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 Cresant
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bomber into a pint glass. No date. Beautiful pour. Two fingers of bubbly white head. A cap of foam remained throughout. Some lacing remained. Rich golden clear body with active beads of bubbles.

Smell was green young grass. Floral. Malty sweetness appeared as it warmed.

Tasted of fresh hops. long bitter, crisp finish. Mild sweetness does not balance the assertive hops. Rather simple yet solid. A bit more hoppy than I think of in an APA.

Zesty mouthfeel, crunchy carbonation that smooths considerably as it warms.

Enjoyable and very easy to drink, a go to beer for myself and trillions of others.

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Photo of joyntbrewing
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is yeast in the bottle. Look hard at the bottom and you will find it. Impressive that they can bottle condition and leave eight yeast cells at the bottom of the bottle. This beer transcends time. Get ye some.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this both on tap and in bopttle....rating this based on last mnightÂ’s draft. Poured to a rich amber with a foamy head, which did not stay long. Spicy with a hint of fruit. Drank this with a rack of ribs, a perfect complement and a good finish

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Photo of JDaniel502
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a clear pint glass and was impressed with the cloudy amber coloration. I sniffed and was hit with aroma of citrus rinds. I did taste the pine and citrus but feel that they were overpowered by the grassy & piney flavors. Be that as it may, I still got a great overall satisfaction out of this beer. It was very smooth and the pleasant flavors linger awhile after drinking.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured nice with a decent but thin head that lingered a bit and finally stayed as a nice ring throughout the entire drink. Was a brown-orange color that was very nice to look at. unfortunately it smelt somewhat skunky, not very pleasing. The taste however made up for the smell. it had a full taste with a hint of bitter and rich aftertaste common in ales. The drink is heavily carbonated but feels nice overall. this beer is clean and crisp enough to drink several in a row but tasty enough to enjoy while doing it.

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Photo of olegv40
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden, with an admirable head. Hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, but too faint to stand out in any real way. The initial taste had major overtones of orange, quickly replaced by bitterness. The hops here seem less about flavor and more about bitterness, yet it never really felt like it got in the way, and the bitter flavor subsided to a much more sweet taste that finished very clean. The end result is a very good beer that is very enjoyable, and being readily available at many places that otherwise only serve macrobrews, it becomes a great choice during a night out at the bar.

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Photo of RobertDwight
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden color. Decent white head that laces a bit. Not that much going on with the smell. Taste is pretty good, lovely hops! At first glance you wouldnt suspect this brew to pack such a bitter punch but it does. I love how this beer is hopped. This is definitley a go to beer. I could have rather one too many of these!

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty amber with a nice white head.

The nose is bold and hoppy with a good amount of grapefruit rind.

Well-balanced malts and hop bitterness. The grapefruit character is present but doesn't overwhelm the beer. The medium body and modest carbonation make this pleasant enough to drink.

Overall, I don't find it very compelling, but by no means is it bad, and I definitely wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Warming amber colour, with a nice white fluffy head. Seems highly carbonic.

S - Rich hoppiness, with earthy tones. There is also a hint of sweet malts on the nose.

T - Dry, refreshing and bitter from the get go. The flavours are clearly controlled by the hops, which delivers a grassy bitterness. There are slight citrus flavours towards the end, along with what tastes like apples.

M - Quite light on the palete, with a dry feel.

D - A nice beer, and very drinkable. Light and refreshing enough to be a solid summer beer.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have a love hate with this beer, as I do with Sierra Nevada as a company. They make some of my all time favorite top 3 beers (Ovila Golden Ale, and the other 2 Ovila's). This a great pale ale, hoppy, slight bitter, but I don't like the lingering bitterness. I have toured Sierra Nevada's Chico plant, and they put every other brewery I have been to to shame when it comes to facilities, and tours. Part of that is the lack of corporate bureaucracy, since it is still a private brewery, and hopefully will remain so forever. If anyone goes through Chico,CA I would highly recommend this tour. At the end of ours, we tried 10 beers in their tasting room, it was awesome. They have a great pubhouse to great food.

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Photo of danetrain0101
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is of a dark golden color. Foam is thick and lasts long. Thick and long.

Smells nice and hoppy with a light malt smell.

A light hop presence. Some malts can be tasted as well as some hints of alcohol.

Feels like a nice smooth pale ale with a medium body taste.

A nice drinkable pale ale to have on any occasion.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sparkling clear orange color with a white head that faded a bit too quickly. Not much hops in the nose but smells of apricot, peach, and cereal which matches the sweet, malty taste. Oooo, an assertive hoppy bitterness in the finish that lingers and prickles the tongue. This is an awesome American Pale Ale that paved the way for the rest. Thanks, Sierra Nevada, for showing us the light.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hops and cream and noticeable creamy head. Taste with an offsetting bitterness that I didn't care for or expect. Strong bitter mouthfeel Citrus floral and pine aroma. Inexpensive.
Had this 3 years later on-tap and this review is based on that, at Pizza Port Solena Beach Lace, a serviceable pale. AFter so many good pales, Sierra finds its way among the pack, but was sure a revalation when I first had it.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a big hop aroma with some additional grain as a backdrop.
Appearance- This is a clear golden amber colored beer with a small white head.
Taste- Has that nice APA hop bite.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a nice hop dry finish.
Overall- A solid beer that I rank above average, I personally prefer other Sierra Nevada brews better than this, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of beveritt
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber in color with very little head. The head settled into a small amount of white bubbles on the surface.

