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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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2,949 Reviews
Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
2,949
Ratings:
10,954
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
22.47%
 
 
Wants:
285
Gots:
2,840
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,949 | Ratings: 10,954
Photo of orfeu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden amber with a creamy white head, lacing is somewhat sticky. Upfront hop aroma, floral, citric, etc. Great cascade hop wave at first with nice biscuity malt finish. Medium-bodied and satisfying mouthfeel. Absolutely incredible drinkability. I avoided this one for a while due to it's ubiquity. However, I would now advocate this beer any day of the week. Excellent pale ale.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

one of my old favorites. pours a very pale yellowish amber color with big foamy head.

smells very citrusy and very hoppy with some subtle breadiness mixed in. very appetizing.

taste is a lot like the smell. nice citrusy hop taste. not an overly balanced beer because the hops dominate, but excellent nonetheless. not a complicated taste but it's just great.

mouthfeel is light and the hop bite is very pleasant. extremely drinkable brew, i just love this one. i'm a big fan of good pales or india pales with a strong hop presence and this is one of the old stand-bys.

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Photo of bighoppymonster
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, orangy straw colour with a nice foamy slightly offwhite head. Sharp hops in nose also with some grainy aspects as well. Smooth taste rolls down the throat with some nice hop bitterness on back of the palatte. Slighlty metallic aftertastes linger long after you swallow. Overall an excellent APA. Not a huge beer by any means, but definately worthwhile.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All hail the king of pale ales! This is great stuff - hands down. Pours nicely, deep gold with a bit of copper in the color, and one of the best aromas I've ever smelled in a beer; very full and fruity. Head fluffed up nice and high, all the way to top of my pint glass. All this before the first sip!

Very smooth mouthfeel, almost buttery with just a touch of lemon. The right amount of hops counterbalances a wonderful base almost perfectly. Slight amount of haze even a few minutes after the pour from the yeast that was on the bottom of the bottle. Very simple, and yet very complex at the same time. Smooth, hoppy, and a flagship for pale ales. Simply amazing!

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Photo of christmasg
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada is one of my favorite micro brews. They have obviously become the standard to which a lot of people / brewers compare themselves. I think the S-N I get here is not as good as 5 years ago. Still a great beer, just does not have the hop aroma and flavor it used to and seems a bit thinner.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hops? Sierra Nevada has them. Granted this and the bigfoot ale are the only two from these guys I ever drank, but they are hoppy. But not overly hoppy to being undrinkable. Very nice flavor and mouthfeel, nice finish, and a real enjoyable beer. My local grocer had it on sale for $6.99 a sixer and it's been a while since I had it. Very nice!!

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Photo of pweis909
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent amber,1/2 inch foam dissipated quickly
S-Grapefruit rind hoppy, but malt is evident.
T-Toasty malt sweet, hoppy bitterness asserts but is not aggressive. When swished around the mouth, alcohol becomes noticeable.
M-smooth buttery.
D-Although not overly complex, this is nicely balanced. A great all-purpose, highly quaffable ale.

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Photo of FirstMan
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When you are on a business trip in Washington D.C., it can sometimes be hard to stick to your mantra of drinking local. Especially when you're trapped in a hotel near the mall in McLean, Virginia. I spent probably a good hour trying to find a bar that had anything other than the regular macro selection. I wonder what the wait-people must have thought of me when I came up, asked what their draft list was, and then had my face glaze over as they went through the list - Bud, Bud Light, Coors, Bass, Harp, ...

At any rate, I finally found a place that ended the list with "...Sierra Nevada, Guinness", so I sat down.

I was served the Sierra Nevada in a frozen glass, which just isn't classy, but I tried really hard to see beyond that. Once the condensation was wiped off, I could see that this was nice and clear.

This is a pale on the darker side - slight pumpkin and amberish tones. Nice head stayed around for a quite a while and left little tracings along the edge as it went down.

Nose is full of aroma hops, with slight toasty grain essence in the back.

Taste is clean and light with a really nice citris hop bitterness that is slightly unbalanced when it's below temperature, but evens out as it warms up. I kept thinking "fresh" while I was drinking this - whatever that means (no, I am not an early 90s rap star).

