Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BA SCORE
83.9%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 11,325 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:
#2,901
Reviews:
3,030
Ratings:
11,325
Liked:
9,498
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
11.66%
Alströms:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
318
Gots:
3,179
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,325 |  Reviews: 3,030
Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoohMooh
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper/amber, one finger head.

Smells grainy/bready mostly, with a slight fruity touch. Alcohol kinda muddies everything, very surprising on a 5.6% ABV brew. Piney aromas after it warms.

Taste is much more fruity: lime, citrus. Mango? A bit peppery and spicy, sweet. Apples too. Alcohol is very present but doesn't blend in very well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Honey.

Very light carbonation. Kinda heavy.

Interesting. It's sweeter than most APA's I'm used to, but not overbearingly so. All in all, it's a bit stiff: it tastes nice, but it's a bit "dense", if that makes any lick of sense to you. Nothing really pops, it's a bit too uniform.

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

Photo of Navinjohnson
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great bridge between IPA and LCD. Both sides should enjoy

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

When I want an APA that is easy going and easy to find and not watered down by some company that doesn't care about beer (like AB). This is what I reach for.
Pours a nice light semi-golden color yielding a one finger white head in my pint glass. Foamy speckled lacing graces the sides of the glass nicely. The smell is centered around some spicy yet grassy sweet hops, malts only slightly come out as the beer warms. Same as the taste, the palate is moderately carbonated with bitter aftertaste and finish. Overall, good for style and good for me.

This may be a simple one, but it's an APA and I don't expect it to be in the same ring as Heady Topper, a Crooked Stave Sour or even Deschutes' The Abyss. I think most people get my point if they're reading this. Cheers to great easy drinking APA's that go steady with easy to find food.

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Photo of huthuty
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A nearly perfect brew, I poured it into a pint glass at just above freezing temperature, it poured with nearly no head (perhaps because I had it cold as possible) yet appeared highly carbonated, the color was a perfect amber, the smell is sweet and hoppy, the taste is an almost perfect blend of hops and sweetness , the only complaint I have about the taste is I got a bitter aftertaste that seemed strange, this may be from my own mouth though and not the beer. Overall, highly recommended, my second favorite full flavor ipa thus far

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Photo of Eammon1920
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ipeters1017
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Pink
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic brew, hoppy but not overpowering. Very smooth, yet still has a small bite too it. An absolute must try

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Photo of gabrielg
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of apartin
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sup3r_s4m
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TommyCable
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patriciag90
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Golfontap
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bankboy66
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baldy00
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alpha-Leader
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottlivesey
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This and other Sierra Nevada brews have become easier to find since they opened a brewery nearby. Very clean taste whether frig cold or slightly chilled. I like the bitterness and hops that are there but not overpowering. This brew has become the one I measure others against.

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

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

Photo of richardeid
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 11,325 ratings
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