Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #148
Ranked #4,250
4.05 | pDev: 11.6%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
Notes: Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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Reviews: 3,127 | Ratings: 11,858
Photo of Olfactorytaster
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the BEST “standard ale” for taste, appearance and feel. It’s hard to believe it’s a “daily beer” for the amazing quality of taste and aroma and texture. No beer can touch this one for a daily drink ale. The Sierra Nevada hoppier ales (like the Little Hazy Thing and Celebration Ale) kick it up a notch with more highlights, but are truly a more “special brew” style not a daily brew to enjoy. My personal favorite for an ALWAYS tasty brew year round!

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Photo of teromous
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the back label of the bottle: "PKGD 07/22/19 1708"

Appearance: The body is a light gold color with good clarity. The head is thick, white, and frothy. It has perfect head formation, retention, and lacing.

Aroma: There is a light lemon zest aroma with a touch of lime.

Taste: The beer has a noticeable lime flavor with a bit of pine in the back and just a hint of alcohol. Lemon comes through in the aftertaste and lingers around for a while. The flavors in the beer definitely make one sit up and take notice.

Mouthfeel: It is a very refreshing beer with a lighter body and a pleasant effervescence. It is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Overall: Simply put, this beer is tasty and enjoyable. This is a very multi-purpose beer when it comes to food recommendations, where it would pair with anything from a hamburger to a cheese tray. The bottle seems to have held up very nicely flavor-wise for being just under three months old, so I would definitely recommend it within that timeframe or sooner. I would drink it again but I would like to try it on tap or from a can. It's a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Nofoba
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355ml bottle. It has a dark golden body, with a thick white head.

It has a hoppy and fruity sweet aroma.

The taste is malty, hoppy and bitter sweet. Notes of citrus and mango fruit. A bitter finish.

Not bad.

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Photo of Ceddd99
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer took me a while to warm up to. I used to think it was too hoppy but I gradually grew to appreciate hops more and started to enjoy this. I still don't like IPAs and tend to prefer British style ales but every once in a while I find myself in the mood for an APA and this really hits the spot.

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Photo of Hoppadelic
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fukn awesome.
I have had 1,000+ IPAs, lots of Pale Ales and this pale ale is my go-to in the best stocked liquor store one could find. Just an absolute dream boat of a simplistic classic. Head is great, smells like malty greatness and hops and tastes crisp but complex in a simple, straightforward kind of way. Finish is on point

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From old, undated notes. Poured from the can.

Murky light yellow color.

Foamy white head; strong lacing.

Light hops in the nose, malts also present.

Light mouthfeel.

Taste is slightly lager-ish, malty & not much hops.

I'd slam one on a hot day but I won't be reaching for another anytime soon.

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Photo of Lanas
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was very curious how this famous beer it taste and was little exciting before drink it.. Also it has one awesome label outside and your imagination flying.
Anyway the aroma remind me a lot the "Belgium Pauwel Kwak" beer and also little the colour.. The taste was something between "Lager" and some "Belgium" beer in the aftertaste.. The first mouthfeel was slightly bitter and remind you a lot "Lager" beers and the aftertaste was very malty and remind some "Belgium" beers like "Leffe Blond" and "Pauwel kwak".. This combination little trouble me but definitely i enjoy that beer despite is not my style.. I like more sweet beers and less bitter..
Overall a very refreshing and good all around beer to drink but can't touch the stadards of some "Belgium" and "German" beers out there..

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Photo of thw5000
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a late bloomer as far as drinking IPAs and Pale Ales. My son would bring home growlers of hoppy craft brews when he was college and I soon learned to enjoy them.
About 2 years ago I tried Sierra Nevada. Now its my go to pale ale.
It pours dark orange brown, has a thick white head with lacing. Has a slightly heavy mouth feel with lots of balanced hop flavor. Finish is clean, pleasant. 12 packs are competitively priced. So for me, this is about as good as it can get.

