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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
2,949 Reviews
Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
2,949
Ratings:
10,955
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
22.47%
 
 
Wants:
285
Gots:
2,839
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,949 | Ratings: 10,955
Photo of jonnylieberman
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a staple. Bread, water, salt, butter and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Nothing wrong with this beer at all.

I can drink it all day and all night and sometimes do.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a brillant clear red color with a touch of bronze to it. The head is massive for a pale ale, creamy yet fluffy. The aroma is full of pine resin with a hint of orange underneath. The taste is more than I have grown to expect from a pale ale, and is more than the aroma lets on. It is full of pine, and has a nice lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I have been a BA living in America for almost a year now, and have to say that my biggest mistake in that year is not having tried this sooner. It might not be the best pale ale out there, but it is close to it. I will certainly buy this beer again.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 Oz bottle with a nice foamy rocky thick white head, that slowly receded and left nice lacing the length of the beer. The color is a nice clean light amber with small trace of yeasty sediment. Smellis of toasty biscuity malt with a strong citrusy grass like hop ovetone. Taste is sweet biscuit malt up front with clean citrus hop and fuit with a nice clean dry finish of hops. The mouthfeel is light and clean and very smooth. Drinikability is very high on this beer. This is my go to beer during the summer months, great APA very nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of Daybis
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep gold appearance. Very frothy and creamy head that lasted a long time. Lacing clings all the way down the glass as the beer is drank.

S - Hoppy and kind of sweet.

T - Sweet upfront with the perfect amount of hop flavor.

M - Medium body without a whole lot of carbonation.

D - This beer is great. It is very drinkable.

Overall, this beer is great. Great aroma, head retention, and taste.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hops? Sierra Nevada has them. Granted this and the bigfoot ale are the only two from these guys I ever drank, but they are hoppy. But not overly hoppy to being undrinkable. Very nice flavor and mouthfeel, nice finish, and a real enjoyable beer. My local grocer had it on sale for $6.99 a sixer and it's been a while since I had it. Very nice!!

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Photo of PintOHops
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a perfect clear copper color with medium-high carbonation. Thin head with beautiful lacing. Looks fresh and inviting! Smells of slightly sweet raisins, with dry citrus hops & pine that dominates. Again very fresh & inviting. A little malt as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of very dry hops with citrus and pine notes. Good strong hop bitterness that lingers on the palate well. Some caramel notes, and some malt as well. Not much change as it warms. Mouthfeel has lively carbonation on the palate, and is a little chewy. Goes down smoothly and easily. Medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I could find myself enjoying 3-5 of these on any occasion. I can't get over those dry citrus/pine notes, and that dominate hop bitterness! Nice and rich, the flavors marry so well together. Very decently priced, I absolutely love this beer. Everyone must try this, even if you must seek to find. Believe me, its worth it. Cheers!

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Photo of noknife83
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, about an inch of of nice creamy foam, amber red color, earthy hop smell to it. Very nice bitter sweet contrast in favor. This is nice beer because is has a lot of flavor but the abv is low enough to where you can drink a fare amount and not get too buzzed.

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Photo of jonsvws
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice crisp hoppy smell. taste nice and bitter but with a woody hint . very drinkable and very bubbly the whole time. head retention is not the best, legs stream long for awhile though. taste very smooth, bitter, and woody eceptional beer, would be able to drink all day long and have

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Photo of billzee
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On of my favorite Pale Ales. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into chilled pint glass. Pours a dark yellow color with ample off-white head. Malt, citrus notes. Super refreshing beer. Robust grassy hop taste with hints of citrus. A solid malt backbone evens things out and gives this a medium body. A classic.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottel into a pint glass. A nice golden copper color pours a 1/2in head. Looks very refreshing head disapates after a min or 2.

Smells awesome not over powering not weak perfect in a way. Mostly citrus notes and can pick up Cascade hops.

Taste great just like it smells actually not to bubbley going down. Nice hop aftertase that lingers for just a min.

Gave it a 5 on drinkability. Could and have made this beer a all night session beer. Love it!!

