DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy/malt aroma, amber, good sized creamy head, some nice lace too. Hoppy at first, with a solid malt background. Well balanced, good hoppy bite, medium bodied. A truly good beer.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 21, 2003
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bitter. Kinda crappy. Tastes exactly like Summit's Pale Ale, but it is a little more carbonated and has a little more head. NOT IMPRESSED for a beer with such a high rating. I wish I had picked up some Michelob. I'm thirsty for beer, not this bitter swill.
dirtyjj (3) - Healdsburg, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003 does not count
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
These guys deserve a 20 just for the fact that they've been doing such a great job for so long. A great American standard from the first, and arguably the best macro-micro in the industry.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great summer beer. Nice amber body with decent head and retention. Cascade hops all the way. This is the ale that gave me the ability to detect Cascade hops in beer. I've drank so many it's kind of programmed in my senses. Light enough flavor and body for the hot Summer weather.Perfect session beer as well and one of the most consistent brews I know of.
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the standard by which other American Pale Ales are judged, and rightly so. Typical nose of Cascades hits you straight from the glass. Excellent bitterness and hop aroma profile. There is some malt there, but it is hidden mostly by the hops. It is good in bottles and great on tap. Readily available, this is my favorite beer in a pub as I know I will get a consistently good beer that is well hopped. Personally, I'd prefer that they play around with EKG-Fuggle flowers in the conditinoing tank, rather than Cascades, but thats a beer for another day.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 The standard all-American pale ale. Cottony white head and metallic-orange body with moderate-low carbonation and dense fine dry hop particles. Bright, citrusy Cascade hops in the nose when fresh. Aroma also has an underbelly of fruity pale malt and a briny note. Well-balanced citrusy spice and woodsy hoppiness and lightly toasted malt character in the flavor. Nice medium bitter finish. Freshness is essential. Lifeless bottles of SNPA are depressing. Often the best beer readily available on tap in the Southwestern U.S. and elsewhere. There seem to be very few beers brewed in such large quanities that still maintain decent quality like this one. On the flip side, this beer is so common that it can get boring.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hop, citrus aroma. Great cascade hop flavor. The benchmark for American pale ales.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is kind of my standard that I set all other pales by. I can always come back to Sierra Nevada and always be happy. This beer, is just hoppy enough has a good complex flavor that has a nice hoppy bite in the aftertaste. Crisp and clean in the finish, always enjoyable.
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Superb pale. Smooth hops, crisp clean finish. An amazing aroma that my nose isn't adept enough to describe.
GregClow (2848) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first time I had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was during a visit to San Francisco in the mid-90s. It was also the last time I had this beer before today, thanks to the fact that it is unavailable in Canada. My appreciation for great beer has increased a lot in the years that have passed since then and now, so while I thought it tasted good back then, it's only now that I recognize the true greatness of this beer. From it's beautiful dark golden hue, to it's sweet & floral aroma, to that heavenly blast of hops that hits the back of your tongue as you swallow - it's a true classic.