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Photo of Urtravel
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: golden amber with light head and lace
S: piney hops with a touch of resin
T: upfront hops with spicy backend
F: much stronger up front presentation and mellows out on backend
O: a good quality ale that holds its own

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber with nice lacing white cap. Notes of spicy fragrant hops, pine and bread. Good taste and balance of hops and malt. GoTo standard for America’s pale ale.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

alien code/no date? pint Can, poured into IPA glass. How can they not just date cans?
Perfect deep golden clear body, big head, lacing around sides
Briefly sweet, biting piney/citrus hop flavor, malt fullness underneath - nice cut, very decent for sure, hence the pint.
Feel is right there , crisp and clean, almost an outdoor experience in itself.
Good enough to have once in awhile.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard tap glass.

Pours nearly crystal clear bronze with an outstanding foamy head, great retention and excellent lacing.

Malts, hops, and grains all swirl around the nose in well-balanced and equal measures.

The brew hits the tongue with a slightly sweet and spicy malt flavor. The mid-palate enjoys spicy grainy yeast. The finish is a nice, earthy dry hop note. Overall, a well-balanced, restrained flavor.

The feel is medium-light to medium, with excellent carbonation and a nice drying finish.

This was one of the first craft beers I ever tried, many years ago. This is the first time I've had one in 10 years. It still stands up. APA's can be "shy" on flavor. Not this classic. It may lack some of the nuance of more recent offerings, but this is one of the most well-balanced brews I've had.

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Photo of WYeates
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a pale amber color with a light head. Aroma is light and contains pine snd citrus notes.

The flavor is of grass and spice with a crisp after taste.

Sierra Nevada is a famtastic brewery and this is currently my favorite American Pale Ale.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - dated 03/05/19 - poured into a Spiegelau-style IPA glass at 45F

Pours a bright copper hue, nearly crystal clear, with about two fingers of very off white head, which possesses impressive retention, never fully dissipating to less than a full cap, and leaving a perfect ring of clingy lace behind. Fine ascending streams of effervescence are visible.

Nose: A hefty base of caramel malt is apparent on the nose. Slightly sweet, slightly toasty, crisp, and warm. Among the malt, a generous dose of Cascade hops waft up, with aromas of grapefruit, lemon, pine resin, pear, and perhaps even a note of sweet ripe mango. There is no earthiness, but rather a green element to the nose that evokes images of a forest. Lots of floral notes as well, including lilac, hyacinth, and Easter lilly.

Palate: Like the nose, the first sip unfolds with caramel malt. Semi-sweet, slightly toasty, and crisp, with notes of caramel, fresh bread, and toffee. Hops cut in rather late, bringing mostly pine sap, spring florals, cedar, and some citrus character. There is less of a grapefruit note than one might imagine with a beer like this. Cascade hops are not like Citra. They are piney, resinous, and sort of "woodsy". In fact, I would say the citrus notes in this beer are far closer to lemon than grapefruit. Only upon swallowing do the hops really overtake the malt, with a gentle bitterness showing up in the finish, amd the flavour profile becoming drier and more resinous. Still, well after the finish, the aforementioned caramel malt sweetness is still detectable in small doses around the palate.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium bodied, crisp in nature, but the caramel malt provides a soft, slick, slightly chewy feel to it. For a pale ale, it certainly has some respectable weight to it, and a really employable softness. Effervescence is lively and plentiful, and also incredibly fine, almost champagne-like. Still, while the beer is crisp and drinkable, and although it has a fairly low ABV, I don't think I would want to drink more than 24oz in one sitting. This is one where the weight of the malt may creep up on you.

Overall: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a classic. It's an old school, West Coast staple. Each of us have most likely consumed gallons of this stuff by this point, and there is a very good reason for that. It is a stellar beer. It's a no-frills, simple, easy, highly polished hoppy ale that does not demand one's attention with complexity, while remaining incredibly flavour-saturated, and never boring. It is a perfect default beer that most can agree on. It's affordable, it's tasty, it's incredibly consistent, and the quality is top notch. It won't win any awards for exotic hops or complex tropical fruit notes, but it does everything you want it to do and more, and for that, it really is one of the greatest pale ales on the market.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear amber-brown with a persistent tan-white head.
Smell: Lemon and grapefruit citrus. Hints of pine and malt.
Taste: Grapefruit citrus mixed with malt sweetness. Hint of raspberry. Slightly peppery/spicy hop finish.
Feel: Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation.
Overall: This is a solid beer with some really interesting flavors going on.

