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RATINGS: 4018   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


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2003
This pale ale is the color of dark urine. It tastes very bitter, but after a few sips it's not so bad.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrinityRoseFae (11) - san mateo, California, USA - APR 30, 2003
burnt orange colour, the most lucious floral scent that mixes quite well with the taste and adds to the complexity of the beer.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2003
This is the highest rated beer I have rated thus far. Head quickly disappates. Lighter in color than I would expect for a pale ale. Nothing notable about the smell. Taste is more complex than other pales I have tasted. Bitter and sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 My favorite pale ale thus far. The Sierra Nevada has a great spicy flavor and the hops are tasteful. Truely a great beverage.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2003
Has a nice amber color with some carbonation and a hop smell. Taste is slightly malted and finishes with a crisp hop flavor. Overall this is a fine pale ale, but the BBC Steel Rail is my choise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2003
A classic West Coast pale ale. Well-balanced with good use of hops. A solid beer, but not my first choice these days when there are so many more unique and interesting beers out there. Still, you can't go wrong with this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2003
A pleasant pale ale. Crisp and hoppy, yet not as complex as standouts in the style (see Three Floyds Alpha King or Founders Pale Ale). A good option when faced with a wall of Budweiser or Miller products.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Beautiful hazy copper color; creamy head. Aroma of earthy hops, dusty, white sugar, white pepper, puke. Medium body, dry caramel flavor, quite good hopping level and quality, a bit grassy. Dry finish, quite long. Good but without soul.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2003
Good beer. A sweet fruity amber ale. Nicley balanced malt and hopps. Could use a little more hop pressence though. Good brew!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
On tap:
Poured a golden color with a thin white head. Some lacing.
Hops are in the aroma. Not too much else in the aroma.
Hops and malt are nicely balanced compared to some of the over the top APA's out there. Almost a peaty, spicy hop bite. Pleasent and drinkable.
Smooth palate that improved as the temp of the beer increased.


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