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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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9,807 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,807
Reviews: 2,835
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 196
Gots: 1,608 | 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 claytri
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well after I finished my Newcastle Brown I finally got the Sierra Pale that I had ordered. Maybe the knockout I got from the Newcastle caused my Sierra impressions to suffer, but this was purely slightly above average across the board.

It poured clear gold with a white head. It smelled of hops and malt. It's taste was clean and sharp with a malt start and a hop finish. It was light and dry in the mouth. A decent beer, but not one I'll be searching for.

Photo of PintOHops
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a perfect clear copper color with medium-high carbonation. Thin head with beautiful lacing. Looks fresh and inviting! Smells of slightly sweet raisins, with dry citrus hops & pine that dominates. Again very fresh & inviting. A little malt as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of very dry hops with citrus and pine notes. Good strong hop bitterness that lingers on the palate well. Some caramel notes, and some malt as well. Not much change as it warms. Mouthfeel has lively carbonation on the palate, and is a little chewy. Goes down smoothly and easily. Medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I could find myself enjoying 3-5 of these on any occasion. I can't get over those dry citrus/pine notes, and that dominate hop bitterness! Nice and rich, the flavors marry so well together. Very decently priced, I absolutely love this beer. Everyone must try this, even if you must seek to find. Believe me, its worth it. Cheers!

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I don't want to seem like an ass but I didn't really like this beer.
Pours an off orange color with a white head, and minimal lacing.
Smells a little citrusy with some hop character and some pine.
Tastes like hops, hops, hops, bitterness, with a little malt and citrus thrown in for kicks.
Mouthfeel and drinkability were fairly average.

Photo of Geuzedad
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Absolut
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MightiestBeard
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of zestd
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of prock180
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Wsherry1
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of casapy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jlogan7
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SamN
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy light golden color, great thick bubbly head. Lots of active carbonation. Good looking beer, but the head is the crown here. Just crazy bubbly and rich and foamy.

S- No doubt about it, this is a pale ale. Effective hop aroma, but backed with a crisp sweetness. Weak aroma, could've been stronger.

T- Mmm, so freakin' tasty. So balanced you don't expect the pronounced hops finish. Not overpowering, but it's noticeable. Stout malt backbone provides a solid foundation for the playful hops. Florals, sweet breads, herbal bitterness, very slightly dry finish. Solid taste, a very well made beer here.

M- Crisp tiny bubbles, nothing too much, it's all nicely played down to let the flavors do their thing. Medium light body with a pleasent mellowness. Not sticky bitterness left over.

D- Very high. It's great, had this with a spicy lobster cayenne bisque, and it was the perfect pair. A pale ale that I can session with without getting worn out on hops overload.

Great beer, another hit from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of jpaulsen
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cantfindme
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of admiral
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

tasty, delicious - how a pale ale should be!

aroma: didn't get much aroma from the bottle I had but didn't matter when the taste was so good

taste: citrus, pine, spice, orange peel and herbs

very nice, crisp pale ale with a good bitter finish - the standard for pale ales

Photo of MNMike
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Sam-VW
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark amber colour, thick white head which clears quickly but the lacing is great

S - Subtle aroma, floral notes and slight hop.

T - spicy floral bite with a smooth malty aftertaste

M - Crisp to begin but smooth at the end with a touch of dryness.

O - Great beer, drinkable all year round and still enjoyable. Definitely one of my old favorites.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of HoustonTX
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper color, pale white frothy head, good retention, and only small streams of lacing line the glass.

S - Hops and malted barley.

T - Initial taste is quick and strikes the palate at a fast pace. A malt backbone which is balanced by biting hops. Residual sweetness thrown into the mix. Along with floral, citrus peel, and earthy undertones from the hops. Finish is suprisingly dry and bready.

M - Crisp and a tad oily on the palate.

D - Excellent drinkability.

A classic example of the APA style. A must try.

Photo of JohnnyK
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheTrevor
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light copper color with a big beige head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell is mostly floral and citrusy hops, very pleasant. The taste starts off with some sweet bready malt that gives way to some floral spicy hops and some malt comes back for the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, and probably one of the most popular beers in the style for a reason.

Photo of mikerieder
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of miadw3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DannyDan
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a golden colored brew that has a white head with excellent retention, decent carbonation and very very good lacing that clings nicely to the side of my beer mug. The smell is of citrus, yeast and hops. The taste is a citrus taste at first followed by some malts and hops. It has a citrus after taste to it. the mouthfeel is a nice creamy smooth medium bodied beer with a nice crisp clean finish. This crisp clean finish also makes the beer a nice drinkable beer. I'm not a huge fan of the taste of this beer, but it does have a nice hoppy finish to it and it is worth trying for those that like this style of beer. However, a better beer to try in this style is Michigan Brewing's Mackinac Pale Ale.

Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of joegard
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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