Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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 DarkStar75
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Reliable - my standard for Pale Ales. Its just a great blend of the malt and piney hops. This was my gateway into drinking good beer after years of Miller and Coors. The flavor blew my mind...reminded me that beer should taste good! Highly recommend to anyone who's never had one. Excellent beer.

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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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Photo of FortyouncestoFreedom
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was my go to for years. Great IPA, I'm no longer a huge fan of the after taste, but it was the IPA that made me start drinking more IPAs so I gotta have love for it

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Photo of KevinSku
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers that is consistently available wherever I find myself. This is in my rotation of twelve packs I pick up, and they don't last long. The short neck, colorful green, and mosaic of rolling hills makes it stand out from most other beers. Overall, a must get. Though their Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA is even better.

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Age: 1 month old.
Vessel: can
Glass: Teku

Starts off with a huge pop of bitterness to open up the pallet then followed by sweet bready malt to stays in check by the hops. The body is med to full and finishs dry leaving you waiting for another sip. Excellent!

This beer still hold up to this very day and the quality of the beer speaks for it self. This beer came out in 1980. Imagine drinking it then for the first time, a bottle conditioned, all natural, hoppy pale ale with no fillers!

What can I say, A beloved classic, a pioneer in American craft brewing, a beer that has truly stood the test of time, a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear amber-orange with one finger of off-white head that leaves cascading mountain waterfall lace as it recedes.

Smells of cut pine and citrus rind, biscuity caramel malt, wet stone and freshly cut flowers.

Tastes of lightly honeyed bread crust, orange and grapefruit rind and more sappy pine.

Feels soft and fluffy. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of DocRoc
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -cloudy cooper, think foamy head >30sec w/lingering lacing
S -clean and crisp, somewhat pine
T -fresh
M -light
O -Quafable pacesetter for rest of Pale Ale month

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into willibecher glass bottled on 7/27

A: Creamy tiny bubbled white head, body is a bright amber with great clarity.

S: Smells piney, floral, earthy, with a light bit of rust.

T: Light sweet malts play across the tongue while the hops add a piney bit of bitterness on the underneath.

M: Medium bodied also a little lighter very bubbly on the tongue though.

O: It isn't a bad beer but probably one of my least favorites from this brewery. It isn't exceptional in any way shape or form.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can

Appearance: clear orange, medium to big head of tiny bubbles. Very good amount of carbonation.

Aroma: the weakest point of this beer. Light piny and citrusy smell, with a background of slightly sweet malts.

Taste: grapefruit and piny hops, light malts,maybe a hint of mint. Nice but simple.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, the right carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Grapefruit aftertaste.

Overall: a very nice and enjoyable APA, but a simple one. Refreshing and good taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This flagship APA pours a light orange color with a medium foamy off-white head. The smell is fairly hoppy with citrus notes and some slightly lighter pine notes. The taste is fairly similar with some orange and grapefruit citrus tones dominating and an undercurrent of pine and malty slightly sweet, toasted bread flavors. The body is light to medium and the finish is semi-dry. Overall it’s a crisp and refreshing beer. The hoppiness is quite restrained compared to many other APAs that I’ve had (especially from California), but when this first came out I’m sure it was considered pretty hoppy. I personally prefer it to some of the hop bomb APAs that I’ve tried, though I’m sure that many would disagree with me. To me this is a simple beer, but one that is has great clean flavors and nice balance, for sure a classic.

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Photo of Vader444
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say that hasn't already been said.

Can pour into tulip.
A steady, quality pale ale with little to distinguish it from the crowd. Scores points for reliability, availability and generally being a beer that is acceptable to most palates. A satisfactory drop for novices and seasoned beer lovers alike. A regular in my fridge

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a deep yellow with very foamy head and excellent lacing. Smell is citrus in nature with a nice hops and some light grains. Taste is a smooth hoppy feel with nice citrus burst and pleasant dryness on finish. This has been a go to beer for me for a long time and it just gets better and better over the years, great beer.

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Photo of MattChiasson
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Benchmark American Pale Ale. Out of the bottle, poured a beautiful deep copper colour with slight haze from bottle conditioning, and with a creamy persistent head. I got aromas of grapefruit citrus, orange peel, pine, and wildflower honey. Moderate caramel malt, moderate hops with lingering bitterness. Very well balance. Creamy, refreshing. Excellent.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden color. Thin head that reduces to a thin lacing.

S: Grains with a hint of hops and citrus.

T: Bready/ malty flavor with a little bit of hop spicyness that blends well. A bit of a dry finish.

F: Smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of dryness in the finish that sticks with you awhile.

