Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.60%
Serving type: Bottle into pint glass

Much unlike Snooki and Teen Moms (or any other pop trend for that matter), I’m glad that I can find this wherever I turn at all times. There’s really no escaping seeing this beer everywhere from your local liquor store to the Korean grocery store that you steal Slim-Jims from. It’s pretty much a staple for “gateway craft beer-ism” and is useful in transforming your Bud Light drinkers over to the dark side. Or pale side.

How are you enjoying these semi-outdated pop culture references and horrible puns? Since I can’t hear your response, I’ll just assume, a lot.

There’s a good reason why this is the best selling craft beer in America. It’s easy to drink and damn tasty to boot. It pours a wonderful clear golden color with a small white rim of head and some nice lacing to it. Quite impressive look for a pale ale. The smell can best be described as malty, grassy, piney, and citrusy. This is a great precursor to the big citrus and floral hops and slight bitter finish to it. I realize that description sounds like your drinking lemonade in a forest, but it’s nothing like that. Though that does sound pretty pleasant. The beer’s body is medium built, drier than my humor, and somewhat disappointingly low on carbonation.

Overall I can’t stress enough that this is a pretty solid choice if you’re hard pressed for something simple. Good beer for a good price is what I’m all about these days.

Overall: 4.0/5 – I heard you kids like your ales extra pale!

Sierra Nevada Brewing

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