Bill Becker (1370) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017 joebagnell (6) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not what i expected when i picked up a sixer, but a really nice beer. Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale is one of my favorites, and I was expecting the ipa to be very hoppy. Instead it is more similar, in my opinion, to a British IPA, not overly bitter, with a nice balance between malt and hops. As much as I love "extreme" beer and most highly hopped american ipas it is nice to enjoy a beer that is truly representative of the style and does not rely on a gimmick or absurdly high hop levels.
From Feb 2006
Poured from bottle(room temp) a medium copper with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a good layer with lacing.
The smell is rather faint with some citrusy hops coming through.
The taste is also hoppy with bitter tones that aren't of citrus...maybe spruce or pine but there's some malty sweetness there as well giving it a rather balanced taste. This, for me, is a nice interpretation of an IPA and if I found it locally, I would put it on my regular rotation.
Bottom line: A very tasty IPA that may not please the die hard hop heads but worked very well for me indeed. I recommend it. sawyerpc15 (161) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
Liked this pale ale as the taste was up my alley and the colour was the brown shade that i liked. Would buy this again if I could find it in Canada. willisread (3554) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. This was never as good the pale ale in my opinion. The hops just never reached IPA levels at the time. A pretty modest IPA for IPA standards. Jabah (509) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
I didn’t care for this as much as the regular Sierra Nevada pale ale. It was a bit on the bitter side, as IPAs should be, but something about the balance between malts and hops didn’t work that well for me. Not very smooth going down. The flavor is there for sure....a bit fruity and very hoppy. Basically a decent average IPA, nothing special. slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"this one falls into the "standard" catergory of Sierra Nevada Beers, the aroma and flavor one expects from a good ipa are lacking, and you can’t help but notice a similar hop profile as several other SN beers."
Travlr (25854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Very nice IPA, doesn’t wallop you over the head with hops, but you definitely know they’re there. Good character, bitter finish MRMedellin (323) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - MAR 17, 2014
Coper beer, exaggerated amount of carbonic gas, big and unstable head. Citric aromas are felt, not too much from the malt is perceived. Flavor with some caramel and citric notes, not really bitter at the end. Bolobeer (10) - - JUN 26, 2013
Very pretty, dark orange color. It wasnt that it was too hoppy, but the hops just came out wrong somehow, not crisp enough maybe. Decent, but I would take the pale ale over this any day. seanfitz (9) - - MAR 28, 2013 does not count
Decent IPA. Good for IPA the novice, it has a classic ipa taste without being too hoppy. Easy drinkability. Bricktop86 (885) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2012
A decent starter IPA but you will soon learn there are better out there. Sierra Nevada’s pale ale is better