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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
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11,405 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:
#3,014
Reviews:
3,045
Ratings:
11,405
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
3,222
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,405 |  Reviews: 3,045
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden-orange color with some lively carbonation and a fluffy white head.

S: While there is certainly a caramel malt sweetness, this pale ale has a very pronounced citrus and pine hoppiness to it.

T: Up front, this has nice citrus hops with the malt taking the lead through the middle before the piney, bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation which makes this a nice refreshing pale ale.

D: My fist craft beer and always a standby when out at a bar or restaurant. You can almost never go wrong with SNPA.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada appears transparent yellowish orange with a thick white head that completely coats the glass in lacing. A well balanced brew, with hop flavors in the forefront. Really drinkable, this is a refreshing beer. The carbonation level is spot on. The flavor is simple, but well done. I have has this beer all over the country, and found it to be very consistent. This is a great beer to have around when you want something light and don't want to pillage your cellar.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass at Hammerheads.

Had to have something to drink while playing pool, so I figured I'd revisit this old classic (and finally review the damn thing). It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grass, flowers, lemon peel, orange rind, and very light toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the more citrus-y hops gaining in potency a bit, balancing out the earthier ones pretty nicely; all while the toffee doesn't give much ground. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, one that deserves the status it holds.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed at my parents house, great bbq beer.
Golden amber color, moderate citrus hops with a bready caramel maltiness to back it up. Great brew, and I'm a bit surprised I haven't rated this before.

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Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lynnwood Grill

Arrived a copper color with one finger of head and nice retention. Smell is pretty hoppy for a pale ale, very floral. Taste is also quite hoppy but does not overpower. Mild malts and floral, piney hops are extremely well balanced. Medium bodied with good carbonation; a little dry but very refreshing.

A great beer. One of my favorite pale ales.

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Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a sierra nevada snifter. The brew pours a clear copper color with a rich white froth that fades to a thin film supported by rising bubbles. Overall a solid looking pale ale.

The aroma includes a faint floral to fruity hop quality with a caramel to toffee and biscuit-like grain presence that has a soft touch of butter towards the back end. Not the most vibrant bouquet but enjoyable and easily approachable.

The flavor is clean and crisp with a hoppy bitterness that is somewhat herbal and floral to fruity. Just like the aroma suggested, plenty of caramel malt that blends into the finish and is a bit buttery.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall this is solid and very easy drinking. It is a well made brew that sometimes I have admittedly overlooked in lieu of less familiar faces and/or seasonal offerings that are not always available. This is a very good standby.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After just finishing a McEwan's IPA, I just found myself in heaven. An magnificant orangish tint, with a nice white frothing head. A very thin lace, but right now it doesn't matter I am too busy enjoying the aroma to worry about how it looks. I could be blind right now and it wouldn't matter. A great citrusy full sharp delivery of wonderful cascade hops fiil me with joy. The staple of American pale ales, and this one is bottle conditioned which adds to the aroma to form a balanced full aroma with the blend of hops, yeast, and malt. The sweetness mixed with the decent amount of bittering hops does wonders for the soul, if the brewery in Chico had a church I might become a cult member. The hops are grapefruit citrusy flavored that tickle the back of the throat and at the same time the warming feeling of acohol crashes upon the palate just right. It is full of flavor and it is just the right texture to deliver the flavors, and it with the medium body this beer is one to be enjoyed all night. A wonderful part of Beer in America has this BAs approval.

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Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

When I want an APA that is easy going and easy to find and not watered down by some company that doesn't care about beer (like AB). This is what I reach for.
Pours a nice light semi-golden color yielding a one finger white head in my pint glass. Foamy speckled lacing graces the sides of the glass nicely. The smell is centered around some spicy yet grassy sweet hops, malts only slightly come out as the beer warms. Same as the taste, the palate is moderately carbonated with bitter aftertaste and finish. Overall, good for style and good for me.

This may be a simple one, but it's an APA and I don't expect it to be in the same ring as Heady Topper, a Crooked Stave Sour or even Deschutes' The Abyss. I think most people get my point if they're reading this. Cheers to great easy drinking APA's that go steady with easy to find food.

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Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11,405 ratings
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