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RATINGS: 4515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermoose (25) - Blainville, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2003
Probably the best Pale Ale brewed in the USA. I would classify it more as an IPA though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Coppery amber color. White head that fades fast. Smell is citrusy hops over a base of caramel malt. Some grassy and piney hop aromas. Taste is grapefruit and dark brown sugar. Finishes sweet. Not as hoppy as I would have expected, but not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Pours a transparent light copper color with a fine 1.5 cm head that is very bubbly. This dissipates rather rapidly. Aroma is pleasant and of the cascade hops. Start is sweet to a point, then hopping up, only to finish rather smoothly. Palate is a little unbalanced. Other than that, another solid Sierra Nevada brew.(8/3/7/3/14)----& had this on tap at the brewery. This is the only place in the world where the bottle version is offered on tap. 8 ounce sample. Aroma has plenty of piney C-hops present along with mild orange citrus hints. Sweet maltiness backs this up. Floral notes are also apparent. This is nicely aromatic. Transparent dark golden/orange body with a small off-yellowish head present. Starts with herbal and floral light hop bitterness before this becomes a bit toasty in the middle. Finishes with some moderate piney C-hop flavors. Decent bitterness, and lightly metallic. Some mustiness is there as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Smells very nice, a floral aroma full of hops. Beautiful amber color with minimal head. Tastes sweet of malt at first and then quickly moves to a lingering bitterness of hops and a touch of citrus. The finish is dry and leaves a pleasant taste of hops citrus bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
I think this is the definition of an APA. Color is amber. Aroma is citrus and some malt sweetness. Flavor is slightly malty with bitterness on the tongue. Dry short aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (808) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2003
This is a good beer, but I prefer real porters to pale ales... still. this one has a complex taste, richness, and a wonderful aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 Big hop aroma, big hop taste. Not my favorite APA, but definitely not bad. For some reason this beer sticks out to me. More than once I've thought "Man, I could drink a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale". Don't know why?, but it happens.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Light rosy pink, small white foam head. Bitter hops smell. Tastes like bitter ruby red grapefruit. Great flavor in a pale ale. The finish is bitter and a bit too long. Not bad considering Pale Ales arent my favorite.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5625) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Great floral aroma with fruit and hops. Light brown color. Flavor of hops, bitter. A good American pa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Draft: very nice example of a typical West Coast PA. Nicely hopped with Cascades for a citrus finish. Just like I like 'em! Well done, but not my favorite.


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