Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,216 |  Reviews: 3,010
Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of codytwo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wekoontz
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of caburdette51
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a beautiful dark orange color, big fluffy white head, lacing all over the glass.
Aroma - Pine cones, orange, lemon, sweet pastries.
Taste - Like the aroma, pine, orange peel, grapefruit. Hops are pungent but not overwhelming. Bitterness is kept in balance by warm malt, hint of light caramel and white bread. Finish is very long with a really nice nuttiness from yeast. Finishes dry but not abrasive. Delicious.
Feel - Medium bodied, very slick and oily, good amount of carbonation, borderline creamy, slightly dry.

Overall - Great example of the style.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of basicoutdoors
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Martin194
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light orange-yellow, cloudy, thick white head

Smell: Hops, yeast, bread

Taste: Hops, a little citrus; a lighter IPA than some I've tried but still good

Feel: Watery mouthfeel, warm, dry feel after swallowing

Overall: A pretty easy IPA to enjoy, I would recommend this to anyone who is trying to get into IPAs

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Photo of Darandos
1.4/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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

Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichieRich1812
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Still a classic after all these years.
Poured directly from the bottle, dated 11/14/16, into my gob.
Pine hop bitterness and a whiff of malt for balance.
Slightly sticky feel but mostly a clean finish.

Carbonation seems low, but I always feel a little bloat with this. Maybe a built in attenuator to my consumption.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really tasty beer. It has a hop front taste but malts are apparent as well. Not as good as some of the fresh stuff I get up here in the Michiana area, though.

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Photo of waterbud
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsbirnba
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pau622
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DyingPhenix
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down my favorite beer. I grew up in Redding, CA which is about an hour north of Sierra Nevada's HQ. They've been pumping this pale ale out for decades now and they have established themselves as a leader in brewing industry.

I didn't like this beer the first time I tried it (18-19). That's the thing about it: you get used to it. It has so many flavors going on at once that it can be difficult to understand for noobie beer-drinkers. Eventually you'll find a new flavor to enjoy every time you take a sip. I simply have yet to find a pale ale that is as consistent, delicious, and reliable as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I personally associate it with many great Northern California memories over the past 15 years.

Get one ridiculously ice cold, pour it into a frozen beer glass, and enjoy on the hottest summer day of the year. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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