Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

11,223 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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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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Photo of tewaris
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5.6% ABV
OG: 13 degrees Plato
FG: 4 degrees Plato
37 IBUs

12 oz bottle, barely short of 3 months from bottling, poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance 5/5
Quite clear for a bottle conditioned ale, SNPA pours deep amber with a big off white crown with good retention and excellent lacing. A truly good looking and inviting beer.

Aroma 4/5
Perhaps the beer is too old, although I picked it from the fridge at a beer store of repute, but I do not get much hops in the aroma. However, there is a very delicate and delicious bready malt character, and some floral/perfumy esters.

Taste 4/5
Slightly sweet with a nice hop bite that is bitter but not big on any specific hop character. A good body to support the relatively light bitterness. As far as I am concerned this beer doesn't stand out in terms of being "big" or complex but is a nice drinking beer that one can have a few of without tiring the palate or straining the liver all that much, and is the defining beer for its style.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Right carbonation, right body, and the right finish. Nails it!

Drinkability 5/5
I got a six pack and had four without even realizing. SNPA is the beer!

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Photo of jnardone235
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of freshcarl
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ElGuapo
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank a few at work on a hot summer day with the wind at my back and the sun in my face. it was a special day, and this was not quite a special beer. i am not a huge fan of pale ales, but it was pretty good. i won't be a return customer, but it was good for a day

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

The gold standard for widely available American brews. This is the beer, after Sam Adams, that get many people to explore "better beers" and to educate the beer drinker as to what a hop is acutally supposed to be used for. Pours out to a nice, amber color in the glass with a decent head. Aroma is that of slight spice, malt and light hops. The malt to hop balance is incredible for a beer of this style and makes for a very tasty beer that isn't overhopped as many of the style are. Starts somewhat malty and finishes with a wondeful taste of hops. Sierra Nevada is an excellent brewer. The Pale Ale is a champ and a staple of my 'fridge.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a 12 pack case in to an imp pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with an off white head. Light, sweet citrusy smell with pine in the background. Slightly hoppy balance taste with the smells in the background. Some orange taste. Nice easy to drink pale ale. Renowned for its quality, and rightly so. Of beers recognized by non beer people- it is the best.

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Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I got out of sixer that is available everywhere, sad that this is my first sixer of SNPA. I just never got around to it and was overly critical SN for quite a while.

A: Poured a golden almost amber color. Had a decent amount of carbonation activity. Poured a fluffy white head that was a bit suprising as it had good retention. Pretty good looking brew.

S: Smell is of pine, citrus hops and touch of sweetness coming from the malt.

T: Taste is also of a touch of pine, a good amount of hops (a bit more than I was expecting), and is rounded off with the sweetness of some good malt.

M: Light to medium in body, good carbonation for the style. The slight creaminess of this brew really allows some sticky hops to hang around. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D: Really good brew for a majorly produced micro. It really does deliver and really impressed me for the amount of beer they pump out. Sierra Nevada is about 10 bucks a sixer here and I tend to stay away from it because I can get some good brews for about 2 bucks less around here. Sill this is a good beer and my opinions are changing.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale light yellow with an off white head.

A nice bouquet of pale malt with citrus, pine, and floral hops in the nose.

Taste is biscuit malt up front with bitter pine and citrus pulling it towards hoppy with a dry nutty finish. The Pale ale standard.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jman005
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DeFaz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking at the recent reviews for this beer, and I was surprised that it isn't rated as the exceptional beer that I perceive it to be and as the beer that it used to be. Is it because the quality has gone down? I think not. I think right now--the age of the double IPA and the triple IPA--there is the desire for more and more--more hops and a higher ABV. This APA isn't about quantity, it's about quality, and the hops are nicely composed but they are also balanced. A pour of this beer reveals a great head with sticky lacing, and the beer has a smell and taste of hops that offer citrus, floral, and pine flavors. The mouthfeel is spot on for a hoppy session beer--perfect thickness and carbonation, giving it a nice crispness. Maybe this beer is too easy to find (much like how Sam Adams Boston Lager has become so taken for granted and too "weak" to be appreciated), but I think this is much better than many of the amped up double IPAs with their 10% ABV.

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

Photo of MFMB
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So I'm definitely not a Apa aficionado but as far as they go this pioneer of the style is good

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. A rather chilly night outside, and we sat on the patio, but I chose this classic over the only real warmer on-tap, Old Rasputin.

Amber in color with a thick, creamy off-white cap that leaves a nice layer of foam on the drinking vessel.

Floral and fruity esters in the nose, and a bit of sweet malt aroma as well.

Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Sweet grains and biscuit appear, with fruity and nice hoppy bitterness filling out the middle, finishing slightly dry.

Highly drinkable and very well balanced. The quintessential American Pale Ale is a perfect session beer and would make a superb entry into the world of craft brew for any of the uninitiated.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap a the PAP.

Pale amber pour with a cushy white and good retention.

Nose is loaded with pine resin, a hint of earth, and mint.

Clean with soft carbonation, which might not be so soft from the bottle. Quick finish, great balance of fresh, piney hops and crystal malt.

Classic in every way.

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Photo of zestd
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DantheMan75
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WakeandBake
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze color, with a nice two finger white head that lasts a bit. A little lacing. A nice floral,citrus hop aroma,a little spice. Flavor is citrus hops,pine and a caramel malt backbone . Nice mouthfeel. This is a big hop pale ale,very drinkable and enjoyable

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Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jobin_24
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

#6 in the all american spree.

I guess I was much so eager to try it that it was a bit disappointing.

Pours a clear, translucent orange with a medium head that fades and leaves some lacing and a thin coat atop the liquid.

The smell is very fruity and sharp with a good presence of hops in it. Very malty as well.

The taste, puh, very malty with lots of orange presence complimented with a back-of-the-throat bitterness, very strong. Perhaps a bit too sweet. Not very carbonated either.

An OK beer, made too much of it before trying it, but it's worth having more than once.

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Photo of mikerieder
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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