Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hooray! An American IPA worth it’s 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.
SudsMaster (68) - Denville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great tasting pale ale, quite possibly the best. Nice and smooth with a tinge of maltiness that makes this a great brew! Highly recommended.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 one of the first non-big name brews that i ever had. inspired me to try more adventurous beers. gotta give it extra credit for that. now I find it a little too light for my palate, but will occasionally have a few with dinner.
hankborso99 (9) - Long Island City, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
BarePaw is tripping. This beer is my favorite American beer. Very tasty, always satisfying. Enjoyed best just short of frozen.
NJBeerman013 (1050) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy aroma, golden color, fluffy pillow like head. The hop-malt balance was indeed very complex and enjoyable.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tasted watered down. It has a very weak flavor. I’m not impressed.
MaddogandPonch (8) - St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer -- hoppy aroma, well-balanced hoppy flavor -- it’s one of the basics for explaining to neophytes how hops plays a role in good beers. I’ve been amazed at how this beer has become omnipresent, even available at grocery stores. That a great pale ale can become successfully mass produced speaks volumes about the efforts of Sierra Nevada.
Davhgbrew (940) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty bitter, not one of my favorite pale ales.