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RATINGS: 4674   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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2.8
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 7, 2006
OK, just had to get this in here to get it in here. I’ve had SNPA a million times. Bottle conditioned. Pours a nice clear very light copper with a weak white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma isn’t very strong, but smells of grapefruity cascade hops. Flavor is good, but a little boring. Hoppy and bitter pale ale with a decent malt backbone to balance it, but it sways towards the hops and bitterness for sure. Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, and "cold", and it’s pretty carbonated. SNPA is the go to pale ale when you are somewhere that has nothing but bmc crap. However, if I’m somewhere that has something other than bmc that even half interests me I’m going for whatever that other thing is. SNPA is a decent pale ale, but definitely is nothing special. I like it on draft better than in the bottle.

3.6
IrishBoy (4202) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
Nice amber color with a small yellow-tinged head. Aroma of hops and floral. Flavor is of hops and spice with some bitterness, but not too much.

3.2
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 4, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 I want to like this beer, but I find myself frequently nursing it. The last drink isn’t as good as the first.

3.5
rayg1 (593) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2006
This beer is really great. First the hoppy aroma is great right from opening the bottle. Pours a pretty orange with a decent cream colored head that fades fairly quick but never completley. The taste is awesome and smooth with the hops adding just the right kick. Great beer to give all those guys that drink Bud Light all the time and the best part is this beer is easy to find. I’m impressed that Sierra Nevada does so well with this beer compared to how much of it they produce.

3.5
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2006
Pours a nice "pale" amber color. Keeps a thin head. Very drinkable. Good palate and overall a fine american pale ale from a brewery that you could find anywhere.

3.5
roner77 (35) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2006
A good pale ale considering the size of the batches it’s made in. A nice fragrant aroma with a white head. The body is a deeper amber color and the body has a mild carbonation. nice smooth hop texture. Enjoyable.

2.7
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2006
poured out like water with a golden color. Not that big of a smell. Actually dipped my nose in the beer by accident and smelled a little floral, hop arangement. Taste of grapfruit and a bitterness, dry sensation at the end. Was not that impressed.

3.7
mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
Finally getting around to rating this after having many in the past. It’s pretty much a Cascade showcase. Nice signature floral and citric nose. Flavor is well balanced. Nice slightly caramel maltiness with moderate bitterness backing it up. Floral, citrus and pine hop flavors. A slight breadiness leaves it malty but dry. For as common as this beer is, it’s pretty enjoyable. Nothing I’m ever disappointed to have.

3.7
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Good Cascade hop aroma with some hints of malt in the background. Beer poured with a decent white head that has good lacing. Beer is a light orange color. Nice hop bitterness and hop flavor with a good malt base coming through to balance the beer very well. I had this classic pale ale many times and will continue to enjoy it many more. Always a good pale ale that can be found almost anywhere there is good beer available.

2.9
able1710 (6) - USA - MAR 30, 2006 does not count
Tasty choice. Appropriately hoppy, with citrus overtones. Only problem being the gastronomical fallout. Consequently not my personal "go to" ale.


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