Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
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11,216 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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
Ratings:
11,216
Reviews:
3,010
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
3,069
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,216 |  Reviews: 3,010
Photo of redcloverkid
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, 1.5 finger head with significant lacing. Hazy light brown almost bronze colour. The smell is of straight up cascade hops and a little bit of acidity. The smell translates directly into flavor, with the cascade hops up front on the palette. There is a citrus almost lemon-lime element present, and a weak malt backbone is also present but doesn't add much for balance or sweetness. As it warms it seems to get more bitter. My bottle did not have very significant carbonation, which I found slightly strange since I've had this beer plenty of times before and it did. Maybe someone shook the bottle. YMMV with that. Mouthfeel was as you'd expect a pale ale to be otherwise, a little on the thin side.
Overall this is one of my go to beers when I'm looking for something a little more hoppy. It's flavor is heavily skewed towards hops over the malt and makes a nice change of pace without completely obliterating your taste buds like a full on IPA does. The 37 IBU rating seems low. If you like cascade hops, try this!

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Photo of Garyfromthepark
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from bottle into shaker, minimal head, nice lacing. Clear amberish golden in the glass. Taste caramel malt sweetness on the front, leads into predominantly pine, with a mild bitterness. Great beer.

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Photo of Dre78
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Nice balance between malt and hops. There is slight malty sweetness but there is a hint of savory -- almost a slight funk. The hops are fragrant and floral. Overall a very good that I'll go back to even though this isn't my favorite style.

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Photo of hazedandconfused13
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Packaged 02/03/17.

Thick creamy off white head that stands 1 finger tall with very good retention and sticky lacing.Light orange colored body with good clarity,and small amounts of sediment.Very low carbonation with a hard pour.

On the nose I get piney and floral hops with earthy,sweet,and caramel malts.Not much else,kind of a subdued and uneventful aroma,though not unpleasant.

On the palate I get sweet and caramel malts up front,piney hops in the middle,and floral hops balanced by earthy malts on the back end.

The mouth feel is medium with a sticky texture,dry finsh,and good amount of oxidation on the tongue.

This is a pretty solid APA,not my favorite but definitely up there.Good malt / hop balance with a nice bitter backbone.I've had it before this,and will drink it again.Recommended if for some reason you haven't tried it yet.

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Photo of jeffreyhill021
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost clean orange/gold beer with excellent golden head.
Smell - grain, sour citrus.
Taste - grain, citrusy, generously hopped.
Moderate to high carbonation.
Not impressing at all.

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Photo of Curt3
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of superwho24
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really good beer

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Photo of CMC73
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You can definitely taste the hops on this iconic brew. It smells and tastes great, so it's easy to imagine how it became the gateway to craft beer for many a soul.

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Photo of Macamah
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewnme
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LWagoner
2.51/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jwilcox767
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 2 fingers off-white foam over a body of golden amber, transparent, high visible carbonation

S - light scent of grapefruit, pine, and grain

T - lots of citrus and pine, peppery spice, bready backbone, dry finish

M - crisp light/medium body, high carbonation

O - Just an enjoyable pale, a good standby when nothing else available

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Photo of Spoild
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color, medium head. Hoppy aromas and flavor. Smooth, creamy feel. A good, average pale ale.

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Photo of dmcbeerington
2.61/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is yet another over-rated average beer in my opinion. While everything is quite average, ie not great, not bad, I especially don't like the unbalanced after bitter taste. While it's drinkable because of it's complex fruity smell, it's only good for pairing for light food, ie, not too tasty nor too salty food.

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Photo of Haastile11
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the first many moons ago

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Photo of Sam671217
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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