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RATINGS: 4500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Poured a clear amber with decent head and lacing. Disappointing aroma in that there is only a very little to smell of aromatic hops. Not a highly carbonated beer, so the mouthfeel was better than average. The carbonation didn’t burn when you keep the beer in your mouth for an extended period of time. The floral bitterness is what I taste initially, then other sweet citrus and malt flavors rear their heads. Good aftertaste with some complexity.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dj4u2no (13) - Alabama, USA - JUL 12, 2005
My everyday beer because i’m a hop head. I think if you haven’t tried this yet you’re missing out on a delicious experience.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
Couleur orangée surmontée d’une faible à moyenne quantité de mousse blanche tachetée. Des multitudes de dépôts microscopiques circulent librement dans le verre. Arômes très parfumés de houblons citronnés, de levure et de faible caramel . Une intelligente combinaison de houblons floral et amérisant en bouche s’exclame sur un malt plein de corps et un tantinnet sucré. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation active et très piquante, finale légèrement amérisante. Satisfaisante et sans prétention, une excellente Pale Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1418) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 I liked the draft of this version better, but the difference is hardly noticable. good beer nice well balanced hop taste.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thecrazyroach (8) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 8, 2005 does not count
bottle; a friend asked me if i were stranded on a desert island with only one beer to choose; this would be it. Hands down, in my opinion, the best american pale ale ever brewed. Cascade hops are great.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gilamonster24 (8) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 the pride of chico, this american pale ale is the best pale i’ve yet to come in contact with.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
The first time I had SNPA, I thought why would anybody ever want to drink something so bitter. Little did I know, that that was only the tip of the hops iceberg, and that I would come to love that flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluentsky (10) - Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2005
12 oz bottle. Yeasty nose with mild hop overtones. Medium amber pour with non-lasting, lightly carbonated head. Herbal, almost perfumy topnote with slight bitterness. Varietal gracenotes with slight hints of burnt caramel. Mildly bitter, slightly lingering finish. Good stuff. Remember to not drink the last ounce or so because it’s bottle conditioned – Unless you like a good brewer’s yeast hit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
I drank this out of the bottle just to do something different. Suprisingly it was just as good. Hop notes are almost downplayed because you get a more concentrated stream. It is more bitter at first, but then it fades faster cause less of your tongue gets coated. Still a great beer that I am thrilled is almost everywhere now.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Bottle. Medium amber color with little to no head. Fresh hoppy and flowery nose, with crisp hop and pine flavors balanced with citrus and even a hint of fruity sweetness. I prefer hoppier pale ales, but this is definitely the most well balanced one I’ve had.


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