Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
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4.03/5
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11,648 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:
#6,342
Reviews:
3,086
Ratings:
11,648
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
Wants:
339
Gots:
3,395
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 11,648 |  Reviews: 3,086
Photo of jpaulreese
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TerryW
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice evenhanded brew. Well balanced malt vs. hops. Comes away on the hoppy side but not overbearing. Not in anyway exciting to look at. Gentle aroma of caramel malt is quite appetizing. Easy drinking, well made.

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Photo of akme223
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass. Pours a clear, light copper color. Medium small foamy white head, decent retention.

Sweet and light citrus scent. Very nice.

Taste is clean, malty sweetness, lemon, bit of spice. Not much pine or bitterness, definitely more malty than hoppy, but it’s a well balanced and refreshing beer.

Medium light bodied, solid carbonation. Clean and smooth drinking. An enjoyable very sessionable ale.

Very good APA that still holds well its legend status as a pioneer of the craft boom. Exemplary for the style. Easy 8/10 beer for me overall, 10/10 in the style.

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Photo of natzalot
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jbu0126
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rumz
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of demonssouls
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep bronze color with a nice whit creamy head. Smell is somewhat muted.Smells like pine, mild lemon, very earthy. Taste is almost perfect for a pale ale.Refreshing, crisp, pine and hop zing, Feels perfect as well (Well constructed) Nice refreshing pale ale with a perfect balance of hops and malts. Perfect carbonation, head remains throughout entire beer . Overall this beer is an icon. I have been drinking this before "craft"beer was a word. This was always my stand-by in the 80's,90's.

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Photo of Plague_CB
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhilFoley
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L4 - classic pale ale amber holding good head from the bottle.
S3.5 sweet and inviting
T3.25 Underwhelming. I’m an IPA fan so maybe it’s that I don’t appreciate subtler flavours, but just not much of anything coming through for me.
F3.75
O3.5 totally drinkable and can understand why people like it but back to IPAs for me.

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Photo of lastmango
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mghtg6
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a teku glass

Clear copper liquid, micro streams of carbonation, two finger off white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma is spicy, mild pepper,

Spicy hops over a good malt grain taste

Slight bitterness, hop nibble, slightly dry

Good beer

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Photo of KingpinKev
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of peterpunk15
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alexc11
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meets the requirements of an APA and then some. Good tasting overall beer. Definitely hoppy but not overpowering. Light carbonation with some bitterness. Anber in color with medium lace. Caramel and citrus aromas/overtones.

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

Photo of sweetbrew82
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ckent1987
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WJL2112
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very well balanced, quality tasting beer. Looks and tastes great in a frosted glass any time. Great hop flavor that SN is known for. You can go off and start looking at the new IPAs or other new things coming out all the time. But always come back to SNPA. It's simply as fine a crafted American Ale as can be had!

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

I’ve been drinking this beer for 20 years. I don’t know why I buy anything else. I can get a 12 pack for $15, yet I continue to buy 4 packs for $15-18. It is hoppy and drinkable. IMO it is the best beer for the price.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,648 ratings