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RATINGS: 4603   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2936) - 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 (560) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Bottle. A favorite when it comes to ales. Wonderful aroma, great body with a hint of bitterness. One of the better pale ales IMHO. Enjoy one today.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7334) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2005
Small, white, coarse head; orange body with some haziness. Aroma is lovely citrusy hops. Taste is quite bitter, and dominated by the same citrusy hops. Finish is quite dry, and the bitterness lingers in the mouth. A decent pale ale; the hops are the best part, and in fact the only one I can make out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly orangey-gold with an average size diminishing white head. Aroma and flavour of citrus hops and caramel malt. The sweetness and bitterness of the flavour are very well balanced. Medium bodied. I often tend to prefer my Pale Ales hoppier than this but every now and then this is just what the doctor ordered: tasty, goes down easy and just downright enjoyable -- a great session Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Hazy orange amber colour with a frothy and fizzy off-white head. Fresh citrusy hop aroma with caramel and bready notes. Light caramel lead-in to a fresh citrusy bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, and highly quaffable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
silver15 (15) - USA - NOV 9, 2005
(lager glass) crisp scent, pine-straw like color with a big head that leaves only the slightest lace on the top of the glass. Looks good in the glass and has a nice crisp taste that remains in the mouth after you swallow. This beer is good to sip on, but also goes down easy enough to drink in abundance

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle. Aroma floral, citrus, bread. Pours a light yellow orange, with a generous but quickly dissipating off white head. Very little carbonation. Citrus, malt, and a little bit of of that floral hop flavor. Good mouth feel for a pale ale, almost the consistency of orange juice. Finishes with a bit of yeast, malt, and hop bite. That lightly floral hoppiness really stays around awhile. Refreshing and tasty. Yet again another cheap, easy to find beer that makes me wonder why in the world anytime has to be miller time. And its all natural.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Crisp, fizzy, true-gold color with a subdued hop bitterness just right for the style (at least in its American incarnation). A good summer session beer and nicely accessible, perfect to bring to parties when you want to look beer-sophisticated but not beer-arrogant, or when you want to start luring someone into the world of better beer.


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