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RATINGS: 4374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Warfaust (2) - California, USA - APR 29, 2004 does not count
This beer is absolutely delightful. The hoppy aroma and flavor are out of this world, and make a body glad to be alive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Great pour. Nice balance, a little on the spicy side, but not overpowering in any sense. This beer has no real weak spots. Just plain good beer here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
Hops and cream and noticeable creamy head. Taste with an offsetting bitterness that I didn't care for or expect. Strong bitter mouthfeel that cut points. Better with food, and that match I think would be spicey such as spicey pasta as it would neutralize the mouth. Citrus floral and pine aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 25, 2004
ah...the hippie beer itself. A good beer that is widely distributed. Pours amber with a average head. Spicey and hoppy. A good pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2004
Sparkiling amber, fluffy white head. Nose of sweet grapefruit, flowers, fuzzy fruit, and malt. Similar in taste. Decent hop bite with a nice balancing malty sweetness. Medium bodied, sweet hoppy finish. Always a guaranteed winner....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3919) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 One of the best things about this Pale Ale is that is available just about everywhere. I suppose part of the reason is that it is good and consistent. I like to support my local breweries, and goodness knows we have enough of them, but this is about as good as it gets. Beautiful slightly dark amber hue, nice suds on top, with just the right amount of hops to give it that correct "buzz". There is an aroma of fruit or flowers that greets you when you first open the bottle but recedes quickly after it hits the glass. But all in all, a very dependable and highly drinkable ale. And unlike a lot of brews the second bottle tastes as good as the first. This the best selling draft been in many Eureka restaurants and so I get to drink it quite a bit. For such as mass produced beer it remains pretty remarkable. I used to rate this a 4.2 but as time has past and many hundreds of beers later I have to lower the rating a tiny bit. Not that this has gotten worse, I just have to put it in iits proper perspective.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 22, 2004
Effervescent Scent to the Nose. Some Head. Amber Colour. Mouthfeel is quite Impressive. The brew goes down easily and is refreshingly smooth and Hoppy. There is considerable Lace sorounding the glass and the flavour that lingers is that of Grapefruits and Tangerines. Kudos to SNBC for an oustanding brew. Good to the last drop. Enjoy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2004
Let me start be saying, Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! Poured a clear golden orange with a sea of small bubbles rising to form a very impressive large fluffy white head, which graciously sat on top of the beer for its entirety. Heavenly floral aroma of cascade hops. Its like walking through a botanical garden. The beer hits my tongue with a burst of mellow floral hops and finishes perfectly with a touch of caramel. The body is full but still light enough so you can easily have another one, or eight. Great BEER!! Good American Pale Ale!! Sierra Nevada's best IMO. "This is gold Jerry, gold"!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JuanitoBandito (3) - USA - APR 19, 2004 does not count
I didn't really know what hops tasted like before I tried this beer. It was a little too strong for me at first but it has become one of my favorites. Beautiful color and full favor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
A pure bright amber color, with a thick and sturdy off-white head, that crackles as it crumbles. Aroma is bursting over with fruit, peaches, foremost, plus apricots, some citrus, melons, more? Great citrusy hop bite greets you on the palate,with a brief and sweetish finish soon after. Smooth texture, light body, but fully flavorful. Uncomplicated and refreshing. Bitterness is low, malt is firm. Perfectly balanced, and infinitely enjoyable! In past years, I'd given this staple micro less credit than it deserves. I thought all pale ales were alike, and this one wasn't extraordinary to warrant the attention it receives. Just buy the local brew, and keep them in business, I thought. I still believe in that , of course, but I must accept that the flavor and quality in SN PA are really special and unique.

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