Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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

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

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can served in tulip shaped glass

A: dark yellow, orangey, light amber with a thin white head.

S: piney citrusy with a hint of vanilla

T: citrusy and piney on the front with sweet apple vanilla in the middle.

M: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall this is a classic American Pale Ale. I am very pleased with this one because it is blended well. It has a very distinct and unique taste in which I haven't had another beer that tastes likes this. This is sweet piney, great for session beer.

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Photo of zpeid
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold/amber color with a decent amount of head.
On the nose you get mild hops and citrus.
A well balanced taste with notes of citrus, slight bitterness at the end.
All in all a good beer, will buy again.

350ml bottle (5.6% ABV) served in a pint glass

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Photo of mentz99
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Color: Copper-orange with a slight cloudiness. Nice white one inch head.
Aroma: Citrus and piney hops with a caramel malt base.
Taste: A very smooth and drinkable beer with a slight citrus taste. Slightly bitter, but not over-powering. Very well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated.
Very flavorful and balanced beer. A really good APA.

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Photo of Premo88
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass

L: clear gold; solid 1/4- 1/2-inch head and the lacing is nuts.

S: citrusy, hoppy at first. it fades into a weak grain smell at times, but the citrus still lingers, too.

T: solid hop bite with a good malt balance; sweetens out in the finish in a quite wonderful way. but every sip starts with bitter hops in a refreshing way.

F: lots of carbonation, solid weight.

O: such a great middle of the road pale ale -- neither the super hop-bomb American IPA/DIPA nor the malt-shake English pale ale. it's really the best of both worlds, achieving a balance I wish more American pale ales went for. it's in my Top 10 of go-to beers: when in doubt, this one is guaranteed to hit the spot everytime.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the ravest of beer these days besides Corona and all that Mexican stuff. Pours a copper-ish red color with robust head. The smell is very strong, noble hops again? I swear Redhook ESB and this beer have the exact same bitterness characteristics...Taste is strong and bitter, what a beer with balls should taste like. Not anything like the European Pale Ales! I'll say that much! The drinkability is low because of its bitterness, but it is damn tasty with many different elements slapping your tongue from all angles. Maybe I'm not old enough to fully appreciate the taste of this beer yet, but itÂ’s something I'd definitely get to have fun with some friends with. And the ABV will promise that!

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Photo of AirBob
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Notes from 12/19/14

A - 3 fingers of rolling white head. Great retention and lacing. Clear orange-golden body.

S - Grassy hops. Bready malt backbone. Citrus rind and some pine follows. Maybe a little white pepper.

T - Mild malt backbone with a bitter citrus bite and pine notes.

M - Relatively creamy for the style. Medium carb. Clean finish.

O - This bottle may have beer a little past its prime or my palate is off. A little too much malt for my liking, but still a great, easy to find refrigerator beer.

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Photo of ARoman
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The beer is a clear orange gold with a decent amount of sediment floating around in it and is topped by a floating, soapy white head that has a light retention and a light lace. The aroma is a bright tropical and citrus note with a touch of pine and a subtle bread toast undertone. The taste is a balanced, medium bittersweet. The texture is oily with a foamy carbonation to help it go down smooth. The medium body is flavored much like the aroma - citrus, pineapple, mango, and pine. It finishes with a waxy, bitter grapefruit and pine that turns lightly cloying and astringent, but mostly clean, with an aftertaste of bread toast.

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Photo of MillySox
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfect appearance, head, and gravity. Hops overtake the malt just a bit. Yet still has execellent distinct hop flavor. Very smooth and drinkable. Leaves me wanting another swig. Sometimes leaves me wanting more. Prototypical for the style.

The best beer on tap at lots of places that otherwise offer very little.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is equal parts malts and hops. Some very fainat citrus.
Taste is hops up front, with the malts coming out from underneith. Faint bitterness comes near the end. More faint light fruits.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a clean finish.
Great drinkability on this one. Another good beer to "session."

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Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper with a big foamy head that quickly recedes and leaves spotty touches of lace all over the glass. Aroma is slightly bready and is dominated by floral / citrus hops. There's a light touch of caramel malt in the taste, but this is quickly overtaken by the citrus hop / lasting grapefruit rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side; its a fairly drinkable and refreshing ale. Here's to the brew that is the "gateway" for many of us craft beer geeks -

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to review a classic! Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a light golden color, with a very sexy, fluffy white head.

