Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

11,247 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: 11,247 |  Reviews: 3,017
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 Bubbawilly88
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

welcome to ontario SNPA! 355ml bottle into nonic pint glass. bottled march 25, 2015. consumed on may 14, 2015

a: clear light amber with a finger of off-white head

s: biscuity malt up front followed by piney, floral, and grapefruity hop characteristics. hints of hoppy spices and oranges. extremely pleasant

t: a piney floral presence at first, but quickly leads into big biscuity malt flavours with subdued grapefruit, lemon, and orange notes, as well as touches of spice coming from the hops. moderate bitterness at the end

m: medium-minus body, with moderate carbonation. excellent

o: a modest but delicious, solid, and enjoyable ale

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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 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 Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jmryan8
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass. I got a nice whiff of hops during the pour which is always nice. Clear bronze color, with a nice almost white head that is fluffy and lasting. The lacing is pretty impressive too.

Aroma of citrusy hops, subtle but very pleasant. There is not much beyond that for me. The taste is again pleasantly citrus in nature, this time balanced by a decent hit of malty goodness. The whole thing turns bitter in the middle and this carries through nicely into the finish. This beer is hard to sip, I will say that. Tasty and refreshing, even on a cold winters night.

Medium bodied, smooth feel, nicely carbonated. Quite frankly this is an eminently drinkable APA. I usually pass it up in the store in search of anything new or different, but I'm glad I snagged a sixer tonight.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip pint: Light, golden amber, clear, with three fingers' rocky, sticky, glistening head. Very good-looking brew. Thick lacing sticks around the crown.

Grapefruit, both flesh & zest, a little sulfur, not enough to be off-putting, some fresh-cut grass, & a small crackery grain presence. Nice.

Lightly sweet lemon-tea-ish flavor up front, quickly followed by a bracing, assertive bitterness like citrus zest & pine. Full-flavored but not heavy, very refreshing.

Medium-light-bodied, a little resinous quality in the aftertaste, good, crisp finish.

Overall, great. Very drinkable, refreshing, flavorful, exactly what I want from a sessionable pale ale. This, along with Anchor Steam, is a no-brainer as far as quality, widely accessible brews that exemplifies American craft brewing. Beautiful.

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Photo of Rons35
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of chewy6935
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of poskok
4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of zachpaschal
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Photo of bigdeuce
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sometimes, after drinking all kinds of fancy porters, stouts, wits, hefes, IPA's, belgians and germans, you just have to go back to where it all began. Every so often, I have to buy this beer, it's in my blood. Classic looking APA, straw colored with an outstanding smell. This beer is like potato chips, can't just have one. Washes down with a smooth, hoppy goodness. Extremely smooth and crisp, with slight grapefruit flavoring. Nice head leaves some lacing down the glass. Hey, it can't get much better than a Sierra Nevada APA on a hot day!

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Photo of JoeyStats707
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,247 ratings.
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