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Sierra Nevada Draught Style Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Draught Style Pale AleSierra Nevada Draught Style Pale Ale

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 17.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our popular draught version of the classic Pale Ale. Lighter in flavor and a little less robust than our Pale Ale. The Draught Style Pale Ale is a very drinkable and flavorful ale. ABV 5.0%

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2003)
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-29-2012 16:18:25 | More by JAHMUR
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Served on tap into a large pilsner, the beer comes off with a light, orange-copper color, with minimal head that is fluffy and white. Hints of sweet malt pepper the hops and citrus blend in the smell, with initial taste of resiny hops and a blended citrus and caramel roasted backbone. Smooth, but with a bitter, slightly resiny aftertaste. Easy to drink due to the smoothness of the beer itself, and the decent flavor goes a long way for this one, too. This is a standard in the APA style.

12-02-2010 06:52:47 | More by GarthDanielson
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-07-2011 16:25:32 | More by ROGUE16
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-23-2011 19:42:59 | More by ShemRahBoo
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Sampled last night at Applebees of all places...

Beer pours a light orange color, a slight amount of haze, and a nice firm white head.

Aromas are mild, a bit of pine like cascade hops, and some sweet cereal like notes.

Taste is quite similar to the standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, except this is just toned down. There is a nice rich and full mouthfeel, a sweet creamy malt like backbone, and just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied, and well rounded beer.

Drinkability is top notch. This is a nice mellow Pale Ale that seems to be more like a British Style Pale, and it is prefect for sessions.

04-06-2007 23:07:51 | More by flexabull
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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

1/2 pint at the brewery for two dollars on 8/11/08, reviewed from notes, seemed to be the drink of choice by several people out in the patio that day

A-Golden copper color, 1/2 inch foamy off white head, did not last long, weak retention, lacing at the beginning
S-Hoppiness, light lemons, some black pepper, citrus, caramel malt, strong yeast, and bread
T-Start is full of malt, middle has some watered down bread, finish has light hops mixed with some citrus, which comes out more later with grapefruit and orange peel, flavor is much milder than the standard pale ale, needed more strength, tasted more like a light version to me
M-Thin to medium bodied, taste does not linger like the normal version, mouthfeel is light and not near as hoppy, lightly carbonated
D-Could drink a couple glasses of this, taste is mild and light on the stomach, ABV cannot be too high, which would make a decent session beer, goes down too easy

I could not detect many differences between this and th normal version other than this is much lighter in flavor and significantly less robust, it seemed to be way more watered down, probably would skip next time, worth trying though

08-28-2008 20:22:25 | More by Floydster
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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%

They say this is lighter, but I always remember it pouring a bit darker than the bottled version. Aroma of earthy grassy pine with a nice bready malt backbone. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly, with light biscuityness and some medium bitter pine. Pretty good stuff that goes down easy and nice to have around in place of the other crap at the bar.

11-06-2013 00:35:10 | More by BMMillsy
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%

On tap at the Rochester Taproom in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear golden light copper color, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like a bit more muted version of regular SNPA- pine, grapefruit, and some spicy pepper flavors as well.

The taste is similar. Tastes pretty similar to the regular version, but just a bit more muted. A good amount of peppery, grassy hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is smoother and creamier than regular SNPA, almost cask-like, which is nice. Very drinkable.

A nice variation, but I prefer regular SNPA.

04-26-2014 01:01:22 | More by GreesyFizeek
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 22:38:49 | More by HopStoopid120
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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a half finger of head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a faint grapefruit smell.
The taste is moderate lemon zest and grapefruit bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's an enjoyable beer..

04-15-2014 06:00:13 | More by Fatehunter
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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

I like this beer from the tap better than the bottle, which seems to be unusual for this brew. Still clean and crisp-tasting with a slight bite. The tap has been more reliable for me. I've occasionally had problems with the bottle being skunked or funny tasting. It must not ship well because it has happened with multiple distributors.

12-16-2008 17:43:38 | More by magictrokini
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Sampled at the Sierra Nevada Brewery
Pours a slightly clearer and paler yellow than the original SNPA...lighter than American Macros.
Head is a white half finger and faint lacing remains after the head disappears.
Aroma is similar to SNPA but milder....less hops but still with a nice fresh citrus to it.
Taste is fresh pale malt and light citrus hops. Hints of orange and then a light grapefruit finish.
Aftertaste is clean and refreshing....very much a thirst quencher and a session beer when you are in the mood for lighter fare.

06-13-2006 17:19:28 | More by IntriqKen
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-15-2011 22:02:03 | More by bmur112
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2011 18:38:48 | More by touchmeimsac
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Following review was written on Friday, November 27th.

Got a pint of this at the golf course about half an hour ago. Most people don't realize that draft Sierra Nevada is almost always "Sierra Nevada Draught Style Pale Ale". "Sierra Nevada Pale Ale" can only be had on-tap at the brewery in Chico.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A tight, yet fluffy, white head sits atop a crystal clear amber body. Shades of gold shine through near the edges of the glass, and gentle streams of carbonation can be seen rising throughout. Decent head retention. Nice cobweb-like lacing.

Smell: Lemony hops and hints of alcohol poke through a solid base of toasted malt. I was told at the the brewery that regular SNPA has more hops and a higher ABV than Draught Style Pale Ale (which is supposedly more malt focused), and I think it shows through here. Not as fragrant/fruity or sharp as SNPA from the bottle.

Taste: Toasted malt, caramel, and a touch of butter make up the backbone of the taste, with citric and piney hops complementing that backbone nicely. While this beer is certainly crisp and well-balanced, it certainly isn't as citrus-y of bitter as bottled SNPA. Still very smooth (possibly smoother than regular SNPA) and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Maltier than regular SNPA, and probably more balanced. Malty and creamy, but still effervescent and crisp. Finishes with light dryness and bitterness. Medium-bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: While I prefer regular SNPA to Draught Style Pale Ale, I find both to be very similar (no surprise there). With the availability being what it is, I can always count on getting a delicious pint of Sierra Nevada Draught Style Pale Ale wherever I am.

11-30-2009 03:22:45 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 19:48:44 | More by litheum94
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-22-2013 02:13:05 | More by JoeMans
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-03-2012 15:19:30 | More by kelvarnsen
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

01-26-2012 03:04:44 | More by ridgeline23
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-21-2012 18:41:11 | More by John11486
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3.39/5  rDev -11.7%

I had this today at Sierra Nevada Brewery.

Appearance- golden color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- light aroma of hops

Taste- light flavor of hops

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good but I think it is a lot lighter than the regular pale ale. I still liked it though and would drink it again.

01-21-2014 05:21:09 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-09-2012 16:17:52 | More by JRBecks
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-14-2014 18:46:41 | More by jbriggs7
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-11-2012 18:18:03 | More by dominic4beer
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

A-Poured into a standard pint glass. Its a hazy dark gold with a bright white head that leaves a ring of lacing at the top.

S-Great balance between hops and toasty malt.

T-Hops up front first providing a nice citrus flavor followed by a great toasted malt finish. Simply delicious.

M-Very nice mouthfeel, not to thick or thin, with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-Session beer all the way. It tastes great, its refreshing, and has an average abv.

Overall, this beer is just as good as the bottle version in my opinion. Its an American classic.

02-12-2011 14:51:13 | More by thegodfather2701
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Sierra Nevada Draught Style Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.