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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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9,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,313
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 161
Gots: 1,173 | 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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Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Cook82, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of MikeDAdams
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

MikeDAdams, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Redwood21
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a great beer, its very smooth, and goes down smooth. there is a definate taste of hops with a finish of hop/bitterness. However the bitter finish is by no means overpowering. There is a semi complex flavor profile, but still simple enough for someone new to pale ales. A great first pale ale, but one that you will come back to. Great pale ale and great beer. Must try.

Redwood21, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +23.8%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper coloring, with a decent head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and hoppy.

T: Incredible amount of hops up front, especially for a pale ale. Strong floral and citrus taste as well.

M: Light to medium body with a nice crisp feel to it.

D: Easy to drink, and a great pale ale.

mostpoetsdo, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of core42
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

core42, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Brown120, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of AaronBurr
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

AaronBurr, Jan 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

teraflx, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev -1%

TTripp725, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of genog
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this the other night for the first time in a long while. One of the first craft beers I ever tried a few years ago.

Pours a rich golden color that leaves a white head for a short time.

Smell is floral and some fruit

Taste is a nice blend of bitter with the bite of strong hops. Very rich in flavor.

Leaves a nice carbonated feeling on the tongue. I enjoy this beer.

Smooth pale ale, that can be enjoyed over the evening in several bottles.

genog, May 24, 2007
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle 20 oz glass 2 oz. poured after first sip

Decent white head on a clear amber beer with bubbles continuously flowing to the top.
Hops dominate smell, but some malt sweetness is there as well.
Taste is exactly what I love in a pale ale: plenty of hops and yet a good malt body. Mouthfeel is lighter than the eastcoast (dogfish) stuff that I'm used to, but I still love this beer. Drinkability is great due to the lighter mouthfeel. This beer is the trademark entry into craft brewed beer. Sierra Nevada has yet to upset me.

rtratzlaff, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of wspscott
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in sam adams glass

A: Crystal clear, dark golden color. Thin white head with a little lace.
S: Citrus hops dominate, there is a hint of pine in the background
T: Sharp hop bitterness, definitely a pale ale. The hops aren't obviously cascades, mostly just bitter. A little caramel sweetness to help balance things out.
M: More carbonation than I remembered, right on the edge (but not over) of too much. Crisp but not watery. A roundness on the tongue, mouth filling, tongue coating. Surprised that there is not more of a head given the mouthfeel.
D: It had been a while since I had had one of these. A great pale ale, but not as great as I remembered. I think that this is a perfect beer for a 4th of July picnic or a baseball game. Highly drinkable, well worth seeking out.

wspscott, Aug 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1%

roodie, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

gr0g, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of tarheels4life23
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

tarheels4life23, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snuck a bottle of this into a sixpack. (How criminal). Nice golden color with good carbonation, hence a great head. Crisp and clean, with a good mix of hops and malts. The pale "dry" taste comes through with each sip. Definitely a good beer.

bewareOFpenguin, Mar 06, 2003
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4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I cant believe its taken me this long to review this beer. One of my all-time favorites. I just absolutely love this brew. Also, one of the few brews that introduced me to the craft beer level.

Pours a hazy orange/amber in color with a nice head that sticks around as long as I could possibly want it to.

The nose is absolutely bursting of floral and citrus hops. Smells scrumptious and delicious. Just a beautiful smelling hoppy ale.

The taste is marvelous. If I had my eyes closed, I'd believe there was 1/2 a grapefruit sitting in the bottom of the glass. The excited citrus hop flavors graciously slide down the hatch. This one tastes almost rough and rugged at first swig, but after the first few sips, it eases up on you and becomes quite drinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Maybe even a touch bigger than medium-bodied.

Drinkability is great too. It gets mellower and mellower the more you drink.

Plain and simply a true american classic, and one of my favorites. If you havent tried it yet, I dont know what the hell you're waiting for!

jasonpeckins32, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of McStagger
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
Photo of TommyW
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slight chill haze in the golden body. Thin white head sticks well to the sides.

S- Some sweet malt undertones with some grassy, citric hop aromas on top.

T- Semi sweet, bready malt base holds everything together. Grassy and citrus notes from the hops jump in on the malt base. Finish is a touch dry with a some final sweet citrus coming in.

M- Smooth feel with a crisp finish and good carbonation level.

D- Really great session beer; goes down smooth and crisp. Would recommend this one for sure.

TommyW, May 26, 2009
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

jsisko01, Dec 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Didier, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Michigan
4/5  rDev -1%

Michigan, Mar 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

kdivers, Jul 12, 2013
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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