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RATINGS: 4352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 The standard all-American pale ale. Cottony white head and metallic-orange body with moderate-low carbonation and dense fine dry hop particles. Bright, citrusy Cascade hops in the nose when fresh. Aroma also has an underbelly of fruity pale malt and a briny note. Well-balanced citrusy spice and woodsy hoppiness and lightly toasted malt character in the flavor. Nice medium bitter finish. Freshness is essential. Lifeless bottles of SNPA are depressing. Often the best beer readily available on tap in the Southwestern U.S. and elsewhere. There seem to be very few beers brewed in such large quanities that still maintain decent quality like this one. On the flip side, this beer is so common that it can get boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Great hop, citrus aroma. Great cascade hop flavor. The benchmark for American pale ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2003
This is kind of my standard that I set all other pales by. I can always come back to Sierra Nevada and always be happy. This beer, is just hoppy enough has a good complex flavor that has a nice hoppy bite in the aftertaste. Crisp and clean in the finish, always enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2003
12 oz. Superb pale. Smooth hops, crisp clean finish. An amazing aroma that my nose isn't adept enough to describe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (2988) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2003
The first time I had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was during a visit to San Francisco in the mid-90s. It was also the last time I had this beer before today, thanks to the fact that it is unavailable in Canada. My appreciation for great beer has increased a lot in the years that have passed since then and now, so while I thought it tasted good back then, it's only now that I recognize the true greatness of this beer. From it's beautiful dark golden hue, to it's sweet & floral aroma, to that heavenly blast of hops that hits the back of your tongue as you swallow - it's a true classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Oh, I LIKE this. Pale orange color. Tall, sticky looking white head. The bitterness of the hops just slightly rides over the maltiness, but overall well balanced. Nice and easy to drink. A good gateway beer for budcoorsmiller drinkers to help them move up in the beer world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fishonmyplane (503) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 The definitive American Pale Ale, and with good reason. It's crisp with a nice hop bite to it, very much like an IPA. Definite citrus presence in the flavor. This is a great beer on tap or in the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Good pale ale. Dry hop taste without too much bitterness. Smooth and crisp. Stong hops and citrus taste, yet it finishes so smnooth. Amazingly crisp and clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 4, 2003
Had on tap. Golden, pilser like body with a modest head. Aroma was of hops. Taste was of dry hops, slight malt and predominately of grapefruit tart. Swell carbonation. Definately the best choice I could have made out of the usual bud, miller, coors, bass selection. Not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drywallman (346) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2003
I know everybody else is familiar with this brew, but I finally got around to tasting it. It has a nice orange amber color, long lasting .5 inch head, citrusy and piney hops aroma, and a very citrusy hop flavor. A great macro (not mega) brew for session drinking.

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