Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

11,248 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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

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

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served chilled...

A) Golden Amber with a decent foamy white head. Good looking brew.

S) A pleasant amount of pine and citrus.

T) Feel free to refer to the nearly 2,700 reviews before this one. Honestly though, this is such a nice approachable pale ale. The hops are not as assertive as so many of the pale ales you'll find on the shelves today, and that's okay. Great balance and drinkability.

M) Medium body with pretty lively carbonation. Smooth and crisp at the same time. What type of sorcery is this? Goes down easy. Refreshing...

O) Why review this brew? What else can be said? Hmm... Not a helluva a lot, but it is a classic. I always like to pretend to remember my first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The year was 1995. Teenage me was at a Grateful Dead show at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. I can still hear the call of the gentle hippies, as they pushed coolers of it around on skateboards. " Ice cold Sierra Nevada!" I thought it was the nectar of the gods. I also later thought I was in an Ewok village. Not sure where I'm going with this anymore, but in any case this is a great beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.16/5  rDev -22%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Golden-brown color with amber highlights; very bubbly; small head
S: Citrus, caramel
M: Smooth, medium body
T: Pine and lemon notes balanced with solid malt backbone

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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange in color. A little foggy. Huge, pillowy off white head.

Smells like citrus and light malts

Tastes like orange and grapefruit rind, pine, and toasted grains. Building bitterness on the back end.

Body is sort of crisp, but very soft and light. It feels kind of creamy on your tongue.

A good beer, but I am not as big of a fan as most.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.72/5  rDev +16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

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4.05/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Citrus scent. Orange body, great ratio of hops and malt, and light bodied. Exceptionally balanced

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 11,248 ratings.
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