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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
Exceptional
11,405 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:
#3,007
Reviews:
3,045
Ratings:
11,405
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
3,222
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,405 |  Reviews: 3,045
Photo of SpaethJam
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KennyDerenbecker
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mrgabrielrodriguez
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This certainly is a gentleman of a beer! All the flavours experienced come out sequencially every time. Pours a dark orange/amber with a small/med head. The carbonation is very present and inviting through a glass. Nose has citrise and the floral cascade hops come through very well. First off, there's carbonic bite, followed by citrisey, orangeyness. Then a malt sweet followed by a distinct drying bitterness that almost begs you to enjoy this slowley. There's not a ton a body but certainly a ton going on from start to finish. Which is why I will continue to drink this ale as a go to!

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Photo of jmd88
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mando31
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CloudStrife1
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

The beer has a thick white head. The colour of the beer is amber.

The taste is pine, citrus and malt. All of it is nicely balanced.

The beer is medium bodied and the finish crisp.

Just a delicious brew.

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Photo of I3eer
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fefocuneo
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Perfect pale ale

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Photo of antman27
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wataazu
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of joedvegas
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a little bit of haze. Very nice one-finger head that lingers and laces nicely. Subtle, complex hints on the nose of pine and citrus. Taste is very balanced, nothing really jumps out on the front palate. The finish is really good and complex, just like the scent. Deep, lingering flavors of pine, grapefruit and freshly-turned earth. Complex beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jason_nwx
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of braskey
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Johnnyrafer
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jack77
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chikinhammr
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is my all time favorite beer and my go-to beer when all else fails. I am biased towards this beer because I have hauled many loads out of their Chico brewery over the last 18 years and they have always been exceptionally nice.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the quintessential example of its style.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from tap into a conical pint glass at Red Rooster in Cutchogue, NY.
A: Pours a clear, inviting amber to light copper color with a one inch head, solid retention and elaborate lacing.
S: Bouquet of lemon citrus and pine overlay and caramel maltiness.
T: Elements of palate follow nose, but caramel malt backbone predominates. Bitterness nicely subdued, but contributed to complexity and crisp finish.
M: Light to medium bodied. Solid carbonation.
O: At or near the top of the style. Subtle and complex.

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Photo of insouciantx
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,405 ratings
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