Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.03/5
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11,542 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:
#3,415
Reviews:
3,065
Ratings:
11,542
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
329
Gots:
3,326
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,542 |  Reviews: 3,065
Photo of Sterlinkul
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best pale ale, cleanest tasting beer...

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

Photo of schavuytje
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

at least sustainable end 2018-05-10 aroma and taste of lime, soft citrus perhaps grapefruit, pungent bitter as in co2, wet / dry in the aftertaste, nice

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Photo of KIESS
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

just brilliant

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

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

Photo of AllHopsMatter
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hopguy28
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bridgtd
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

You can find this beer at any bar anymore. One of my all time favorites. Hoppy but not to hoppy.

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Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ctoneill
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dimwit_flathead
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Perfect balance of tastes. One of the best!

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

Photo of Foxman27
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Props to such a great beer for many decades. You can't go wrong with this one.

It is well balanced, smooth, easy to find, and priced right. Excellent Job !!!

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Photo of georgeanthorpe
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/16/18, consumed 3/10/18

Poured crystal clear deep amber with a small head that left a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is most toasted bread, very up front and dominating. Some malt notes, maybe a bit of spices faintly, but I didn't really get anything related to hops.

Taste follows aroma and is all toast. Very old school, other end of the spectrum from a lot of hoppy pale ales these days. Slightly more spicy notes. There is a prevalent funkiness in the yeast or something that is not found in a lot of pale ales or IPAs these days (except Belgian ones obviously). I honestly didn't get much fruit, pine, or other hop notes.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty refined feeling, good bitterness.

Overall, more bready and malty than I'm looking for in pale ale. I can easily see why this has been a timeless classic; that being said there are quite a few other more hop-forward, year-round pale ales these days that I prefer.

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

Photo of Zbrewer80
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of herrklemann
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely clear gold. Fruity nose, notes of citrus and bread, light caramel.Nice and complex. Spicy dough, subtle hints of fruits. Nicely balanced, full, smooth body with good carbonation. Deserves to be a staple.

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Photo of JFF
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsmith313
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccrespoPR
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass
about a 3 finger white head that fizzes out but remains strong.
Great lacing
This is the beer that got me into craft brews. This is my go to beer. Hoppy, easy drinking, readily available. Love how refreshing it is especially for those hot hazy days here in Puerto Rico. LOVE THIS BREW!!!!

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

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

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,542 ratings