Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

The Quintessential West Coast Pale Ale

If someone were to ask me which one beer typifies not only the American Pale Ale style, I would answer with not a second's doubt "Sierra Nevada Pale Ale." In fact, I might be so inclined to say this is the beer that typifies the 'American style' craft beer. Yes, I know there are wide range of craft beers and craft beer styles - but the citrusy, just slightly light amber, clean style typified by this beer seems something that we Americans have embraced in our brewing and just maybe might be something that we can claim as our own.

The Beer

SNPA is a study in the balance of maltiness and bitterness. The malt base is a simple one, with the caramel, toasty flavors being contributed simply by some 60L Crystal malt. Balancing this nicely is the citrus-like bitterness from the cascade hops. In addition to the cascade hops, the addition of perle hops seems to tame the citrus and add a subtle earthy/pine characteristic.

All Grain Recipe - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone ::: 1.052/1.012 (5.5 Gal)

Grain Bill (70% Efficiency assumed)

10 lbs. - 2 Row Pale Malt
1.25 lbs. - Crystal Malt (60L)

Hop Schedule (33 IBU)

1/3 oz. - Magnum - 60 min.
1/2 oz. - Perle - 30 min.
1 oz. - Cascade - 10 min.
2 oz. - Cascade - at flameout


White Labs California Ale Yeast (WLP001) - 1800 ml starter


Mash at 153° for 60 min.
Sparge as usual
Cool and ferment at 65° to 68°

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