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RATINGS: 4149   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbus (20) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
I love the complex bouquet when pouring a glass. Hard to believe something this good is sold at the local drug store!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
This is the rosetta stone of beer, used to translate macro drinkers to real beer. It had been a while since I had one of these, and I think the quality has gone down just a touch. Still a great 'macro-micro'.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmcguriman (10) - USA - AUG 15, 2003
My favorite "available everywhere in the US" beer. I just had a keg of it for a recent party and it was a huge hit amongst even the BUD drinkers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Classic West Coast pale ale. Signature Cascade hop aroma and flavor: citrusy-spicy bouquet with a grapefruit like character start to finish. Fine acidity with a nicely balanced maltiness (not to sweet, not too dry). Fine hop bitterness emerges mid-palate and follows all the way to the finish and aftertaste. Estery (fruity) flavors also emerge mid-palate that transforms into a yeasty-bready character in the aftertaste. A wonderfully complex and satisfying pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Very hoppy with a bitterness that is marginally fresh. Good overall body and flavor otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Draft at Tuckers Pub in Wildwood, NJ. This is the beer that started it for me. Nice cascase hop bite with just the right amount of bitterness to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5279) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Aug, 2003: I am really pleased to get this - from what I understand this is the original American Pale Ale, a style which is making something of an impression over here in the UK, itís path having been laid by the popularity of the Golden Summer Ales which have a similar hop profile, though are softer and cleaner in the palate. The aroma is quite heavenly - delicate, floral and spicily citric, though that does die down after a while into something more grassy and rain like, even a touch metallic. When worked slightly the pale malt aroma does rise, but doesnít last long against the hops. The taste is surprisingly clean up front, but the sweet malt soon makes an appearance, slightly sticky but with a rounded body - a satisfying base from which the citric hops do their work, gradually taking over from the sweetness to emerge dark and tangy in the finish. A very pleasant beer. [3.6]
Sept, 2004: <a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=290&FanOfID=4383>T Big Face Off. This came off very badly on the day. Even though bottle conditioned there was a noticable cardboard aroma and flavour. It simply didnít taste fresh. It came over as simplistic when compared to the other beers; lacking an interesting flavour profile and with a poor mouthfeel. I scored it 2.2. Having it again now, a few days later, and just drinking it rather than comparing it to other beers, or examining it critically, I find itís a very pleasant and enjoyable beer - though the cardboard quality is still there. [2.9]
Dec, 2004: Head to Head with <a href= Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=7658&FanOfID=4383> Little Creatures. Initially the beers seem identical. But gradually it becomes apparant that the Aussie beer tastes fresher, crisper, cleaner, fruitier... A quick look at the dates shows that the Sierra Nevada expires in 6 months time, while the Aussie one expires in 11 months time. Freshness is everything with this beer style. [3.2]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Tasty. The taste of fresh hops dominates this brew. Well balanced, just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Best of all these are easy to find and the cost isn't too outrageous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 A mass produced, widely available brew that retains much of its original greatness. Readily available, even in middle American 7-11ís. Fantastic off the keg. The wide appeal of SNPA continues to amaze me. When I serve this as the only beer on tap at house parties I never hear a complaint. The MGD crowd likes the extra flavor... and everybody else, well, they just like Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 The smell of cascade hops and the citrusy/floral smell weíve all come to admire in an American Pale Ale. It no longer has quite the freshly baked bread flavor that I used to associate in the malt of this beer, but itís still worth a buy. In our blind taste tests of pale ales, it usually come in the top half, but is no longer a challenger for the top spot.

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