When I look at a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale the first thing that comes to mind is that it is a refined beer, the result of a dream and the efforts of an ambitious homebrewer. Following countles changes in the recipe the end result is a beer that has enchanted beer drinking fans in its country of origin, the U.S., as well as the world over. It is also considered to be a source of inspiration and motivation for homebrewers who wish to pursue a professional careeer in brewing.
The recipe for Pale Ale, considered by many one of the pionneers of beer, that is responsible for creating the trend of American Pale Ale. The ambitious homebrewer Ken Groossman, founder of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is considered an icon for many homebrewers, having managed to make his dream a reality. But what made the difference that led to success? Aside from the passion and love for homebrewing and the fact that he didn’t rest on his laurels, the key factor is the constant search for new malts and hops that give their beers their distinct character.
From 1970 and until 1980, Ken Grossman spent many days and “brews”making sure that first of all his beer had the same great taste every time and most importantly to make sure that his beer stood out from the rest of the similar beers. Very few of American Pale Ale differed from the traditional British Pale Ales. Searching for a way to make a difference he expiremented with Cluster hops which at the time were quite popular. He succeeded after many trials, mainly in his home brewing equipment, to create a recipe that offers a cleaner and purer flavor with less vegetativeness by using Cascade hops, a variety of hops that today is prefered by many brewers and at the time had appeared fairly recently in the market.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a top-fermented beer with a long lasting white to cream colored foam. It is a clear beer amber colored beer with very small residue in the glass visible to the eye but not felt in the mouth.
It has a beautiful aromatic bouquet consisting of minimum vegetativeness (slightly grassy), as well as, fruits such as peach and orangey citrus. Taste gives a slightly roasted malt, crisp and slightly dry. A beer with a medium body. Noticeable carbonation that can be described as bittersweet. A hoppy finish which gives an interesting bitter aftertaste of medium intensity and duration.
The beer was first produced in 1980. For the production of this top-fermented American Blonde Magnum and Perle hops are used for bitterness while Cascade hops are the finishing hops. The malts used are Blonde (Pale) and Caramel. Begins with a 13.1° plato and finishes with a 2.8° plato, giving us a beer with a 5.6% abv and 38 IBU. Preferably served in a Pint glass as well as a Tulip glass. Recommended serving temperature is between 7°C-9°C. It pairs extremely well with (roasted) vegetables and salads with citrus. It can also accompany spicy sausages and grilled meats.
Produced in Chinco, California by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. In Greece it is imported and distributed in 330ml bottles, by Unibräu, since December 2015. In the past it was imported by OK Athens.
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