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RATINGS: 4067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Available in bottles. Special draft of this beer is available only at the brewery!
Draft SNPA at all other locations is a different recipe and is listed separately.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a delightful example of the classic pale ale style. It has a deep amber color and a exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. The fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor are the results of the generous use of the best Cascade hops.<P> Bottle Conditioned.
IBUs: 37
Bittering Hops: Magnum & Perle
Finishing Hops: Cascade
Malts: Two-row Pale & Caramel


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3131) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2004
It is easy to see why this is a benchmark beer. It's high quality, assertiveness, and ready availability have made it the beer that is "American Pale Ale". It's simplicity is classic, yet refined. A beer that is good to come back to from time to time with never any regrets.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2004
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a medium-sized white head. A slightly above average APA, weak on hoppy flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Nice amber pour, with a nice aroma. Almost like a malty IPA, but not quite there. Much better on tap (remarkably so). A bitter taste that can become overbearing if you drink too much. It's a very fine example of the APA.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yupnc (2) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2004 does not count
Certainly, not the best beer on the planet - but it will never do you wrong. This beer is always fresh and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
it has a nice and tight white head that loves to lounge. pale gold body, fizzy - tiny bubbles. weak aroma, but refreshing and hoppy. it has a nice bitter bite with minimal malt backing that comes with a shy yet juicy citrus punch. it's crisp and reminiscent of herbal tea. it's nothing anywhere near a miracle and nowhere deep in complexity, but it's damn drinkable.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2004
I didn't care much for this beer, had it on tap, bitter. Didn't finish. Most people I know really like this beer, but I'll pass next time. The other options for me on tap were Coors Light, and Bud Light, so this was the obvious choice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2004
To me, this beer is forcibly hoppy and anything but "full-bodied" or "complex" as the brewer claims. One nice thing is that it is always fresh, I suppose, because everyone and their momma drinks the stuff. I find it too bitter and unbalanced. Not a very pleasant or refreshing beer unless it is quite cold and poured on my head on a hot day. I could think of a more than a few other APAs from the west I'd rather drink, like Blue Heron, Anchor Liberty, or Mirror Pond that are just as available and inexpensive.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Like other beers from this brewery, hops are definitely present...hallelujah! Amber-colored, decent head, and a citrus-y flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (587) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
fresh highly hopped aroma, pours with a copper hue and frothy head, highly hopped with a firm body, very bitter finish, a fine APA.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DatFlycat (12) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
One confession straight-away...I loathe the Pale Ale. As such my review is appropriate. I find this beer to be the #1 most overrated beer on the market. I've tried over and over and over to acquire its taste, each time failing. I cannot stomach the bitterness. All hops no malt. I take the blame for such a contrarian review...I obviously must be to blame here. I'm the metaphorical mobile home in the tornado of glowing praise (an all-too-appropriate analogy for many of you, I presume).


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