Review: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Pale Ale | Craft Beer & Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Pale Ale
88 out of 100

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.6 IBU: 38

88/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Pale Ale

What the brewers say

“Pale Ale’s unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic. It is all natural, bottle-conditioned, and refreshingly bold.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Light grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes with a slight grainy sweetness behind hops aroma. A little restrained for style, but still pleasant. Light sweet malt notes with a touch of biscuit malt. Mostly clean with low esters and just a hint of sulfur.”

Flavor: “Nice up-front hops, balanced wonderfully with a soft malt character. Citrus rind dominates hops flavors with some floral notes. A slight juiciness may be related to the slight caramel note from the malt. Restrained yeast notes provide a subtle fruitiness that works well. Light and carbonic—very drinkable. Definitely hops forward but not out of balance, with a slight lingering bitterness.”

Overall: “This is your dad’s pale ale—a pretty classic-style pale ale that’s rounded out with no intense sharp edges that hits straight down the middle. All ingredients play well together, but nothing really sticks out. A clean, quaffable pale ale with just a touch of sweetness in mid-palate and a bit mild on the hops for a modern APA.”

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