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with sharp tingle of carbination evening it out.

Overall this is a great stand-by beer. If you can find it in the wasteland of beer that exists below the Mason-Dixon line, I advise you drink it.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this today at Traxx bar in Penn Station after a day of hanging out in the city and watching my girlfriend run the NYC marathon. We had a few minutes before catching the train back to suburbia and her brother was buying so I figured I'd give this original microbrewer a shot.
This pale ale features an attractive golden/copper color and only a trace of head. The nose is very mild, with hints of hops and a fresh characteristic but mostly a mystery.
The flavor is full bodied and rolls nicely across the tongue. It's not bad at all but not very special either. It's hoppy and crisp and tasty but still tastes somewhat generic. The taste is also marred by far too much carbonation in the mouthfeel.
This is not a bad beer, but for the price and the brewer's reputation I'd like to see a more individual taste. I hate to to mention it but I wonder if Sierra Nevada is still at the top of their game..

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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 hopsaplenty
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely burnished copper, pushing up a modest dense white head, that leaves moderate lacing. Nice fruity hops, think grapefruit, in the nose and some slight roasty malt as well. Nice and hoppy in the mouth, grapefruit and other citrus in the finish, with touches of malt. This is a wonderful beer and well representative for the style. Thoroughly enjoyable and a good session beer.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Mucky Duck.

Pours dark copper. This one had a nice meak one-finger head. Sandy but everlasting lacing. Lemony citrus up front with some balanced carbonation and hops. Taste wasn't stunning but still good. Mouthfeel is comfortable and I have a feeling this one is quaffable, though I savored mine. Won't go out of my way for this one, but definitely won't turn it down.

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Photo of mcnut
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada makes a good beer, sometimes the problem is that all of their beers taste remarkably similar.

Now its not fair for me to say all of them, as I've only tried their porter and the pale ale. Other than color, the taste was shockingly similar, well lets get to that.

The pale ale is just that, a pale golden beer with a soft lacing of head. The smell of hops and some citrusy notes comes out in the first whafting, with more hops to follow.

The taste is very strong of hops and a mild alchohol aftertaste. Not a beer I could personally session, your mileage may vary, especially if you like a very hopped beer.

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

The Pacific Northwest Pale Ale that defined the style. Certainly more subtle than newly developed products.

A: Golden bronze with a little head, no lace.

S: Nice American hop citrous.

T: Citrousy, biscuity malt.

M: Light-to-moderate body, fairly high carbonation.

D: Suitable for a wide range of beer drinkers.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, this ale enlightened me that we (USA) could make great ales. This my take on this bottle (know I've had better on draft & bottle)

Appearance: OK white heat that falls off, bur leaves A pleasing lace all the way down

Smell: Lemony hops & a hint of bread

Taste: Grapefruity hops on the toung gives way to biscuit & lemony hops on the back of the throat.

MF: Just a little under carbonated, otherwise yum..

Drinkability: Perfect balance, but I gravitate to stronger hoppie beers than I used to, still a classic!!


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Photo of jarmby1711
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A magnificent deep rusty red colour , that had a rush of hop aroma that seemed to fade rather quickly.
The hope smell was evident on the initial palate that transcended to a bitter finish that had a fruity /citrus undertone.
The carbonation was fine and it was smooth in the mouth.
There is something restrained about this beer,the expectation of a more varied finish is not there , but I think this makes this very drinkableand would be a fantastic beer to sit down and get right into a whole lot of it.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be a charming ale. I'm not a hop head at all, but I'm liking the brew. I has two treats; a nice bitter smell yet refreshing taste when cold, and a warmer maltier taste warmed up.

Appearance: dark amber with good head and lacing.
Smell: medium to strong hops with maltiness.
Taste: strong bitterness when cold. Sweet malts are present, but barely. Finishes with strong clean bitterness. As it warms, but bitterness fades and some of the deeper flavors sweet malts develope.
Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation.
Drinkability: great session beer.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this one in a long time and figured it was time to give it a try again.

