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RATINGS: 4495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4266) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle Code 8003Y11126; Sampled February 2008
A vigorous pour yields a frothy, initially almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some spotty lacing as it slowly recedes. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich copper color that has a bright, copper color that almost has a metallic sheen to it when held up to the light. Soft citrus hop notes greet my nose and yield aromatics similar to grapefruit, orange zest, notes of creamsicles and light pine aromatics. There is a malt backbone here as well with aromas of soda crackers, toasty grain and biscuit like malt.

This starts out with a nice sharp hop bite and continues with a solid bitterness through to the finish. Grapefruit-like hop flavors and a touch of catty-hops show off the signature Cascade notes. Slightly herbaceous, with a definite pine-sap character, the hop character is just resinous enough to keep it interesting. Lightly caramelized malt and a drier biscuit / cracker note provide a malt backdrop to the hop character that is the real focus of this beer. This is quite quaffable, though it of course has a certain heft and body to it that helps to keep the hop notes in balance.

In the modern scene of hop overdosing, this beer can seem a bit tame, but it is so widely available & still delicious that it is always appreciated when I have this beer. This was my first craft brew experience back in the 90s and I remember how shocked I was at the flavor that greeted my unsuspecting taste-buds at the time; the hop character was just out of this world & an extreme jolt to my senses. I still remember that experience and I remember thinking how anyone could drink something like this. The funny thing is that it didn’t stop me from having more and I became aware of all of the varied flavors that craft beer had to offer. Definitely a classic that will always hold a place in my belly.

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2.7
funcut (819) - SIBENIK, CROATIA - APR 22, 2018
UPDATED: APR 22, 2018 Hvala prijatelju Goranu iz picerija Viva u Sibeniku na ovom pivu... Ok pivo ..pitko i osjeti se hmelj...

3.1
doriangrey (181) - Diamond Creek, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2018
An amazing beer in its time but now superseded by many better ones. Still very refreshing though. Not too hoppy and quite malty and packs a bit of a pinch at 5.6%. Light mandarin orange background and pretty quaffable

3.6
thejackpacker (853) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2018
Bottle from system. A decent ale and a big history behind it. Nothing remarkable

3
Beerwithwings (440) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2018
UPDATED: APR 14, 2018 Bottle at home bought from a local supermarket. Is an okay pale but is so old school now. Lacks hops and lacks flavour but is a fairly good beer

3
Letshaveatry (49) - Winchester, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2018
UPDATED: APR 12, 2018 355ml bottle. Clear amber beer with sweet taste changing to a slight bitterness. No real hop aroma or taste, but solid malt. No carbonation, but a nice head

3.7
snowcrash000 (215) - Cologne, GERMANY - APR 6, 2018
Pours a clear, deep gold/light amber coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells faintly of biscuity, bready malt, with a certain graininess coming through as well and the merest hint of citrus and pine. Taste is a good balance of biscuity malt and citrus hops, with just a hint of pine coming through and an underlaying grainy and slightly flowery note. Finishes with crisp, light/medium bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation. I wasn't gonna review this as first, as my bottle is a good six months old. However, reading the other reviews and knowing that SN are actually masters of brewing beers that keep well, I feel that the beer is actually supposed to have this slightly understated malt/hop presence, which is kind of typical of a classic, old school Pale Ale, I suppose. It's well balanced, crisp and easy-drinking, but lacks a certain bite and doesn't really seem that special. Maybe it really is better fresh, who knows.

3.7
DejanSt (645) - Trencin, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2018
flasa z tesca. velmi prijemna svieza vona. medova mierne kalna farba. pena nedrzi. chut horkasta emne sadka vyrazna prijemna. na konci ostava.

4.2
MaltoseTrub4 (4) - - APR 3, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: APR 3, 2018 Schiuma panna! molto beverina , caramellata pale ale facile da bere!! Amabile e non picchia sul palato. Da gustare... una delle migliori Pale ale!!

3.9
Oiolosse (244) - Granada, SPAIN - APR 3, 2018
El borrador de SNPA en todos los otros lugares es una receta diferente y se enumera por separado. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale es un delicioso ejemplo del clásico estilo pale ale. Tiene un color ámbar profundo y un carácter excepcionalmente corpulento y complejo. El aroma fragante y el sabor picante son el resultado del uso generoso de los mejores lúpulos Cascade. <P> Botella acondicionada. IBU: 37 Saltos amargos: Magnum & Perle Finishing Hops: Cascade Maltas: dos filas pálido y caramelo

3.7
Banksiz (166) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2018
Piney nose, with some flowery notes. Orange and tangerine notes as it breathes. Medium body, moderate malty sweetness. Pleasant bitterness with a nice hop flavor. Bitter finish with no harshness. Well-balanced pale ale that's not overdone in alcohol or bitterness.


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