Smell: Smells strongly of hops. Bitternes, grass , and floral aromas.

Taste: Sligthly sweet, but balanced well by the bitterness of the hops. Not a lot of malt flavor. A nice floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low level of carbonation. Not watery, yet not overly thick and clinging.

Drinkability: A good example of the American Pael Ale. Nice level of bitterness withou being a hop bomb. Seems to be on the acidic side, which may detract from its drinkability a little.

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Photo of hdofu
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a good beer if pale ale is your thing. It has a heck of a white foamy head on top of a knox blocks colored liquid. It smells heavily of hops. It's taste is of malt with a hint of grapefruit. The feel is a bit oily and a medium bodied beer. I'm not big on pale ales but this isn't bad and I would drink it again.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tastes like hop water to me. There isn't enough malt character for balance. It also has a weak flavour that tastes almost like... chlorine.

A: Clear yellow/orange colour and a 8 mm head that lasts reasonably well. 4

S: Floral, grassy hops. Pretty strong. 4

T: Grassy hops with a noticeably chlorine-like flavour. Not a strong malty base. Fairly bitter. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 3.5

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Photo of Arknot
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ulitmate "beer".
A nice balance of hops and malt, this pale ale fits my standard for a basicly perfect everyday beer.

Appearance is light copper with a thick white head.

Smell is hops and watery freshness, with a slight biscuity breadyness.

Taste is slightly bitter hops, with a nice biscuity bready malty body.

Mouthfeel is nothing heavy, very crisp, and very easy going.

Overall, If you enjoy american hops, and a want a solid beer to have with a meal, out in the sun, or hanging out with friends Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the ticket. I'll also say this is a fairly nice session beer, if only a little strong.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fragrant, but not bitter. Not much to look at in the glass (not much head, what is there recedes, a hazy orange gold with big bubbles), and it's not setting the world on fire, but it's easy to overlook how good and how reliable this is. Perfumy but also a decent crisp malt base, light cracker, grass, hay.

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Photo of bigwillystyle9
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber gold with half centimeter of frothy head, leaves nice lace. Well carbonated with particulates.

S - Subtle smell, with hint of cedar wood.

T - Slightly bitter, stimulates the tip and front sides of the tongue. Leaves slight after taste of woody flavor.

M - Nicely smooth.

O - Enjoyable pale to heavy beer. Seems a little strong for a pale ale.

Summary: Reasonably priced with smooth and stimulating flavor and texture.

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Photo of niklas0770
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hazy light coppery color with the one finger head looks very inviting i must say. After a couple of sips it leaves a thin lace.

The smell is very hopy with some kind of flower sweetness added to it. I also get some kind of crispiness, almost like an wisebeer.

The taste is still very hopy with that crispiness I mentioned earlier. There is also that sweetness I can't seem to put my finger on.

The mouthfeel is quite dry but yet refreshing. The carboration is not as aggressive as I expected, but that's not a bad thing.

Drinkability - I want an other one!

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Photo of Slar211
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Pours dark golden, almost amber, into a pint glass. Thick ivory head stays and clings well.

Smell: Sweet malt and fragrant hops, an inviting nose.

Taste: Zesty hops reveal herbal and even fruity notes, very complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that finishes dry on the palate.

Drinkability: A solid ale, could have this again.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic and pioneer in craft beer! Usually poured out of 12oz bottle into pint glass or on tap. Pours a nice deep golden color with a little bit of cloudiness. Aroma has the cascade hops up front bringing out that nice floral undertone. There also seems to be a little orange present in this also. The flavor is what I would consider to be probably the true American Pale Ale. The malts are present up front along with their counterpart, hops. Nice and refreshing. Following behind these two ingredients would have to be that orange I smelled earlier. There is also a little pepper and floral in the back end. Leaves a bitter and refreshing taste in the end. Good classic beer again.

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Photo of NHPC
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

You won't go wrong but its not that special. beats lots of craft beers but you don't feel like you found a gem. Easy go to beer cause you see it everywhere.

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Photo of eanmcnulty
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark golden, beautiful white lacing.

Smell: citrus, floral, and fruity. light malt.

Taste: fairly bitter, sweet earthy malt.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied without being too light.

Overall: This is the beer that started it for me. I don't even know when I had my first SNPA. It must have been in the late 80's. SNPA has become more bitter than I care for these days. I tend toward the pale ales that are highly hopped in flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,183 ratings.
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