Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
Exceptional
11,527 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
Ranking:
#3,345
Reviews:
3,065
Ratings:
11,527
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
325
Gots:
3,316
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,527 |  Reviews: 3,065
Photo of georgeanthorpe
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/16/18, consumed 3/10/18

Poured crystal clear deep amber with a small head that left a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is most toasted bread, very up front and dominating. Some malt notes, maybe a bit of spices faintly, but I didn't really get anything related to hops.

Taste follows aroma and is all toast. Very old school, other end of the spectrum from a lot of hoppy pale ales these days. Slightly more spicy notes. There is a prevalent funkiness in the yeast or something that is not found in a lot of pale ales or IPAs these days (except Belgian ones obviously). I honestly didn't get much fruit, pine, or other hop notes.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty refined feeling, good bitterness.

Overall, more bready and malty than I'm looking for in pale ale. I can easily see why this has been a timeless classic; that being said there are quite a few other more hop-forward, year-round pale ales these days that I prefer.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zbrewer80
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of herrklemann
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely clear gold. Fruity nose, notes of citrus and bread, light caramel.Nice and complex. Spicy dough, subtle hints of fruits. Nicely balanced, full, smooth body with good carbonation. Deserves to be a staple.

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Photo of JFF
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsmith313
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccrespoPR
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass
about a 3 finger white head that fizzes out but remains strong.
Great lacing
This is the beer that got me into craft brews. This is my go to beer. Hoppy, easy drinking, readily available. Love how refreshing it is especially for those hot hazy days here in Puerto Rico. LOVE THIS BREW!!!!

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JVasky
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jakepeterson
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T-34-85
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dextr24
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hightide
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the first pale ale that I have had and I have grown accustomed to the hoppy bitterness that this style of beer brings to the table. I prefer not to drink IPA's & Pale Ales quite often because of the hoppy bitterness. It is something that I enjoy one day out of every 2 to 3 months or so. Cheers! B (85-89) score range

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Photo of BeerTomSingularity
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisDoerbie
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MjBrewhouse
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VinumSabbathi
1.95/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Malty overproduced swill IMO, why is this rated so high? Couldnt find any Centennial 15 packs so had to settle with this on a budget, only 1 month old but tastes way older IMO. I think that this beer sucks, as classic and old school as it may be.

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Photo of Bark0707
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RB3
2.56/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Justinious
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeeBreezy
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JWhat
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbjb0720
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,527 ratings