Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
11,506 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Nice golden amber. Minimal head on my pour, but still laces.

Grapefruit express in the nose. Some cracker malt in there, as well. Fresh, not pungent.

Big grapefruit flavors with a slightly dank pale malt refreshment. Light and crisp. Good flavor; hoppy and clean.

Thinner on body, bigger on carb. Easy slug-back APA. Nice bitter backend.

A craft classic. Always good to revisit. If you've never had, shame on you.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into draft glass

A- Dark gold body with a two finger pillowy off-white head. Good amount of carbonation with the small bubbles screaming up to support the head. Retained the head for quite some time.

S- Piney and grassy hops are prominent in the nose. I also am getting faint notes of dank grapefruit. Very earthy nose on this one.

T- Piney and grassy hops are noticeable, but are also mixed in with a sweetness from the malt and I do notice a little bit of the yeast. It finishes with a light, but noticable bitterness from the hops that doesnt really linger.

M- Body is medium-light. Juicy feel but finishes dry. About what you would expect from a standard pale.

O- I have been on an imperial beer kick, so this was a big switchup for me. It doesnt have the big aromatics and robust flavor of the IPAs that I like, but it is a solid Pale Ale with a fresh, clean flavor. I tried my best to judge it by the style and not so much my preference. It wasnt a mind-blowing experience, but it didnt suck. I would drink it again.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tumbler, bottled Dec 20th 2011 (this took some detective work)

Appearance is a clear copper with a surprisingly large white head and nice visible active carb. Leaves some nice lacing at the top. Smell is lightly floral and a tad malty (this may stand out due to the amount of IPAs I've had of late). Taste is spicy, floral hops, with some nice pale malts to back it up. Taste ends with a nice clean and sharp bitterness from the hops. As I get farther into the beer the malt comes out more and is actually quite pleasant and mellow with some light biscuit notes. A barely detectable hint of funk (old?) comes in on the taste, again, this is just barely there and doesn't really detract. Mouthfeel is medium-light and a bit prickly from the hops.

Light, refreshing, but featuring lots of taste and hops. I really like this beer; one of the first non macro beers I encountered with wide distribution and near cheap pricing. Incredible quality given the amount they ship! The gateway beer as far as I am concerned. Fairly high drinkability but a bit too bitter to be prime, if only the hops came through a bit stronger.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($6.99/6). Bottle dated November 10, 2011, 88 days ago. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Not quite clear gold, with a 1-1/4" fluffy foam cap that drops steadily and leaves a thin sheet of lacing on the glass sides, along with a ring of foam at the edge of the glass and a white slick on the center of the surface; there is a steady stream of effervescent bubbles rising from the bottom, in the center.

S: Bread/yeast and sweet lemon citrus; slight floral.

T: Tart and juicy citrus, followed by sweet caramel malt and countered by an ever-so-gentle bitterness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation; creamy; no detectable warming; neutral finish.

O: I've had this many times previously without thinking much about it. It does hold up well during evaluation and deserves its place in the pantheon of craft beer. It's refreshing, clean-tasting, crisp, etc. -- all the things the BMC offerings have promised, but has so much more substance and flavor. It's a dependable, solid, go-to beer that is ubiquitous and a terrific value, to boot. It delivers a great deal for its modest 5.6 % ABV. I can understand how it has earned a reputation as a "gateway" craft brew, like NG Spotted Cow has become more recently for so many in WI. One could be perfectly content drinking nothing else.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear ruby amber with a one finger white head with minimal lacing and minimal head retention

S - Nice bouquet of citrus and floral hops

T - Follows the smell with light malt sweetness and a good light bitter dry finish. What has been said about this beer already?

M - Light body, moderate carbonation

O - Solid IPA, I'd drink this anytime.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,506 ratings