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle

This was one of my first good beers back in the day and it is still with me today. Don't know why I haven't ever reviewed it until now.

Pours gold with a large white head, lots of lace. Aroma is citrus hop, a little bread, and a sedate malt. Taste follows along with quite balanced hop and malt (hop in the front malt in the rear.) Clean and crisp feel, every drink is great.

This is a wonder beer that is available all over, frequently quite cheaply (I got my current 12pk for $7.99)

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Photo of djohnse
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Pale Ale before this but time to sit down and really think about it.

Appearance - Light amber color with a very light haze of what appears to be carbonation bubbles. Light head formed, dissipating fairly quickly.

Smell - Hints of citrus fruit aroma with malt thrown in.

Taste - Really upfront fruit at the start followed by a mellower bitter taste and finally finishing with the fruit and malt.

Mouthfeel - very light, only coats the mouth for a second then goes away.

Having it again reminded me to keep having more, I have a hard time really finding anything wrong with it.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden, copperish poured into a pint glass. Head retention is minimal, very carbonated, nice lacing afterwards.
Cascade on the nose, right away. Crisp, citrusy piney. Sweet on the tongue, with a nice bitter kick, not too strong. Great balance of malts and hops. Highly drinkable, always makes me ask for more. Great session beer.
One of my favourite American Pale Ales. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color, got a little of the yeast from the bottom in the pour floating around in there. Canned 5/2/13, half finger of white head

Smell is pine, citrus(lemon), bready malt

Taste is complex, yet simple. Starts with a bitter pine, floral like hops, spicy citrus, lemon zest, backed well with a nice malt presence.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a APA, clean and refreshing, slightly dry, but not at an IPA level. Zestful carbonation gives it a very clean finish.

Well this is a classic and the number 1 selling craft beer in the country for a reason, a lot of flavor, sessionable, approachable, drinkable and did I mention very affordable. If you call your self a beer drinker and have not tried this one stop reading and go grab a six, or even better a 12!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a medium brown color with average head that lingers for a bit on the top and subsides into light ringing.

Smell- Somewhat hoppy with hints of citrus mixed in, a very even, mild aroma.

Taste- Opens with a bit of a bite, nothing harsh, but the hops assert their presence, this blends quickly into undertones of citrus, and then finishes with a smooth fruity bouqet.

Mouthfeel- Pretty clean on the palate, taste lingers quite a bit but not in an unpleasant way. Taste just sort of fades out gracefully, well balanced.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, not only delicious in every way but balanced, non-filling, and crisp. A delightful brew to enjoy.

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Photo of oldpinecone
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

This is my go to beer and still in my top 5.

Pours a really nice golden copper color with decent clarity. Lots of bubbles stuck to the glass raising up to the finger and a half white head which leaves messy broken lacing.

Citrus is apparent in the nose upfront and a tad bit of earth. Nothing special.

First sip is always a "man this is a good beer" taste. Yes thats a taste characteristic now. Really hoppy for a simple Pale Ale. Almost a lemony hop with an earthy backbone...really nice flavor here. The citrus works so well. Really well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice and crisp with perfect carbonation.

This beer goes great with everything from mowing the lawn, to drinking at the beach, to camping, to partying with. Best session beer.

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Photo of ADZA
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definately one of those beers that we see most of the time in australia but for some reason i havnt seen it on our shelves for the last few months or even longer so was stoked to see it again,it pours a very nice bright orange with some amber highlights and it has the perfect amount of carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head with lacing everywhere a very impressive looking beer,and it doesnt stop there the aroma is piney sweet malty coated hops and very inviting indeed,it has a nice creamy full mouthfeel with a taste of the perfect same balance that is one on the nose with caramel malts firstly followed by the finish which is nice and light with a subtle touch of fruity,piney hops and no hint of its ABV on my palette,this is definately a beer that i always enjoy everytime i drink it and to be honest is probably better than the last time i tasted and will be buying again without a doubt.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A classic. I simply have nothing bad to say about this beer. Deep amber color with some yeasty clouding. Skunky hops aroma with a grainy malt backbone. Assertive hops flavor that balances well with a substantial maltiness. A syrupy bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is great...tremendously refreshing yet chewy. Drinkability is legend. My "go to" beer.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/copper with a white head, somewhat translucent.

