Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my tastes, over rated...amber color, nice floral scent and a floral hop expiration date would be nice, since I'm never sure how much yeast I should expect in the bottle and unless you really know the demographics of your liquor store, you don't know how fast it sells...OK, Sierra Nevada Pale is good and complete (doesn't lack in taste or complex mouthfeel) and many people's idea of a Pale, I just like ones that ends on a chewy, fruity note...

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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Very dark gold, almost brown.

[Smell]: Smells delightful of hops and honey, both very strong.

[Foretaste]: Strong yet sweet hops, very floral.

[Midflavor]: High carbonation drowns out the superb honey flavor but its still there slightly.

[Aftertaste]: Nothing but honey and sugar very nice aftertaste indeed.

[Overall Flavor]: Pretty good if your into strong hops flavors.

[Mouthfeel]: Thick, which is fine cuz that just adds to the honey flavors.

[Drinkability]: Nice, it's a very delicious honey experience a little strong on the hops tho.

[Personal Recomendation]: Give it a try it's kind of an acquired taste for me, but others could enjoy greatly.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear copper with a thin head. Little bits of lacing on the glass.

S: A nice balanced hops smell comes through, hints of citrus, hints of pine, hints of resin. Not overpowering like an IPA, but really pleasing. A little bit of sweetness rounds it out nicely.

T: This beer shines in the taste department. Nice, smooth bitterness upfront with the hops followed by a slightly sweet malt, leaving behind a well-balanced yet nicely bitter aftertaste. No real alcohol presence.

M: Nice and smooth, goes down easy.

D: Very drinkable. This was the first pale ale I ever really started drinking frequently, which led to my love of the IPA and DIPA style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gpogo
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear light amber with off-white head that quickly dissipates.

A- Citrus hop aroma, perhaps with slight piney hop aromas as well.

T- Slight citrus bitterness with grainy malt background. Not as hoppy as other APAs I've had.

M- Medium-light body with moderate-low carbonation. Finished dry.

D- Not as great of an APA as others I have had, but definitely a respectable APA that can be enjoyed almost anytime. Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass.

A-foggy somewhat light amber color, foamy head about 1 inch thick

S-super sweet fruity aroma, hint of orange flavor?

T-good taste with a bite in the after taste, not the fruity flavors I expected from the smell

M-medium bodied, smooth

O-pleasure to drink, well rounded, above average beer

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a standard "go-to" beer for Sierra Nevada. I really like this brewery, but this variety isn't their best. I'll discuss each aspect of the beer below.

A: It pours a pretty clear deep golden yellow whose shade depends on the ambient lighting. I was in a relatively dim room so it might be a lighter shade than I perceived. Nice foamy head that results from a good pour, but make it a vigorous pour so that you can get the little head that it has to offer.

S: The smell is nice with a toasty cracker base and hints of piney hops and mango citrus.

T: The taste starts with the malty toasty flavor and then a mild hop character that gives way into the citrus mango. It leaves a coating on the tongue that begs for another sip. It is quite delicious when chilled down real good.

F: The mouthfeel is pretty standard. Smooth crisp with carbonation that is a mild level of effervescence. Fine lacing on the glass and the head lasts until the last sip.

O: Overall, I think this is a nice beer for any day of the year, but if you want a strong hoppy beer, then move on to their Torpedo Extra IPA. The Pale Ales are good, but should be reserved for those days when you want to switch it up.

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Photo of jeffreywt
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard offering and honestly a good benchmark for a quality IPA. If you drink a lot of "craft" brews with extreme hops then this will seem a bit watered down but not in a bad way. This is my go to beer and the one that really got me interested in all the rest.

