Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
11,216 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
Ratings:
11,216
Reviews:
3,010
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
3,070
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 11,216 |  Reviews: 3,010
Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into New Belgium globe

A - Light straw body, pale white one finger head that leaves little lacing, moderate carbonation. Some can conditioning remnants at the bottom

S - Mostly floral hops with some orange zest. Not particularly strong.

T - Citrus fruit hop bite, light pine and barley aftertaste.

M - Dry and crisp. Great compliment to most meals.

O - A classic example of an American Pale Ale and my go to "every day drinker" when a 12 pack cost $13. Nothing over the top, but a great beer non the less.

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Photo of Ch1mpy
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am reviewing this only a few days after I had their ESB which perhaps was even more to my liking.

Amber in colour and a centimetre thick off-white head. Relatively little carbonation.

Dry, saturated smell with aromas of hops and vanilla.

Taste is perhaps a little insipid, but with lots of bitterness. Aftertaste is very smooth bitter and the mouthfheel is excellent. Goes down very easily.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful clear golden amber, with a white head that dissipates quickly, Some lacing.

Smell: Bready malt with citrus and some orange peel

Taste: A nice balance of citrus, bready malt, a very pleasant bitterness.

Feel: Lighter to medium body, a pleasant bitterness coats the tongue

Overall: A nice pale, it's not in your face like some of today's pale ale, but definitely a good sessionable beer.

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Photo of Insomnicat
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A really beautiful pale ale. The glass really showed off the carbonation and a good 2 fingers of fluffy white head

S - Smells flowery and hoppy

T - I'm only now starting to open up my tastes to beer, so it could have been that this beer was too hoppy for my tastes. It could be that my tastes are more malty than hoppy. All that I know is that it tasted hoppy like a kick in the teeth.

M - surprisingly crisp and refreshing! Definitely a superb mouthfeel.

D - I didn't have enough to really tell on drinkability, but I do know that it didnt fill me at all. That combined with 5.6% ABV and I would imagine this is a great session beer if you're used to the hops.

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Photo of hokieguy95
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TagoMago
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. short bottle.

Appearance: Pours a rich golden orange color with some haziness. Nice head and lacing.

Aroma: Very earthy with zesty lemon and slightly grassy herbal notes.

Taste: Nicely sharp citric hop bitterness up front, with some bready malt. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and balanced.

Overall: This is the classic American pale ale. It's one of those beers that is good any time of the year. I always have a case of this stuff on hand. This is also a very good beer for those just breaking through into the world of craft beers. It is a very accessible, drinkable beer.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersabound
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic APA. A brilliant golden/amber hue flows from the bottle to create a snappy finger's width head that fizzles out a bit quick. Not much lacing or stickage either. Wafts of clean malt hang out behind a citrusy and slightly piny hop aroma. Clean hop bitterness with a slight sweetness are followed up by a dry finish. A well balanced session beer that is quite drinkable. The mouthfeel has a little too much CO2 and pops without much of a creamy or lucious texture.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear amber colour topped by a thin lace of white head. Moderate retention and stickage. The aroma consists of floral, citrus and spicy hops with a bit of biscuit and grain. The flavour is balanced on the hoppy, bitter side. Mild sweetness with some maltiness, but mostly citrus and spicy hops with a dominating bitterness. Dry finish with a firm bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Slightly crisp and acidic from the carbonation, but without having a coarse texture. This is a great session beer -- clean and full of flavour.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a pale ale fan, but this was sone of the better pale ales I've ever had. Very floral aroma and light, citrusy appearance. The smell was floral and citrusy. There was a strong lemon flavor at first, but the finish is earthy and reminiscent of a freshly laid bed of pine straw. It has a very crisp mouthfeel and goes down smooth. I'd like to try it again sometime with some spicy Indian food.

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Photo of Hoptimus_prime78
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoggo
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cs1987
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber, 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Probably the strongest American Pale Ale smell I have experienced. Very good.

Taste - Very bitter, as expected. Tastes mostly of grapefruit, kiwi fruit and passionfruit.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability - The bitterness is a little too much for me to enjoy this as a session drink.

Overall - A very good American Pale Ale, but I still prefer Little Creatures Pale Ale.

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Photo of SerieDNo3
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bomber poured into a mug

A: Pours a dark golden color with a thin head that quickly becomes a film atop the beer. Moderate lacing. The beer is somewhat hazy.

S: A strong smell of citrus, and something resembling freshly baked cookies...a bit sugary.

T: Crisp, citrus-y hop flavors with minimal malt presence. Seems to get sweeter as the beer warms up, tasting a bit like candy...if candy were made out of hops.

M: Well carbonated, and feels very crisp and refreshing. Even so, it also feels somewhat thin.

D: The crispness ultimately wins out over what I'm perceiving as thinness. This is a pretty drinkable brew. Just slightly high on the ABV to be a session beer, I suppose, but still one of which I'd have a few in a row. Given its availability, this ought to be a staple for any beer drinker to keep on hand...or at least an excellent fallback option.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a nice foamy white 1 1/2 finger head. Head sticks around for a bit and the lacing is moderate. Color is a bright amber-golden.

The aroma is of piney and floral hops, maybe a bit of citrus in there also. There's also a noticeable bitterness to the smell. The hops aren't overpowering though. Nice and balanced with malt and breadyness.

The taste is really on par with the aroma, but there's more bitterness here. Pine, floral, and grassy hops go well with the moderate bitterness and balancing caramel/caramel malt and bready notes.

The consistency is smooth, almost velvety. The carbonation is medium. The body is medium as well. And the finish is on the lighter side of medium. Very nice mouthfeel/dribkability.

Overall this is a great pale ale and one that really turned me on to the craft beer scene a few years ago when I first tried it. It's still just as god as I remember. One of my go to beers for sure.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Islandrunner
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strong hoppy aroma with a floral hint. Copper color. Pours with a nice thick head that shows great retention. Delicate bubbles leave good lacing too. Medium bodied and bitter with a crisp, dry finish. Smooth and refreshing. The light carbonation makes you want to savor it and swish it around in your mouth. This is a good beer (you can see why it's their flagship) and you could easily drink it all night.

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Photo of stevoj
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly executed ale , can from Brewforia. Dark golden with airy white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma, ale is perfect blend of malt and hops. Nice finish with light lingering aftertaste. Excellent!

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Photo of ucmike11
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie71
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Broseph1617
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbkjr
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a very dark yellow pour with a very obvious piney hop smell. Tastes sweet and fruity but is tempered by the very high quality hops. Great retention of pure white densely bubbled foam. makes for a smooth beer to eat with meal for me because the hops make food taste better. I prefer to eat with a tuna-egg salad sandwich, or any fish.

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Photo of twelveone
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,216 ratings.
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