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RATINGS: 4566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2005
White head on top of a goldish red body. Smell is rich, with a bit of spice, hops, grain, and fruit. Taste is smooth and dry, with definite hop presence and an underlying sweetness that doesnt take over. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
telepork (84) - USA - JUN 15, 2005
This is now in heavy distribution in Texas/New Mexico market. I love this beer. Bottle or tap (cared for tap is better). Creamy taste surrounds your tongue and skunky (in a good way) smell complemnts your palate in every sip. Donít gun this stuff like a Rolling Rock, but donít let it sit in your mouth too long. Drink it like water when youíve got a dry throat. Canít say enough about this affordable yet spectacular micro form California.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - JUN 14, 2005
This is my "Go to" beer when in CA. Amber color with medium creamy head. A great West Coast Pale. Hoppy, citrus, pine. A balanced brew, nice malt and just enough bitterness. Solid

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a fairly clear copperish amber with a medium white head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is pure Cascades and sweet crystal malt squeezing its way through. Flavor starts malty sweet (sometimes I get a bit of diacetyl) with some breadiness and with an excellent bouquet of citrussy/floral hop flavor and just the right amount of bitterness. Finishes quite dry. Mouthfeel, while not full, its perfect for an easy drinking APA. A stand by beer for me given itís availability and freshness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2005
after reading the commercial description about the generous use of Cascade hops, I was surprised by the mild flavor. the overall impression was that this was unbalanced by being a little short on the malt side. in looking for a crossover beer for some swill drinking friends, this wonít do it.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2005
Amber in colour, with a small dissapating white head. Solid aroma of grapefruit. Taste is a little unbalanced, with more grapefruit coming through and a heavy bitterness. Minimal evidence of malty flavours, but a nice spicyness. A pretty tasty beer. Not bad

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2005
A mainstay in the fridge, can buy almost anywhere and loves to be drank in quantity. Everyone has had this, so I will just say that it gets my official seal of dank beer approval.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Another of my standard go-to brews. Inspiration for my venture into homebrewing. Great summer session beer. Itís very basic but very well made, and fantastically refreshing and infiinitely satisfying/quenching.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Itís the beer that got me into brewing and craft beers. Between the lots at dead shows in the 90s and living in SC/NC (states with less than 6% ABV caps) it was always easy to find and very enjoyable. I always seem to have a SNPA in my beer fridge. Itís THE gateway to craft beer world.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Despite being bottle conditioned, this beer poured a beautiful clear amber color with a small white rocky head. Unfortunately the head completely disappeared in a short time leaving no lacing. The aroma had a nice balance of malt and hops. There were hints of bread, and grass. It had a medium body with an oily texture and lively carbonation. The finish was bitter, almost astringent and long lasting. The flavors too were nicely balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. There were hints of grapefruit and resin in the middle as well.


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