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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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8,563 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,563
Reviews: 2,682
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 123
Gots: 831 | 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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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

06-26-2014 17:54:30 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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4.83/5  rDev +19.6%

Finally had this beer on tap the other night at a great pool hall in the neighborhood and wow! This was much smoother on tap and the beer had a much more pronounced malt character than it does in the bottle. The floral hoppyness was still there, but in a much more balanced way. I had about 5 of these on tap and they went down so good I could have had 5 more!

10-23-2003 08:13:24 | More by Dmann
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle data indicates a bottling date of 1-31-07.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a nice two finger creamy slightly orange head which subsides quickly to just a thin surface cover with minimal lacing.

The smell is a bit yeasty with a nice floral orange-citrus note. Nice actually.

The taste is sweet biscuity malt with a big bitter component, the two being nicely balanced. Hoppy but not to an extreme, with a touch of fruit sour orange-citrus component and perhaps a tad of caramel. As noted, nicely balanced with just a touch of alcohol warmth on the tongue.

Mouthfeel seems medium to me with just the right touch of carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good, it goes well with most foods and is one of my standard everyday beers. Might be a bit more bitter than batches I've had in the past, still very good and easy to drink.

01-12-2008 21:19:24 | More by BlackBearForge
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-08-2013 20:14:05 | More by splendidsplinter
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-18-2012 03:35:21 | More by kb2250
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-31-2011 22:22:05 | More by muddyh2oblues
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

A - Beautiful light amber color, yellowish orange in the light. Very little foam, still a beautiful beer overall.

S - Light notes of malt Very strong hop presence, slightly citrus, mostly pine. Smells like a balanced beer to me!

T - Bright hoppy front, slight biscuit malts underneath, all around balanced and sweet. Not overly bitter but maintains it's clean, refreshing hop pallet. Tasty start to finish. Full of flavor without being a sip-only.

M - Light syrup feel, active carbonation, very refreshing. Not thick compared to many pale ales, but still more heft than a lager. Nice and smooth.

O - I will drink this beer every day for the rest of my life. Well, not really, but I now know when I want something that is not too heavy or too punchy with flavor, this beer will do the trick. Very tasty, refreshing.

11-07-2012 15:53:08 | More by BigBarley
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-22-2011 01:59:42 | More by twkirkby
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-31-2012 19:53:14 | More by 6demonbag
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-30-2012 15:22:42 | More by wakajawaka76
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-24-2013 17:54:54 | More by drinkAK
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-13-2012 18:14:56 | More by Duesler
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-18-2014 21:59:59 | More by JesseLara
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3.79/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

08-31-2013 22:12:06 | More by Givemebeer
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

10-03-2013 03:12:36 | More by Wsherry1
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-21-2014 01:39:22 | More by mlklein27
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A 12 oz bottle pored into a pint glass.

A—clear golden amber with about ½ of head, leaves medium lacing on the glass as I drink the beer.

S—hops and malts balanced well, not overpowering, but a nice aroma

T—wonderful hop and malt combo, the mild bitterness is flavorful and finishes nicely

M—smooth and mellow and a little lighter than I expected

D—A great pale ale with classic pale ale flavors and mild bitterness. Could drink many in one sitting.

01-26-2006 03:34:23 | More by hanco005
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-11-2013 07:26:13 | More by flayedandskinned
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-10-2013 04:05:25 | More by radiofish
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-16-2011 02:35:46 | More by zapahoppa
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

01-30-2013 16:15:09 | More by sachie23
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4/5  rDev -1%

09-08-2013 17:09:08 | More by jkd03c
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-19-2014 16:46:43 | More by Nbdreher
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4/5  rDev -1%

10-11-2012 22:03:56 | More by frogfan
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Golden amber in color, crystal clear. Nice large, foamy white head. Leaves behind very thick film with great lacing. Near perfect for a pale ale.

S: Piney, floral hops with toasted malt.

T: Follows the nose to a tee. Taste has a floral/pine hops quality with the toasted malts balancing it out, but still pretty bitter as the hops win the war on this. I've been noticing a tea quality to hop forward pale ales lately and this has it.

M: For a pale ale, this has a thick quality to it. Bitter, dry finish.

O: This isn't the most drinkable pale ale you'll come across due to the dry bitterness, but it's still excellent. One of the seminal American Craft beers, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale doesn't disappoint.

05-06-2011 01:51:46 | More by titosupertramp
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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