Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
11,344 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:
#2,929
Reviews:
3,034
Ratings:
11,344
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
316
Gots:
3,188
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,344 |  Reviews: 3,034
Photo of Euphoria69
2/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Jerid
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of JonBarley
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of scm2787
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Jdub983
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Givensr2
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of StoutFest
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Miami66
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Josiah
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Crank78
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of BarelyLegal33
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of hncowden50
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Wsherry1
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of biercycle
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of JeremyDrinksBeer
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of gnoff
2.06/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

(350 ml bottle)

Clear golden color with a big lasting white to cream colored head.
Hoppy mixed with a sour acid scent.
Taste has the same acid in it, also a bit strange bitterness.
Could it be infected? Though I find that hard to believe. Perhaps it's just supposed to smell and taste this way?
High bitterness, gives it a dry and bitter after taste.
Medium, almost to the low watery side, mouth feel.

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Photo of Wogs
2.11/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I think this beer is way over hyped.

A- Off white head, pretty good lacing and a amber color

S- Citrus smell to it

T- I did not enjoy the bitter after taste. The taste of it did not warrant the sharp bite.

M- Good carbonation and not too thick.

D- I can drink it but I would rather have something else.

* This is my first review hope its ok.

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Photo of DocManza
2.13/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Somehow has an overpowering feel towards the end.

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Photo of gargamel01
2.16/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of derekgw123
2.17/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Way too floral for me. Not my jam.

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Photo of Kestrel452
2.2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

If you're relatively new to beer, I would highly recommend you steer clear of this brew. You will most likely find it way too bitter to drink, and maybe even so much so that you cannot even take another sip. Before you venture out into the realm that is known as pale ales, try some more balanced/milder beers like Honker's Ale before going for this. The beer was great except for the flavor, it was just sickeningly bitter.

I realize this is widely regarded as an excellent beer, but it is NOT something a beginner should drink. Pale ales are inherently pretty bitter, but this one is extra hoppy/bitter. You'll end up turning yourself off to pale ales and possibly ales in general by making this your first go at an ale.

If you want to get used to beer that employs a good amount of hops, drink Sam Adams Boston Lager. It's well balanced, but it also does have a substantial enough hop character to fit the bill. It's about as bitter of a beer that's enjoyable to me.

In time, you may develop a palate for extra bitter beers like SNPA. However, let me reiterate that this beer should be avoided when you're starting to try out different varieties of beer. Happy Drinking!

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Photo of bvburnes
2.2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

It may be I'm a beer philistine, but this beer was so bitter that my mouth and ass simultaneously pucked so badly that they met each other someplace in my body. Seriously, I couldn't taste anything but the bitter.

Liked everything about this beer except the flavor. And it goes without saying, I wouldn't, or couldn't attempt this ever again.

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Photo of Megandebari
2.2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of JArt
2.21/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Razr86
2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,344 ratings
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