Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: the beer that started the explosion in US craft beer in 1980. Today, Sierra Nevada tastes quite tame: it’s nice, well balanced and has attractive hoppy flavours, but compared with the current crop of US IPAs, it comes across as shy and reserved. But this beer would have seemed extreme 34 years ago.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, California
Orange/bronze colour. Sweet and balanced nose with some herby, aromatic, floral hop notes as well as sweet malty characters. The palate is smooth and textured with just a hint of sweetness and lovely spicy, herby hoppiness. Quite restrained, showing balance. Tame by modern standards, but very drinkable. 7.5/10