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RATINGS: 4600   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Very nice amber appearance with good clarity. Light tan head, fairly long lasting. Flowery yet smooth initial taste, gives way to a slightly more bitter, long lasting finish. The key word to everything about this ale is balance. One taste and it is evident this is a very carefully crafted beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 I know this is a commercial beer, but it does not warrant the lower ratings. This to me is a classic american pale. Sure there are some better examples out there, but this is easy to get and always good. Amber in color, and very slight haze. Medium-high citrus aroma. Very nice balance of bitterness and maltiness. Slightly spicy finish. Solid beer that deserves a better score.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Very well rounded beer. Full of citrus and hops. Smooth tasting with enjoyable palate. Not that versed with American Pales, but I was pleased. Hops were well represented with hints of caramel hops.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ihopgod (12) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Im not a huge pale ale fan but this is a great example of a good hoppy beer. Crisp hop bite, typical floral nose. All natural ingredients which is better than St. Louis urine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (734) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2005
Aroma: malty, fresh hop and a touch of passionfruit and pine. Appearance: amber, tiny head and slightly hazy. Flavour: malty, hoppy flavour and bitterness. Nicelay balanced. A touch fruity and pine needly. Palate: medium and nicely carbonated with a bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (4504) - Holbk, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle, at Delirium Cafe. Orange with white head, mostly diminiishing, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty, heavy hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet, heavy bitter, long duration. Light to medium body, watery/oily, soft carbonated. High quality malt and hops (ecological), rich in taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Amber color with fizzy off-white head. Ok retention. Fairly carbonated. Well hopped citrus aroma and taste. Maybe a little grassy. Light to medium body that was a tad watery, but not too bad. Clean hoppy citrus finish. A solid beer, but nothing to make me do backflips.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2932) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2005
The first true APA that I have tried actually brewed in America and I cant quite see the fuss. Australian examples seem to hold more resolve and this just came off playing second fiddle, or is it just the fact it cost me close to 9 AUD for a half pint. Pours a sparkling medium gold with a huge flurry of fine carbonation raising to an enormous cauliflower white head that continued to expand in the stein. I must say it looked good!! Tangy and juicy tangerine, guava, lime and grapefruit nose with an underlying hint of lawn clippings; normal by-products of the hops used. Seems to work though! Light in body and soft in carbonation becoming soapy as it warms. Spicy and tangy, fresh mix of citric fruits similar to the nose with a very light bready yeast note mid-palate and a hint of vanilla and toasted malt coming in when it warmed. Lightly bitter in the back; it did finish quite fresh and tangy. A decent pale ale, but really bog standard. Average!!! (35cL, 07/07/06, Intl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 A nice beer. A beer I feel good about drinking. A little more bitter than I prefer, but overall a refereshingly clean quality commercially available beer for the discriminating beer drinker.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 I was expecting this beer to be a lot worse, if only because it is Sierra Nevadas most popular brew, and we all know what that usually means. But I am honestly quite surprised: this is a high quality brew; they havent made it too bland to suit the masses. Very dry, fairly bitter. I think the malt flavour is weaker than it could be, but overall I like this one.


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