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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Ratings: 11,506 |  Reviews: 3,061
Photo of Jcorn
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crisp golden color with some orange hues. There is a small white foam head with deceent lacing throughout.

S: Lots of floral hops are present. There is a decent amount of bready/biscuit malt. Evens out the beer.

T: Lots of good hop flavor that is balanced by a lot of bready malts. This is a very tasteful and flavorful beer.

M: Leaves a nice clean somewhat bitter taste on the palate. Quite refreshing.

D: This is an easy to drink APA. This is a beer I use as a 'gateway' beer for non-micro drinking friends to get them into craft beers.

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Photo of heytomcat
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Appearance: Chubby little brown glass bottle, twist off cap, green and yellow label. Body is light bronze with white head, good retention and lace.

Smell: Bread, grass and a little sweet and very faint licorice

Taste: Big bread and grass flavors, some sweetness comes through but is quickly overtaken by the strong hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, goes down easy.

Drinkability: Easy to enjoy, a simple good beer. It doesn't impose itself and it isn't bland or boring, a perfect middle.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can from a 12-pack bought for $15.99 at Whole Foods, New Orleans. Poured into a wine glass.

A: Gorgeous frothy head. Dark copper, pretty opaque. Very handsome pale.

S: Obviously a hop-forward APA. Sharp grapefruit, then mellower citrus. Absolutely great for the style.

T: The worst pales are thin, weak, and watery. SNPA is none of those: it's immediately full, with distinguished Cascade hops on the back end. Citrusy, but not "fruity," and certainly not cloying.

M: Maybe slightly more carbed than the average APA. Slippery texture. Lingering hops might be a bit sticky/drying for some.

O: As many have and will continue to write, this is a stone cold classic. It's almost always available (even in the beer black hole that is Louisiana), is always cheap, and despite how many times I've had it, I'm honestly still surprised at how excellent it is. Fantastic flavor, more sessionable than an IPA, appropriate for all seasons. Enhanced overall score for style superiority.

SNPA is the gateway.

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Photo of slim2043
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of HopBomb515
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep clear copper color, 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quick, nice chunky lacing.

S - Not outstanding. Rather subtle aroma. Has an herbal, spicy, floral nose. Nothing leaping out.

T - Crackers, spicy floral hop bite, and a long bitter finish round this one out. More pepper floral tats lingers after the finish. I remember this beer slightly sweeter, maltier, little citrus and floral notes. It isn't there on this one. The bottle is fresh so I'm not sure, if I revisit and it changes I'll update.

M - Crisp, sharp sting on the tongue from the carbonation and a slightly dry and crisp finish.

O - I remember this being sweeter, more citrusy, floral and better. The bottle is fresh this just didn't grab me like I remember it once did a few months ago. Straight forward pale ale, a solid go to in the right setting, but not something I see myself seeking out over other options.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(On tap at the Flying Pig Pub- the bar that is attached to Lucille's BBQ in Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
After drinking a lot of Sierra Nevada lately (mostly when there isn't something more interesting on tap) I've come to realize this actually is a very good beer. The appearance is actually about as good as I think a pale ale could be (along with BJ's Piranha Pale Ale). The smell is fairly standard, and the taste has a very nice citrus burst at the beginning, followed quickly by pine which causes a short lasting bitterness after the sip. It is so light for a pale ale yet has such great flavor that the drinkability is outstanding.
I use to think this was the best beer I could ever have. After having other pale ale's I've found out that there are better out there, but this one certainly isn't bad. I feel like this lacks just a bit in the malt backbone it needs. It's got the hops there in good quantity but the extra little bit of complexity is missing. It's still good, and I actually see a lot of people drinking this out of the bottle which I just don't understand how they enjoy it that way.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of numbers and things printed on the bottle. Don't know what they mean, but I would suspect this beer is about 4 months old, based on the store.

A - A hazy but clear amber body with touches of rose around the light. Small white head lingers a bit

S - Mild citrusy hops, light sweet malt. Small nose.

T - Bitter citrus hops are the thing here, but that's not overpowering. It's also got a nice simple malty backbone and its a good balance.

M - Medium-thin body, fairly smooth. Decent

O (D) - This is a good tasting beer that is not mind blowing in any way, but it's very good and very drinkable, and I find it to be rather sessionable. A great beer year round for sure.

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Photo of jscheuf
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually pick this up in bulk at Costco or Sam's Club. I just realized I have never done a review for it so I decided I would do one.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- First thing to hit was the malt then I got some piney hops.

Taste- subtle hop flavor, some malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This is a very good pale ale. It is Sierra Nevada's flagship beer and probably the beer I drink the most because I buy it in bulk. I always have a case of it at my house. Highly recommended

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Photo of mweso2000
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of matcris
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Poured aggressively into a Nonic Pint glass. Nice 2 finger, off white, foamy head. Lots of small bubbles streaming up the glass. Color is a clear amber-orange. Leaves a fair lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Floral sweetness and honey right off the bat. Pine and citrus/mild grapefruit rind. Lots of floral/jasmine here.
TASTE: Sweet and bitterness are nicely balanced here. Mild citrus and pine notes, this beer came in a winter variety pack and the beer is exactly three months past the bottling date. Probably would be a bit more flavorful if newer, same with aroma. But that is what is available.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium light body, not overly dry, not overly the middle. Perfect carbonation to this beer, prickly on tongue.
OVERALL: I think a super fresh bottle would pop a bit more, but this is still a great tasting brew. An easy drinking, pleasant brew that would appeal to a wide audience.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Paired with a good burger.

Decided to order an old reliable and try this one for the first time in a long time. Pours a beautiful, super-clear, deep gold, with a thick, very sticky off-white head. Smells like hoppy and malty goodness. Excellent malt on this one, tight and sweet. Suitable for the moderate and excellent hop bitterness. Very good balance. Easy to drink, and one of the important & best American beers.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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