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RATINGS: 4018   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2002
just what this beer needs: a one hundred seventy-eighth rating; one more wang (me) to affirm its noble lineage with a burp and trite but earnest proclamation: yeh, thish izzz puuuurdy good... SNPA is a great standard: a few better pales are out there, sure, but even more hacks and losers and charlatans. available in many of the most dismal grocery store beer coolers nationwide, like a friend waving from a crowd of drones. faint haze in the color, yellow like a kodak box. perky little head. nice aroma of-duh-hops, but also a grassy scent of burlap thats not at all unpleasant. a little sweetness and biscuit in the taste, not much bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yakbreath (13) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2002
Though a little flat, not a bad Pale Ale if you find it on sale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
logan99 (4) - USA - FEB 27, 2002 does not count
Very good pale ale. I have tried this beer in many locations and have had a couple bad batches though. I would recommend giving it a few tries to be sure you experience it at its best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2002
Cloudy light orange appearance with a weak, but not distasteful, flavor. Easy to drink, but underdeveloped flavors and lacks punch--preponderately attributable to the weak hopping. The Spanish Peaks pale ale I recently enjoyed embarrasses this sierra nevada offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
One of my personal favorites. Looks, smells, and tastes great. I always go back to the store for more of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 Im going back to give this beer a new rating since this was one of the first beers i have ever had that was decent. 24 oz bottle-pours a light orange hue with sudsy white head. aroma is earthy piney hops and not very strong. does not smell dry-hopped. The flavros are mostly piney hops, but not aggressive like pale ales made since this pioneer was created long ago. A good classic beer to go back and enjoy once in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blatz King (150) - Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2002
I thought it would be a little better because of all the hype my friends made of it, but overall a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 It's with a certain amount of shame that I must admit, that I rarely drink my favorite beers like SNPA, as I'm to busy with all the new beers, or some over the top beer that has caught my fancy, its a shame when we forget our "Old Friends", whether it be beer or people, something I plan on rectifying in both cases. The beer disembogues the stubby brown 12-ounce bottle a slightly hazy amber color, the head portly and off white in color with the left over lace a fine velum like sheet, that obscures the glass. Oh what a wonderful nose, malt, citrus crisp, hop floral, and just plain sniffable, with the start rich in malt and somewhat sweet, top is middling in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops wonderfully spicy and the aftertaste desert bone dry. Sorry "Old Friend" if I have ignored you lately, it was not intentional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
Hooray! An American IPA worth its name. Bitter (as it should be) But with a smooth finish, and decent amount of hoppiness. Hard for me to fine here, but I will gladly buy it again. About $7 a 6er here in Ohio, so not something I would buy on a daily basis, and not something that local bars carry wither. Still something good to put in the fridge with your standards when you want something special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMaster (68) - Denville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2002
Great tasting pale ale, quite possibly the best. Nice and smooth with a tinge of maltiness that makes this a great brew! Highly recommended.

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