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Ron-P and other beer lovers: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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#1 of 36 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted January 27 2003 - 09:24 AM

The Smart & Final store near my house is stocking cases of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Is it not my understanding, Ron (and other beerheads), that you have a high opinion of this brew? It was mentioned in your "Let's Talk Beer" superthread a bit. Please advise, because I can't take much more of this watery, low-potency stuff from Tecate, and I'm not in the mood for so full-bodied a beer as Pacifico. Thinking of picking up a case tonight if I get a response to this post soon enough. My pleasure is entirely dependent on a timely response. Thank you, sir.

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Posted January 27 2003 - 10:46 AM

Pick it up Jack. It is a very good, full bodied Pale Ale with a good hop flavor with balanced malts, slightly on the sweet side finishing clean with a slight (mild) bitterness.

Do you happen to know the price? There is a S&F across the street from my house, I may just have to swing in.

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#3 of 36 OFFLINE   Chris Moe

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Posted January 27 2003 - 11:40 AM

Sieera Nevada Pale Ale is one of my favorite beers. Definitely give it a try.

#4 of 36 OFFLINE   Tim Morton

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Posted January 27 2003 - 11:54 AM

Great beer!!!!!!One of the best...we pay about 9 bucks a six for it out here in vermont. But since The Atkins diet i am learning to LOVE the new michalob low carb beer ('Posted Image')..so lets not talk to badly of tecate!!!*LOL*

#5 of 36 OFFLINE   Bob Turnbull

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Posted January 27 2003 - 03:51 PM

Let me add to the chorus...Don't get it much up here, but had my first taste in Tarrytown NY a few years ago and thoroughly enjoy it. Has an excellent sharp after taste and as Ron mentioned nicely hoppy. I expect you've already picked it up given the responses, so what do you think? Regular rotation?

#6 of 36 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted January 27 2003 - 04:02 PM

I don't drink, but my parents hold this beer to the sky as one of their favorites Posted Image

#7 of 36 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 27 2003 - 04:49 PM

It's always available cheap from Costco. IIRC $18 a case.
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#8 of 36 OFFLINE   Scott Van Dyke

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Posted January 28 2003 - 12:39 AM

Another great seasonal brew from the same company would be known as Sierra Nevada "Celebration Ale". I believe you can find it in the Autumn. Pale Ale is good in my opinion, also.

#9 of 36 OFFLINE   Mark C Sherman

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Posted January 28 2003 - 02:16 AM

Very Very good Beer. I get it when I go to Cook outs that way the "BUD CREW" Doesn't drink my beer.
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#10 of 36 OFFLINE   Michael St. Clair

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Posted January 28 2003 - 02:24 AM

I drink Sierra draft at my 'local' every week. Two big thumbs up.

#11 of 36 OFFLINE   Ralph Summa

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Posted January 28 2003 - 02:32 AM

It's one of my favorite Pale Ales. Second only to Harpoon IPA from Boston. It boggles my mind how expensive it is in New England. I paid $10.99 for a 12 pk of Newcastle and $12.99 for Mackeson triple Stout and Sierra was $13.99. I still pay it because it's a great beer.

#12 of 36 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted January 28 2003 - 03:58 AM

It is excellent, but often very pricey. If you like it and would like a lower cost alternative look for Red Hook IPA, another fine example of a Pale Ale. I like the Red Hook ESB even better.
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#13 of 36 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted January 28 2003 - 04:47 AM

Jack, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a very popular beer among even the most discriminating palates (see Michael Jackson (not the performer). Although its popularity has risen, the quality has not dropped off.

This brew, is suprisingly a solid medium bodied brew, with hints of citrus and a generous hop snap. It accompanies just about every style of dish, like most pales & IPA's can. Instead of a Corona , fire up a SNPA with your favorite mexican meal. You'll see what the hype is about. Simple, clean and a bit complex for a Pale Ale in IPA clothing.
A little value tip, Rite Aid carries SNPA , and varies in price there from $11.99 to as low as $8.99 a 12/pk. This is the cheapest I have found it. It is a wonderful fallback brew, when funds are low or you need to satisfy more than one palate. A highly respected brew in the taster community as well as the hophead cult.

note: this is a bottle-conditioned brew! it can contain bits of yeast (yummy!) and vary slightly bottle to bottle. Do not drink from bottle! Use a nice open pint glass. Enjoy!


#14 of 36 OFFLINE   Tim Markley

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Posted January 28 2003 - 06:19 AM

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has been my 'regular' beer for years. I always have some in the fridge. An excellent Pale Ale.

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Posted January 28 2003 - 06:34 AM

Speaking of Sierra Nevada it's almost Bigfoot time. mmmm..big beer. Jay
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#16 of 36 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted January 28 2003 - 07:30 AM

Jack, Try Bohemia for a change as well.

#17 of 36 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 28 2003 - 07:56 AM

What's really strange is that the brewery is nowhere near the Sierra Nevada but rather in the flatlands at Chico.
http://www.sierra-nevada.com/ At least the Mendicino Brewing Company is in "Hopland" of all places....
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#18 of 36 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted January 28 2003 - 08:00 AM

Thank you so much, people. Due to circumstances I didn't stop by S&F last night. But I will do so tonight. I won't be able to give a report until another day, though, as S&F stocks its beer out in the open; it isn't refigerated. Since it's a crime against nature to put beer in a freezer for a quick chill, I want to do this right and give the stuff a few hours before opening a bottle. I am really looking forward to this elixer! Thanks, all!

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Posted January 28 2003 - 10:53 AM

did you know that the brewer for sierra nevada was originally a homebrewer in the san fernando valley? he was a member of the maltese falcons. (if memory serves me correctly) an amazing beer. almost the defacto standard in San Francisco (since it's made in Chico)

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Posted January 28 2003 - 11:33 PM

Can't go wrong with it! Is my favorite of all Pales Ales...backed up by Harpoon, Victory Hop Devil, etc, etc...
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