Sunday, September 14, 2014
I was thinking the other day, after picking up the Sierra Nevada Autumn variety pack, that I often focus on the seasonal and specialty beers and rarely review a brewery's "flagship" offerings. That was precisely the case with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. I have had this pale ale on numerous occasions, but, perhaps due to it's ubiquity, I never saw the need to feature it in Ill-Gotten Booty Beer Reviews. This classic ale pours a deep amber with a fluffy white head. Lightly carbonated, with just the right amount of hops. Both grapefruit and pine notes compete and there are some floral and citrus aromas floating just within reach of the olfactory nerves. This is indeed a classic, and a beer where you truly can't go wrong, as much a cliche that that is. So many beers these days are piling on the hops and flying right past the pale ale right into IPA's, or calling what should be a pale ale an IPA, it's refreshing to see a good ol' pale ale still as popular as it is...and so delicious!