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RATINGS: 4292   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was my original standard against which I judged all other American Pales and IPAs. After they started filtering it, that changed. From the initial mildly bitter bite, which is well balanced with a slight maltiness, to the outstanding aromatic finishing, this beer is simply outstanding. I do miss the sediment of the old days, though....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SEAMASTER (3) - ELKHORN, Nebraska, USA - NOV 12, 2003 does not count
My first Pale Ale. Sierra has an unforgetable flavor that makes your mouth water for more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skuDZ (16) - Fremont, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Nice smell of hops. Very strong rich tasting hops, nice and bitter. Not too exciting, but a great APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 With the split into the draft and bottled versions, I am making a new rating. Bright orange body with a thin white head. The aroma is dark bread with a little bit of oranges and and vanilla. The taste is orange peels, bread crust and some spicy black pepper in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
stranger34 (8) - USA - NOV 8, 2003 does not count
oh man, I was all psyched to try this beer. but I was disappointed. Call me ignorant but I was impressed until it entered my mouth. Tasted like cough medicine to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Great tasting beer. Never had a pale ale before trying this and I was very impressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Pours an amber color, with a good head that can last. Good bitter hops flavor and other flowery aromas. This beer is damn good and readily available in every grocery and good bar in my town. damn good beer, I had to say it again!!!!!!!�

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermoose (25) - Blainville, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2003
Probably the best Pale Ale brewed in the USA. I would classify it more as an IPA though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Coppery amber color. White head that fades fast. Smell is citrusy hops over a base of caramel malt. Some grassy and piney hop aromas. Taste is grapefruit and dark brown sugar. Finishes sweet. Not as hoppy as I would have expected, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Pours a transparent light copper color with a fine 1.5 cm head that is very bubbly. This dissipates rather rapidly. Aroma is pleasant and of the cascade hops. Start is sweet to a point, then hopping up, only to finish rather smoothly. Palate is a little unbalanced. Other than that, another solid Sierra Nevada brew.(8/3/7/3/14)----& had this on tap at the brewery. This is the only place in the world where the bottle version is offered on tap. 8 ounce sample. Aroma has plenty of piney C-hops present along with mild orange citrus hints. Sweet maltiness backs this up. Floral notes are also apparent. This is nicely aromatic. Transparent dark golden/orange body with a small off-yellowish head present. Starts with herbal and floral light hop bitterness before this becomes a bit toasty in the middle. Finishes with some moderate piney C-hop flavors. Decent bitterness, and lightly metallic. Some mustiness is there as well.

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