Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
11,523 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

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Ratings: 11,523 |  Reviews: 3,064
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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

A-a dark amber color with a nice off-white head and some lacing

S-toasted grain, pine, citrus

T-malt with nice pine and citrus flavors and a solid bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp mouth feel

O-a nice solid pale ale with great flavor and balance, wide availability makes this a nice standard ale

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

Discovered this at age 73 after my daughter left a bottle. I have never had a beer or ale anywhere as good as this!

I drink it with steamer clams and sauteed oysters. Heaven! Next will be sauteed scallops. I need 54 more characters to post, so "+++"

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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

The perfect American Pale at the perfect price point? Almost, but the price and consistency nail this thing to the wall as the quintessential American Pale. Not to mention, it's probably the beer I've bought the most of in my craft career. Not quite sessionable, on account of the abv, but a great easy drinker.

Takes notes from the original English pale, but quite American with a tad more bright, crisp citrus and a bit more mild toasty grain. I don't think it gets better per dollar in the US.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can from a 12-pack bought for $15.99 at Whole Foods, New Orleans. Poured into a wine glass.

A: Gorgeous frothy head. Dark copper, pretty opaque. Very handsome pale.

S: Obviously a hop-forward APA. Sharp grapefruit, then mellower citrus. Absolutely great for the style.

T: The worst pales are thin, weak, and watery. SNPA is none of those: it's immediately full, with distinguished Cascade hops on the back end. Citrusy, but not "fruity," and certainly not cloying.

M: Maybe slightly more carbed than the average APA. Slippery texture. Lingering hops might be a bit sticky/drying for some.

O: As many have and will continue to write, this is a stone cold classic. It's almost always available (even in the beer black hole that is Louisiana), is always cheap, and despite how many times I've had it, I'm honestly still surprised at how excellent it is. Fantastic flavor, more sessionable than an IPA, appropriate for all seasons. Enhanced overall score for style superiority.

SNPA is the gateway.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,523 ratings