S: Has a subtle floral smell paired alongside some understated malt notes. Faint hints of citrus are detectable, as well.

T: Starts with a little bit of biscuity malt before opening with a solid bite of NW hops. Has a floral, piney character that merely tingle your taste buds, rather than attack it with scissors. Not my favorite tasting beer, but it still works perfectly.

M: Good carbonation with a proper feel on the palate. Dry finish makes it a great pairing with spicy/zesty/bitter food.

O: It's a craft beer classic for a reason, people. All the refreshment you'd expect from a pale lager, but far more satisfying to drink. Insane drinkability, well priced, very easy to find, and a fantastic gateway beer for newbs. What's not to like?

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Photo of ryantupy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright golden orange haze with a little white head that tended to cling to the glass. Smelled of very strong hops, some floral notes, and some citric scents aswell. Tasted nice creamy and smooth with a very mild malty crispness. I found it a little on the bitter hop side but in an enjoyable way. I really enjoyed this beer and ended up buy another round of it. So i would definatly reccomend this beer.

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Photo of Eirerate
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my favorite mug. As expected from the style, pour produced small head which left behind little lacing. Dark golden color seemed just a bit hazy but still appealing. Got a nice aroma of piney hops but not overpowering. Smooth enjoyable flavor. I liked this beer even though I prefer a darker beer with a more prounced malt flavor. Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated. A nice balanced beer and a fine example of the style. Very drinkable

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Photo of jonziefle
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear light amber color, with a three-finger light khaki head. The head is a bit foamy/billowy and has good retention. Plenty of visible carbonation. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of grain and bready malts. A sharp bitter nose, but with very little hops at all.

Taste: A mild beer with a good balance between the grainy malts and the light hops. No one taste really dominates. A good "standard" of the style, memorable for its simplicity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth. Good crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability: A very good pale ale. Very simple without one real defining quality, but a true standard of the type. Very easy to drink and goes with anything. Might be the beer that started my on my craft beer journey.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my tastes, over rated...amber color, nice floral scent and a floral hop expiration date would be nice, since I'm never sure how much yeast I should expect in the bottle and unless you really know the demographics of your liquor store, you don't know how fast it sells...OK, Sierra Nevada Pale is good and complete (doesn't lack in taste or complex mouthfeel) and many people's idea of a Pale, I just like ones that ends on a chewy, fruity note...

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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Very dark gold, almost brown.

[Smell]: Smells delightful of hops and honey, both very strong.

[Foretaste]: Strong yet sweet hops, very floral.

[Midflavor]: High carbonation drowns out the superb honey flavor but its still there slightly.

[Aftertaste]: Nothing but honey and sugar very nice aftertaste indeed.

[Overall Flavor]: Pretty good if your into strong hops flavors.

[Mouthfeel]: Thick, which is fine cuz that just adds to the honey flavors.

[Drinkability]: Nice, it's a very delicious honey experience a little strong on the hops tho.

[Personal Recomendation]: Give it a try it's kind of an acquired taste for me, but others could enjoy greatly.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear copper with a thin head. Little bits of lacing on the glass.

S: A nice balanced hops smell comes through, hints of citrus, hints of pine, hints of resin. Not overpowering like an IPA, but really pleasing. A little bit of sweetness rounds it out nicely.

T: This beer shines in the taste department. Nice, smooth bitterness upfront with the hops followed by a slightly sweet malt, leaving behind a well-balanced yet nicely bitter aftertaste. No real alcohol presence.

M: Nice and smooth, goes down easy.

D: Very drinkable. This was the first pale ale I ever really started drinking frequently, which led to my love of the IPA and DIPA style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gpogo
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear light amber with off-white head that quickly dissipates.

A- Citrus hop aroma, perhaps with slight piney hop aromas as well.

T- Slight citrus bitterness with grainy malt background. Not as hoppy as other APAs I've had.

M- Medium-light body with moderate-low carbonation. Finished dry.

D- Not as great of an APA as others I have had, but definitely a respectable APA that can be enjoyed almost anytime. Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass.

A-foggy somewhat light amber color, foamy head about 1 inch thick

S-super sweet fruity aroma, hint of orange flavor?

