DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Foxbush (1711) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MysticAmbrosia (6) - Carmichael, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 Most Excellent Tasting Complex Full~Bodied Pale Ale. Deep Brilliant Copper Colour. Exquisite Quality Hops In Abundance For the Hop~Head. Creamy White Head With Nice Glass Lace. Lovely Complex Hoppy Tastes With Subtle Flowery Flavours Filling Your Mouth Which Are Spirit Lifting. Happiness. Perfect Delicious Full Flavour, Rich Hoppy Good Satisfying Bitterness, Hint Of Sweetness And Some Breadiness With Malty Undertones. Carbonation Perfect With Beautiful Bubbles Rising And Deep Copper Colour. Best Of The Pale Ale's. Consistant Great Quality. I'm Savouring Some Now.
If I Were A Strong Hop/Bitter Lover This Brew Would Have Been Given The Highest Marks In All Catagories. ~~~ I Am More Of A Dark Brew Lover... Dark Porter, Dark Ales, Rich, Caramelized Malted Dark Roastiness, Sweet Maple Syrup, Chocolate, Hints Of Ripe Sugared Fruits/Berries, Sometimes Christmas Spices, Thick, Full~Mouth Feel And Less Hops. These Would Be My Favourite Dark Brews/Ales/Porters ~~~ But This Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Is The Premium Brew For Quality Pale Ale Hop Lovers!
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - FEB 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed it very much. Great taste. Smooth. A little pricey, but I highly recommend it.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours very nice pale golden with a nice fluffy off white head with good retention. Aroma is quite pleasent with a nice hop nose, little bit of citrus, and a light malt sweetness. Flavor is nice and balance. Nice interplay between malt, breadiness and hop bitterness. Some nice spice and more hop bitterness in the finish. An old standard and one of the most reliable beers ever brewed.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still a great beer and the benchmark APA. I don't buy SNPA very often anymore, but in a pinch, its still a good beer. I like that they started putting it in 22 oz bottles, as I can take it on the train for the ride home.
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 Big ol’ 24 oz bottle, rated 8/22/2005. Original rating moved to the draft version. Light brown body, pours a "dirty" fluffy head: that is, it leaves little bits of lace as it fades. Nice hoppy smell, no slap in the snoot. Taste is a clean balance of caramel and bready malts with a good package of hops. Just as much fun from the bottle as on draft.