If you’ve been a visitor to The Brew Club for any amount of time you’re familiar with many of the frequent commenters who add quite a bit to this blog and I’m ever grateful.
One of the long time friends of ours is Mike who is celebrating the second anniversary of his beer blog “Mike Loves Beer“. Two years is an accomplishment, and in his honor I’m going to review Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale in Mike Loves Beer style – although nobody does it better than Mike!
If you are lucky enough to be around DelRay Beach Florida tomorrow night, you might want to check out his second anniversary party at the Coffee District. Tell him The Brew Club sent ya (so they can laugh @ you!) Anyway, congrats on two years Mike – may you have many more!
On to the beer!
Name: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Country: United States
Type: American Pale Ale
Appearance – Light amber color and almost clear. Nice white head with good retention and it maintains a very respectable amount of lacing the whole way through.
Smell – Hops. Sierra Nevada uses Cascade hops for this beer, and to me they come across as citrusy. There is a nice bready component to the aroma as well. Very clean and refreshing.
Taste – Sometimes it happens. Taste follows smell to a ‘T’. This is one of those beers. Nice hop flavors in the front with some bready flavors to balance it. Not an over-the-top hop monster, but a nicely done beer that is perhaps the best American Pale Ale I’ve tried.
I’ve been forcing myself to try more of the American Pale Ale style of beer, and I’m really glad that I have! The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is considered a classic example of the style, and its hard to argue with that assessment. A great beer that’s easy to find, refreshes without trying too hard. A real-deal good beer that I’ll try keeping around at all times!
Overall Grade: A-
(which is probably a 4.5 star beer here)