Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)

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Reviews: 926
Hads: 1,018
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-29-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed to celebrate 27 years of the pioneering of the craft beer movement, this beer is an American Style IPA with a distinct Sierra Nevada twist; a generous amount of Cascade hops to produce a big fragrant pine and citrus hop aroma, which is balanced by the sweetness of two row pale and caramel malt, and finished with additional Cascade dry-hopping for good measure. Anniversary Ale is a medium-bodied, well-hopped ale that finishes with a slight malt sweetness. Released August 2007, 2008, and 2009; same beer.
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Photo of ThaCreep
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The nose is aromatic hops in the typical style of India Pale Ale. The mouth is, it is different, much closer to the American pale ale than IPA. Hops felt the nose is very light in the mouth, certainly not medicated but ultimately somewhat persistent. A little fruity style bitter oranges and spices that go almost unnoticed. Bitterness in the finish, which suffers from this same conclusion: too light.

So a little short for a beer described as mythical and celebrates the anniversary of this brewery. (503 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves behind some nice sticky lace on the glass.

S - This smells of caramel malts, and it has a bit of a grassy smell to it. There is also still a nice hop presence. I am getting nice scents of pine and citrus.

T - Taste is nice and malty up front with some nice hop spiciness. The hops have faded, but there is still some piney and citrusy hop flavor, and some bitterness. There is more bitterness in the finish, and it sticks to the palate just a little bit.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a slight hop bitterness here as well.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily drink a few of these. I'm pretty surprised that the hops have held up as well as they have. I would love to try a fresh bottle of this (although now impossible.) Now it is faded, but it is still a tasty beer. I'm sure this was amazing fresh. (1,046 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the first whiff, it's obvious that Sierra Nevada's 2009 Anniversary Ale is heavy-handed on the hops, with grapefruit and pine notes spiraling up from the bottle, and remaining noticeable at a distance of at least eight to ten inches. Nice caramelized brown sugars rest beneath the hops, along with a strong molasses aroma.

On the tongue, the hops are immediate and pronounced, and take up the larger part of the ale's flavors. Whereas in the nose the hops were fairly well balanced between grapefruit and pine, on the tongue they sway heavily toward the latter, and it's almost as if the beer were made with pine resin, so thick is the bitterness. There are some good malty sugars as well--caramels, biscuit-like cereals, brown sugar--but hops are always front and center, and largely drown out everything else. If you're a lover of hops, then this beer will go over well; but if bitterness is not your pleasure, then I'd suggest you look elsewhere. (956 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just getting around to drinking this one... just kidding, this one is dug out of my titanic backlog. I can't say I am terribly sad that this is defunct, though I remember liking the non-caramel base malt (though this entry claims caramel malt was used) and wishing it had more extravagant hop use.

A - The color is sort of brass-copper, and is capped with an off-white head. Nice looking, a textbook appearance.

S - I am not thrilled with the hop bouquet compared to most Sierra Nevada brews. This is just barely piney, and has some earthy herbal smell to it. The base seems pilsener-like.

T - It tastes very much like it smells, with a pilsener-like base complemented with semi-dank American hops. There is just not a strong enough hop profile for me.

M - The beer is just about medium bodied, and is well-balanced between softness and fizz.

D - Very drinkable, especially because it is not tremendously bitter. I wish it was less drinkable, and more hoppy. (963 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank this on 4-7-08. This brew gave off the traditional flavors of a very nice IPA. The aromas were very fresh smelling piney and citrusy. The taste was hoppy of course, with the additional dry hopping done it really steps it up a notch. I hadn't realized until now that this was retired, I would have liked to try this one again one day. Now I'll need to score a vintage bottle somewhere. (390 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of the 2008 Anniversary

A: The beer pours amber in color with brilliant clarity and a finger of white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S: A surprising amount of hoppiness with lots of citrus notes, particularly in terms of grapefruit. An underlying floral hop quality and a crisp malt profile consisting primarily of bread. Just a touch of pine and toast.

T: Still quite bitter with a good floral and pine hop flavor. Grapefruit peel is the primary source of citrus flavor, but overall it's fairly grassy. Toaste bread is the bulk of the malt flavor here, but surprisingly, the hops are still the dominant flavor.