S: Orange and orangelike fruits. Tangerine, mango, sweet fruit, smells delicious.

T: Tastes as good as it smells with that delicious orange and mango character, sweet fruits, tangerine, mango, over a light malt backbone.

M: Medium-light body, average pale ale carbonation.

O: This is a delicious pale ale! It's available everywhere, but I've only had an experience like the one described in these notes at the brewery. Other times I've felt it harsh on carbonation or lacking in the citrusy goodness.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" off-white head that dissipated quickly over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Citrus hops, honey and malt.

T: Initial taste is of slightly bitter citrus hops, which transitions to sweet malt and a somewhat dry finish.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a low level of fine carbonation.

O: A very good American Pale Ale that is extremely well balanced, drinkable and would be a good pairing for many foods.

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Photo of mah0019
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle poured into my faithful pint glass.

Appearance - looks like a beautiful pale ale should. Decent head, with equally decent lacing, however I would say the appearance does the overall quality of the beer some injustice.

Smell - extremely light smell, but one that is captivating. In my opinion, hints of fruits followed by copious amounts of hops.

Taste - one word... EXCEPTIONAL. It has all the boldness and body you could hope for, coupled with hops and a perfect finish. One of the few beers that I would say combines the refreshing taste of a mass market light beer and the sophistication of a craft beer. Perfect balance. Truly one to experience.

Mouthfeel - quite nice actually. not as thin as one would expect, but once again its simply one part in what makes this beer truly "off the charts" good.

Overall - great beer. My 2nd time out of the bottle, however had many on tap (strongly suggest you seek that experience out if you have access). I whole heartedly recommend this beer. To me, it is to Pale Ale as Sam Adams is to American Lager. Something combining just enough originality with tradition, and just enough mass market appeal with craft street cred. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light citrus hop aroma w/ a slight bready malt backing. No diacetyl, no esthers.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow, w/ a creamy white to slightly off white head. Great head retention/Lacing.

F: Upfront great balance between the bittering hops and the malt is true to style. Malt is sweet but subdued (bready). Body of the beer is made up of the bitter hop presence and finishes bitter.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. No alcohol warmth, slightly astringent from the bittering hops which is to style. Slight creamy mouthfeel.

O: I highly enjoy this beer. It was actually the first beer I ever had (wont say what age). But now that I actually know what I am looking for in a beer, I can appreciate everything that is going on with it. Only suggestions for improving this beer based upon style guidelines would be more in the mouthfeel. Possibly more malt character/presence.

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Photo of slowbie
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden brown color with a beautifully fluffy three finger head and good retention.

Smell is cascade hops with the malts showing through as well.

Taste is similar to the aroma, with malts up front and good cascades in the finish.

Good mouthfeel and great drinkability.

What can I say? This is the classic APA. It doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of naterock
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have tried this in the past, and recieved a skunked bottle. This time, I hope it's better. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: nice orangish color, nice lacing head good retention. the yeast doesn't cloud the beer which is nice.
S: very woody presence, a sweet floral aroma like a sweet pastry
T: Fantastically hoppy with a good kick, sweetens as the flavor matures.
M: highly carbonated, I forced a good head to bring the carbonation down, but not too low.
D: This is very drinkable, but on a happy stomach, this could cause problems if you haven't eaten.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Small layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle after pouring.

I'm not as well-versed with the Pale Ale as I am with the IPA, but this seems like a special beer. The beer poured a very hazy, light orange color, like an IPA but a little lighter. Everything about the smell is citrusy.

Much like the smell indicates, there is a pretty heavy citrus flavor. This citrus flavor balances the hop flavor very well, though the hop flavor is dominated by the citrus.

From what I remember of the pale ales that I tried before I began reviewing on BA, this one is special. It is very drinkable, as I could easily have several of these in a row. Also, if the hoppy beers are not your thing, this would be a good beer to start yourself acquiring that taste. You can slowly work your way up to trying more hoppy beers.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,949 ratings.
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