Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
11,463 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: 11,463 |  Reviews: 3,050
Photo of JGlitz87
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pale Ale is a favorite of mine. It truely defines the American Pale Ale style. It pours to a beautiful copper color, with an off-white head that lasts. It forms a nice lace-work as it is sipped down. It has a bit of chill haze as well. The aroma is mainly of a citric, spicey hop nose. On first taste, one first noticies to floral, citrus hop flavors. The hop flavors are balanced out though by a biscuity malt flavor. This beer is light-medium bodied, and finishes with a dry hop bitterness that lingers. Overall, this is one tasty brew, with a exceptional hop and malt flavor.

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Photo of Robyn
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nollie77
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Beric
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle poured into pint glass
Served: 28 Aug 2013
Brewed: 23 July 2013

Appearance: A copper-reddish color with a nice one finger head that collapses to just a ring of foam around the edge. Little carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Frothy semi-dirty looking head.

Smell: Great balance of malt and hop here. The aroma hops won't whack you over the face, but they are present in the nose. Sweeter smelling malts play great with the smell of the hops.

Taste: A more intense version of the nose. Great interplay between malts and slightly bitter hops. A nice assertive bitter-citrus hop quality is balanced with malt that allows the palate to remain fresh and conditioned for another sip. The hops are not too strong, but can certainly be tasted slightly. A masterfully balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation allows this one to feel thicker on the tongue than the beer actually is, allowing it to be enjoyable for some time in the glass.

Overall: This is my standard for comparison for APAs. Sierra Nevada has a fantastic, delicious beer here that is easy to compare to others in the style in all categories, especially color and hoppiness. This is a go-to beer for me due to it's balanced flavors, yet noticeable complexity.

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Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of evanwoertz
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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

Considering this beer is distibuted more widely than many other beers rated on this site, I'd say it's pretty darn consistent. This being said, I still gave it a strict review. I have always respected this beer and would drink it over many others of its style. It's one you can come back to and one that you can find more easily than the rest.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 24oz bottle.

Bright orangish amber with a small white head that sticks around leaving light lacing.

Has that west coast floral/piney hop aroma with some malt and grains underneath.

Also tastes like what one would expect a west side PA to taste. Dry and very hoppy with just enough malt to bring balance. The moderate carbonation is in line with a medium mouthfeel. Long dry finish that lingers but doesn't wear out its welcome.

A very drinkable brew that ,IMHO, sets the bar for west coast PAs. If you like Liberty Ale or Two Hearted, give this one a try.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a huge, foamy off-white head. Head falls very slow. Big sticky lace.

Rather clean smell, must be too cold yet. Flowery hops come through.

Nice taste. Wonderful hops, not too strong with a good malt base.

Medium bodied in the mouth, average carbonation and a mild bite.

Easy drinking, thirst quenching classic beer. Always enjoyed.

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Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BHansen214
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of whatsgoody
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ledouge
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of BreweryRun
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

welcome to ontario SNPA! 355ml bottle into nonic pint glass. bottled march 25, 2015. consumed on may 14, 2015

a: clear light amber with a finger of off-white head

s: biscuity malt up front followed by piney, floral, and grapefruity hop characteristics. hints of hoppy spices and oranges. extremely pleasant

t: a piney floral presence at first, but quickly leads into big biscuity malt flavours with subdued grapefruit, lemon, and orange notes, as well as touches of spice coming from the hops. moderate bitterness at the end

m: medium-minus body, with moderate carbonation. excellent

o: a modest but delicious, solid, and enjoyable ale

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Photo of killcore
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,463 ratings