Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
11,342 Ratings
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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Ratings: 11,342 |  Reviews: 3,033
Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a clear glass.

Very clear and rich amber color and moderate carbonation. Thick head. Smells piney and has a refined barley aroma. Tastes somewhat wheaty and heavily floral, fairly spicy in the hops, a citrusy hint, but all very smooth. Pretty complex, but very well-rounded.

Good beer.

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Photo of StormAles
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PlinyMeNow
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well. The classic pale ale, the one that started it all, I get it. Craft, yet mass produced and widely available at a good price point, I get it.
The goal posts keep moving. We have APAs hopped like IPAs, IPAs that taste like DIPAs, DIPAs made to knock you unconscious. You go back to this one and what do you get? An underwhelming amber colored ale with a faint aroma of citrusy hops and bready/grainy malt, a bitter, dry taste with some balancing sweetness, medium body, and a short slightly bitter finish.
Maybe I'm just hooked on the current trends, but for now I'm enjoying the ride. Returning to this classic is jarring. I'm glad it's around, but I won't get another one anytime soon.

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Photo of djl1983
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jtee
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 500ml can served at 10 degrees Celsius into a tulip. The beer warmed up to room temperature during consumption. Best before date: 16.09.2017

Look: The beer pours a clear medium amber with 4cm of off-white head that fades into a partial film in 2+ minutes.

Aroma: Faint intensity even after warming. Some citrusy, piney hops with balancing pale malts. A bit soapy. Lackluster.

Taste: Same as the aroma, nothing to add. The finish is short, faint, and bitter.

Feel: Medium body with lively carbonation. Crisp.

Overall: It's never a good sign if I'm in the middle of a review and I get distracted and start doing other stuff. It happened with this beer and I came back to finish what I started at room temperature. I'm disappointed but I will probably try it again on draft or a bottle when given the chance and nothing more interesting is available. I really don't understand the high ratings.

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Photo of Bwbrev
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bombelsky
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flowers, forest and citrus aroma upfront. Pour is golden clear, but last inch landing makes it hazy and full of hoppy particules. Frothy, steady head. 2 fibgers tall, not persisting but leaving a decent lacing. Aroma included some moderate light biscuity notes.
High hop flavor. Moderate bitterness and moderate, grainy sweetness.
Medium body, watery, medium high carbo. Salty. Long bitter finish bit astringent. Perfumy alcohol.

Not bad!

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Photo of flyinhawaiian
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dysco
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of binno
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rufus1
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/amber into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. Two finger off white head that settles to a steady rime. Nice lacing.

Nose is sweet malts and floral hops. Some citrus. Maybe grapefruit? Butter. Earthy. Touch of sulfur.

Taste is sweet malts forward followed by good citrus hops. Nice balance. Nothing outstanding.

Good carbonation lends it way to a smooth medium mouthfeel.

Overall a good drinkable beer. Quite sessional.

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

Photo of Elneely88
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pro45
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold. Nose is caramel malts, hops, fruity. Taste is very hoppy with a good balance of the malts. Average carbonation with a somewhat bitter finish. Very smooth going down and very flavorful. Getting some white bread in there also. Overall, I can drink this every day. Great representation of the style and one of my top three SN beers. Good price for a 12 pack.

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Photo of BeerMe8
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Determined419
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ballastjon
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoohMooh
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper/amber, one finger head.

Smells grainy/bready mostly, with a slight fruity touch. Alcohol kinda muddies everything, very surprising on a 5.6% ABV brew. Piney aromas after it warms.

Taste is much more fruity: lime, citrus. Mango? A bit peppery and spicy, sweet. Apples too. Alcohol is very present but doesn't blend in very well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Honey.

Very light carbonation. Kinda heavy.

Interesting. It's sweeter than most APA's I'm used to, but not overbearingly so. All in all, it's a bit stiff: it tastes nice, but it's a bit "dense", if that makes any lick of sense to you. Nothing really pops, it's a bit too uniform.

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Photo of CR-VA
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Navinjohnson
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great bridge between IPA and LCD. Both sides should enjoy

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

When I want an APA that is easy going and easy to find and not watered down by some company that doesn't care about beer (like AB). This is what I reach for.
Pours a nice light semi-golden color yielding a one finger white head in my pint glass. Foamy speckled lacing graces the sides of the glass nicely. The smell is centered around some spicy yet grassy sweet hops, malts only slightly come out as the beer warms. Same as the taste, the palate is moderately carbonated with bitter aftertaste and finish. Overall, good for style and good for me.

This may be a simple one, but it's an APA and I don't expect it to be in the same ring as Heady Topper, a Crooked Stave Sour or even Deschutes' The Abyss. I think most people get my point if they're reading this. Cheers to great easy drinking APA's that go steady with easy to find food.

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Photo of huthuty
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A nearly perfect brew, I poured it into a pint glass at just above freezing temperature, it poured with nearly no head (perhaps because I had it cold as possible) yet appeared highly carbonated, the color was a perfect amber, the smell is sweet and hoppy, the taste is an almost perfect blend of hops and sweetness , the only complaint I have about the taste is I got a bitter aftertaste that seemed strange, this may be from my own mouth though and not the beer. Overall, highly recommended, my second favorite full flavor ipa thus far

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Photo of Eammon1920
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ipeters1017
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,342 ratings
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