Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.03/5
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11,570 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 07-05-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,473
Reviews:
3,072
Ratings:
11,570
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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330
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3,345
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Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of O-Meg
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of isaac_barrow
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfagella
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vaulmas
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMakowski
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Bottle
Looks light amber with light/moderate carbonation. Generous head is slow to dissipate, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.
Smells great - fresh malt, sweet tropical fruit, slight hop aroma. Sierra Nevada always seems to have that fresh crafted beer smell
Taste is crisp and refined. Not a massive bitterness but pine is a featured flavor. Also getting various citrus and slight pineapple. Can really tasted the malted barley on the back end. Goes very well with Italian and Mexican food. Not as complex or rich as the Torpedo IPA but that is to be expected, this is very solid for what it is designed to be, a very drinkable but tasty brew.
Grade is an A-

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Photo of AleManDan
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the definitive American Pale Ale. Hoppy but ridiculously drinkable. A great way to introduce someone to craft ales.

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Photo of Tlock
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lmaduells
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It seems as if this beer was a classic. It is a very correct beer, without excesses, balanced, with the standars of the style. A good beer that is allowed to drink. For me, too simple.

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Photo of rooster1970
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NJM
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When the trends fade away, and beer becomes beer again, there will always be Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
A true staple in not only the hoppy, pale ale style, but in beer culture itself.

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Photo of SB2017
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent beer. The most impressive thing about this beer, for me, is that it operates in two separate consciousnesses. On one hand, the hoppy, fruity, and piney aromas and first sips make the drinker immediately aware that this beer has piggy-backed off of a trend towards more unnecessary hop action while a fine beer hides underneath. Such a move pacifies the beer hipsters, no doubt, but this beer is, fortunately, worthy of more praise than simply acknowledgement over the adequate execution of a trend. I can taste a simple, solid American ale beneath all of the pretense. A hit of corn, of wheat, of that perfect ale balance hides in the aftertaste, wishing it could have been realized.

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Photo of Knickfan3
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomash-houston
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amendm
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle PKGD 03/07/18 poured moderately into a 16-oz. mug produced a finger sized yet short lived white head with moderate lace.
On the dark side for a pale, the color is clear amber.
Sweet toasted malt and piney hops dominate the smell.
Taste is floral and piney hops at first with a very malty middle, followed by a spicy/bitter hop finish.
Medium/light body is rounded off by the high semi-sweet malt presents and medium carbonation.
On the dark side for the style, the malt bill is noteworthy. Lots of hops yet balanced. I do like single hop beers.

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Photo of tstonesnyder
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I think of the American Craft Beer movement this generally pops out as the quintessential figurehead. This was packaged on April 17th which sadly is the freshest I have seen this in my part of Central Wisconsin.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale pours a dark golden hue with a thick two fingered head that leaves behind a fantastic lacing.

The aroma is subtle but still nice and noticeable. Elements of citrus and pine are present.

The flavor starts out a bit malty with hints of citrus and pine and finishes with a nice slight spicy bitterness.

Overall this is a fantastic beer that I am always happy to drink.

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Photo of c3p0
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of BennyProfane
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of husky20
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rooshops
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luckydog91
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MikePacheco12
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I had a draft served in a large frosty mug in a restaurant last night where I usually order a Sam Boston lager, but they've discontinued it on draft. This 'pale ale' is much darker than its name suggests. A rich amber with a good head, quite lacy. It smells enticing. The flavor is full bodied rich and pleasant, not far off my go-to Sam Adams. I'd be happy to drink it again.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,570 ratings