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RATINGS: 4626   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
This is one of my favorite fall-back session brews. It pours a slightly hazed medium-bodied copper color and presents a good head that sticks around nicely. The taste is good and a bit hoppy, especially for an APA. This beer tastes like it has very good quality water. It is very clean, crisp and refreshing... I love the bottle design too for some reason!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2005
I guess Im not a fan of the hoppy stuff, this included. Cloudy copper color with some of that hoppy stuff in there. Eh.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1960) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 31, 2005
For once Ive drunk a beer that could have been a touch colder. Circumstances dictated consumption straight from the bottle so I didnt get a great look at the colour and nose. Hard to fault the taste; medium weight with a nice lick of hops and well balanced malts hit the mouth early. Quite a broad soft finish for the style. Interesttingly this APA stood out early in my recent US trip but sorta fell back to the pack as I progressively made my way east. Still, for what seems to be a high production beer this is impressive.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
Slightly hazy. Not much of a head. Faint sweet and sour flavor aspect. Decent and drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
This is a great pale. A lot of pales i taste just dont have the punch I expect when I think Pale. Good citrus and pine in the aroma and the flavor has hints of grapefruit and some nice malt balance. Appearance was the only disappointing factor as I didnt see much head. Still, its very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KUEric (949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 Bottle: Out a bar, so straight from the bottle...so my appearance and aroma ratings are a little skewed, but I will rerate soon. The aroma was minimal, but like I said this is from the bottle itself. Ive had it before I got into rating and enjoying good beers and the appearance was very good from distant recolection. The palate was very good, it had an excellent mouth feel that was smooth and cool on the tounge. Flavor was definitly hoppy, but not sure it was as potent as many claim it is. I felt it lacked maltyness and also carbonation for my particular taste (I like carbonation). Ive had it again and again, and it continues to grow on me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Though Im not a fan of hop-heavy beers, Sierra Nevada is just about at my hop threshold. Hoppy enough to really show off that taste, but not obscenely so that makes the taste to strong and obnoxious. Full bodied tastes of sweet malt and sweetnspicy hops that are robust, but lack in complexity. A very clean tasting, crisp beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
i finally got around to trying this highly touted brew...pours a slightly cloudy deep gold color with wispy white head. the aroma is very mild, showing off the hops and light amounts of caramel malts. flavor is very mild as well, but feels very solid in your mouth. tastes are mirrors of the aroma, light caramel malts followed my a generous amount of hops with a perfect amount of bitterness to balance out the beer, but not become lip-puckering or lingering. a surprisingly solid mouthfeel and decent amount of body for the style...very crisp and refreshing, why didnt anyone mention that this was so good.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Had this one many times but this rating is from notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conditions were hard to take notes in but these are the ratings and they stand. Light amber. Light hoppy aroma. Malty and well hopped flavor. Dry light bitter finish. This is a decent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a nice copper with an off-white head. Lacy and a bit fizzy. Smell is grassy and hoppy. Floral hops and light citrus aromas. Taste is just above average. Grassy and creamy pale malt. A nice hop profile and crsip. A bit fruity with a nice hoppy finish. Nicely balanced. A bit creamy and very very drinkable. Refreshing. The ultimate fallback beer and an old favorite of mine.


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