Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Brew Review

We’re in the heart of  American Craft Beer Week, so I thought I should celebrate with the second best-selling craft beer in the US: Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale 2

This beer is brewed by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. Founded in 1979, it’s the 6th largest brewing company in the United States, and was named the “Green Business of the Year” in 2010 by the EPA for their sustainability practices. So if someone complains about you being too drunk at your sisters wedding, simply explain you are doing your part to save the environment, then take your face out of the uncut cake and return to your seat.

That’ll teach ’em.

IPAs vs. Pale Ales

I previously wrote about what makes an India Pale Ale (IPA), and considering that a Pale Ale is just the second two-thirds of that, the two should be fairly similar, right? Correct! Think of the difference between a Pale Ale and and IPA like the difference between a moped and a motorcycle: they have the same basic structure, but one is bolder, more extreme, some might say cooler (mopeds are pussy-magnets). Where a Pale Ale tends to be hoppy, IPAs (especially American IPAs) take that hoppy bitterness to the next level, creating a flavor explosion. But the good kind, not like Doritos Extreme.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 1

The beer pours a clear orange color with a decent head that settles on the surface. There’s an earthy hop quality to the smell, with some floral and citrus notes.  The taste is tangy, with obvious hop bitterness melding with the more delicate bready and floral notes. It’s smooth with a medium body, and a lingering hop finish.

Should I Drink It?

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is one of the quintessential US beers, and a great example of a quality American Pale Ale. The flavor is distinct and memorable, without being jarring to your casual beer drinker. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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