Friday, February 12, 2010

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Chico, California

American Pale Ale (APA)

5.60% ABV


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.
IBUs: 37
Bittering Hops: Magnum & Perle
Finishing Hops: Cascade
Malts: Two-row Pale & Caramel

General Pricing:

12oz Bottles, ~$6.50-$8.00 6pk, 12.00-$15.00 12pk 24.00-28 case

This beer pours a nice copper color with a fairly rich bright white head. This beer is also shows some nice carbonation with lots of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

Nice light caramel malts on the nose along with some pleasant hop aromas.

It starts out with sweet light malts upfront then a nice effervescence over the tongue followed by a very clean and refreshing back-end and finish. The back-end has a very nice hop flavor that comes out just at the top of the swallow. The finish has just enough finishing hops to give you a dry finish without a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. It is also interesting that the backend and finish are two different hop flavors.

This is really a nice beer. I don’t know why I have avoided it for so long. I guess I thought it would be over hopped like I have found some of Sierra Nevada’s other offerings.  

The head has diminished to a nice protective layer over the top of the beer. It is also has a decent ring around the glass and it is leaving some very impressive lacing.
As this beer warms the malts are getting richer and it is still a very refreshing beer.
All and all this is a very good beer. It is a great summer beer very clean and refreshing with a good light malty flavor and just enough hops.

This is an excellent APA. So far only Dale’s Pale Ale is a better APA. This is an A- for me.


  1. Great Blog John! I tried to post earlier but haven't figured out how until now. I'm pretty blog-challenged I guess. In any case, great resource...I can feel your passion. What attention to detail. The pictures are great and the write-ups are so thorough. I'll be checking back regularly.

    Steve G.

  2. Thanks Steve,
    Glad to have you, please feel free to continue to post comments.