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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Top 10 Craft Beers

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Craft Beers, a best-selling pale ale in the U.S.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company/Chico, California

One of the pioneers of modern brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing set the stage for craft beer when it opened in 1980. Its flagship pale ale set the standard for the style and also introduced the U.S. to West Coast hop strains. The brewery is known for using only fresh, full-cone hops and lots of them. This beer gets its fragrant bouquet and spicy, citrusy flavor burst from generous quantities of Magnum, Perle and Cascade hops. The robust hoppiness of this deep amber-colored brew is matched with a full-bodied maltiness. This best-selling pale ale in the U.S. is considered a common gateway choice for craft beer novices. Perhaps the greenest of all breweries, the company was named Green Business of the Year in 2011 by the EPA, in recognition for its energy generation through solar panel arrays, recovered bio-gas, hydrogen fuel cells, zero-waste policy, recycling, heat recovery, CO2 recovery, energy efficiency and water conservation.

Price: $9 for six-pack of 12 oz
5.6 percent ABV

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