Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
11,466 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: 11,466 |  Reviews: 3,050
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TSJ4000
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this beer had a lot of pop to it. It was kinda fizzy to me but it had a good hoppiness to it and it was a little less pale than other "pale" ales. I'm not sure if I could drink a lot of these but I think it's damn good beer. Maybe if the taste wasn't as strong on the hops I'd like it better.

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: Clear, medium gold, good-sized white head, and medium visible carbonation.

S: Cracker malt, light citrus, pine and grass hops. Clean and fresh.

T: Follows the nose well. Lightly hoppy, and balanced with the cracker malt's sweetness.

M: Light body, no alcohol to speak of, and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This is solid. Nothing that you'd go far out of your way to seek out...but a sixer of cans watching the water for dolphins...can't be beat.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Titans77
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty standard golden bronze or orange color with about half a finger of eggshell head that dissipates rather quickly. Not too much alcohol lacing on this one, as expected for 5.6%

S- As it continues to warm up, I can pick up a little bit more from this pale ale. Hops and malt/caramel malt to start. Then increasingly more citrus or pine from the hops as it nears drinking temps.

T- Taste quite like it smells, which is both good and mildly disappointing. The taste is an amped up version of the smell, pine and citrus with caramel malts. Mildly bitter from the hops. Pretty standard for a pale ale.

M- Light to medium bodied. It is surprisingly refreshing and easy to drink with a finish that is somewhat on the dryer side. Really enjoy the mouthfeel of this brew.

O- Above average pale ale from Sierra Nevada. It seems like it is lacking in the smell department. The crisp finish and great mouthfeel of this beer make it a decent beer and coupled with relatively low ABV, it is a good session-able craft brew.

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

Served on tap at Pine Tree Lodge in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange in color with very light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light smell of toasted malts, caramel malt sweetness, and then hops - pine mostly with a hint of citrus.

T: There is a light flavor of caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by the not too intense pine hop and a light amount of citrus zest. The beer has a moderate bitterness that lingers slightly.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: One of the early craft beers that I was introduced to and enjoyed, this beer is a classic introductory craft beer. This beer is easy to drink and very sessionable. I have had this beer many times over the last 15+ years and likely will continue to get it as an everyday kind of beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jmarklan
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark golden color. Beautiful dense white head, good retention. Slight lacing.

The aroma is faint: slightly toasted malt, biscuit like, herbal and minty hops.

Light in flavor, typical pale ale. Herbal and slightly minty hops throughout, ends with a very slight toasty malt. Well balanced.

Feels light in body, very drinkable and crisp.

Overall: Generally i like beers with a bit more flavor and aroma, but this is a fine and sessionable beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can

A: Amber with a fluffy white head

S: Floral, spicy, piney

T: Citrus, pine, light malt sweetness, nice balance between the hops and malt

M: Smooth, nice well rounded finish

O: One of my go to beers. Now that Sierra is canning their beers I'll be drinking this at the beach all summer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,466 ratings