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RATINGS: 4531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2003
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Mixed aroma. Hops, yeast, spice. Minimal head unless you pick up some of the yeast. Spicy, some complexity to the flavour, tingly on the tongue. A great everday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2003
moderate hoppy aroma with sharp candy and spices. Pours golden yellow, yeasty floaties; head quickly diminishes. Body is a bit light. Spicy and hops in the flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUN 16, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 I've always been a fan of Sierra Nevada. With this being their flagship beer, I think they did a good job. Nice flavor and good color. Very well balanced. Aroma has hops springing out of the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Major re-rate- So I have found the hops in my palate and I actually find this to be one of my more frequented beer. Little hops in the nose, not overpowering, hops in the taste, pretty consistant. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2139) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2003
an alright pale ale. not worth 7.99 a 6 pack like the harris teeter charges. give me anchor liberty ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Nice gold color with a good sized head. this is a well balanced beer overall that isn't over the top on any one aspect. good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2003
(On tap at the Griffin Grill and Pub in Battle Creek, MI.) Zippy and hoppy, super fresh aroma. With a medium golden appearance, a bare hint of foam and an appropriately thin palate, this is a pure, single-note, quality brew. It's not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but it's definitely a fine pale ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOZJT (7) - EXTON, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003 does not count
It is very enjoyable. Golden color, not much head, nice bitterness. Overall a good pale ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2005 On tap, but I don’t think it was a very fresh keg. I’ll need to rerate with a bottle I have sitting in the fridge. In any case, appearance was still spot on, the aroma was the usual citrusy hoppy breadiness. The palate was nice, just a touch of bite. The malt and hops, although balanced, had a more subdued impact than I was remembering. Sprucy and grapefruity, definite Cascade traits, but the flavors were a bit mute, almost like looking through a veil. Will definitely rerate with the bottle version soon. Rerate - bottle version gets +1 for flavor. This is the bottle rating version, will go back later to pick up another tap sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1651) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2015 This beer is the standard bearer for American Pale Ales, and is probably one of the most popular beers when the choices are limited to macrobrews. The high standards of the brewer and overall quality ensure its consistancy. Enough has been said about the aroma, flavor, etc, so I will not bother to rehash it. Truly an above average offering.

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