Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

June 2nd, 2011 by in Disneyland Resort Beer Reviews, Walt Disney World Beer Reviews

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is named after the Sierra Nevada mountain range. But don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like mountains. Mountains taste like dirt, water and trees. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale still tastes like beer. According to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company website, “critics proclaim [the brewery’s beers as a whole, I guess] ‘Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.'” No word on who these critics are, however. Marketing thrives on hyperbole.

Now don’t get me wrong,  Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale is a beer that’s pleasant to drink. The taste isn’t as unique as a Widmer Drifter, but it’s a refreshing pale ale with a nice citrus hoppy flavor that smooths out with a bread flavor on the back end. This beer would be a good introduction into the pale ale category of beers. It’s not overwhelming, but gives a nice idea of what a pale ale can be.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is located in Chico, CA. Chico, CA is also home to California State University, Chico, more commonly known as Chico State. I saw a license plate frame this morning that said Chico State and had no idea what Chico State was. Now we all do (for better or for worse).

Anyway, if you’re stuck with the usual bunch of boring beer choices and notice Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has somehow been put alongside them, choose the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale every time.

WDW Beer List: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – included, of course.

  • Jason

    All H-Ale Sierra Nevada the early craft beer innovators that have helped bring the craft beer world that way we know of today. Ken Anderson and many other innovators started the Craft Beer revolution while many of us were at least a decade away from being their target customers. When drinking a classic craft beer staple like this take a moment and ponder the choices that could have been if it were not for Ken (on the west coast), Mark Stutrud (in the midwest) and the Yuengling family (on the east coast). We’d all probably be drinking pale yellow light lagers all day.


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