one of the first "good" beers I ever had back in junior year of high school. I remember enjoying it, but being shocked at what I perceived to be just "dryness." Obviously, with a much maturing of the palette, I can now fully appreciate this beer.

SN Pale Ale pours an amber-like gold color with a nice foamy white head that retains well, but thins out in about 2 minutes and leaves minimal lace. The smell is truly hoppy, with citric and pine notes being the dominating aromas. Quite clean. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Very quenching. There is a light maltiness in the flavor that gives an illusion of sweetness, but the hop presence nullifies it and takes over from there. The piney and citric notes return, with a healthy dose of woodiness as well. This beer is slightly drying on the way down. Very crisp, sharp and quenching. The Cascade hop flavors linger for quite some time after the beer is done with, and there is some warmth to finish out this beer.

This beer certainly did not seem as bitter or dry as when I first tried it back when I was 17, but it did have a good, slightly strong hoppiness to it that really makes this beer one of a kind. Adding the yeast sediment contributes some cloudiness to the beer, but I didn't recognize any immediate changes in the flavor. This would be good with some bbq ribs. A good beer if you're trying to slowly convert someone into a hophead, and it is so very easy to quaff a few of these down.

Photo of kinger
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a nice surprise, I had a feeling this ale would be good but not this good! Pours a nice copper color with decent creamy head and an abundance of lacing. The aroma is highly hopped with a nice malt scent. Mouthfeel is thick and filling with an unbelievably smooth crisp finish. The flavor is the perfect balance of bittering hops and malts for a pale ale. This is a great standard for the pale ale style and an exceptional example.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -4%

Photo of rayjay
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Woodstock's Pizza in Chico, CA. My palate has become almost immune to hops, but the bitterness started coming out towards the end of the pint and became pretty enjoyable. Semi-sweet beer with all the fruity hops and the strong malt backing. 3.5 for drinkablity because it's too filling. A pint and a slice was hard to tackle down, even though I was pretty hungry. I always feel like I just ate 4 bowls of oatmeal after a glass of most SN beers. Hard to believe , this day and age, that this relatively tame beer was once bold and extreme, and started the craft beer revolution. Times they are a-changing!

An average beer that doesn't exactly excite me, but it's solid and consistant with an enjoyable gentle boldness. The best part about SNPA is that's it's available at every bar and beer store in the ENTIRE WORLD; even if it's the best beer there you're still not too bad off.

Photo of BeanBone
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A clear, brilliant golden orange body with millions of particles suspended within. On top, a bubbly white head that leaves above average lacing.

Aroma: Gloriously bright, citrusy Cascade hops over a sweet malt backbone. Mouthwatering, to say the least.

Taste: Decently bitter Cascades up front, in just the right proportion for a Pale Ale. A solid caramel-biscuity malt base keeps everything in perfect balance. Little hints of booze from time to time. Near perfect proportions.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Amazingly quaffable, I could run through a six-pack of this without even realizing it.

Verdict: Simply brilliant and perfectly balanced, there's no wonder why this has become the classic American Pale Ale. Like Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is one of the great forefathers of the American craft-brew world that still holds up to anything brewed today.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,665 ratings.