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Monday, February 27th 2012

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
(Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)


A few years back I was putting together mock-ups of what I thought a can of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale might look like and hoping that this day might come. Little did I know that it would come so soon. The now iconic green pale ale logo looks pretty nice wrapped around a can of the beer many of us credit as the first craft beer we ever had. Congratulations to Sierra Nevada for getting their canning line going and rolling out these beauties (as well as 16 oz. cans of Torpedo!), we're sure it will be plenty busy as the weather across the country warms up. Cheers!

From the Sierra Nevada site:

"Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor."

Here we go...


Pour - familiar amber golden appearance with very rich, thick white head on top that settles very nicely. Great looking pour coming out of the can, with the head leaving some lacing after the first sip. Looks like it came straight from the tap.

Aroma - floral and citrusy notes hit the nose right away. I've had so many bottles and pints of this pale ale that its like an old familiar friend. Love the slight hints of pine and light malty sweetness. 


Taste - that first sip brings back lots of memories. Who hasn't had one of these during a great night out or at a great BBQ or party? Balanced malts and hops with a zippy, lemony zing and some bitterness that isn't too overpowering. A nice floral flavor with a solid malt backbone. An all around great beer for any occasion. 


Overall - A time tested recipe that's hard to dismiss. Great all around flavor profile with the right amount of hops and malts to appeal to the masses. One of several gateway craft beers that has led many folks down the road to hopheadness. We love that it's in cans and we'll certainly be pulling a lot of these out of the cooler in the months ahead!


Note - Sierra Nevada first brewed their famous pale ale in 1980. It is the second best selling craft beer in America (behind Sam Adams Boston Lager). It was one of the first beers to use generous amounts of cascade hops, now a stable in the industry. Like the bottled version, Sierra Nevada's pale ale is conditioned in the container so you're drinking a "can-conditioned" beer. 



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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, California  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row pale and Caramel
Hops: Cascade, Magnum, Perle
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 37
Date: February 27th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Pale Ales