Review #11 Sierra Nevada Pale 68/100
This is a beer that has been on my go-to list for many years now, it’s available all year round in a variety of shops in the UK, from independent beer shops to supermarkets. Don’t be put off by my rating of 65/100, as it’s a very good beer, so I’ll also take advantage of this moment to give a brief idea of how I rate beer and whisky:
1-9/100 = Liquid shit, avoid at all costs.
10-19/100 = Not worth the cost of the bottle it’s in.
20-29/100 = I would be reluctant to finish the bottle.
30-39/100 = The kind of beer you’ll drink, but look forward to the end.
40-49/100 = Meh. I’d get it again…in a fix.
50-59/100 = Not something that blows me away, but I’d happily drink it again.
60-69/100 = Very enjoyable, something special and good enough for me to recommend.
70-79/100 = If I could only drink that drink for the rest of the night, I’d be happy.
80-89/100 = Extremely good territory, I don’t come across drinks of this quality too often.
90-99/100 = The best of the best. I only experience this standard maybe once a month.
100/100 = I have not yet come across this, but when I do, I’ll know.
You might think I’m being harsh giving such a good beer a rating of 65/100, but I’m not, I really love the beer, but I see it as any reviewers obligation to really scrutinise the flavours and quality of a beer and not rate every good beer over 90, as this can overshadow the true greatness of the most amazing beers/whiskies in the world.
Out of the bottle and into the glass, it’s highly carbonated, pours a deep amber colour with a very light haziness. On the nose there are very delicate citrus aromas of grapefruit and orange.
On the palate there is a hearty maltiness to this brew, but very well balanced with the light citrus notes. It’s not heavily hopped and you’re not bogged down with too much malt, it’s a very nice session ale. Their Torpedo Double IPA is something to behold, I’ll be reviewing that soon.