Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.03/5
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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:
#3,340
Reviews:
3,064
Ratings:
11,524
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
325
Gots:
3,314
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 11,524 |  Reviews: 3,064
Photo of moundbz
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like semi dark honey with some foam, great smell but not to fragrant, balanced crisp brew solid taste

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

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

Photo of jeonseh
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice light amber color with a thick golden white head that doesn't dissolve too quickly; very smooth; a good IPA rone that has the bitter taste that usually is associated with the IPA without leaving a bad aftertaste in the mouth; actually a little bit of a tart taste too which i almost want to say is a hint of lemon or at least taste's like it; actually has a lot of citrusy undertones in general; a pretty good beer that i would definitely recommend especially if you enjoy IPAs

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Photo of Beezee
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of stogirelli
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper with a big foamy head that quickly recedes and leaves spotty touches of lace all over the glass. Aroma is slightly bready and is dominated by floral / citrus hops. There's a light touch of caramel malt in the taste, but this is quickly overtaken by the citrus hop / lasting grapefruit rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side; its a fairly drinkable and refreshing ale. Here's to the brew that is the "gateway" for many of us craft beer geeks -

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Photo of seavercm
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of dfecteau
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 cj8311
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint,

The pour is a darkish yellow with copper tinges. A very proud creamy off-white head forced me to stop pouring with half an inch left in the bottle. The lacing is wonderful and a good cap never goes away.

The nose is divided between pink grapefruit and oddly, melon, from the use of solely Cascade hops and grainy bread.

Taste essentially mimmicks smell. Grapefruit becomes more dominant with sour juice, not sweetness. Some bready malt intercedes before grapefruit pith bitterness finishes.

Good carbonation level doesn't disturb the flavors and the weight on the palate is perfectly full.

Without this beer, the craft beer worldwide might not be where it is today. To many of us beer geeks this may not bring the excitement of an Imperial IPA, but it is a damn solid beer. Even though it isn't technically sessionable this would make a good all nighter.

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

Photo of cletusdog
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Photo of Baab200
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Needmorebeer312
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Stezz420
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of IronTom
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of obywan59
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden to orange-amber with a 2 finger whitish head that settles rather quickly leaving a ring around the glass and a smattering of lacing ,

Light spice and grassiness of hops with a bit of citrus in the aroma with some rich malt in the background.

I noticed some light sweetness and plenty of tart citrus upfront. The rising bitterness, however, will not be outdone. Light toasted malt in the end.

A bit on the light side of medium bodied. Almost fizzy at times and drying on the tongue with a burn in the throat.

I first tried this beer a few years ago, but it was skunked, in fact I had a string of skunked SN brews. Last week I bought it again, deciding to give it another chance. Saturday, I drank 3 of them, and though it wasn't skunked, I wasn't impressed. An off bitterness, and not much else. Perhaps my taste was off, because tonight, I finally see what everyone is talking about. A well-rounded, full-flavored brew. A greatt summer ale. I'll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a nearly transparent,amber with a stark white cap of nearly 3 inches.Really good retention and attractive gummy strands of lacing on the glass.

S-Grassy and citrusy hops upfront,followed substantially by biscuit-like malts and a slight toffee character.

T-Pale malts,orange and lemon zest,sourdough bread,
pine and slight sugars.

M-Light side of medium bodied.Smooth and approachable.Good carbonation.

O-The hop lovers gateway drug.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,524 ratings