Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

11,304 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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 11,304 |  Reviews: 3,028
Photo of Kremlock
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice 1/4 inch head and then settles to a thin layer on top. Colour is a orange or a very clean copper penny. Some residue, however it is bottle conditioned therefore to be expected.

S: Hints of sweet oranges, flowers, paired with hint of malt.

T: Oranges and citrus notes right off the bat with malt flavors following not far behind. The hops and the malt are basically side by side in your mouth but not competing.

M: low to medium bodied with a silky smooth feel in the mouth. The carbonation cleans up the palate well.

O: This is a great beer and a must have in any fridge. The balance of the hops and malt is right on, the flavours are very unique and well designed.

 686 characters

Photo of alesaram
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of OMG
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of baklo
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of liveMike
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of d5001986
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TequilaTom
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TaylorK
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of larrynevins
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Coduhhh
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mattydread
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of conpen
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of PCBrewski
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of williamv0123
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of deathpulse42
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of thefokus
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of 3agle87
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of frogfan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear, lively amber with a medium head. nose; caramel malt, fresh cascade hops & citrus zest. taste; caramel malt, grapefruit & lemon zests, citrusy cascade hops, light orange pulp, light melon & sweet biscuit. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. not overly complex or challenging (pales usually aren't and shouldn't be), but it puts checks into boxes, and hits all the right notes; very well-balanced if not actually a bit hoppy & bitter for the style. sierra nevada has long done a great job of getting this beer widely distributed into restaurants where it clearly bests the typical macro-lager options. its quality and availability make it THE gateway craft brew to get people off of the lie train of primetime tv big beer.

 737 characters

Photo of drt72
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TyrannosaurusTroy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of NickyPogs
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of GratefulNole
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Hebi
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of thisisnotmyname
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.