entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A true USA microbrew classic, but still not my favorite offering from Sierra Nevada. I thought that this had a lot of bitter hops until I tried a Stone India Pale Ale, which makes this seem mild mannered in comparison.
jb (2538) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 This is one of my all-time favorites and has to be about the best example of the style. Perfect color, dark orange with red tint, nice white head that stuck around. Nice aroma of hops. Palate is malty but the hops are there for balance. Not too much though and not too dry. Perfect integration of hops and malt and perfect balance.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Ølbaren Cph. Dk. Orange red colour with a big white head. Cascade hop aroma with some citrus and a hoppy dry taste. Medium to full body and a dry finish.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Elmwood after finishing midterms. Pours a nice Golden Brown with a frothy head. Nice hoppy aroma with some wheat and barley undertones. Taste is mildly hoppy with a nice crisp flavor that lingers on the tongue. Great easy drinking beer that started the style according to ClarkVV.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tons of hops and bitterness. Usually offered in swill bars so it’s a good supplement. Also looks very fashionable in a swill bar trouble is that swill bars charge $5.50 for a bottle.
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
35 cl bottle. Served in Ølfabrikken tulip. Amber color. Decent head w/ good longevity. Fresh, grassy and citrusy hop aroma. The flavor is impressively, freshly, cleanly hopped (citrus, pine, grass). Long, moderately bitter, nicely dry finish. Slight, pleasant sweetness. Superbly balanced. Extremely drinkable.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the beer that converted me from ignorance back in the ninetys. Has a nice cascade hops aroma. Head fades to almost nothing. Not as bright tasting as I remember. Bought this a supermarket about to go out of business; maybe it’s old. Still this is (one of?) the best crafted beers available in a supermarket. SNPA is to craft beer what Nirvana was to grunge rock.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. 50.8°. NB worthy glass. Pours orange red with an off white, smallish head that dissapates quickly. Sweet, hoppy, grassy aroma. Has a bit of a sour? aroma. Taste is slightly sweet, then grassy, then a bit sour. I drank 7 of these yesterday and loved everyone of them. I am getting none of the hop aroma and hoppiness from this bottle. Is it too warm, wrong glass? I will re-rate in the next couple of days.
hopmaster (7) - redlands, California, USA - FEB 7, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My "regular drinking" beer. There is always plenty in the fridge, and it is always a delight to enjoy one as the cap to a good, bad, or indifferent day. I’ve been enjoying Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for years, and through thick and thin, this beer has been great, and perhaps most importantly, *consistently* great. The folks at Sierra Nevada do a wonderful job. Bottle conditioning is something that I (as a homebrewer) appreciate. I am puzzled that this beer is not ranked higher that it is. Definitely in the top 5% of all readily available beers in the U.S., at least in the hoppy ale category. Love it. Drinking a Stone Arrogant Bastard right now and wishing it was a Sierra Nevada Pale ale. Best thing about my recent move to CA from WI? 2,045 miles closer to Chico, CA (where they make the golden nectar) than I was before!
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber gold with a small white head. Aroma was slighty hoppy, but rather boring. Flavor was nicely balanced - hop bitterness with a caramel malt sweetness. Good session pale ale.