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Brewsday Tuesday: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

August 21, 2012

After six plus hours of depositions and four plus hours of driving I pulled into Monticello.  I ordered Chicken and Broccoli from the local Chinese place and ran next door to buy some beer.  I wanted something with a hop punch but was not over the top.  A green six pack called my name and I strolled out with some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  Let’s do this!

Name: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Brewed by: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Location: Chico, CA

Style/ABV: American Pale Ale / 5.6%

Appearance: Pours a bright copper with an impressive three finger off white head that slowly recedes leaving a thin layer on top.  A great amount of lacing is present at the beer disappears.

Smell: Sweet caramel and citrus with a hint of pine.

Taste: Opens with a hint of grapefruit; rolls into caramel malt sweetness; and finishes with a punch of citrus hops.  This is an American Pale Ale through and through.

Mouthfeel: Medium with medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer is a classic! It is readily available almost where ever beers are sold and has a nice hoppy flavor without being over the top.  It is sessionable and I really enjoy this beer and style.

Final Grade: A

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