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Photo of Gurney_Halleck
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to shaker pint. Golden yellow with about an inch of head that dissipates by over half within a minute. Very nice fragrance of hops and slight citrus. Very pleasant and balanced flavor with a slight malty sweetness. Feel is smooth with the slightest of tang and bitterness. Not a huge ale fan but I do like this one.

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Photo of CaliBeerBear
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

One of my "go tos" but there are so many great beers out there today this is kindsa my "bud lite". Being from CA I had to stop by SN - MR while in NC. Heading to my fav Wilmington...

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A normal amber color, no head but ample carbonation. Terrific aroma. Great hop smell. The taste is excellent and very hoppy. Mouthfeel is only slightly bitter and compliments the taste in this pale ale. Overall an excellent choice for Pale Ales when you’re in the mood.

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Photo of octortus
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL Bottle. ABV 5.6%.
Appearance: Clear golden/orange, Low carbonation, Over one finger of loose and fluffy off-white head, Thin cap remains.
Aroma: Lemon, Pine, Slight tropical fruit, Hops
Mouthfeel: Under medium body, Pleasant carbonation, Pleasant bitter finish.
Flavour: Malt sweetness, Citrus fruits (orange and grapefruit), Medium hoppy finish.
Overall: Clean, Well balanced, Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/5/19

Pours a clear golden orange-copper topped with a few fingers of tightly-composed white foam; great retention that trickles its way down to a thick, frothy cap while leaving layers of webby lacing following to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma hits with smooth, semi-sweet caramel malt upfront, eventually giving way to deep pine, herbal hops, red grapefruit, and orange zest developing in that order; a potent and drying bouquet.

Taste shows crisp caramel malts balanced with sharp piney hops and a touch of citrusy grapefruit on the back end; hints of wild berries develop fervently around/on the swallow.

Mouthfeel has a light, crisp body reinforced with fluffy, drying carbonation; brief heft on the mid-palate serves only to guide this one to a new height, an immensely satisfying dryness tinged with a faint, bitter hoppiness; for a pale ale, this is about as good as it gets.

A seminal pale ale for a reason, it holds up with its incredible malt-hop harmony and dynamic simplicity; it does alot without ever abandoning its easy-drinking nature. An effortless beer for all occasions.

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Photo of cardfan212
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Look - A healthy clear golden amber body with a powerful soft white head. Bubble streams are minimal. The head sticks around for a while before diminishing into a hefty lace.

Smell - Grapefruit and a breezy pine air out of this one. Gentle and caring, this smell lures you into its safe nest.

Taste - Immediately noticeable is the sweet and mild malty backbone, but that transitions quickly to a fragrant herbal bitterness. The taste lingers pleasantly for just long enough.

Feel - Perfect body, perfect carbonation. A nice creamy feel. Incredibly easy to drink.

Overall - Everybody already knows this, but SNPA is the quintessential craft beer. You can find it everywhere, and it's a welcoming and forgiving flavor. Perfect for getting people into beer while still offering enough for the seasoned vets to keep coming to.

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Photo of GACraftAdvo
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into IPA glass
Look: Pours a golden amber with about two fingers of a beautiful thick head that remains for a minute. A constant stream of bubbles comes up from the middle. A decent lacing is left in the glass.
Smell: The smell is malty and sweet, with the hops dancing in the medium range. You can smell the cascade hops, but they're not overpowering.
Taste: The taste follows the nose quite well. The hops are there but not overpowering and there is a strong malty sweet backbone. Neither the hops or the malt is overpowering and this beer is balanced well.
Feel: The feel is quite smooth; not effervescent, not sticky.
Overall: A good transition beer, well balanced and pretty good.

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Photo of aatazebeats
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's pretty good! Far from the best I've had, but I can see why many people enjoy it. Crisp and dry. Notes of herbs, orange and grapefruit. Very refreshing.

3.49 - B
Pretty good

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Photo of RockHop
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic well-done beer. Pour almost amber gold. Off white head with good soapy retention and lacing. Great carbonation and clarity. Cascade profil provides subtle bitterness and let’s the malt come through a bit. Slightly herby, bright, and piney, but all in a subtle and well- balanced way.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A classic brew, this pale ale is the perfect beer for newcomers to the craft beer scene. While light and refreshing, it also has just enough hop profile to make it worthwhile. There are certainly many better pale ales out there, but this will always beer a familiar favorite.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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