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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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 926
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-29-2007)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was as surprised as everyone else when I bought this that it's only 5.9% abv. The impression I got from it was that it was a slightly stronger tasting and stronger smelling version of their pale ale. Thats not a bad thing by any means.

It poured a nice coppery color similar in color to their IPA and it had a nice white foam that stuck around for a few minutes. The beer smelled a bit fruity and of course like cascade hops. Thoroughly enjoyable.

The flavor was nice; a bit heavier on the hop taste and bitterness than the pale ale and real smooth. There was a medium bodied ale feel in this beer. Easily drinkable and I wouldn't mind drinking more but for now Celebration Ale just came out so this one can wait a while.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour a hazy amber color with a good head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Pink grapefruit aromatics dominate

Taste: Starts with fruity grapefruit flavors from the get-go, with an undertone of malty balance; after the swallow, the fruit becomes more pronounced and a bitter pithy element is interjected

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Here is a nice flavorful IPA that doesn't go over the top either with bitterness or alcohol; very easy to drink

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly, this beer is quite a bit better than their standard, rotational IPA. And it's all about the balance. This brew starts with an impressively carbonated and well headed pour. Settles nicely with a lot of lacing. Aromas are sharp with pine and citrus hops, soon settling onto a nice cushion of firm caramel maltiness. Flavors are dead-on those experienced in the nose, but in reverse. First, a mouth-coating sweet, bready, caramel malt base sets the tone for all of the spices and pungent hops to come. Very heavily flavored with Cascade hops, giving a sharp, mouth-cleansing feel to the grapefruit, orange, and lemon-zest fruit and spices. Very clean and full with texture. Finishes with a light drying (part hops, part alcohol), and clean caramel flavor. The success of this beer rests largely on the balance; difficult to acheive when dealing with simply, bold characteristics. Well don Sierra Nevada!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops are easily discernible. Taste is also dominated by some fresh citrus and piney hops with typical Cascade flavor with a solid malt backbone. Body is quite with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well done though sometime too much of one-thing is not that fun.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished orange peel with a bronze-like glow when backlit with sunshine. Anniversary Ale is noticeably darker than SNPA, which makes me think that more caramel malt was used here. The large creamy cap is midway between pastel orange and alabaster and easily qualifies as a looker. Not only that, but it's absolutely slathering the glass with lace. Great breweries brew great looking beer more often than not.

I like the nose just fine, but it needs to come out of its shell. Dry-hopped, you say? Hmmm. As suspected, caramel-coated toasted barley dominates the malt contribution, although it doesn't dominate the hops. For the record, Chinook was used for bittering and Cascade was used for finishing and for dry-hopping. The fresh, woodsy, grapefruit and pine emanating from the glass clearly has C-hop origins.

Anniversary Ale is solid beer, but it's a solid APA rather than a solid IPA. Simply put, there's isn't enough hoppiness, enough bitterness or enough heft to earn it entry into the bigger style. It's been way too long since I had a bottle of SNPA, but this beer strikes me as similiar to that one... with more caramel malt and a slightly less aggressive hop attack (despite AA's 46 IBUs, compared to SNPA's 37).

Hopheads will still be satisfied, it will just take a few bottles to get to nirvana. At an ABV of only 5.9%, that shouldn't be any trouble at all. This beer's strong suit is a beautiful balance between its caramel malty, nutty, English toffee sweetness and its herbal, spicy (Chinook), citric fruity hoppiness. Things definitely develop in a positive direction as the beer loses its chill. I could drink a lot of these.

The mouthfeel is (barely) more APA than IPA. I love the incredible glassy smoothness that bathes my mouth and tongue with each upending of the glass. The amount of carbonation is pretty much perfect. Creaminess is probably the word that defines this attribute in the fewest number of words.

Anniversary Ale 2007 is different enough from SN's standard Pale Ale that I think they should rename it and release it alongside that time-tested classic. These guys are true craftsmen, as they prove again and again and again. I would love to see this beer locally. How about it Sierra Nevada?

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

I have had these for a while. When it first came out I picked up a couple cases and I have been enjoying them ever since. I just realized last week that I had yet to review this one, so I decided to make a concerted effort to do so.

