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RATINGS: 4590   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

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
I have intentionally not rated this beer before. This will be my 100th rating and I figured I would use the opportunity to comment on what I feel is a grave injustice. So often these days you hear people disparage SNPA as being boring or not as big as it used to be. I think the problem lies not in this great beer, but in the "Imperialization" of craft brewing. Everything has to be bigger, hoppier, smoked or oaked or many turn their nose up at it. The mentality seems to be if it doesn’t go to eleven it isn’t worth drinking. While this bigger is better philosophy has produced some truly great beers it has also caused some great beers, like this one, to get marginalized. As I am typing this I look below at the top ratings for American Pale Ales and see a list of beers that are really examples of IPAs. How can SNPA not be among the top APAs? It invented the style for crying out loud! OK, rant over, SNPA really is a great beer from the mouthwatering citrus aroma, to the decidedly hoppy, but beautifully balanced flavor, it is a true classic. Could it have more of everything? Of course it could, but then it wouldn’t be an APA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toscanoigor (111) - Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL - OCT 25, 2016
Da garrafa: dourada, límpida, bem convidativa. Aroma cítrico, com notas bem marcantes de pinho, leve frutado e um toque maltado. Sabor com malte bem mais presente, frutada e amarga, com bastante equilíbrio e complexidade. Corpo e carbonatação médios, equilibrados. Bastante refrescante e com altíssima drinkabilidade

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (3995) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2016
From bottle, poured an orange colour with a light white head. Nose of caramel, citrus, pine notes, light orange, bitter Peel. Taste has a good dose of pine needles, sweet sticky aftertaste. Not my kind of pale

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malvrich (255) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2016
2 month old bottle into a tulip. A: Big frothy head atop a clear deep orange-tinted gold body. S: Sweet and toasty malt smell. Hops nondescript except slightly earthy or leafy. T: More malt toast and caramel with earthy hop bitterness joining. Mild pine on the finish plus a hint of tangerine pith. M: Medium body with average carb level and resinous scrubby finish. O: Haven’t had this in years and I can see why. Nice balance of flavors and it’s a timeless classic, but now seems lackluster overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VueltaBirrista (15) - Murcia, SPAIN - OCT 19, 2016
Su color ámbar oscuro ya es por sí mismo una preciosidad. Su aroma a hierba fresca, a pino y a cítricos empieza a darnos una idea de lo que nos espera en el primer trago: una cerveza con el lúpulo por bandera, deliciosa y refrescante, muy especiada, recuerdos cítricos y matices suficientes como para no cansarse nunca de ella.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AntonyWilson (154) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 18, 2016
355ml Bottle: Pours a clear amber with frothy white head that lingers. Lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine with slight bread and caramel notes.Good bitterness with fruity, lemon and caramel notes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TychoJames (1081) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 Flaska systembolaget. Orange relativt klar vätska. Maltig doft med citrus och viss knäckighet. Citrus, hö och bröd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
samjdix (13) - - OCT 10, 2016
An all time great. Such a perfect taste: citrus, sweetness, maltiness, hoppiness, all in ideal proportion. Beautiful refreshing mouth feel. My only complaint is the bottle isn’t big enough!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
petermeyer (6) - Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2016 does not count
Excellent pale ale! nice appearance, good colour, nicely hoped, you can really taste the full aroma of cascade hops, well rounded off with a pleasant bitterness - will be buying this again soon

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MasDen (137) - Mahilyow, BELARUS - OCT 9, 2016
Aroma: hops floral, citrus Appearance: Yellow clear, with small head Taste: Malt, sweetness, bitterness in finish. Palate: Middle body, middle carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLock (107) - POLAND - OCT 9, 2016
Wygląd ok, klarowne, średnia piana. W aromacie delikatne cytrusy, trochę karmelu. W smaku niezła goryczka, dość rześkie i przyjemnie chmielowe.

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