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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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8,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,752
Reviews: 2,696
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 136
Gots: 921 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Metaltildeath, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

kb2250, Dec 18, 2012
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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

TychoNDC, Apr 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Baab200, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

jaemeno3, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of benclimbs
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of mempath
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of DocJitsu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

DocJitsu, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very whipped cream-like head with poor lacing. Pours a pale orangish yellow, almost a clear urine color.

Smell - Slight hop notes, but not much else is going on here.

Taste - Slight bitterness turns over to a sweet and smooth aftertaste. A delicious caramelized pine note that has a very smooth hoppy aftertaste. A well balanced lemon-squeeze aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Well balanced and smooth. Quite easily drinkable; so much so that I could easily drink a six pack in a night. I guess I would call this my 'go-to" beer.

Verdict - Defintely a tasty and delicious beer. When I'm just in the mood to have a beer in general, this is what I reach for. I have had it several times; bottled and on tap.

Jesse13713, Feb 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jeanphony, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Stumpy29er, Sep 04, 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%

Hockey_Fan, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

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

PTEdelman, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Givemebeer
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Givemebeer, Aug 31, 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
Photo of mobyfann
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $6.99 for a 6'er for Turkey Day...


The beer pours a clear beautiful ambe rbrown base with a medium white head, good retention and lacing effects. The aroma was not really distinct so I give it an average.

However, the taste is very full which I like personally; it has notes of hops, a little malt, a little fruity and a little sweet; a real nice blend. The M&D life this beer to a new dimension. I have never been more impressed by a mainstream beer than this. It is extremely smooth all over and this is an ideal session beer, watch out @ 5.6%...

Final Thought: It's been over two years since I drank a SNPA but I am glad I refounded this relationship that will continue for quite some time.

mobyfann, Nov 27, 2004
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,752 ratings.