stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in SanFran: served with small diminishing head. Aroma dominated by hops. Spicy and citrus combined. Also evident in the flavor. Bittering is intermingled with mild maltiness and palatable as well. Session! I’m glad most places are starting to have at least this beer.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:Just got my first fresh bottle and enjoyed more than the draft. Carbonation from the bottle conditiong a plus.The carb.also made flavors more evident,still balanced.Still,Classic. DRAFT:Had this earlier tonight with dinner. Huge aroma of hops.Much fresher than any bottle I’ve had of this. This is definition pale ale. Big malt flavor and perfect bitterness.Very refreshing and easily quaffible.Will go back for more in future.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I call this my every where beer, cause I can usually get it any where I go. Fo those moments your at a place that does not have the greatest beer selection.
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
For a such a widely produced ale, its very good. It has a nice crispy-bitter finish and is consistant (as one would expect from a ’big’ brew).
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of my favorite beers...and by far my favorite pale ale. It’s a wonderful beer with a good head, full body to it,and tastes different with every sip. Drink up.
Supaflyfresh99 (98) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Its pretty good.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Re-rate: very dissapointing and not what i remember, where had all those aromatic hops gone? where was the malty body? mowhere to be found. Its still decent, but this surely can't have gone downhill that quickly, since it was only a year ago i had it. Still, drinkable.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like Brew4Dug says, SNPA is
my ’staple’ brew of this genre.
Many homebrews were certainly
modeled after this beer’s
unforgettable Cascade hopping.
I know, I know, overhopping
with Cascade hops is
SOOO 1994, but c’mon, this is
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale!
In all seriousness, the hops does
introduce a strange, juniper-like acidity.
It’s not so bitter in my mouth as
in my stomach!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious. One of my favorite pale ales, loved the fruity aspect and of course, the hoppiness.
psychojinx99 (1) - fort collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best - period. More than really good beer - no joke...a pseudo-magical ellicter of old memories and good times. This brew does something special to the psyche- no doubt about it...potent catalyst for mello feel-good and positive vibes...
Could not live without this stuff.