Pours a nice copper color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Not lacing to speak of. Smell of piney hop oils with a hint of malty sweetness. Taste has just enough piney hops to give it a little bite but is not overpowering. Nice malt balance with a bitter aftertaste that is enjoyable. Just a very nice smooth pale ale that goes down incredible easy. Don't know why i haven't had this one in so long but i will be sure to not let that happen again.

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Photo of alysmith4
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic for it's kind, and what I call the "gateway beer." It's a one of the few microbews available in most bars on-tap, usually sandwitched between two major macros. If you can get your BCM friends to try it, they will probably like it. And if they do like it, they may enter the gates of micro-heaven and never go back!

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Photo of kwalters
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Simply a classic. This brew is one most of your non-BA friends will even know about and have probably tried. To many, it's the quientisential "micro"brew.

The appearance is copper heaven. There's a light/small white head that doesn't seem to last all that long. The smell is slightly metallic but more "beery" and floral. I can taste the hops before they hit my palate.

The taste is smooth, vibrant, and refreshing. There's just enough hop bite to make you go "Ahhh!". Drinkability is a bit of an issue as my mouth becomes increasingly dry and by tastebuds ever spent after each bottle.

This is a must try, no matter what your tastes are! (This is as much because of the taste as it is because of the noteriety).

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer looks great in a glass. A weird brown and amber which is nice to look at. If it's at the right temperature it leaves a pretty good head on top and some spidery lacing on the glass.

Smell: Some slight sweet malt and burst of piney and oily hops. Very floral, and very engaging.

Taste: Almost IPA strength with the hops, though the malt presence seems to balance it out pretty well. The piney hops are at the forefront, and it settles down then into a yeasty and malty, slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thicker body, it seems, for a pale ale, though the carbonation -- which seems to be on the heavy side -- makes it easy for sipping, and makes it very easy to drink.

Drinkability: Certainly a widely available beer on tap around the U.S., I think at least. Worth a shot, since some say this is one of the best pale ales made. Though I'm slightly inclined to disagree, I do think it's a widely available beer that I'm thankful is widely available.

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah Sierra Nevada's wonderful Pale Ale. Everything about this beer is wonderful. It looks good, and smells even better. The aroma is a quite nice one with a strong scent of floral hops. The taste is nearly perfect with a spot on malt/hop balance. It finishes with a with a a nice smooth and yet bitter bite while leaving behind a really nice mildly citrusy hop flavor.

Delicious.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found. blurb about how it's brewed.

a - golden amber with a frothy head (head could be better) but the lacing is quite good.

s - hops. mild dough and floral smell. dry sort of smell.

t - this is interesting. it really really reminds me of JW Dundee's Amber Lager if that had more hops in it. this has an evenly balanced hop flavor. very smooth.

m - fairly light bodied with a good hop finish.

d - because it's fairly light i would recommend this as a summer brew. even though i didn't have it with any food i can see this going fairly well with lobster or perhaps a blue fish steak.

notes: i honestly would just skip this and go straight to Anchor Liberty Ale. it's much better.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber color, with no head and a touch of lace.

S - A nice mellow hop character, not a hop bomob, like an IPA, but that's what they were going for.

T - Not very hoppy in taste, but finishes with a bit of pine bitterness in back. Again, not as bitter as I like, but this is an APA sent to the masses, so it needs that lighter touch.

M - One of the cleaner, and smoother hop bears you'll find. This is mainly designed to be, but makes it a very easy going beer.

D - Many things factor in its high drinkability, being ABV, ease of drinking and frankly cost. At maybe $6 a six pack that is a great beer when you want to watch a game with the guys, but still drink a good beer.

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Photo of ChefSchipull
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a white frothy head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Extreme citrus! Hints of grapefruit are definitely evident, along with floral scents.

Taste: Piney, grapefruit, floral pleasing hops. Apple in the aftertaste perhaps?

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation with a dry finish that makes you want to drink this brew all night long.

Drinkability: Extremely easy to drink, cleanses the palette quite well with bold food flavors.

I would definitely recommend this beer and in my opinion it takes second place in the APA category only to Four Peaks Hopknot Pale Ale.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,949 ratings.
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