M: Medium in body with a crisp and lively carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Amazing how well this has held up. Obviously it was better fresh, but still good. (781 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker]

Poured amber-orange in color, slighty hazy with an off white frothy head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. The aroma was that of grainy malts, citrus (grapefruit) hops. It tasted a little bitter with a mild taste of of citrus, and a nice hoppy flavor which lasted a little while. Mouthfeel was smooth with medium body. Overall pretty tasty and worth a try. (391 characters)

Photo of Rafovargas
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good bear to try. pour it on a goblet not too cold and you will experience a full body bear. Nice amount of foam that makes it a very nice looking serving bear. Smell and taste is very good as well. Definitely a good bear to share with friends. (259 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage (consumed fresh in 2009- working thru a big review backlog). Duvel tulip.

2 fingers+ of frothy cream-colored head atop the see-thru light amber body. Excellent retention and thick patches of lace.

Quite the potent nose on this, a ton of pine, grassy and citric aromas It almost smells as if no malt was involved in the production of the brew (hophead's dream: the no-malt IPA). The malt does manage to make an appearance, dry and toasty with just a hint of sweetness. The hops are thus empowered to work over the palate, and they take full advantage. Puckering resiny pine, plentiful grapefruit, grassy and a touch earthy at times. Dry finish that's exceedingly sticky and gritty.

Overall impression: It is, er, was a pretty damned good IPA. Great mouthfeel in particular. The question is why am I reviewing it now? Am I becoming a ticker??? Say it ain't so! (876 characters)

Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy copper color, looks like there is a bit of sediment in suspension. There is also a white head. The smell is of citrus hops. The taste is of sweet malt, and a well balanced hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium light, and low carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer (286 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. Not sure how this is going to taste with this much age on it.

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, flowers, oranges and other citrus notes. The flavor is bready malt, toffee, flower and oranges. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (311 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a copper-orange with a bit of a white head. A bit of sticky lacing on the edge of my tulip. Nose brings some pine and citrus hops with a decent amount of backing malt. The taste is caramel, pine, and citrus. Feel is medium with a semi-dry finish. Drinks quite well, but not as well as Celebration. (325 characters)

Photo of ElGeordie
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cleaning out my under-bar mini fridge (Secret stash) and found this last night - Thanks Paul!
The label said 2008 and as an IPA I wasn't too hopeful. The conventional wisdom being that hoppy beers should be drunk when fresh.
Happily this one had survived well: poured into a Sammy's glass a rich amber colur with about a 1/4" of white head. The aroma was fresh and hoppy - no skunkiness. A very pleasant drink: dry with an abundance of hops with enough malts to keep it interesting. Pity it's been retired - it was the only one I had! (534 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, courtesy of my main man Shane (injuredreserve)

Deep copper, with sporadic orange and yellow tinges. Big pillowy eggshell colored head. Laces in big chunks, with lots of soapy bubbles. There are some floaters in here. Bottle conditioned?

Slightly malty, but with a nice subtle citrus hop aroma. Not bad after a year.

There is still some sharp bitterness left in here. But the malts prevail in the end. It's still mighty good.

Feel is smooth and crisp. Light, but with substance.

Good drink, easy, and refreshing!

Overall, a bit muted from what I'm sure it used to be, but it's still a very nice brew. (621 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, piney hop aroma. Slightly sweet with a light citrusy edge.

Somewhat hazy, golden colour with a nice, 1-finger white head. Okay head retention.

Plenty of hops here with a fruity, citrussy kick to them. The malt is subdued but still works to support the flavours. Good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A good IPA with nice flavour. The aroma isn't as good as it could be but the travel probably hasn't helped it. (437 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Sep 2007.

Large light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear orange brown color. Aroma is resiney, piney, floral and bready sweet. Starts moderately bittersweet. Slightly piney. Becomes more bitter towards the finish. Light body. Light body and mouthfeel.

Almost like an 80% version of SNCA. (314 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle. Sharp citrusy aroma. Hazy golden color. Off-white substantial head. Low-to-medium carbonation. Creamy texture with a clean, dry finish. Medium hoppiness. More piney than citrus. Bitter appleseed notes. Nothing aggressive about this beer. Balanced. (261 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ipswich Original Ale pint glass. This was a deep yellow beer, with reasonable clarity. It produced a two and a half finger head, which subsided to a thin layer with a prominent ring. No lacing on the glass, but it persisted throughout.

Aroma was of pine and sweet grapefruit at first... definitely Cascade coming through. Underneath were lighter malts, but the hops were the main attraction. Almost a little floral.

