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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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9,681 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,681
Reviews: 2,801
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 182
Gots: 1,477 | 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 Faroveryonder
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of rayjay
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +12.9%
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.

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of brywhite
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Cvescalante
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ronin926
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MNMike
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Lupe
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear amber color, large light beige head, and wonerful lace down the entire glass. Malts and hop floral scents dominate. Start is malt sweet, the middle moderate as with the carbonation, just the right amount of bite leading to a spectacular finish which is clean, crisp, dry. An excellent brew.

Photo of casapy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GiantMidget
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BRD14
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of factoide
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

Photo of cdizinno
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden amber with a nice head that settles into a lasting white lace.

S: Loads of floral, spicy hops. Touch of earthiness.

T&M: Smooth, medium body. Sharp, tangy, fruity, citrus bitterness. Light floral and spicy. Large hop finish.

This is one of my favorites. I always come back to this for a regualr drinking ale!

Photo of boudreaux
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of fx20736
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Coppery amber, lazy carbonation with a khaki 2 finger head that leaves plumes of lacing.

Aroma: Restrained Grapefruit & pine resin

mouthfeel: slightly flat but fairly acceptable.

taste: broad field of crackery malt plowed by a balanced mixture of citrus and piney hops. Beer finishes dry and refreshing.

Notes: So many American Pale Ales aim for this. Sierra Nevada gets there. Well balanced, enough malt to anchor the hops, enough hops to refresh and delight. Like the other Sierra Nevada beers I have tried this one says quality.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Absolut
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of zestd
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow orange body, clear, with a thin white head, which fades quickly. Lacing is pretty extensive.

S - Vegetal hop and pine, with a sweet malt line suggesting honey.

T - A superb flavor mingling hops and malt, pine and fruit esters, mostly of lemon, orange and pith, honey and bread.

M - Brisk, with only a slight bitter build.

O - A delicious pale ale that balances sweetness and a mostly pine-based hop blast.

Photo of obywan59
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden to orange-amber with a 2 finger whitish head that settles rather quickly leaving a ring around the glass and a smattering of lacing ,

Light spice and grassiness of hops with a bit of citrus in the aroma with some rich malt in the background.

I noticed some light sweetness and plenty of tart citrus upfront. The rising bitterness, however, will not be outdone. Light toasted malt in the end.

A bit on the light side of medium bodied. Almost fizzy at times and drying on the tongue with a burn in the throat.

I first tried this beer a few years ago, but it was skunked, in fact I had a string of skunked SN brews. Last week I bought it again, deciding to give it another chance. Saturday, I drank 3 of them, and though it wasn't skunked, I wasn't impressed. An off bitterness, and not much else. Perhaps my taste was off, because tonight, I finally see what everyone is talking about. A well-rounded, full-flavored brew. A greatt summer ale. I'll definitely buy this again.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,681 ratings.