T-good taste with a bite in the after taste, not the fruity flavors I expected from the smell

M-medium bodied, smooth

O-pleasure to drink, well rounded, above average beer

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a standard "go-to" beer for Sierra Nevada. I really like this brewery, but this variety isn't their best. I'll discuss each aspect of the beer below.

A: It pours a pretty clear deep golden yellow whose shade depends on the ambient lighting. I was in a relatively dim room so it might be a lighter shade than I perceived. Nice foamy head that results from a good pour, but make it a vigorous pour so that you can get the little head that it has to offer.

S: The smell is nice with a toasty cracker base and hints of piney hops and mango citrus.

T: The taste starts with the malty toasty flavor and then a mild hop character that gives way into the citrus mango. It leaves a coating on the tongue that begs for another sip. It is quite delicious when chilled down real good.

F: The mouthfeel is pretty standard. Smooth crisp with carbonation that is a mild level of effervescence. Fine lacing on the glass and the head lasts until the last sip.

O: Overall, I think this is a nice beer for any day of the year, but if you want a strong hoppy beer, then move on to their Torpedo Extra IPA. The Pale Ales are good, but should be reserved for those days when you want to switch it up.

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Photo of jeffreywt
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard offering and honestly a good benchmark for a quality IPA. If you drink a lot of "craft" brews with extreme hops then this will seem a bit watered down but not in a bad way. This is my go to beer and the one that really got me interested in all the rest.

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Photo of bigone4
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange almost clear straw color. Nice white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Mild lacing with some head retention. Smells floral and of a mix citrus fruits. Mild hint of lemon or a grapefruit like tone. Very strong hop citrus scent with a hint of some pale malt in the background. No freshness date to be found. Has a very soothing hop scent. Good bottle conditioned carbonation and a minimal amount of yeast sediment. Nice hop flavor in the initial taste followed by a rather interesting smooth mix of flavors. Hop bite mixed with a subtle touch of malt and grain. Has a rather citrus fruit, hop after taste. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I have had this beer many times before and have never reviewed it. I am glad to have the chance to finally enjoy this beer for what it is worth. Good overall characteristics of a pale ale. Fine construction from start to finish. Good all around drinking brew. Has a good feeling in the mouth and leaves a nice hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. I forgot how much I enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger plus of white foam, medium sized bubbles pop here and there, slight retention, settles into a thin layer across the surface, not much stickiness in the lacing. Coppery orange to yellow in hue, hazy, lighter and more transparent around the rims. The herbal hops get out in front of the pack in the nose, the white grapefruit, orange pith follows behind, grainy with a spicy edge, more lactose than florality or maltiness, sheer activity seems to be its strongest aspect. Medium-bodied plus, here its relative lack of movement gives it more gravitas. Sweet touch to the orange, grapefruit citrus, floral dimension a bit stunted. Malts undistinguished, smooth things texturally but don't add much flavor, light brown sugar. Peach, apricot fruit demure. The bitter residue left behind through the finish actually gets you thirsting for more. Never as good as when you remembered it as a kid but not bad either.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale....old faithful!! Picked up a 12 pk today at an outrageously low price. Happy Memorial Day!!
The Pale Ale pours out a deep honey gold color. A 1" head formed and sank to a small white cap that rode the beer most of the way down. Light lacing left on the glass.
The nose of this beer is a nice citric hop with a little pine/spruce.
The flavor is dominated by a nice hop twang. A little citrusy, lemon/grapefruit. Very clean and easy to drink, the 12pk may not last long. Nice carbonation on the tongue and also a crisp mouthfeel.
This is a standard among American Pale Ales and I always enjoy it. In fact I have not had a bad Sierra Nevada brew. If you haven't had it , have it. If you haven't had it in a while, go get some. Good session stuff!

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Photo of HopBacchus
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange to Pail gold with a large creamy head, vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace

Citrus up fronts with bitter hop character the maltyness in the beer gives it a reasonable balance

This beer is extremely bitter and crisp but in a pleasant way citrus notes are detectable throughout as well as a grassy flavor hoppes are highly present throughout

light to medium bodied high carbonation keeps the beer extremely pleasant

Pale ales are not my thing but this thing definitely does what its supposed to do, its a nice switch up from the malt bombs which dominate my life, a good gateway craftbeer

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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