Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
11,301
Reviews:
3,028
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
313
Gots:
3,146
For Trade:
2
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle.
Appearance: orange. Clear. Medium-thick, foamy head. Sticky lacing.
Smell: light citrus. Light floral. Light malt.
Taste: easy on the malt. Maybe some light roasted notes. Grapefruit rind hop flavor. Herbal and pine on the bitterness.
Overall: well balanced. Easy to drink. Will buy again. Easy to find, easy to drink.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Brown Bottle with pry-off cap bottled on "06/26/2014". Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with 1 and 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Earthy pine hops

Taste: Pine hop bitterness that never gets too sharp with some bread malt to balance out

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation that gives a slight creamy feeling and finishes dry

Overall: This is the prototypical American style Pale Ale and what I judge all pale ales to. This is the best beer to introduce the flavor of hops with your friends unfamiliar with craft beer. There is plenty of pine and citrus hop flavor but not too much and the bitterness is restrained, especially compared to most modern pale ales. This is a great hop forward ale that is consistent in quality and easy to obtain.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler
How did this one slip past my reviewing for so long?!

A- Copper, well filtered. Dense off white head retains at about an inch. Spotty lacing.

S- Citrus and pine. The cascade is great in here. Truly the beer to make these hops iconic. There's a faint and mellow toasty malt aroma in the background.

T- Follows the nose. Spicy pine, with a subtle juicy citrus. Backed by a bready and toasty sweet background.

M- Medium-light body. Semi-dry finish. But still so drinkable and refreshing.

O- Really, one iconic craft beer. This one is fantastic, and one I go to when I want to stock my fridge with a single beer. It just doesn't get old. This is the one I point to when my macro friends want to try something craft.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

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4.92/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Bittering Hops: Magnum, Perle.
Finishing Hops: Cascade.
Malts: 2-row Pale, Caramel.

38 IBU.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.23.14.

A: See through orange. 1/2 finger head.

S: Grapefruit. Not as strong as other APAs.

T: Pine, biscuit.

M: Crisp. Nice and bubbly on the tongue.

O: This is definitely a softer APA in terms of hops than others, but that is an unfair comparison since it is from an earlier time than more current hop-heavy APAs. It is a very well balanced, easy drinking beer. This is a classic, a standard, and a piece of craft beer history that you can drink today. Amazing!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's hard not to say something on the currently most widely reviewed APA on Beer Advocate.
I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice glossy amber to orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing roamed around the glass nicely.
The smell had a nice sharp to sweet citrus to spice with an underlying malt to balance nicely.
The taste copied the smell pretty much exactly the same way.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp and spicy to add a nice harshness over my tongue. I would say this was pretty sessionable.
Overall, ya know this budget beer is more than solid.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,301 ratings.
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