BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Draft--Nice golden-amber color, somewhat thin head. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of citrus. Smooth taste that is well balanced, good finish. An easy drinker that isn't overly complex. BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Nice, fruity aroma. The color is a light golden color. Flavor is hoppy with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very easy to drink and it goes well with any meal. BeerandBlues2 (13306) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Rich amber color with a dissipating white head. Nice hoppy bouquet that gives way to a smooth, slightly bitter taste. Very easy on the palate. DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2004
I'm gonna have to go against the grain on this one (ha-ha, get it?). I have tried this on more than one occasion and just do not like it. The flavour is both hoppy and malty, but somehow yuppy. I mean, I feel like a yuppy drinking it. Not only is appearance-wise totally not my style, but taste-wise as well. Pale ales I don't dig so much. In this style, I prefer the flavour of Sweetwater 420. Frankly, I'm surprised Sierra Nevada Pale Ale gets such a high rating - and a little puzzled. I don't understand it. This kind of thing just isn't my bag. balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 4, 2004
nice orange gold color with a white head, lots of carbonation. lovely aroma of citrus, hops, spice, and a bit of carmel. very good hop flavor with a bit of spice...dry finish. i think this is a great pale ale...again a very drinkable beer, especially on a nice hot summer night.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Bottle. Pours a nice translucent golden, quick diminishing thin head. Crisp, fresh, hoppy aroma. well balanced, hops & malt. I absolutely love this stuff! Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Ahh, the original. Somewhat disappointing, though - pale ales have come a long way. Aroma is slightly skunky, which is surprising b/c I bought this in a closed 12-pack, so it shouldn't have been exposed to light. After the skunkiness clears, I'm left with a mild grapefruit hop aroma and a faint fruitiness. Clear amber color, thin white head. Balance is great in the flavor - good bitterness, moderate hop flavor and there is enough malt to support it, very mild fruitiness. Medium-full body, smooth. Overall, this is a great, easy drinking, session APA. No where near the Harvest Ale, but then not many are. Good all-purpose beer. Foxbush (2028) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Very thin head with a coppery color. Aroma was of hops and malt. Compared to other pale ales it seems to be just average. This pale ale didn’t attack my senses like some of the ales that I have rated. This ale is readily available in stores selling beer in Virginia so if looking for a pale ale this is your drink. Others that I have enjoyed have been much better. It is great safe APA whenever out for dinner. MysticAmbrosia (6) - Carmichael, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 Most Excellent Tasting Complex Full~Bodied Pale Ale. Deep Brilliant Copper Colour. Exquisite Quality Hops In Abundance For the Hop~Head. Creamy White Head With Nice Glass Lace. Lovely Complex Hoppy Tastes With Subtle Flowery Flavours Filling Your Mouth Which Are Spirit Lifting. Happiness. Perfect Delicious Full Flavour, Rich Hoppy Good Satisfying Bitterness, Hint Of Sweetness And Some Breadiness With Malty Undertones. Carbonation Perfect With Beautiful Bubbles Rising And Deep Copper Colour. Best Of The Pale Ale's. Consistant Great Quality. I'm Savouring Some Now.
If I Were A Strong Hop/Bitter Lover This Brew Would Have Been Given The Highest Marks In All Catagories. ~~~ I Am More Of A Dark Brew Lover... Dark Porter, Dark Ales, Rich, Caramelized Malted Dark Roastiness, Sweet Maple Syrup, Chocolate, Hints Of Ripe Sugared Fruits/Berries, Sometimes Christmas Spices, Thick, Full~Mouth Feel And Less Hops. These Would Be My Favourite Dark Brews/Ales/Porters ~~~ But This Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Is The Premium Brew For Quality Pale Ale Hop Lovers! DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - FEB 28, 2004
Enjoyed it very much. Great taste. Smooth. A little pricey, but I highly recommend it.