Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (2016 re-review)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1692) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2016


2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Potent piney/floral hops. Moderate malt presence of somewhat sweet honey/amber grain. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Orange/copper hue; mostly clear. CO2 visible. Med-high off-white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Medium-high hop flavor throughout. Flavor is earthy/piney and slightly dank. Malt base is evident and supportive. Mostly clean grainy malt with a touch of bread or toast. Hops linger with a mild resiny aftertaste, but eventually fade. No alcohol presence. No esters. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth. Highly efficient for 5.6% ABV. Excellent accompaniment with food. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the pioneers of the APA style and it still holds up after 30 years. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills. 
NOTE: Read and watch my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/07/sierra-nevada-pale-ale-chadz-beer.html