Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
11,221 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:
11,221
Reviews:
3,013
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
3,074
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,221 |  Reviews: 3,013
Photo of seanyfo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

35cl bottle poured into a Kolsch Stange

A - Deep amber/copper colouring, 3 finger head that dissapates quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Sweet malts first, some caramel, faint floral hoppy notes, flowery

T- Floral notes come through first, nice caramel sweetness offsets this and finishes with a subtle hop sharpness.

M- Moderate carbonation, moderate to full body

D- Nice interplay of hop bite and sweetness. Flavours not overpowering and this makes for a sessionable yet interesting ale. A Winner!

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Photo of Pacioli1445
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear gold with a small head that dissipated quickly. The smell is very hoppy and slightly sweet. The taste is hoppy and bitter. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp. The carbonation has a noticeable bite. This is an excellent example of a pale ale.

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Photo of leedorham
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. Orange in color with a good sized off-white head.

S - Bouquet of floral & piney hops. A bit of grassiness but not unpleasant.

T - Again with the hops. This certainly represents the west coast well. Fairly dry with a definite hop focus. Some citrus character.

M - A bit thin but overall nice. Strong carbonation level perhaps a tad high for my liking.

D - Very drinkable pale. I like that a beer like this is so incredibly popular.

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Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mjw1200
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TaborTime
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of heddar33
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Caudalie
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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

Photo of jharris0624
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.28/5  rDev -19%

Photo of kbnooshay
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Simply stunning. Cool green label in a short bottle. This pours a great golden-orange color with a tiny head and awesome clinging action. The floral hops are pungently awesome. Citric smells also. Great hoppy taste with malts that don't quite balance. Awesome light sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy yet carbonated.
This is very drinkable but a few will do for a night.

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Photo of cj8311
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a beautiful clear orange color with a nice two finger head. The flavor is a very delicious hoppy and grapefruit flavor. There is a reason this beer has been so popular for so long it is a very good beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Backer2004
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't reviewed this one yet? Anyway, always a very good choice, though it seems to be one of the more expensive beers in North Carolina at a typical grocery store. Nice copper colored, without too much hoppiness. No bad characteristics to speak of . . . I'll still pcik the Flying Dog Pale Ale for the price alone.

I do recall now having the Sierra Nevada comped on my stay at Bally's in Vegas, which was a plus.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer during another beer evening with PapaEugene, who said he had very nice memories from drinking this beer during his trip to San Diego several years ago.
Poured into an original palm glass. The beer pours a clear copper-yellow color with almost no head and a somewhat messy lacing.

Smell: grapefruit, sweet honey and some dried grass.

Taste: Grapefruit, grains and spicy laurel. Aftertaste is bitter, but not too dry. It resembles a bit a very very diluted Pliny or Borefts bock 2009 from the Molen brewery.

Mouthfeel: watery, thin bodied, medium-low carbonation that nicely tickles the tongue.

Overall: A decent brew. Not more not less, will not refuse one in the future.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,221 ratings.
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