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Photo of bigone4
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange almost clear straw color. Nice white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Mild lacing with some head retention. Smells floral and of a mix citrus fruits. Mild hint of lemon or a grapefruit like tone. Very strong hop citrus scent with a hint of some pale malt in the background. No freshness date to be found. Has a very soothing hop scent. Good bottle conditioned carbonation and a minimal amount of yeast sediment. Nice hop flavor in the initial taste followed by a rather interesting smooth mix of flavors. Hop bite mixed with a subtle touch of malt and grain. Has a rather citrus fruit, hop after taste. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I have had this beer many times before and have never reviewed it. I am glad to have the chance to finally enjoy this beer for what it is worth. Good overall characteristics of a pale ale. Fine construction from start to finish. Good all around drinking brew. Has a good feeling in the mouth and leaves a nice hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. I forgot how much I enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger plus of white foam, medium sized bubbles pop here and there, slight retention, settles into a thin layer across the surface, not much stickiness in the lacing. Coppery orange to yellow in hue, hazy, lighter and more transparent around the rims. The herbal hops get out in front of the pack in the nose, the white grapefruit, orange pith follows behind, grainy with a spicy edge, more lactose than florality or maltiness, sheer activity seems to be its strongest aspect. Medium-bodied plus, here its relative lack of movement gives it more gravitas. Sweet touch to the orange, grapefruit citrus, floral dimension a bit stunted. Malts undistinguished, smooth things texturally but don't add much flavor, light brown sugar. Peach, apricot fruit demure. The bitter residue left behind through the finish actually gets you thirsting for more. Never as good as when you remembered it as a kid but not bad either.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale....old faithful!! Picked up a 12 pk today at an outrageously low price. Happy Memorial Day!!
The Pale Ale pours out a deep honey gold color. A 1" head formed and sank to a small white cap that rode the beer most of the way down. Light lacing left on the glass.
The nose of this beer is a nice citric hop with a little pine/spruce.
The flavor is dominated by a nice hop twang. A little citrusy, lemon/grapefruit. Very clean and easy to drink, the 12pk may not last long. Nice carbonation on the tongue and also a crisp mouthfeel.
This is a standard among American Pale Ales and I always enjoy it. In fact I have not had a bad Sierra Nevada brew. If you haven't had it , have it. If you haven't had it in a while, go get some. Good session stuff!

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Photo of HopBacchus
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange to Pail gold with a large creamy head, vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace

Citrus up fronts with bitter hop character the maltyness in the beer gives it a reasonable balance

This beer is extremely bitter and crisp but in a pleasant way citrus notes are detectable throughout as well as a grassy flavor hoppes are highly present throughout

light to medium bodied high carbonation keeps the beer extremely pleasant

Pale ales are not my thing but this thing definitely does what its supposed to do, its a nice switch up from the malt bombs which dominate my life, a good gateway craftbeer

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Photo of Cresant
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bomber into a pint glass. No date. Beautiful pour. Two fingers of bubbly white head. A cap of foam remained throughout. Some lacing remained. Rich golden clear body with active beads of bubbles.

Smell was green young grass. Floral. Malty sweetness appeared as it warmed.

Tasted of fresh hops. long bitter, crisp finish. Mild sweetness does not balance the assertive hops. Rather simple yet solid. A bit more hoppy than I think of in an APA.

Zesty mouthfeel, crunchy carbonation that smooths considerably as it warms.

Enjoyable and very easy to drink, a go to beer for myself and trillions of others.

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Photo of joyntbrewing
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is yeast in the bottle. Look hard at the bottom and you will find it. Impressive that they can bottle condition and leave eight yeast cells at the bottom of the bottle. This beer transcends time. Get ye some.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this both on tap and in bopttle....rating this based on last mnightÂ’s draft. Poured to a rich amber with a foamy head, which did not stay long. Spicy with a hint of fruit. Drank this with a rack of ribs, a perfect complement and a good finish

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Photo of JDaniel502
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a clear pint glass and was impressed with the cloudy amber coloration. I sniffed and was hit with aroma of citrus rinds. I did taste the pine and citrus but feel that they were overpowered by the grassy & piney flavors. Be that as it may, I still got a great overall satisfaction out of this beer. It was very smooth and the pleasant flavors linger awhile after drinking.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured nice with a decent but thin head that lingered a bit and finally stayed as a nice ring throughout the entire drink. Was a brown-orange color that was very nice to look at. unfortunately it smelt somewhat skunky, not very pleasing. The taste however made up for the smell. it had a full taste with a hint of bitter and rich aftertaste common in ales. The drink is heavily carbonated but feels nice overall. this beer is clean and crisp enough to drink several in a row but tasty enough to enjoy while doing it.

