Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
Exceptional
11,398 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:
#3,011
Reviews:
3,043
Ratings:
11,398
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
3,219
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 11,398 |  Reviews: 3,043
Photo of Manthon
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nhdjinn
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what an APA should be . perfect balance.
color Deep golden lacy head
smell - grassy citrus and malty
taste - if i could have just 1 beer for ever this would be it
feel - full body yet light
overall - just great

 216 characters

Photo of DupaJas
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of earthtravel
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been my goto beer for about ten years. I'm a hop lover and it seems that even in the store where selection is slim, you can still find Sierra Nevada.

 158 characters

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color,medium body and carbonation. Aroma is subtle,grain,malt,yeast, as well as citrus and pine but all well balanced. Taste is identical,very easy to drink beer,goes well with all kinds of food as well as just having a few to relax

 244 characters

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thelatermonths
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkkf1991
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried nearly every Pale out there and nothing beats SN. 5.6% is a great bridge between IPA and PA and they do this beer impeccably.

132 characters

Photo of bigdog3838
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true classic of the craft age. Always a solid beer.

54 characters

Photo of Conway33
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dawon
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on draft at Hella Good in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, amber/gold type color with a short, frothy white head.

Aroma: Clean and fruity. Some pine and hop. Maybe apricot, grapefruit.

Taste: Follows nose. Really a terrific pale ale - pops with fruity flavor and hops without being even slightly overpowering. Grapefruit's there, some more citrusy taste is there. Faint winey type note.

Mouthfeel: Super drinkable. You just want to drink this all day.

Overall: A classic beer. Template for a lot of much more expensive beers, and it's better than most of them.

 589 characters

Photo of Markkus
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CobraDC23
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jondoeworks
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Marluc
2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kcrumle18
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ben1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pure_guava_
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a classic.

10 characters

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,398 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

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