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A Craft Original

Pale Ale

It changed tastes, made hops famous, and brought an industry back from extinction. That’s a hard-working beer.

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It changed tastes, made hops famous, and brought an industry back from extinction. That’s a hard-working beer.

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The Details

Heavy on hops, that was always the brewery plan. So in 1980, we loaded Pale Ale up with Cascade—a new hop at the time named after the mountain range—and the intense aromas of pine and citrus sparked the American craft beer revolution. See what this original pale ale is all about.

“Your favorite brewer’s favorite beer.”

– First We Feast



Caramelized malts, Two-row Pale






Ale Yeast

Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change at our brewers' creative discretion.

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Pale Points

Pale Points is a Sierra Nevada loyalty program that rewards Pale Ale fans and consumers 21+ years old! Depending on your state of residence, you can earn points by redeeming your Pale Ale purchases, interacting with games, quizzes and surveys, or you may be able to enter an ultimate SNBC contest giveaway.

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5.6% Alcohol by Volume
38 Bitterness Units
13.3° Original Gravity
2.8° Finishing Gravity
175 Calories
14.3g Carbohydrates
1.9g Proteins

Craft Beer’s


Some Restless Rebels

After prohibition, American beer declined for decades. The brewery count shrank from thousands to less than 100 by the late 1970s. The beers you could find were dull, so a few thirsty rebels out West took up their own experiments in fermentation. Among them, our founder Ken Grossman used a new US-grown hop, Cascade, to help transform stateside flavor. Today, there are more than 6,000 American breweries making the most adventurous beers in the world.

Make It Yourself

Pale Ale Bratwurst

Pinched for time? Poach some brats in Pale Ale. This one-skillet meal is loaded with soaked-in-everything flavor.

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Enjoy Outdoors

Pale Ale in the Wild

They’re ready for any adventure. Pack some cans on your next trip.

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Pale Ale

Homebrew Recipe

Our roots are in homebrewing, so have fun making 5 gallons of your own.

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opening a can of Pale Ale
And the weekend starts in 3...2...1...
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Happy opening day!
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Puppies and beer
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Ken on death ride
The Death Ride
hazy can in brewhouse
Hazy Little Thing IPA wins gold!