Sierra Nevada Brown Ale

Sierra Nevada Brown Ale

Rated 3.313 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  Brown Ale

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

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A traditional brown ale brewed with a blend of roasted and caramelized malts, as well as the renowned British aromatic Goldings hops. This dark and flavorful ale is medium-bodied, with a delightful malt character.

ID: 12630 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank9449
Overall Percentile80.1
Style Rank169 of 1045
Style Percentile83.8
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.345
Weighted Score3.313
Standard Deviation0.422

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  • RICHSBEER 1730 reviews
    rated 2.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This beer pours a nice clearish brown color, that has a nice tan head on it. The head had good retention, and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of toasted malts, nuts, chocolate and nice spicy hop. The taste is of toasted malts, a lot of nuttiness, and a nice hop bite. There are also nice notes of bittersweet chocolate and toffee. The finish tastes of Caramel sweetness and some hoppy bitterness as well. The mouthfeel has a nice medium body and moderate carbonation. It is nicely balanced, and there is also a slight tingly feel as well as a bit of a chewy quality to it.

  • GPILAFAS 266 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Deep dark red pour with a tan head. Plenty of lace. Mouthfeel was a little thin. The flavor is a bit disappointing due to the strong hop bitterness.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 2.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    another old entry from old notes .. . brown, murky .. light head, sturdy wispy lacing .. . are germans resilient? .. . an average brown but not impressive, even for Sierra Nevada ..

  • CYBERCAT 10151 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Comes out of the tap a clear mahogany brown with a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled cream-colored head. Aroma is malty and spicy with just a hint of caramel. Flavor is malty and has a strong overtone of cinnamon, as well as a hint of yeast and touches of caramel and hops. Texture is very smooth and substantial, just a little tingly and quite satisfying.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    ok brown, actually a little hoppier than the style calls for, which can be good or bad depending who you ask. i thought it was so/so...i've had better, but far worse. worth trying if you like the style. 1/10-really boring when sampled with their other stuff.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with light hops. Taste is dominated by caramel and light molasses malt with a clean dry finish with some light hops. Body is pretty full for the style with some good carbonation. I thought this was very good for a style, which is too often boring.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    2006 label. Pretty sweet, as to be expected, with a faintly recognizable flash of hops at the very end. I thought this would be a bit more hoppy than it was, considering the brewer. A lot of caramelly sweetness up front. Nicely carbonated. Not much "bite," making this one rather smooth going down. A good beer, but probably not something I'll seek out again.

  • ~WELDER~ 279 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    bold. sweat. you can really taste the barley malt. it has a nice blend of hops, not to much. a nice medium body. it poured a prefect brown color with tan head. a little nutty, like burnt coffee.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a hazey, semi clear brown colour with a medium tan head. Rumbles full of nuttiness, fresh roasted coffee, vanilla and maple syrup. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, othewise smooth and creamy- lots of sweet, not overly rich roasted malt and nutty flavors.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 2.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Hazy dark amber colour with minor white head. Aroma is malts, hops and caramel. Flavour is malts, grass and slight caramel. Pleasant and easy to drink.

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