I grabbed one out of the fridge the other night and I proceeded to pour it effortlessly into a pint glass. Very nice and somewhat hazy light amber color, with touches of orange mixed in throughout. Very lively carbonation still rippling up toward the surface, really showing itself off throughout the session. A very nice two inch high layer of white froth came over the top and sat down effortlessly leaving copious amounts of side glass lacing. The aroma was very pleasant a rich ix of grapefruit hops, touches of light malts and some grain. Light aroma, not heavy and offsetting like a real IPA.

The flavor was very tight, with an extremely balanced profile, not letting any one element dominate over the other, which is always nice to see. Really nice wave of malt opened it for me, easing me into the profile before some generous, but in no way harsh pine like flavors came rushing forth. Smooth as silk, this medium bodied ale served up adequate carbonation and a smooth ride from start to finish. Nice bite of grapefruit near the end capped it off wonderfully and dried you out enough to make you come back for a little bit more. Speaking of coming back, this was a highly session able ale, richly balanced and perfectly carbonated, it could easily be put on tap forever without any complaints.

Overall I would have to say this was an excellent brew. Some may have hoped for some huge expression for their anniversary, but to be honest they stayed true to their roots and offered up what they do best, an impeccable, nearly flawless pale ale that you really just could not go wrong with.

Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a thinnish, off-white head.

Smell: Light grainy, caramel aroma with the pronounced citrus characteristic of Cascade hops.

Taste: Upfront a brief, scarcely sweet caramel taste coupled with an equally subdued, diminished citrus hop flavor. Finishes clean with only a gentle, restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Essentially, every aspect of this beer comes across to me as mild and flat. Congrats to Sierra Nevada and all, but just how ho hum can you possibly get for an anniversary ale to mark such a significant, monumental milestone?

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

I love Sierra Nevada and have alot of respect for them and this beer stays true to there style,poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium to full copper with a big fluffy,clingy white head that left multiple globs of lace as it settled very slowly.That big Cascade presence is really shown in the nose very piney and resiny with some leaf and mild earthiness there as well a sweet caramel note shows thru but is light.Beautiful hop presence on the palate it isnt over the top on the hops just good piney citrusy hop intertwined with some caramel-biscuit malt the hops obviously win out but it just is so easy going down.I would say if this was always available this would be my fridge beer much like Bridgeport IPA in my mind very quaffable and true to the breweries hoppy roots.

Photo of largadeer
1.6/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2009 batch.

Appearance: Burnished amber in color, bright and clear. An inch of off-white head retains nicely.

Smell: Tons of citrusy cascade hop aroma along with a strong mineral/metallic character. There's a bit of dry biscuity malt in there as well along with a touch of metal.

Taste & mouthfeel: As the nose implies, this is dry and hop-forward with a lot of citrusy cascade hop flavor. Malts are subdued, dry and somewhat bready. It's quite astringent and grainy on the palate and very metallic, very herbal bordering on medicinal. Tons of astringency in the finish, hard to drink this stuff despite the low ABV.

I remember the 07 version of this beer being decent, but the 09 is absolutely awful.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/copper color with a two-finger, foamy, off-white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled pine, citrus and floral notes.

T - Great taste of bitter, grassy hops and a citrus kick. Also, a nice roasted malt/caramel flavor.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Too bad it is a limited release.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One might expect a stronger beer with screaming, bombastic hops and a more bracing bitterness behind it in an anniversary beer from a California brewery. That said, more specifically, one might expect more from a 27th anniversary beer from one of the original pioneers of craft brewing - one that following right behind in the steps of New Albion! That, however, would not be the Sierra Nevada way. They are quite original, and unlike many of the newer brewers that have followed in their wake, they've always produced remarkably drinkable beers, and this one is no exception. They advertise it as "both assertive and elegant", and I'm not sure that there could be any better way to describe it.

There are some pretty sparkling hops in the aroma and flavor, but the rest of the beer is kept immaculately drinkable, as is their style. It's pretty much the same deep-amber-almost-copper color of their regular IPA, and with the same tenacious, long-lasting frothy bone-white head - but it's not as strong! In fact, it's only .3% stronger than their Pale Ale (which is 5.6% while the IPA is 6.8%). And it's not overly bitter at all. At 46 IBU's it's not even ten BU's bolder than their flagship pale, and certainly less than their IPA or Celebration Ale.