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Photo of olegv40
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden, with an admirable head. Hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, but too faint to stand out in any real way. The initial taste had major overtones of orange, quickly replaced by bitterness. The hops here seem less about flavor and more about bitterness, yet it never really felt like it got in the way, and the bitter flavor subsided to a much more sweet taste that finished very clean. The end result is a very good beer that is very enjoyable, and being readily available at many places that otherwise only serve macrobrews, it becomes a great choice during a night out at the bar.

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Photo of RobertDwight
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden color. Decent white head that laces a bit. Not that much going on with the smell. Taste is pretty good, lovely hops! At first glance you wouldnt suspect this brew to pack such a bitter punch but it does. I love how this beer is hopped. This is definitley a go to beer. I could have rather one too many of these!

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty amber with a nice white head.

The nose is bold and hoppy with a good amount of grapefruit rind.

Well-balanced malts and hop bitterness. The grapefruit character is present but doesn't overwhelm the beer. The medium body and modest carbonation make this pleasant enough to drink.

Overall, I don't find it very compelling, but by no means is it bad, and I definitely wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Warming amber colour, with a nice white fluffy head. Seems highly carbonic.

S - Rich hoppiness, with earthy tones. There is also a hint of sweet malts on the nose.

T - Dry, refreshing and bitter from the get go. The flavours are clearly controlled by the hops, which delivers a grassy bitterness. There are slight citrus flavours towards the end, along with what tastes like apples.

M - Quite light on the palete, with a dry feel.

D - A nice beer, and very drinkable. Light and refreshing enough to be a solid summer beer.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have a love hate with this beer, as I do with Sierra Nevada as a company. They make some of my all time favorite top 3 beers (Ovila Golden Ale, and the other 2 Ovila's). This a great pale ale, hoppy, slight bitter, but I don't like the lingering bitterness. I have toured Sierra Nevada's Chico plant, and they put every other brewery I have been to to shame when it comes to facilities, and tours. Part of that is the lack of corporate bureaucracy, since it is still a private brewery, and hopefully will remain so forever. If anyone goes through Chico,CA I would highly recommend this tour. At the end of ours, we tried 10 beers in their tasting room, it was awesome. They have a great pubhouse to great food.

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Photo of danetrain0101
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is of a dark golden color. Foam is thick and lasts long. Thick and long.

Smells nice and hoppy with a light malt smell.

A light hop presence. Some malts can be tasted as well as some hints of alcohol.

Feels like a nice smooth pale ale with a medium body taste.

A nice drinkable pale ale to have on any occasion.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sparkling clear orange color with a white head that faded a bit too quickly. Not much hops in the nose but smells of apricot, peach, and cereal which matches the sweet, malty taste. Oooo, an assertive hoppy bitterness in the finish that lingers and prickles the tongue. This is an awesome American Pale Ale that paved the way for the rest. Thanks, Sierra Nevada, for showing us the light.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hops and cream and noticeable creamy head. Taste with an offsetting bitterness that I didn't care for or expect. Strong bitter mouthfeel Citrus floral and pine aroma. Inexpensive.
Had this 3 years later on-tap and this review is based on that, at Pizza Port Solena Beach Lace, a serviceable pale. AFter so many good pales, Sierra finds its way among the pack, but was sure a revalation when I first had it.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a big hop aroma with some additional grain as a backdrop.
Appearance- This is a clear golden amber colored beer with a small white head.
Taste- Has that nice APA hop bite.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a nice hop dry finish.
Overall- A solid beer that I rank above average, I personally prefer other Sierra Nevada brews better than this, but I would drink this again.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,135 ratings.
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