Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The beginning. A classic. Our most popular beer.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic, yet it remains new, complex and surprising to thousands of beer drinkers every day. It is—as it always has been—all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold.
ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.6% by volume
BEGINNING GRAVITY 13.1° plato
ENDING GRAVITY 2.8° plato
BITTERNESS UNITS 38
YEAST Ale yeast
BITTERING HOPS Magnum, Perle
FINISHING HOPS Cascade
MALTS Two-row Pale, Caramel
CUISINE Grilled Steak, Citrus Salad, Thai Curry, Roasted Vegetables
Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change at our brewers’ creative discretion.
The Craft Beer Revolution
To those who would not go quietly…the dreamers, the builders, the iconoclasts. Before prohibition, America had more than 1,750 working breweries. By 1980, there were fewer than 100. The beer itself became boring, bland, and banal—eager to offend less, rather than to please more. In the west, there was a revolution afoot, a few solitary restless rebels working for a change. They knew there was more to beer than what they were given and they went their own way. They focused on flavor, character, style, and craft. With names like Maytag, McAuliffe, Grant, Grossman and DeBakker, they built tiny breweries and collectively changed the tastes of millions. They were pioneers, innovators, firebrands, but most of all they were inspirations. Today, there are more than 2,000 breweries in the US with more opening every day. America now makes the greatest number of beers in the most styles anywhere in the world.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Pale Ale
Turns out, good beer can do a lot of good.
We shook things up in the ’80s, and it helped launch a beer revolution that’s in full force today. We keep pushing boundaries, whether that’s in the brewhouse, with sustainability, or in the great outdoors.
Ken Grossman started Sierra Nevada with a hand-built brewhouse and the odds stacked against him. In 1980, that patchwork of pipes, pumps and tanks began making beers that forever changed the course of American craft brewing. Ken Grossman was a wild card from the get-go. As a toddler, he took things apart faster than his mom could keep up—the toaster, the washer, outlet covers. Tinkering turned into inventing, and learning in school didn’t compare to education in a backyard shop. Ken fell for science, though, thanks to the father of a close friend. Visiting their house, Ken always saw and smelled curious bubbling jugs: homebrew.
Use our interactive maps to explore how we slash our environmental impact at both breweries, from a next-level “reduce, reuse, recycle” mindset to generating alternative energy onsite.
Take Back Our Trails
We believe freedom is in the great outdoors. But trail maintenance is underfunded
while foot traffic keeps growing, and it’s harming our favorite places to play. If we don’t step up, our trails die out. Join us in action and advocacy to take back our trails.
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