JB99 (27) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not a big fan of pale ale anyway but this one seems to have a bad aftertaste.
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, GBBF London. Amber colour, low head and condition. Nice hoppy aroma , lots more hop flavour and bitterness with a balancing malt in the body and a long hoppy finish.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have finally given in to rating SNPA. I probably have had more Sierras than any other better beer. That all happened without thinking about the beer most of the time. The nose is very floral and spicy. The palate is packed with a tropical fruit tamed by malt. A wonderful example of an APA. Nice dry finish.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad pale ale I have had better. But the beer goes down well. It has a nice fruity bitter taste to it.
TheBeerGod (5224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad considering it’s use of Cascade hops. Bitter but not overwhelming, but not a very pleasing aftertaste, thanks to the Cascade hops. Not the best, but not the worst either. It tasted OK cold with a sub and was free.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 On tap: This is the first time that I've had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap since I've joined RateBeer. In the bar I wrote down my ratings and now that I'm looking at my first rating, I see that all the numbers are unchanged. Nice! First rating: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is great. The best hoppy pale ale for the money. I wish more beers were bottle conditioned.
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had it on tap, but thought it was a very good looking, tasteful beer. I’ll definately be drinking it again.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like a constant companion, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is always there for me. Easy to find in grocery stores and in many restaurants, this beer has become one of my favorite pales. Deep reddish color and a little maltier than most pale ales. Fantastic hops character balances out the malt. This is a hopped beer for all seasons and occasions. I would drink it in a boat, I would drink it in a moat ...
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 I gave this one another try and was quite impressed. Good hoppiness but not overbearing. Refreshing and easy to drink. This is my favorite session ale.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2002
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hmmm, maybe the keg was getting kinda skunky, but I tried this beer on tap one time and was not impressed. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has a long ways to go before it reaches a the quality of an ale such as Newcastle. The initial taste reminded me a lot of battery acid, and suprisingly enough, so did the finish. I simply did not like this beer.