Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Company info:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, U.S.A

[No website listed on bottle]

Bottle size sampled: 355 mL

Alcohol:
 5.6%
Standard drinks: 1.6

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $4.75 AU

Label info: ‘Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a completely natural ale. There are no additives; only the finest malted barley, whole hops, brewer’s yeast, and crystal-clear water. The fine layer of yeast in each bottle is a result of the traditional bottle-conditioning process that produces carbonation naturally’.

What the label really means: I really appreciate this label reinforcing how fresh and natural the beer contained within is. Whoever said alcohol is evil needs to get their head examined. Not drinking this beer is the equivalent of clubbing three seals to death. Fact.

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Label: I love this label. It has a certain story-book / fairy tale feel to it and it speaks of greatness. It looks traditional, it looks inviting, it serves as a good reminder of the brew’s au naturale intent.

I saw this beer in a film a few months back; a quick flash of the label from the side. And while I’ve never tried this brew, I’ve certainly seen it in the fridge in many US stores. Seeing the quick flash of the label in a film, I knew exactly that this was a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A quick Google search later and my suspicion was confirmed. For creating instant brand recognition alone, this label is brilliant.

I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  It’s pleasantly hoppy with a dusky, musky tinge.

Taste: GLASS – I found it surprising that this pale ale is a tad dry on first taste. I guess with all the talk of crystal clear water and the image of a beautiful river I expected a refreshing punch in the gob. But what it lacks in refreshment it makes up for with a strong hoppy, back of mouth bitterness that elevates this brew into damn fine territory. A strong and punchy drop that is very, very delicious.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Just as good from the bottle, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has enough strength in flavour to carry it along beautifully. The fact that it’s a nice fat bottle helps the experience as it’s just so enjoyable to hold. This is the size all beer bottles should be.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this alongside Jack Johnson’s ‘Flake

Accompanying food: As always I’m biased by the food I’m eating for dinner, but I do believe this beer would suit the salty spiciness of Mexican cuisine.

Best season to appreciate: Tastes to me like this here is a good Summer brew. Yessir. 

All-nighter beer? It sure is. The more of this beer I tasted, the more it grew on me and the more I longed for more.

NEXT WEEK: Innis & Gunn Original

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Comments
  1. Radio Snivins says:

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    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      What does he say after ‘Nine out of ten’ Snivelly? I’ve listened to it about 13 times now…
      (nice work regardless)

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      • Radio Snivins says:

        ‘Dangnabble, this is fine fooze. Yessiroo, it is.’

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      • Radio Snivins says:

        And before you ask, dangnabble is an exclamation – I should’ve used an exclamation mark – and it’s akin to ‘crikey!’ Yessirroo is an interjection – I should’ve used an exclamation mark on it as well – and it’s akin to ‘you betchum!’ It’s all perfectly straightforward, if that’s your bent.

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  2. BargeDave says:

    This is a fine drop. The Sierra Nevada IPA was also good but not as huge as I’d hoped (in fact, probably milder than Squires IPA). I agree with Mase’s review (yet again) but would add that I love the level of dryness in this beer.

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    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Thanks BD – stay tuned for a review of the IPA in a few weeks.

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      • BargeDave says:

        Hey Mase, on the topic of new beer review suggestions, I tried my first ever Theakston’s Old Peculier last night and it’s quite extraordinary. From Yorkshire, I believe.

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      • Radio Snivins says:

        I wish I’d tried Ol’ Peculier on Thursday night. I was eyeing it off on the International beer shelf at my local Murphett’s, along with Wells Banana Bread Beer, St. Peters Ruby Red Ale, and a sixer of Budweiser for $9.90. Alas, I chose The King of Beers, or The Lowly Pissboy, as I prefer to call it.

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      • BargeDave says:

        What’s worse than a Bud? Six of them! Must be drunk very cold to minimise flavour.

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      • Radio Snivins says:

        A truer word was never blurted, Bargé. The King of Beers my annus horribilis. That would’ve been the shammiest coronation since Molly Meldrum was crowned King of Moomba in ’85. Still, at least I can now pooh-pooh the stuff from experience. Since that fatefestooned Thursday evensong I’ve partaken in the Wells Banana Bread Beer – it’s nothin’ worth bendin’ your ear over – and I’m currently negotiating a flagoon of Westons Old Rosie Scrumpy, and negotiations are progressing right royally. It’s a princely glug. Tennyson said it best – Howe’er it be, it seems to me,
        ’tis only noble to be good.
        I really believe that…hic

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      • Radio Snivins says:

        Oh, and ‘Kazoo. You said ‘…stay tuned for a review of the IPA in a few weeks’. Is that the Torpedo Extra IPA 7.2%’er you were referring to? If so, I doff my trousers to you. At least, I would if I was wearing any…hic

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      • BargeDave says:

        Sniv, Mase refers to the Sierra Nevada IPA – a good drop, but no ‘Extra IPA’ or ‘Triple IPA’ as we hear so much about, sadly it’s just a run-of-the-mill IPA. Old Rosie Scrumpy is my favourite scrumpy, but it leaves a terrible hangover if you’re mixing it with beer.

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      • Radio Snivins says:

        Yer, I don’t think Sierra Nevada make a simple IPA, Bargé. Not in name anyway. The only IPA I can find by them is the aforementioned Torpedo Extra IPA 7.2%’er. Your local Murphettorium will have it, and you can check their stock levels through its beer page – http://danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_382551/sierra-nevada-torpedo-extra-ipa

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      • Mason Hell-Cat says:

        Yeah that’s the one!

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      • Radio Snivins says:

        Yeth, I thought so. After all the love that Leon got last week I’ve started doing research for my comments, and that was some of it. It’s exhausting, even for someone blessed with an IQ in the high 60’s like I am. I had to do a jot of Rip Van Winkling directly afterwards, and I missed Charlie Sheen Roast.

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      • BargeDave says:

        Oh no, researched comments! I must try harder. I will have to re-check the IPA I tried. If it was ‘Extra IPA’, then Punk must be the Mr Universe of the IPA category.

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