Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 11,324 |  Reviews: 3,030
Photo of logan_0842
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

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

A: One finger white head, lots of active carbonation. Golden colored with a little haze. Head consists of mostly smaller bubbles and leaves a great lacing. Sticks around for a good while too.

S: Hoppy, but not overwhelming and not specifically piney or citrusy or floraly, just hoppy. Not terribly strong, but that's a good thing. Not perfect, because after drinking for a bit, the scent begins to resemble that wet hop/wet dog smell that I know some like, but I do not.

T: Again, simple hoppiness, maybe tending towards piney. A smooth malty aftertaste makes a cameo appearence, but the hops are the defininf character of this brew.The taste really sticks to the top of the mouth. It has a funny sort of bitter that I'm not sure sure I'm a fan of though.

M: Mine is very cold, it's nice. Slightly biting, but warming. Light bodied but still forceful and very much present on the tongue. I will give it a four for mouth and four.five for drinkability, but I would rather do four.two five for both. Can you tell my numbers aren't working?

D: Very refreshing and not at all offensive.

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Photo of kanozakd
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

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

Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on 3-7-08

Pours a very clear orange/yellow, with a foamy white head that lingers forever. Big lacing clings to the glass.

Smell is earthy, resiny hops. Very subtle, but at the same time very fragrant. Sweet and bitter and everything you look for in a pale ale.

Taste is sweet at first, but in a hop way. The malt adds an unbelievable balance, and the hops add a very nice kick. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is great, just enough carbonation to keep things tart.

Drinkability is astoundingly good, this beer is anytime, anywhere.

Overall, an absolute staple in my fridge. Beer the way beer should be, easy and flavorful. Highly recommended.

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

Photo of Kamahl16
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sam-VW
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark amber colour, thick white head which clears quickly but the lacing is great

S - Subtle aroma, floral notes and slight hop.

T - spicy floral bite with a smooth malty aftertaste

M - Crisp to begin but smooth at the end with a touch of dryness.

O - Great beer, drinkable all year round and still enjoyable. Definitely one of my old favorites.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Nbyham80
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange with yellow tinted edges. There is a large soapy head that results in a thin layer, a thick ring and copious amounts of lacing all over the glass. The smell is clean and not overpowering. There is some fresh cut grass and lemon zest with a slight fruit and flower lingering in the back. The taste is not overly hoppy like too many APAs nowadays. Its clean and refreshing with a very balanced malt and hop mixture. Its a little bland for someone who is used to a lot of hops but perfect for the style. This one is great as a good old standby that can be drank all day long.

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Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours darker than I expected for a pale ale, its a transparent light copper color with a nice white head that sticks around for a while and leaves a little lacing. Smells of citrus and pine hops, very crisp and fresh smelling. Taste is great, starts with citrus and pine hops followed by understated sweet malts. I know its bitter, but it doesn't taste that bitter, quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is perfect, carbonation is just right too. I usually buy 12oz bottles when I try beers, today I got the large bottle (I think it was 24oz) and it was gone before I knew it.

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

Changed my mind about this beer. Poured in a Stone IPA glass. Malty, syrupy, very earthy, sweet. Lightly bitter. Great beer! excellent MF for a APA.

The beer pours a light honey color into a pint glass with a 2 finger head.

The aroma is light pine.

The mouth feel is lightly carbonated and well suited to the style. Often
Pale Ales are too carbonated and not well-balanced.

The taste is bready and piney, finishing with a hoppy fruity finish and a light bitterness.

The beer is a balanced, full flavored Pale Ale, and is unlike other beers in the style, which
are either too carbonated, hoppy and/or lack a pronounced taste.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An American classic that I wish we could find more of in Canada. It would be a mainstay in my fridge if we could. Here's hoping!

SN PA looks nice. A very deep golden colour with a decent off white head that settles to a ring of foam. Some lacing is left behind as you drain this beer back quickly. The smell is mostly of hops but there is some fruity yeast to be found as well.

The taste is a just right balance of sweet malts, fruit and bitter hops. It's really well done and very refreshing! It goes down quickly and has a very solid "beery" aftertaste. Drinkability is about as good as it gets in my opinion.

