Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This beer pours a slightly hazed, copper color. It's topped by a two-finger, cream colored head that rises quickly, and quickly fades to a quarter-inch layer, leaving sheets and patches of lace. The aroma is malty with toasty and bready notes, along with a caramel sweetness on swirling. The hop aroma is more subtle. There are mild grassy notes, and a bit of peppery spice.
The malty backbone of this beer is the first character to greet the palate. There are toasty notes with an underlying, bready sweetness, which moves into a sweeter caramel character. A peppery bite becomes evident in the center, and moves into a resiny hop flavor with a lingering bitterness. The sweet, malty backbone underlies the finish. This IPA is medium-bodied, has mildly prickly carbonation, and has a bit of roughness in the finish.
I thought this was a balanced IPA. There's a good deal of malty sweetness to off-set a string bitterness in the finish. A good, but not great IPA.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2009 01:38:38 | More by EPICAC
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Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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