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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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zarniwoop (6) - Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2005 does not count
A nice pale amber ale. Bitter, hoppy flavor, but comparatively mild, thus its broad appeal. No real "problem area" - an all-around good choice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Pours a riviting golden/amber color with a good amount of carbonation. Has a nice strong smell of hops, apracote, and spicyness. Has a nice bite to it. Can really taste the bitter hops, and some piney spices. I really like how this beer feels in my mouth; has a nice body so you can enjoy the hoppy, spicy flavor from the front to the back of my tongue.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bottle, golden amber in color, medium white head, minimal lacing, aroma of hops with a slight skunky smell, minimal floral, taste of hops and slight skunk and bitterness. a fairly mild and bland pale ale. i definitely don’t agree with this being a good american pale ale. i’d drink it over budweiser or miller at the store but that’s about it.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
riot8088 (3) - USA - JAN 13, 2005 does not count
The pale ale to compare other pale ales. I’m not saying its the best though, but I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Pours amber with a small and quickly dissapearing head.. Nice floral and malt aroma. Has a mildly sweet taste with a good hoppy mix.. Good Pale Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Can’t believe I haven’t rated this yet.....it seems whenever there’s nothing else worth drinking there’s old faithful---SNPA. Medium gold color, medium head. Mild malts and hops. A hoppy, slightly malty pale ale. Full flavor. Good balance of hops to malts. Mouthfeel is basically smooth. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. The classic Pale ale. I’ve had some "not so good" bottles of this stuff, but I would attribute that to the poor storage practices of a few watering holes I’ve frequented.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Small Bottle.Pale orange in colour,Plenty of jif and hops,some satsuma,maybe clementine,sweet and cloying at the same time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2005
This one of my favorite stock beers to just have around. It’s one of the first beers that got me interested in better beer (i.e., craft beer). It’s a great beer to introduce people to better beverages than they are used to. Great aroma with flowers and citrus (grapefruit), malt (hay or straw) and a bit of yeast. Very drinkable looking beer. The flavor is very nice to just sit and drink. I found that if I taste this in usual tasting fashion (for rating), I like it less. The flavor does not balance out as well as I would like and there is a very unpleasant bitter nutshell aftertaste. However, if I just sit and drink this thing, relatively cold, I really enjoy it. Though it may not be world class, it has its merit and I enjoy it very much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Sierra Nevada is "The Budweiser of California" as I remember overhearing in a bar years ago. That comment made me laugh, because it is to appropriate. It is THE signature US west-coast dry-hopped pale ale with, what seems to be the widest distribution. Cascade hop flavor, but not too much. Nice body, but not too much. Extremely clean alcohol finish. A good beer, but not much character. A nice sanitized introduction to the US west coast pale ale style.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2005
dark amber in color with about a quarter inch white head. tasted of spices and hops, nice even taste. nice smooth finish.


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