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RATINGS: 4462   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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3.7
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is floral and hoppy with some slight citrus. Pours a lght amber with a nice white head that lasts a minute or so. Hoppy taste with a slight malt taste and a bitter finish. Kind of a grapefruit taste. Very smooth mouthfeel and slight hop aftertaste. Good balance.

3.7
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Tap: Had this many times. Excellent beer. Pours with a lasting white head. Very hoppy aroma, with some malt coming through. Flavor is very hoppy, floral, balanced with a malt sweetness that is barely discernable. Finishes bitter but very pleasant. A beer that you should be able to find everywhere but quite a good American Pale Ale. Notice the American hops. Nice.

4.1
Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2004
Pale amber color. Extremely pleasant. Very fulbodied. High cabonation. Very hoppy and bitter. Very refreshing, fruity heavy. Amazing brew!

3.4
antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Pale amber color with a thin lasting white head. Full bodied mouthfeel, spirited carbonation. Citrus hop aroma and flavor from the signature Cascade hops. This beer made them popular. Much better on tap, as the bitterness is more balanced out and the malt flavor comes through. Hops become a touch overbearing in the bottle, but that is my malthead opinion. Not an overly complex brew, IMO, but the flavor is very good, owing a lot to their yeast strain I beleive. It seems to really let the hop flavor shine. Copied more than any domestic ale, I do beleive. Rating is an average of the bottled and tap version. Must try on tap to fully appreciate(duh).

4
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 a different american pale, quite tasty. I decided that, while everyone else was drinking from a pitcher of MGD, which I couldn’t stomach, I would go get a good beer. Glad they had this sitting in the fridge at the bar. smooth, easy drinking. Just plain good beer. Smells fantastic. Okay, slight update. For some unknown reason :-p I keep coming back to this beer. Everytime I see the green tap handle at a restaurant, I feel a little bit relieved. At least they have something I can drink :)

4.2
AcctError12457 (25) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Out of the bottle. Very large head, clear color, very easy drinking. Definately won’t be the last time I ever drink one.

3.9
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2004
Bottle-conditioned. Floral citric hops with a touch of malt in the aroma. A touch of sweetness with just enough bitterness. Clean, fresh flavours and well balanced.

3.7
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
This is a good pale ale, with a nice wheaty taste and a fruity finish. The beer is a good session drink, but it is too hoppy and not complex enough for my tastes.

3.7
jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2007 August 2007. Bottle @ BeerBistro. No notes, was super impressed with the citrusy hops in the aroma and the flavour. Bumped up the aroma and flavour +1. <P>May 2004. Nice light amber colour with a good sized head. Nice citrusy resiny aroma and nicely bitter flavour profile. Could have used a bit more malt to back up the hoppiness though. Thanks to NorthYorkSammy for this bottle, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to this one. 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5

3.3
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Delicious, easy to find pale ale that is a good example of the style, with a spicy, crisp finish that’s very drinkable.


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