Monday, May 27, 2013

A Year of Craft Beer, Vol. 124, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Happy Memorial Day!

Thanks Vets, past and present for you service and sacrafices!

I saved my beverage consumption for the evening as it seems like there are many a drinkers out on the roads and I didn't want to be one of them.  Instead I went shopping, did laundry, went for a hike with dad, cleaned up the shops brewery area, and cooked buffalo burgers for mom and dad!  It was a pretty relaxing day actually!

So for tonight I saved a can of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to do another can test and see if it tastes metallic.  Plus, I like this beer!  It's an American Pale Ale which is popular around the world now and sort of an alternative to IPA's.  It's basically a "pale ale" made with ingredients mostly local the the brewery and, of course, American versions are crisp and hoppy compared to the british versions which are a bit buttery.  

The can is tastefully decorated unlike some that look like bad tattoos.  Well Done!

The beer pours clear golden colour with a slight haze and a full two finger head that fades to a full ring and center cap and has nice light lacing.

The aroma is of sweet pale malt,  mild biscuity yeast, citrus and some piney hops.

The taste is fairly malty then citrusy mid way through, a little honey mixed in then a mild pine hop presence finishes the beer off ending mildly dry and slightly peppery.  Balanced well!

Mouthfeel is light to medium body and smoothly sweet with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is balanced, smooth and exceptional!  I would recommend this as a crossover beer for someone addicted to crappy macro beer!

Get out there and try this!  You will love it!


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