The hops don't come on overly agressive in the nose, but rather offer tempting wafts of lemon rind, grapefruit, and delicate pine in the aroma. With a swirl of the glass you can pick up the caramel-tinged maltiness beneath, which is, again, more akin to the IPA than the Pale Ale, but not far from either... somewhere in-between. There's a little bit of fruitiness from the yeast as well, but not much. And the flavor follows suit. The bright, citrus fruit hops are right upfront, backed by a solid malt base. They've really captured the essence of the Cascade hop in its finest light. The bitterness is kept in check, and it's - as they say - "both assertive and elegant". It's brisk in the mouth upfront with piquant hops, and then more soft, sweet, and malty across the middle. The bitterness, however definitely steps in, and it finishes dry with a combination of pine and citrus varnished with caramelish malt.

Flavorful. Hoppy. Well-rounded. Balanced. Certainly worth trying!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try the SN annivesary IPA, pours a clear amber copper hue forms a large dense dimpled textured head that rises above my pint glass bright white head leaves behind even speckled lacing. Aroma contains citrus, pine, floral hop character very vinous and green fresh hop bursts flowing with some caramel biscuit and fruity apricot edge from the malt sweetness to balance it out, and of course the trademark SN bready yeast tone is going on as well with a touch of noticeable alcohol. Flavor induces hop burps more of the fruity caramel glazed apricot maltiness with grassy, floral, and citrus hop flavor really a balanced but flavorful IPA. Mouthfeel is slick not as oily as most West Coast IPAs but medium body and even delicate carbonation carry the hop oils very nicely bitterness doesn't pucker but does indeed stick around and last on the palate. Drinkability is very nice a completely effortless beer to consume really easy to drain a few bottle of this beauty, so solid and definitely a good representation of Sierra Nevada's contributions to craft beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, pale hops and a little citrus.

T: The taste is pretty malty with caramel & citrus sweetness and some smokiness. The hops presence is decent but it’s quite mild for the style. It does seem pretty nicely balanced, however. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet & smoky.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style even though it seems like a toned-down version of an IPA, it’s a good beer to drink a lot of throughout an evening, but I would normally want something more flavorful.

Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a smallish white head that left good lacing. Aroma is spicy hoppiness with some light pine notes and a nice undercurrent of caramel malt.

Taste is of nice, sweet maltiness up front. That's nicely balanced by a dry hopped bitterness that's both piney and spicy. Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation. You can literally feel the hops popping on the back of your tongue. Nice.

Sierra Nevada has a winner with this Anniversary IPA. A fantastic taste and moderate ABV make this one deliciously quaffable brew. Wether it's for another aniversary or no, I hope we see this guy again sometime down the line.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cap says "Use Bottle Opener." There you have it folks. 27 years of experience in the industry and your own little piece of need to know info from the experts.

Pours a clear orange-ish amber. Nose is piney hops with a mild citrus tone. Flavor is nice with hops on there. Seems almost subdued, like it was made to not explode in my mouth. I get consistent pine like tones. Definitely earthy and even. Feel has a good carbonation to it and a good liquid body. Drinkability is good. This is well made and easy to try. A nice smooth IPA. Happy Anniversary!

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted cool in a snifter, picked this one up at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, Md.
A - A clear golden amber w/ a light tan head that measures about 3 fingers. The head retention is good and a decent amount of lace sticks.

S - The luscious aroma of hops - piney and fresh. A lovely pale malt scent plays counterpoint to the green smell and floral accents.

M - A mix of oily slick textures and dry leafy hop bitterness. The carbonation is ample and pleasing.

T - A sweet pale ale flavor w/ an abundance of piney Cascade taste that has a light floral nuance. The taste is bitter to a point w/ the flavor starting out sweet. This is a tasty Cascade focused IPA. Notes of spice and citrus become noticeable midway through the bottle. A fine way to spend the afternoon sip after sip of Anniversary Ale.

D - This is quality, a great beer through and through - Hops done right. I think this is another one to add to the list of favorite American IPA's.

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