Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

11,216 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

just a really solid beer, i consider this and Sam Adams Boston Lager as the 2 beers that started it all. i may be wrong but they are the 2 beers i think of when i imagine craft beer's beginning.

a classic, not my favorite beer but something i enjoy whenever i get a sierra nevada variety pack or when i need a beer to please a group of people. good looking light amber, dark yellow/almost orange beer with a small white head.

not overly strong aroma, nothing too citric or hoppy. the taste is subdued, not overly strong or bitter. in terms of pale ales it is much less hoppy than Dale's Pale Ale. smooth drinker, extremely solid and a classic. great crowd pleaser or for people not into craft beer, a converter beer.

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The greatest thing about Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is that you can find it in so many places. It's distributed wide and far and, unless you've wandered very far off the beaten path, it's usually one of the few worthy brews you'll find almost everywhere. It's a pretty amber and it's hoppy, that's apparent right away. The Cascade hops throw a strong shadow over the malted barley. A nice, mellow head adds a smoothness to the mouthfeel but the sharpness of the aroma, to me, throws the floral notes and malty finish out of balance. One is usually enough before my palate asks to move on. Unless of course there is nothing else at which point you'll see me order another and complain not! It will always be a solid, go-to APA for if/when you can't find an alternative to try at your local brewpub.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served chilled...

A) Golden Amber with a decent foamy white head. Good looking brew.

S) A pleasant amount of pine and citrus.

T) Feel free to refer to the nearly 2,700 reviews before this one. Honestly though, this is such a nice approachable pale ale. The hops are not as assertive as so many of the pale ales you'll find on the shelves today, and that's okay. Great balance and drinkability.

M) Medium body with pretty lively carbonation. Smooth and crisp at the same time. What type of sorcery is this? Goes down easy. Refreshing...

O) Why review this brew? What else can be said? Hmm... Not a helluva a lot, but it is a classic. I always like to pretend to remember my first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The year was 1995. Teenage me was at a Grateful Dead show at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. I can still hear the call of the gentle hippies, as they pushed coolers of it around on skateboards. " Ice cold Sierra Nevada!" I thought it was the nectar of the gods. I also later thought I was in an Ewok village. Not sure where I'm going with this anymore, but in any case this is a great beer.

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A: Golden-brown color with amber highlights; very bubbly; small head
S: Citrus, caramel
M: Smooth, medium body
T: Pine and lemon notes balanced with solid malt backbone

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,216 ratings.
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