Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
While Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (SNPA) is an old standby amongst avid microbrew drinkers and ale aficionados, I know there are many casual beer drinkers who haven’t had the pleasure of tasting this great example of pale ale. This “traditional style” ale comes to us from Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. SNPA has slightly more bitterness than your average American Pale Ale, which is definitely a good thing. The distinctive bitterness, combined with relatively low carbonation results in an unyielding and able-bodied ale that can easily be enjoyed out of the bottle yet is in no danger of being confused with Bud Light. SNPA’s palette-lingering hoppiness is perfect for enjoying with food as the ale’s gutsy character will stand up to just about any flavor you can throw at it and the deliciously poignant aftertaste will remain with you long after you’ve thrown the bottle into your neighbor’s backyard. This amber colored beer is great on it’s own as well, I recommend you crack one open while tossing the disc around with some old friends.