Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
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4.03/5
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11,651 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:
#6,450
Reviews:
3,086
Ratings:
11,651
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
Wants:
340
Gots:
3,404
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 11,651 |  Reviews: 3,086
Photo of dtevans5
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

A good bitter IPA offering. Nice aroma and a hoppy finish.

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Photo of Dubhglas
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lesiergreshman
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YungTeaJay
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Welcome_Oblivion
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great American Pale Ale. My go to evening beer.

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Photo of SauceMcSauce
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegger37
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyDanger
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JT5
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The perfect go to pale ale. Never a bad choice.

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Photo of kaitjs7
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Clemson_OB
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Nothing crazy, nothing strange or different, and no over-branding and over-promising only to under-deliver. All this beer is, is a near perfect display of simplicity and quality. With the exception of a few rotating local brews I cycle in, this is my go-to when eating dinner or just relaxing after work.

With the already abundant collection of reviews, I'd rather skip the formality and just talk about my favorite part: The hoppy, "spicy" bite at the end. To me, this truly does set this pale ale apart from others. Some are too smooth and don't have enough attitude, but this has a perfect punch. Nice smooth beginning, citrus and light hoppy notes, and then, the moment that makes you want more. A slightly dry finish into a tantalizing sightly bitter, fairly hoppy, and perfectly spicy ending. This beer likely won't hit your novelty-seeking dopaminergic threshold, but it deserves a spot in any rotation when you just want a really good beer.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Wonderful tasty delightful ale! Exceptional in every thing.
Looks nice, I love the presentation. Looks like a classic and iconic beer. The aroma is a blast of brightness, grapefruit citrus with light hints of malt. Smells like a summer day when all the kids on the block have a fruity ice pop or snow cone. The taste is where it gets good. Wonderful top end sweetness that leads straight into those American citrusy hop notes. Grapefruit lingering around with a backbone of malt. The finish is semi dry with hop bite bitterness in the end. That semi dryness leads you to want another sip. Over the time drinking, the hops begin to build, making the beer rich and feeling very satisfied. The feel is light to medium with a bit of body. The carbonation is medium. Very smooth and easy to drink. Its a winner and a new American Classic. Credited as the Godfather of Craft beer movement. I can see why. Its damn good!

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MartyMoser
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ant777uk
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really love the bitterness of this, yet still quite light...perfect straight out the fridge.

Perfect balance of citrus, apricottness, malt and bitterness...top notch, love it

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Photo of Hunamaga
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mpcronin
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of marcbosch
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: textbook golden orange. Head is decent.
Smell: Tropical fruit, grassy hops, some malt as well. Something that reminds me of a lager for some reason, still very good.
Taste: a good balance between hops and malt, as expected from an APA. Hops is more on the grassy side than as I would have thought from the smell, with some citrus notes to go with it. Malty flavours rather biscuit-y. Some alcohol as well, but subdued enough. Probably the most textbook I've ever drunk.
Feel: medium to light body with still a touch of silkiness. Warmth from the alcohol without burning. Classic.
Overall: It may not shock and awe. Most probably, if you're an user of this site it won't. Yet it's got everything and doesn't miss much else. Very enjoyable.

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

Photo of draegerjosh
2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of jeschaefer
1/5  rDev -75.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of lvtt
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,651 ratings