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RATINGS: 4048   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2003
The standard by which all other American pale ales are judged. And usually there when there is a shortage of good beer. Nice spicy hop aroma. Pleasing hop/malt balance. Very good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2003
One of my standby ales. Good flavor overall. Good body. An ok beer that's usually always available in bars trying to handle real beer, but don't quite make the grade.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGeek (6) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003 does not count
Very smooth and full of flavor with a pinch of sweetness that really sets it all off. One of the better pales I've tried.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
the session beer of choice at the bar i frequent most.... tastes like, um, well, a simple APA. smooth, a tad sweet, with a some decent hoppiness. this was the beer i drank a couple of years ago when i thought i was being cool.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Wonderful bitter hoppy aroma. Slightly orange color, lightly clouded with sediment. Strong Cascade presence, backed up by a somewhat sweet maltiness. An excellent brew considering it can be found almost anywhere

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Let me start out by saying this is a very enjoyable beer for multiple occasions. A little mild in the hop and malt aroma with a hint of pine. Poured light and clear with a clear copper color and a medium head. Flavor was balanced and very easy to drink. Mild hop malt and a touch of citrus. Palate was very smooth. A very nice American Pale Ale. I only wish it had a little more hop, pine flavor.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was my original standard against which I judged all other American Pales and IPAs. After they started filtering it, that changed. From the initial mildly bitter bite, which is well balanced with a slight maltiness, to the outstanding aromatic finishing, this beer is simply outstanding. I do miss the sediment of the old days, though....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SEAMASTER (3) - ELKHORN, Nebraska, USA - NOV 12, 2003 does not count
My first Pale Ale. Sierra has an unforgetable flavor that makes your mouth water for more

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skuDZ (16) - Fremont, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Nice smell of hops. Very strong rich tasting hops, nice and bitter. Not too exciting, but a great APA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 With the split into the draft and bottled versions, I am making a new rating. Bright orange body with a thin white head. The aroma is dark bread with a little bit of oranges and and vanilla. The taste is orange peels, bread crust and some spicy black pepper in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.


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