Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Rated 3.693 by BeerPals

Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  American Pale Ale

5.6% Alcohol by Volume

37 International Bittering Units

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Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. GOLD MEDAL WINNER Great American Beer Festival (American Pale Ale: 1995, 1994, 1993; Classic English Pale Ale: 1992; Pale Ale: 1990, 1989, 1987) ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.6% BY VOLUME YEAST TOP-FERMENTING ALE YEAST BEGINNING GRAVITY 13.0 PLATO BITTERING HOPS MAGNUM & PERLE ENDING GRAVITY 4.0 PLATO FINISHING HOPS CASCADE BITTERNESS UNITS 37 MALTS TWO-ROW PALE & CARAMEL

ID: 509 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Most noted beer attributes

can-liner 50%
drying 50%
gassy 50%
malty 50%
cooked onion 50%
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Overall Rank1124
Overall Percentile97.9
Style Rank18 of 2214
Style Percentile99.2
Lowest Score1.0
Highest Score4.9
Average Score3.704
Weighted Score3.693
Standard Deviation0.623

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  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 4.2 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I'm told this is the quintessential craft beer and it is now available in Ontario in cans. Can. Colour - a golden amber, good effervescence, this off-white head. Aroma - grapefruit, cereals, yeast, and spices. Mouthfeel - almost full bodied, well carbonated. Flavour - it starts off a little malty, but after that, it's all about the hops. And that is a good thing.

  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 3.8 5 years ago

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

    A medium gold colored beer with good aroma and good flavor. Lots of hops without overpowering the rest of the palate. I've heard lots about it and glad I finally tried it.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

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

    On tap at Bier Markt, Ottawa. Pours an average size frothy off white head and has a pale golden appearance. Sticky dirty lacing. Aromas are mainly grassy hops and a bit malty notes. Flavours are piney and grassy hops, quite fruity and citrusy. A little bit of bitterness and good balance with sweetness. Lively carbonation. Pretty good retention. Has a fairly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

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

    One of my go-to pale ales - crisp, refreshing and well-balanced in all respects. Nothing unusual here, just an honest plae ale with all requisite qualities. Sometimes simplicity is nice.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Somewhat hazy darker yellow with white foam head. Lacing to glass and staying all the way. like this. Aroma is hoppy with some citrus. Taste is surprisingly bitter with long lasting aftertaste. Tasted prfct withthe blackened tuna I ordered. (Salt Lake City 201208)

  • TONE77 221 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

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

    Pours a dark golden color. Smell is on the hoppy side. Taste is hops up front, some bitterness, malts kicking in at the finish. Overall an easy drinking beer.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

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

    Pours a golden amber with a decent size head. Aroma is hoppy but a tad bland. Taste is hoppy with metalic hints and finishes off a tad dry. Overall a nice beer. Will have again and again.

  • RICHSBEER 1894 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

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

    pours a nice orangish amber color, with a nice spiced aroma. nice fruity taste with a very clean refreshing finish. This is what a real micro brew pale ale is supposed to taste like.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

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

    I've had this beer SO MANY TIMES that I was shocked to see that I never reviewed it. This beer was my pale ale/IPA gateway. This beer is legendary and always satisfies. The beer is hoppy and resiny. It smells of grapefruit and pine - the flavor tracks the aroma. One if the reasons this beer is so satisfying is because it is remarkably consistent. You can NEVER go wrong with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

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

    Pretty big and hoppy for a pale ale, but its the one that started the whole US microbrew revolution really, and I can see why. At the time this brew would have been unlike anything else on the market. Now, the beer is high grapefuit, bit bigger and rounded out malts than many US pale ales now exhibit, great dry hopped aromas, lots and lots of grapefruit, but a bit of apple and a touch of forest show up too. Lemon oils a little bit. Quite nice.

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