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

beautiful gold color. nice head retention. nice effervescence. great clarity.

smells like hops. citrusy ones at that. no real malts apparent through all those hops.

bitter beer. wow that is bitter. more hop bitterness than hop flavor. there is a subtle sweetness there in the middle just before the finish which adds a very nice dimension to this beer, i think the flavor of the caramel is subtly detectable too. this beer of course is full of hops at every stage both bitterness and flavor.

soft mouthfeel and crisp for an ale.

i have heard this beer referred to as the benchmark american pale ale. i think it deserves that title. this is a good beer. it IS simple, but not to a fault, instead its simplicity sort of makes it more lovable. its just a good beer. good night america

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Good coloration, with a nice ambery rich tone that is very inviting to the eye.

S - Floral, with a hint of the flavor profiles which are to come. Faintly citrusy / spicy.

T - Really nice here. A very balanced beer with just the right amount of hops to let you know they are there, without being off - putting, or too stiff. Citrusy flavors, with a slight spicy note. Floral, like a bouquet of hops wafting smells.

M - Good mouthfeel, with good carbonation and a very clean, crisp feeling on the tongue.

D - Exceptional here. Easily one of the most, if not the most, drinkable Pale Ales that I have had. Very sessionable, clean, and inviting.

The quintessential American Pale Ale, with all the great characteristics that have made this craft beer a staple of good beers for as lons as it has been around.

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

The beer pours clear golden colour with a slight haze and a full two finger head that fades to a full ring and center cap and has nice light lacing.

The aroma is of sweet pale malt, mild biscuity yeast, citrus and some piney hops.

The taste is fairly malty then citrusy mid way through, a little honey mixed in then a mild pine hop presence finishes the beer off ending mildly dry and slightly peppery. Balanced well!

Mouthfeel is light to medium body and smoothly sweet with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is balanced, smooth and exceptional! I would recommend this as a crossover beer for someone addicted to crappy macro beer!

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

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 uustal
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Faint citrus hop taste upfront followed by a sweet, refreshing malt and the hops come back around for the finish to complete the cycle. The malts are top notch and makes the beer. Incredibly well balanced, drinkable and well done. A classic American Pale Ale

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

Pours luminous amber with hint of gold and thick white head. Nose is fresh with citrus hops, and some pine. Palate offers a nice balance of malt with hop bitterness that yields an amazingly drinkable ale that leans to the hoppy side of things. Medium bodied.

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

A-pours a Golden color with slight amber tint fingers width head not much lacing to speak of.

S-Hops,piney with a slight citus scent.

T-piney Hop bitterness not much malts to speak of not much needed as the bitterness does not linger.

M-light to medium a nice crisp refreshing brew.

D-This for me would be nice on a Hot Summer Day when I am looking for a nice hop slap but don't want to be weighed down by a heavier beer. This is my go to for a Pale Ale!


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Photo of TheViolator666
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I fell in love with the Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA not too long ago and I've been meaning to try some more SN. This looked appropriate for a summer day.

12 oz. bottle poured into GLBC Burning River pint glass.

A: Pale golden color with a very nice and thick white fluffy head. Leaves beautiful lacing all the way down.

S: Smells floral. A hint of malt and of course hops, but less than I expected. Subtle and very light on the nose.

T: First thing I think of is how well balanced this beer is, malts definitely come through. Hops come to me at the end and leave a refreshingly bitter aftertaste. A very clean, refreshing beer. Sweet malt is notable in the aftertaste as well.

M/D: A nice medium-full body to this one. Very clean and smooth as I've noted and very drinkable. A great summertime beer, no doubt.

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Photo of dbrownnn1
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of moocey
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz stubby bottle that is useless for homebrewing - poured into a freakishly designed beer mug.

Smell - Bready malty aroma and a ton of cascade hops. Not bad at all

Taste - Like homeade biscuits out of the oven! Yum! Bready biscuity malt up front that transitions into a citrusy, hoppy middle with a substantial smack of bitterness in the finish.

This is a great fallback here where I live. It can be found no matter where you are. This beer was my first introduction to hops.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 11,324 ratings
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