India Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - English
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.62%
Ratings:
382
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 13, 2020
Added:
Sep 25, 2001
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  4
SCORE
83
Good
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: None
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Hopefully its obvious this is an old review. Still have the shirt and the pint glass. Wanna say this came out in like '99 maybe? Could have been 2000.

Anyhoo, poured similar to a lot of their ipas/pale ales, darker than average. 3/4" white head, great retention for an ipa. The aroma was hoppier than about any other English ipa I've ever had. Lots of woodiness, pine and grapefruit to it. Think of Ichy IPA but with more hops. EKG hops might be here, has that earthy mild tree and citrus thing.

Taste was fine. A lot of C hops make me think this is borderline on the English ipa categorization, but I get it compared to today's proprietary hopped juice bombs. Malt had its share of heavier stuff, but nothing that should be foreign to a Sierra Nevada hoppy beer fan. This one tasted similar to pale ale, but seemingly with less crystal malt, and yet, more toffee notes. Burton yeast? I dunno. Around 50ibu with heartier than most malt bill and perhaps a mix of old world and old new world hops.

Apr 13, 2020
 
3.82 by pkalix from California on Aug 13, 2015
 
4 by jpuetz from South Dakota on Aug 11, 2015
 
3.97 by connecticutpoet from Connecticut on Aug 09, 2015
 
3.8 by grahamboudreaux from Tennessee on Mar 26, 2015
 
4 by Robyn from South Carolina on Jul 28, 2014
 
3.25 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Jul 20, 2014
Photo of phartman133
2.13/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
by phartman133 from Michigan

A nice copper big with a big head. It has pine and oaky smells. You can't smell the hops in the aroma, but you can once you taste it. Great IPA for someone who isn't into IPA's and who doesn't enjoy that hoppy taste. Goes down smooth, with a pleasant aftertaste.

Apr 22, 2014
 
4 by Noelito76 from New York on Apr 12, 2014
 
3.5 by harpus from Alabama on Apr 09, 2014
Photo of jimmah120
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz stubby bottle, review is from notes.

Ah, the old school sierra nevada ipa. Before I knew what an English IPA was I used to savage this beer to my friends, but eventually had an epiphany - it's not that bad. and I actually grew to really like it right as it was discontinued. Still, it was nothing super special: just an average EIPA in a style where almost all of them are just average

Mar 09, 2014
 
3.25 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2014
 
3 by wc94wc from California on Feb 23, 2014
 
3 by chet4 from Massachusetts on Feb 21, 2014
 
3.25 by BillRoth from Maryland on Dec 22, 2013
 
3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Dec 13, 2013
 
4 by GNH3 from Virginia on Nov 20, 2013
 
3 by rye_so_serious from Georgia on Nov 18, 2013
 
3.75 by WolfAlynn from Ohio on Oct 16, 2013
 
3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Sep 19, 2013
 
3.25 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Aug 17, 2013
 
4 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Jul 05, 2013
 
2.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Jun 27, 2013
 
3.75 by cadaugherty from Illinois on May 09, 2013
 
3.75 by Kinzei from Texas on Mar 30, 2013
 
3.5 by brheuer from New Jersey on Mar 17, 2013
 
3.75 by DmanGTR from New York on Jan 30, 2013
 
3.25 by popery from California on Jan 28, 2013
 
3.75 by t0rin0 from California on Jan 20, 2013
 
3 by Sipchue from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2012
 
3.75 by cliff1066 from Virginia on Dec 13, 2012
 
4 by ThomasG19 from California on Aug 17, 2012
 
4.25 by fatbatcat from Georgia on Jul 07, 2012
 
2.75 by MikalMick from California on Jul 06, 2012
 
3.75 by nheinzie57 from Illinois on May 30, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by drabmuh from Maryland

Beer served in a shaker pint, beer is amber and has a mild haze, nice white head, one finger, some retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is very hoppy, very piny and earthy.

Beer is medium in body thins out on the end and finishes really bitter, strongly piny, very bitter, way too bitter for an English IPA but a decent beer, it is a shame this is being retired, oh well.

Apr 30, 2012
 
 
3.25 by Nate from Ohio on Mar 08, 2012
 
3.5 by mechanicalprints from Arkansas on Feb 20, 2012
 
3.5 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Jan 29, 2012
India Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 382 ratings