Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
11,341 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:
#2,926
Reviews:
3,033
Ratings:
11,341
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
316
Gots:
3,187
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,341 |  Reviews: 3,033
Photo of jkn09
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WuBByG999
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cardinals22
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikerieder
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of breardon1776
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always liked Sierra Nevada beers and they've been in the game a long time, but to me this is just an beer that's slightly above average. Nice amber/orange color and nice balance of hops and malt. Some lacing. Not overly bitter. Goes down smooth. A good beer with no gimmicks.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wcu80
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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 Trio2shine
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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%

Photo of 5EKF
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 tarheels4life23
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

on-tap

Sierra Nevada Pale ale was a nice orange-amber color with good clarity. It had a white head with good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was cirtus hops and some light malt. The taste was more hops than malt with a little bitterness and hoppy dry finish. It was medium-light in body with good carbonation. Drinkabilty was very good. It's a good tasting, easy to find APA that I keep coming back to.

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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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Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zestd
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thatche2
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear gold with a small head that dissipated quickly. The smell is very hoppy and slightly sweet. The taste is hoppy and bitter. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp. The carbonation has a noticeable bite. This is an excellent example of a pale ale.

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Photo of leedorham
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. Orange in color with a good sized off-white head.

S - Bouquet of floral & piney hops. A bit of grassiness but not unpleasant.

T - Again with the hops. This certainly represents the west coast well. Fairly dry with a definite hop focus. Some citrus character.

M - A bit thin but overall nice. Strong carbonation level perhaps a tad high for my liking.

D - Very drinkable pale. I like that a beer like this is so incredibly popular.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,341 ratings
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