O: I have always been a stouts/porters guy and I am just starting to venture out into pale ales/ IPAs etc... I know this is one of the gold standard American pales ales, so I thought I would give it a go. Nothing big and bold about this but it is enjoyable. It would make a good session beer.

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Photo of ricke49
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic pale ale. Drank this one at a slightly higher temperature than usual (more like 55-60) and it was astonishingly flavorful, with absolutely no off-putting elements to the flavor profile. Still perfectly balanced and immensely drinkable. Great beer!

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Photo of workingclassbrew
3.02/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ah my first ale of any kind pale, or IPA. This was introduced to me years ago by my friend Brian Watring. I think my thoughts at the time were bitter, Christmas tree along that line. This gave me a fine appreciation of the soon to try IPAs which I came to enjoy.
Poured into a English pub glass. Orange, golden colour, almost like an Oktoberfest.
Aroma off the bat, metallic, much like Yuengling Lord Chesterfield, or maybe thats cause I just read my review of that one, smell, definitely metallic, but not off putting. Dry,
Its been awhile, but the piney notes I dont really find anymore. More of a dry hop, dry malt, biscuit taste. Light easy drinking beer. Very good, although I know not as intriguing as when I first sipped the "green goblin". The price is still reasonable for a craft brew.

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

Don't revisit this as often, and for some reason, never rated it before. 12 oz can from 6/13/16 poured into a Guinness style pint glass. Pours a clear, golden orange with a half finger of fluffy white head. Retention goes down to a thin lace at medium speed. Aroma is full of pine, mild citrus, and a tinge of cracker. The flavor matches the nose, with a very crisp semi-bitter finish. The feel is medium light, with a medium level of carbonation. One of the original session beers, and definitely one of the first non macro beers that got me steered in the right direction. Bring the pale back America.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into English pint glass.

L - Pours a clear, copper-amber color with a dense, creamy white head that remains throughout. Nice lacing sticks to the sides. Bubbly and effervescent. It just looks like a nice beer from a nicely-designed bottle.

S - In putting my nose to the glass, it's not as strong, or overpowering, as I'd expected. Slight piney hop, grainy malt, citrus rind. Typical of most pale ales I've drank.

T - Very balanced between hops and malts, just the right amount of bittersweet. Starts out with a strong citrus/pine hop bite. Malty biscuit sweetness and citrus fruit follows. A nice, dry finish that's very pleasant.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, almost drinks like a light beer but very smooth and drinkable.

O - Have had this on tap and in bottles and cans. Still one of my favorites, just now having one and rating it in honor of late musician Elliott Smith's birthday (he drank it/liked it). It's definitely a very well-balanced, solid representation of an American pale ale. Bitter and hoppy but also sweet and smooth, great for summer and year-round. Cheers.

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Photo of thebeers
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this one (okay, two) from the bottle. Smells and tastes of nice piney, orange citrusy hops, with a solid malt backbone and moderately strong hop bitterness on the backend. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. This is a classic for a reason. Always enjoyable.

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Photo of Equin
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nicely crisp beer with piney scent; balanced towards malt, toasty, with hoppy bitter coming in the end.
The head is stable and creamy. Color copper towards brown.

Overall, it is not my favorite beer or style, but quite a good representative of the genre.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks great in the glass small white head modest lacing smells of citrus and pine hops tastes is much like the nose but balanced with a decent malt backbone that is not overpowering. Perfectly carbonated perfectly executed enjoy anytime.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth and dry but with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish that that adds a little kick and gives it a great overall taste....I like this one and I'll be buying some more...

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Photo of Nismo2
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first review. So, I've been having some Pale & India Pale Ales lately, and I can say that I like the style quite a bit. A pefrect example of this style is of course the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Look: Pouring it in a Nonic glass, it has a dark orange, amber, kinda coppery color. Very pale and "dirty" with some low carbonation and a 1/2 finger white foamy head.
Aroma: Mild aroma, very citrusy (smells like pine) with hints of caramel and tones of bitter fruits and roast malt.
Taste: Smooth & dry feel, and bitter from the hops with some standard carbonation
Overall, is a great American handcrafted beer and a classic example of the American Pale Ale style. Very drinkable and affordable. A must try. Cheers

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber-yellow with a faint yellow-white head.

Smells descent, kinda dirty. Dirty like the forest, mind you.

Tastes kind of woody, mild pine-grass profile.

Feels great, very carbonated.

Overall, pretty good. Not an IPA, but a pale ale; understand and respect that, and you'll love this beer.

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Photo of EMH73
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very slightly cloudy golden color with a poorly retained half inch head. Smell is very mild, slight citrus aroma. Taste starts with slightly bitter citrus hops, followed by some sweet fruit flavors and a very nice malt presence and some spices to balance the beer out excellently. Moderately carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel. One of the best mass produced beers out there.

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