Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
11,301
Reviews:
3,028
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
313
Gots:
3,146
For Trade:
2
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1/5  rDev -75.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sierra Nevada (SN) has a wonderful idea about Octoberfest - go with the German idea of making a good one.

What a significantly NON-HOPFEST idea!!!! Thank you SN!!

In gratitude to SN for such a NON "CRAFT" BEER IDEA (NO 150 LBS OF HOPS PER BOTTLE) I decided to try their Pale Ale that gets such great reviews.

Aroma - smells like a beer - so far - so good
Looks like a beer.

NOW THE CRITICAL MEASURE - Taste.

It tasted pretty good with an OBVIOUS hops presence. Not bad. Due to my hatred of the required 150 lbs of hops per bottle by almost all "crafties", this caught me a bit by surprise. There is an obvious bite from the hops, but it is SMOOTHER than other crafties I have endured.

The taste is better and more like a beer without the florals and spices and lace and knitted aprons that seem to be required by the crafties movement. There wasnt a crowd of old women sitting around talking about this either. A good sign.

Thanks SN, I am glad I stretched my taste spectrum this far. The reward is marvelous. Thank you.

Tried it again - 4/2017 - and was overwhelmed by the hops. Hmmmmm, time to cast this one aside. No more.

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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1.04/5  rDev -74.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

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1.3/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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1.36/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

i see this beer often in various beer stores, so i figured it has to be ok,no way it can be bad for that price right?i just bought a sixer just in case it backfired...and im glad i did. appearance looked good to me,smelled of casual ale ,now being that is was out of a green bottle i figured it might taste a little tarty,skunky,little did i know my first gulp i was shocked i thought it may have gone bad or a bad batch dude this stuff tasted rotton, didnt get better as drinking went on neither every gulp was a bad experiance,i was confused why it is so highly reviewed i was sure it was a bad batch,so some time later im at this bar and had it on tap i figured id give it a second chance ,bad move even worse second time cause i paid 4 bucks for one anyway long story short drinkability a @#$%&@ zero

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1.4/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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1.46/5  rDev -64%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

The Bud Lite of Pale Ales.

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1.5/5  rDev -63%

This beer is sharp and piney. It cuts the back of my tongue like I'm drinking pine needles

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1.5/5  rDev -63%

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,301 ratings.
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