10A - American Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale

Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Beer: Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
BJCP Style: 10A

Aroma: Resin and pine like hop aroma is dominant. Moderate amount of carmel sweetness. No esters. No diacetyl.

Score: 12/12

Appearance: Gold in color. Off white head. Medium and large bubbles. Slightly-Moderate hazy. Head lingers. Some lacing.

Score: 2/3

Flavor: Resone, pine, citrus, like hope flavor is dominant. Some earthy hop flavors come through in the finish. Moderate bitterness, but is well balanced with the malts. Malt flavor is relatively clean with only a hint of carmel malts. Very clean fermentation character. No diacetyl.
Semi-dry finish. The flavor of the malt and hops stays long after the finish.

Score: 20/20

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Beer is very effervescent and sharp on the tongue. Medium body. No astringency. No diacetyl.

Score: 4/5

Overall Impression: A very well balanced pale ale. The hop flavor and aroma leans more towards the piney/resinous hop character than the citrus character. However, there is still a good bit of citrus character. The carbonation also seems a little high. Carbonation is so high there is a sharp sting on the pallet. I would personally tone back on the pressure 10-20%. Some haze is appropriate for APAs, but there was too much haze. Leave in primary longer, use fining agents, or filtration to reduce haze.

Score: 8/10

Total Score: 46/50

Additional Notes: Classic commercial example of american pale ale.