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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
11,406 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, as required in Italy it states a best before 13 march 2013, which should probably be one year after bottling date

A- Nice amber/copper colour, perfectly transparent. 2 fingers white head, decent retention and nice amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very attractive

S- Grainy malts aroma with some caramel notes. A delicate, refreshing herbal touch on the back of things, with some citric notes also showing up

T- Delicately crisp grainy/bready malts, with notes of caramel as the smell suggested. Not your face but still pretty distinct, clean, bitter feel shows up in both taste and aftertaste, bringing notes of mild citrus (lemon, orange peel) and pine. The slightest spicy hint brings a bit of life

M- Medium to light body, Average carbonation. Overall a nice, delicate crispy feel while still being quite smooth and easy

O- This beer has absolutely perfect balance as well as awesome drinkability. Highly enjoyable, still i was perhaps expecting something more impressive from a beer that is famous as a benchmark for it's style

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Glass used tulip

Pours amber on the light side. Head is 2 finger off-white mostly dissolves after 2-3 minutes yet thin head remains to the end. Medium lacing.

Aroma is balanced between hops, citrus and baked bread (malt) and not overpowering.

Taste begins and finishes with hops (medium bitterness). In the middle comes citrus (light lemon, orange and others I couldn't identify), hint of pine and malt. Not too sweet yet not too bitter.

Mouthful is medium and very refreshing.

Overall this is what I call my "go to" IPA even though the I is missing in the name. Ample availability. Its characteristics are just slightly below World Class IPAs (Pliny the Elder for example). Great drinkability. A little short on balance and feel. At 5.6 ABV, I enjoy this one again and again.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,406 ratings
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