Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Pale AlePale Ale
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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #236
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,339
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 11.66%
Reviews:
3,255
Ratings:
8,933
Status:
Active
Rated:
Friday at 08:24 PM
Added:
Jul 05, 2001
Wants:
  370
Gots:
  3,591
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Pale AlePale Ale
Notes: Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

38 IBU
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Rated: 4.39 by dkawalski from Massachusetts

Friday at 08:24 PM
 
Rated: 3.66 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts

Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Walnut from Missouri

Nov 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by tscanlon51 from Massachusetts

Nov 04, 2022
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Rated by AZgman from Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
My go-to pale ale when I need a consistent and affordable beer. A good choice to bring to a party as it is sure not to offend anyone
Nov 03, 2022
 
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A classic pale ale from a great brewer. Amber color and fresh bready aroma. Taste begins with floral Cascade hops and finish is smooth and malty. Moderate carbonation. A good one!
Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by JesseJames81 from California

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a golden bet color with a thick white foam head. Retains nicely. Some sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma: Grainy malts and some slight fruity notes.

Taste: Citrus hops up front, with a subtle but notable bitterness. Malts in the background. A clean finish.

Overall: this is a classic. You can't go wrong with it.
L
Oct 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.79 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by MT8888

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Love it...forget the nostalgia (because that is there)...it is just spot on, every time. Looks beautiful in a glass when cold! Was my first brush with this kind of taste and I still love it 20 years later.
Oct 20, 2022
 
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Rated by b-ri11 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The gold standard for American pale ales. Crisp, bitter but not heavy. Classic!
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.69 by JunkUtopia from England

Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 5/24/2022 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a medium amber color with a medium white head that leaves lacing on the glass as it dissipates.
S - Smells of pine and citrus.
T - Taste matches the smell, piney and citrusy.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Probably the benchmark for a Pale Ale. I could drink these all afternoon.
Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 12oz bottle into a floyds’ pint glass. pours an amber color with two finger fluffy white foam head. fresh spruce tips, pine sap and slight citrus on the nose. taste is very piney and slightly bitter with a citrus finish. plenty of malt to go with the hops (and hop bitterness) but nothing that overpowers or doesn’t allow the pine-forward hops to shine. it’s very well balanced with a full mouthfeel. it’s been a little bit since i’ve had a SNPA and a great reminder of why it such a classic APA.
Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Sep 05, 2022
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
The poster child Pale Ale, although I prefer Dale's.
Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by Connor56

Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by BrewMaven from New York

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I will update this review. But, simply a fantastic warm to hot weather moderate ABV pale ale. Really good choice if you wanna great tasting beer without feeling the effects of 8 or 9%
Aug 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Aug 07, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hard to rate for someone who just got serious about beer a few years ago. All time classic. Very balanced. No off flavors. Also there have been so many aggressive, pushing the envelope beers that it seems quaint. Honestly I’d drink it any day, which is what matters.
Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Aug 03, 2022
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Reviewed by morinessan from Sweden

2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I saw the the rating on this site, outstanding, so I decided to try it. What a flop, little carbonation and the taste doesn't last. On the plus side, full body and nice dark gold color. Overall, an average beer.
Jul 31, 2022
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Rated by Matym92 from Sweden

1.66/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Smells nothing. Yeast taste and very low carbonate
Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jul 25, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Thin brief rocky white head; poor cap retention; thin ring; no lace; deep gold/pale amber liquid with excellent clarity. Lemon grass nose. Semi bitter lemon peel; pine; firm malt base. Medium light body, moderate minus carbonation; no astringency. An ok PA; good balance; easy drinking with good flavor.
Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Rated by HomeBrewerJeff from Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The perfect American Pale Ale!
Jul 04, 2022
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Rated by magikbagel from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I appreciate this beers bready malt and herbal hop flavors. Definitely a top pale ale.
Jul 01, 2022
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Rated by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
All the superlatives are well deserved. It set the standards for the style over 20 years ago and remains just as relevant today.
Jun 29, 2022
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Reviewed by etodd13

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Perfect all around pale ale. This is the GOAT for pale ales. Not a IPA, not a APA but crisp refreshing, not to hoppy or too dry. Look is basic but the smell and taste are phenomenal.
Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by kjtree3535 from Maryland

Jun 24, 2022
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Rated by Detour12 from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pretty good pale ale
has a nice bitterness from the hops
ha nice flavor and tastes great!
Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Semi-clear amber color with a foamy head and some nice lacing. I denote yeast and light hops. Above average with a nice carbonation and dry finish. This Pale Ale seems to be good every time I have one. I recommend this one to my friends all the time.
Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This is a really pretty beer- dense froth, rich color, bubbles galore. Beyond that, I’m not impressed. Almost nothing on the nose. The taste is mostly bitter without a great finish. I like that they support NPR, but this isn’t a beer that makes the rotation.
Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
L - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass at roughly 50 degrees. Pours a clear amber color with an off-white 1/2 finger head on a tame pour. Minor lacing that doesn’t stay. Head quickly reduces down to a light film.

S - Pleasant pine hops and citrus zest. Very nice light flavor scents overall.

T - Taste follows scent. Sweet fruit zest paired with piney and floral hops. Very light and refreshing. There’s a nice sweet flavor that I can’t pinpoint that comes through as well. On second thought, it’s grapefruit. Very nice addition.

F - Not a lot of carbonation and a lighter mouthfeel.

O - Overall this is a solid beer. Very good for regular drinking, and a standout for outdoors and camping. The sweet and bitter flavors provide a nice mix. I am by no means a hophead, but this is a nice, acceptable amount of hops and bitterness. It’s in my regular rotation and I would definitely recommend it to others.
May 14, 2022
Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 12188 ratings