Thursday, 29 December 2011
Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale (USA)
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
First brewed in 1980 by Ken Grossinem of Sierra Nevada. This could have been the first beer to have kick started the whole new school of craft brewing of Pale Ales. The intention was clear - to create a pale ale that did not lookl to the English style of pale ales but to a newer, cleaner tasting, hop-driven beer. After extensive research and experimentation using various hops it was decided that the aromatic Cascade hops would be used in the finishing process - giving the beer a distinct flavour and aroma. Magnum and Perle hops are used in the bittering process and two row pale and caramel are the two malts used.
A golden, clear liquid is poured with a white foam head. On the nose an immediate smell of Cascade hops are present giving the beer a floral aroma, hints of citrus and passionfruit are there. There is significant bitterness present during the taste but not much else. The palate is quite light but quite gassy but has a bitter finish.
Overall the beer has good aromas with a nice finish but not too much in between. I was a little dissapointed by this one as I had been looking forward to tasting as had read and heard a lot of good things about it. I would say this beer would be perfect to have alongside a few pizzas.