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RATINGS: 4625   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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3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2005
Tasted 11/11/2005. 350ml bottle-conditioned, from Regional Wines. Dark end of golden amber. Very light-tan disappearing head. Lots of "bits" floating about, which I find quite appealing. Just the odd bubble. Im a bit taken aback by the big toffee-ish malt aroma, reminiscent of whisky, and a hint of apple esters, I was expecting huge hops. Hops then come through with allusions to pears and citrus, absolutely gorgeous. Big flavour - caramel, toffee, resinous hops. Slightly spritzy in the mouth, which disappoints a little. Med-mouthfeel. Good - just not as good, in the mouth, as I had hoped from the looknsniff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2271) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2005
At last a decent US "micro" (yes, Im aware of the irony considering the brewerys output) reaches us here in the great Australian beer desert. With the recent surge in Australian-made APAs, Its a pleasure to try one of the beers that defines the style. On my last Californian trip I sampled the Celebration Ale and Bigfoot but somehow overlooked this. It poured a classic burnt orange with a rocky 1cm head that showed only moderate retention. The aroma is where it comes to life: the glorious grapefruit tang of Cascade hops, pine resin, some soapy notes and some sort of wild honey strain. A nice, full mouthfeel gives way to a soapy-smooth finish. Shows some caramel malt upfront before developing that puckering, resinous ginnbitter lemon swallow. Its a very smooth customer, not a rough edge in sight. Perhaps its local conditioning but Im going to commit the mild heresy of agreeing with Allovate that this doesnt quite match Little Creatures. (350ml bottle, IBS Perth, bb 7/7/06)

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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Pours with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit, rich caramel, and pine needles. Taste is spruce hops and sweet toffee maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly resinous with medium carbonation. Nice acidity. One of my first favorite macros, still enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours a golden amber with frothy white head. Citrusy aroma, orange the most prominent. Grapefruit most notable flavor on the palate. Hoppy. Finish is bitter and dry. A very nice refreshing beer.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sacredawe (1) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 This is a great inexpensive and common pale ale. Its flavor is mildly bitter and acidic with average hoppiness for a pale ale . It is quite pleasant, however it is slighltly watery and leaves a slightly wanting aftertaste. The best part about the beer is the aroma. It is a lightly pungent grassy acidic smell that is wonderful. Though not the most amazing tasting beer, it is still good. I like it primarily because it has a lot of character that comes out in the aroma, the appearance (nice light froth head and beautiful pale dark golden amber), and its market presence, being inexpensive and common, where you usually find the junk beer. I highly recommend this one if you want something a little different, lighly robust, and cheap.

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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (735) - 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.


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