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RATINGS: 4335   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2004
Nice dark golden colour - don't think a pale ale could look any more appealing. Nice and hoppy nose, with lots of floral notes. Good 'mouthfeel' and level of bitterness make this an easy-drinkking ale that would be a great everyday beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenaibrew (11) - Sterling, Alaska, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Great tasting pale ale, the cascade hops can be tasted and this is a good thing since they make a great ale. Deep color and full body also lend to the great taste of a great beer, if you haven't tried on tap, it beats the hell out of the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Draft--Nice golden-amber color, somewhat thin head. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of citrus. Smooth taste that is well balanced, good finish. An easy drinker that isn't overly complex.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Nice, fruity aroma. The color is a light golden color. Flavor is hoppy with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very easy to drink and it goes well with any meal.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Rich amber color with a dissipating white head. Nice hoppy bouquet that gives way to a smooth, slightly bitter taste. Very easy on the palate.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2004
I'm gonna have to go against the grain on this one (ha-ha, get it?). I have tried this on more than one occasion and just do not like it. The flavour is both hoppy and malty, but somehow yuppy. I mean, I feel like a yuppy drinking it. Not only is appearance-wise totally not my style, but taste-wise as well. Pale ales I don't dig so much. In this style, I prefer the flavour of Sweetwater 420. Frankly, I'm surprised Sierra Nevada Pale Ale gets such a high rating - and a little puzzled. I don't understand it. This kind of thing just isn't my bag.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 4, 2004
nice orange gold color with a white head, lots of carbonation. lovely aroma of citrus, hops, spice, and a bit of carmel. very good hop flavor with a bit of spice...dry finish. i think this is a great pale ale...again a very drinkable beer, especially on a nice hot summer night.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Bottle. Pours a nice translucent golden, quick diminishing thin head. Crisp, fresh, hoppy aroma. well balanced, hops & malt. I absolutely love this stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Ahh, the original. Somewhat disappointing, though - pale ales have come a long way. Aroma is slightly skunky, which is surprising b/c I bought this in a closed 12-pack, so it shouldn't have been exposed to light. After the skunkiness clears, I'm left with a mild grapefruit hop aroma and a faint fruitiness. Clear amber color, thin white head. Balance is great in the flavor - good bitterness, moderate hop flavor and there is enough malt to support it, very mild fruitiness. Medium-full body, smooth. Overall, this is a great, easy drinking, session APA. No where near the Harvest Ale, but then not many are. Good all-purpose beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1488) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Very thin head with a coppery color. Aroma was of hops and malt. Compared to other pale ales it seems to be just average. This pale ale didn’t attack my senses like some of the ales that I have rated. This ale is readily available in stores selling beer in Virginia so if looking for a pale ale this is your drink. Others that I have enjoyed have been much better. It is great safe APA whenever out for dinner.


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