Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

11,222 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: 11,222 |  Reviews: 3,013
Photo of raynmoon
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer awhile ago and didn't think much of it, but ended up getting a case of it at costco just recently. And I'm glad I did. The lacing on the glass is really nice. More noticeable than on other beers i've had.

The smell is farely mild. Nice floral hops up front with grains in the back.

The taste follows very nicely. The hops aren't over powering at all. Overall I really like this beer. Definitely worth the price. Sierra Nevada always gets it right.

 465 characters

Photo of Giantspace
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of TexAggie011
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of hiku7
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear gold to amber with a creamy head that revives easily with a swirl.

Grassy and grapefruit citrus hop aromas up front, followed by a bready malt. Clean yeast character: no esters or phenols.

Flavor has a smooth bitterness that is moderately assertive throughout, but doesn't linger much. Some citrusy hop flavor. Bready and toasty malt. Very balanced beer by today's pale ale standards.

Slightly grainy mouthfeel, bitterness dissipates quickly leaving a moderately dry finish, but less dry than many pale ales. Creamy foamy carbonation provides some body and a smooth mouthfeel.

It's a classic. Still worth returning to. Very drinkable too.

 664 characters

Photo of twinsfan86
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of PowDay
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of OremLK
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass straight from the fridge. Nice and cold.

A: Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Dark golden, just slightly hazy. Just a hint of haze gives it the appearance of depth without looking dirty. Medium head which fades down to a slim foam coating on top and lingers and lingers throughout the entire glass, leaving beautiful lace along the sides.

S: Floral, pine, citrus, slightly sweet. Beer, beer, beer. Scent really jumps out and tickles the nose with anticipation and enhances the smell throughout the glass.

T: Follows the smell, but without the big bitter bite you might expect from the aroma. And that's just to my liking. Pine is probably the dominant flavor here, but there's plenty of citrus and floral flavor as well, and some notable malty sweetness especially as the beer warms up. Dances on the tongue. Delicious.

M: Light and drinkable, but enough malt backing not to feel watery at all. I've had a sore throat the past few days and this has done a nice job coating it with its foamy malt goodness. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is what a beer should be. I could easily see myself drinking two of these a day for the next month and not getting a bit tired of it. Moderation is difficult with beer this good! Midwest Supplies sells a clone homebrew kit for this and I'm very tempted to buy it and see how that goes.

 1,364 characters

Photo of ahbaggins
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Nincombot
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of N8DAGR8
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of effixx
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of stuckintraffic2
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ipcolling
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Naamandroid
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of fvoegtlin
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Shakerman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew many times. Luckily, when most places stock only the standard crap, I am fortunate to find this lone beacon of quality due to SN's great distibution system. Although I am a bigger fan of their Torpedo Extra IPA, I have no issues with this Pale Ale.

Dark golden color, long-lasting and just slightly off-white head. Above average lacing. A touch of yeast clouds the glass when swirled and poured into a pint glass once the head recedes far enough.

Malty sweet, but balanced by the grapefruit zing of Cascade hops. Not as bitter as other APA's I've tasted.

Very drinkable, the hoppy but fairly sweet taste and classic ale mouthfeel bring the bottom of the glass all too quickly, this beer was exceedingly good for the style.

 746 characters

Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of mecmd
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of HillbillyBike
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,222 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

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