Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BA SCORE
83.9%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 11,320 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:
#2,895
Reviews:
3,030
Ratings:
11,320
Liked:
9,494
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
11.66%
Alströms:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
3,169
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,320 |  Reviews: 3,030
Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of karst
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's most popular beer is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. Pours deep amber color with a overly generous 3 finger frothy white head and long lasting lace. Cascade hops throw off fragrant orange bouquet and spicy flavor. Stong grapefruit crisp taste along with a full-body and complex character.
In their own words: “Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the flagship beer, the one that made Chico famous. It is a flawless beer that opens with bright, perky high notes of maltiness and orange blossom and segues into a delectable hoppiness.”

Keep these around for session they are a sure hit!

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Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Pours a pale amber with a nice biggie white head which laces the sides of the glass. A nice 24oz bottle fits so perfectly into a 25oz glass. Nice hop flavor with a nice malt balance. I'm supprised I've gone so long without sampling this "classic" brew. Certainly a good one that should have been drinking. Now I know why this beer is often the only decent beer on tap. It really is decent.

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Photo of carln26
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper to amber color, very clear with a thick off-white head. It had an aroma of grapefruit rind (very pronounced), and a more subtle hop flower and grass aroma backed by mild caramel on the finish. The taste has the citrus/hop up front with the hop flower coming across subtly. The caramel is very light on the finish. Very smooth, and light mouth feel, very drinkable. This is another beer that began the journey for me to advocacy. It will always be a standard I measure other APAs against.

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Photo of dfecteau
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Had this beer a million times and can't believe i've never reviewed it. The beer that launched a thousand vessels...

A nice frothy geyser of white funk spunk mushrooms over the pint glass with thick white foam racing down the side of the glass. Ahhh refreshing. Look around, this is not brown, it's a hazy shade of copper orange.

Not much of a smell out the bottle, but on tap I know it's more pungent. Some floral hops but much. Smells are good, but taste is better.

Nice clean and in this bottle creamy combines with a great citrus hop taste. Sweet malts and hops coati your oral cavity. This is not yuk mouth, even though I don't brush.

Great beer, no wonder Jugs magazine voted this Pale Ale of the year.

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Photo of DBosco
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WuBByG999
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cardinals22
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of magine
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This brew pours a golden orange, with off white lively head that fades to a thin layer with some lacing throughout.

The brew smeels of hops, earthy backbone, citrus.

The brew tastes of hop bitterness (nice bitterness) very balanced brew. Bready malts, hops, citrus nice bitter hop finish on the finish.

Very drinkable. Very balanced. A classic, that is a staple in any beer lovers fridge. I havent drank this enough over the years. Drinks well year round - any occasion.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden/caramel color with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Bready malt and a hint of earthy hops.

Taste: I remember drinking this when I first got into craft beer and thinking it was a bitter hop bomb. It's actually a very well balanced Pale Ale. Lots of biscuity malt and some nice earthy and citrus hop flavors. Both malt and hops share the palate and make for a very good APA. Smooth throughout and tasty without being too complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with medium body and good effervescence. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: No complaints here. A standard in APAs. Would I drink it again? Most likely, although I rarely seek out APAs.

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Photo of TonyY
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Photo of jackndan
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sierra Pale Ale: Good looking beer, cloudy caramel, had a big white head that disappeared in a few minutes. Wonderful aroma, sweet, with a little hoppiness. Hits the tongue with a little sweetness, and then a nice bitter hop bite. Several sips later, it seems the hops dominate. I can tell this is a fine beer, but the bitterness is a touch to much for me.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Antg8989
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of seanyfo
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

35cl bottle poured into a Kolsch Stange

A - Deep amber/copper colouring, 3 finger head that dissapates quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Sweet malts first, some caramel, faint floral hoppy notes, flowery

T- Floral notes come through first, nice caramel sweetness offsets this and finishes with a subtle hop sharpness.

M- Moderate carbonation, moderate to full body

D- Nice interplay of hop bite and sweetness. Flavours not overpowering and this makes for a sessionable yet interesting ale. A Winner!

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 11,320 ratings
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