Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
11,304
Reviews:
3,028
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
315
Gots:
3,148
For Trade:
2
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3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, poured into a Boulevard tulip. This beer seems to be pretty well received within the Beer Advocate community, so I am excited to finally be trying it.

A - Pours a nice bright golden amber color with tons of sediment floating around. No real head to speak of. Significant lacing.

S - Malty smelling with a nice hint of citrus from the Cascade hops. The hop smell seems to be slightly faint and far away, though.

T - Very subtle citrus lemon hop bite is wonderful indeed, hits you stronger than expected based on the smell of the beer, so it is surprising. A well-balanced brew, however all the tastes seem to fall just a little bit short of where they are trying to go. I had the New Holland Hopivore APA last night, and I can confidently say that I think it was a more well-balanced beer. But for being such a popular, year-round beer, I can see the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale being very well received.

M - Very clean mouth feel. Low level of carbonation, but feels good. Nice pine resin taste hanging out, but I can definitely see this beer having a slightly more intense hop profile.

Overall, definitely not disappointed, but not terribly impressed, and I do feel that this beer is somewhat over-hyped, but I am still a fan.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ---3.5/5.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Mojo
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

This may be the best non BMC beer that is just about universally available. It pours up a slightly hazy gold with a nice two finger white head, not much retention, and lots of sticky delicate lacing. The nose is mostly pine, resin, and citrus. Taste follows the nose. There is a nice grapefruitiness follwed by a spicy finish. Mouthfeel is nice with a decent amount of carbonation. Love this stuff!!!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

No best-by date on this one.

Appearance: Very attractive copper/gold color with a lingering finger of white head. Head's got good retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Nice and piney hop smell with hints of citrus.

Taste: This beer makes me happy. Totally awesome layer of piney hops. Basically an extension of the nose. The finish is a mildy dry bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and medium-light bodied. There's a kind of slick pine resin coating as it goes down.

Overall: A great go-to beer that I drink occasionally. It's available everywhere, and I use it to woo BMC drinkers into the craft world sometimes. I haven't found a Sierra Nevada product I wasn't fond of yet, and this is their bread and butter beer. If you have not tried it, get some!

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,304 ratings.
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