Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.03/5
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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:
#6,806
Reviews:
3,097
Ratings:
11,714
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
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345
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Photo of Buckeye55
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of z_21
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pramesh007
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My to go beer. Not too hoppy and heavy as Torpedo, somewhere in between. I am at a beer store and can not decide which one to pick, here is my to go beer that never disappoint.

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Photo of Pilstim
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hcproff36
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NathanBeets
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmoore9363
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Willyisanimrod
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JackBurtonPorkChopExpress
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mj24053
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.75 overall as a beer; 4.5 if rating it as a pale ale. If I want a pale, this is one of my go-to's. A really good pale ale. Not a style I drink as often as others, but I like to mix it up from time to time. A good representation of the style. Hoppy. Medium carbonation. Seems pale ale and IPA is a pretty easy style to do. Most of these taste about the same. Really hard to mess up a pale or an IPA.

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Photo of tommyboy985
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luckymethod
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hefe300
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug, the off white head sicks around a while and leaves good lacing. Color is amber, nice and clear.

Smell of pine and citrus.

Taste is grapefruit bitterness up front, then pine, a floral hop finish then rounded out by the caramel malt that's necessary to balance this hop forward American Pale Ale.

Clean and crisp with medium-high carbonation, this is an all occasions beer that pairs well with a wide variety of foods.


I'm reviewing this beer after drinking it many, many times. It's like running into an old friend and thinking, "What could we possibly have to talk about" but then before you know it you're laughing, reliving old glories and catching up on new events.

Excellent. Hightly recomended. If I had to put together my perfect flight of beer, this would make the cut.

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHerbert32
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of John-Richey
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exactly what I look for in a brew.

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Photo of Reggie_Dunlop
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jross5367
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beinerso
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RMehrenberg
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow at pour, looks redder and more opaque in the glass. A thick head of suds. Mildly scented...corn? Taste is slightly bitter, yet mild for a pale ale. Not especially floral or citrus-like. Mouth feel a little thin.

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Photo of ProNR
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a creamy white head. Color is a crystal clear pale amber.

Nose is crackers and toast with floral and citrus. Some dried citrus fruit in there as well.

Taste starts lightly bitter with toasty malt character. The middle opens up to a more crackery malt note with, with the hop flavors opening up to present dried citrus and floral notes. The finish opens up more of the bitterness and just slightly dries the mouth, making you want another sip. There is a sweetness that rides throught the entire sip that is never overpowering.

The mouthfeel is the slightest bit aqueous, but not so much that it's a turn off. The carbonation is right where it needs to be for an APA (this is THE APA, so it's expected.

Overall, you really can't go wrong with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's the one of the standard APAs that every beer drinker has had at least once, and it's always pleasant to go back to it. A perfect partner for a good burger and a solid way to introduce somebody to the wonderful world of hoppy American bears.

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

Probably my most drank beer

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Photo of matuto
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing, mild carbonation and bitterness, just right!

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,714 ratings