Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
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11,216 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
Ratings:
11,216
Reviews:
3,010
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
3,069
For Trade:
2
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Photo of jhart96
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsonhopsonhops
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oneBeeruPlz
1.91/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Meh.

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Photo of gianluca88
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anakincane
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitekid
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

for me the perfect balance of hops and malt, but then I'm from Chico, so ...
this is the beer that turned me on to the world of craft beers, and it has always been my go to beer.
man do I love this beer!

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Photo of Mojopin88
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSexLove
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DSelb
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Redscot
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IBUBrew
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SCproUA
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of decker1313
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

refrigerated bottle packaged 3/15/17 poured in a glass

A - golden yellow to amber, very minute head which dissipates to a bubbly lace very quickly, mellow carbonation

S - sweet up front, kind of piney, hops, floral aroma mixed in

T - smooth subtle sweetness followed by a mellow hop bitterness

M - light to medium, mild carbonation

O - easy drinking beer, tastes mild on the hops, not the most flavorful in this class but easy to drink none the less. I'd have it again.

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3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zipline666
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Craft beer taught me that drinking beer is no longer just an alcoholic pastime but an experience of body and mind, even more than reading a book or watching a film: as our bodies are comprised of mostly fluids, the liquid we intake will become a part of us and change our constitution for a short while.
Craft beers are well known of their selected and high quality ingredients and the mastery of their brewing. Brewmasters are like artists who compose a masterpiece by putting the right amount of ingredients together and combining them in the right way to achieve a unique brew, outstanding taste, smell, feel - and nonetheless, experience.
I am convinced that when we drink a masterfully brewed craft beer, our impression is different based on the type and amount of ingredients, let alone how and where they have been made or grown. Sierra Nevada has shown me that an unparalleled greatness exists in the art of master brewing by creating a true experience in a bottle: their own, one and only Pale Ale.
I am not an advocate of uncontrolled substances but I must admit that having had a pint of this Pale Ale I was overwhelmed by the great Nature of the Californian woods and mountains of the Sierra Nevadas, the foothills of the Rockies. I felt for the first time in my life that the Cascade hops grown in Californian soil and raised by the sun and rain of that microclima convey an experience through the natural water, grains and yeast of California, as if I were there if I closed my eyes, as if I could feel its wind on my skin, could smell the air of the Pacific or of the depth of the shadowy forests and could even hear the rustling of the trees, the gurgling of a nearby stream... as if that scenery on the label has come alive.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is such a psychedelic beer. When you drink it, you intake nature in its purest form and you travel through time and space to re-live something wonderfully natural.
A masterpiece in brewing beer, a perfect harmony of tastes and a depth like no other. This is a must for all BeerAdvocate. This is the Alpha and Omega of (American) craft brewing IMHO.

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Photo of Moondawggg69
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this stuff's pretty good man. real easy drinking. good taste.

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Photo of Atg1095
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Strohm
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanzk
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfreeze
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,216 ratings.
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