Taste was a BIG surprise. It began with a good dose of hop resin bitterness, which faded into a bready malt character with caramel. Then it somehow transformed, reminding me of hot Chinese tea at my favorite restaurant. Surprisingly, there was no real bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was crisp and dry. Not as thick as the aroma leads you to believe.

I have to give this one high marks for drinkability. It went down easy, was not heavy, didn't leave a powerful lingering taste in my mouth. As the flavor faded, it was beckoning me for another sip to renew that taste all over again. I regret waiting until tonight to have it. Would that it were still in the stores. This would be a good beer to use to introduce a friend to the joys of craft beer. (1,181 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass and served at about 45 degrees.

A: poured dark gold with half-inch head and good lace that lasted to the end

S: overwhelmingly of grass; minimal citrus and fruit notes

T: bitter entry leads to a bread like, spicy middle; finish is also bitter but not like the entry

M: smooth, medium mouthfeel; decent

D: could only drink this one; not well balanced between malt and hops

Overall would only recommend if you like bitter beers; only Danish Fontina cheese cut the bitterness and prevented any aftertaste (542 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured golden orange in color with just some lacey patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a mild aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: This beer has an excellent balance between malt and hops; the initial taste is filled with hop flavors and malty sweetness takes over towards the finish. Like the smell, the hop flavors are mild and don't have too much bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and there is a little dryness, particularly in the finish. Not much carbonation is noticeable.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and has a good amount of flavors; it's quite sessionable. (693 characters)

Photo of capra12
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo out of a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, clear with a frothy 2 finger head.

Smell: I get hops and a hint of citrus.

Taste: This opens with a subtle hop bitter. There is a citrus profile and almost tea like characteristic from the middle to end as the hops come back and finish this brew. Little hop bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is light bodied with medium carbonation and clean and crisp.

Drinkability: I would have this again, and recommend this to those seeking a non abrasive and easy sessionable brew with a solid flavor profile. (571 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is for the 2008 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark amber orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger yellowish foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with a lot of dank pine character as well as some citrus notes. Hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Very subtle malt presence.

Strong bitter hop presence up front that lingers throughout into a long bone dry finish. Lots of dry earthy pine notes along with some sweet citrus orange peel, mango and grapefruit. Very dry and not very well balanced with a bit too much of a pine dominance that overpowers everything. (671 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition.

A - Pours an almost opaque orange color with a 1 inch head that slowly fades to a small cap. Excellent lacing as the beer is drunk.

S - Smells of pine tree and to a lesser extent citrus like hops.

T - Sweetness is tasted first but quickly gives way to the hoppy bitterness.

M - Good carbonation and dry.

D - This is a pretty good beer. I got this in a Fall sampler pack that was on clearance. I think I would be on the look out for this one if they brew it again for 2010. (493 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to my Duvel snifter.

A - A slightly hazy orange/yellow with one finger of bubbly white head. Some visible carbonation.

S - The nose is very hoppy but not one distinct hop scent. There is floral/piney notes as well as some hints of citrus (orange and grapefruit)

T - Not as hop forward as I expected, but the bottle is a few months old so there might be some hop fade with this one. Pine and floral hop notes up front with some citrus in the background. There is an evident malt backbone here too that adds some balance and a touch of sweetness.

M - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A solid IPA. I recall this being much better fresh and I wish I would have reviewed one of these back in Nonmember when I bought them. Will definitely revisit with the 2010 batch. (807 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale 2009 review:

Pours cloudy orange amber in color with a thick cloudy/creamy beige to off white head which stuck around for a few minutes. The beer had great lacing that left creamy layering after each sip.

Smells of floral (cascade) hops, piney hops, orange peel, sweet malt, grass, yeast and very faint spices.

This looks like a fine IPA, with the foam gripping the glass after each sip. Tastes of floral hops and sweet malt up front, followed by piney hops, orange peel, light caramel, grass, yeast, lemon/citrus, and floral and yeast spices to end each sip on the dry side. This is a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian ale, and it is delicious.

Light to medium carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel on the tongue and in the mouth which leans towards crisp and almost watery in the overall feel to it.

A really great and enjoyable beer that went down smooth and easy, with a very nice balance and a lot of flavor. Another great beer from Sierra Nevada, honoring 30 years of great brewing. (1,035 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.