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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: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
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:
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 wcudwight
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Enola for sharing.
Pours a clear copper/amber color. Thick sticky white head rises to 2 fingers, falls and holds at 1/2".
Piney and citrus hops in the nose. Subtle but satisfing.
One of the best balanced IPAs I've had. Citrus and piney hops mixed with sweet caramel hops. Also a hint of honey.
The hops are not mouth-puckering in the mouthfeel. But I don't think that's what the brewers were going for anyway.
Next time I'm at the beer store I'm going to buy a lot more of this. Nothing ground-breaking here, just a good solid IPA. Great overall example of the style.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Appearance – It poured a transparent brownish honey gold. It had a 2 finger head that dissipated into a 1/2 finger head. It left a bit of lacing during the course of the drink.

Smell – All I can smell is pine, citrus, and resiny hops. The scent was very minimal – I had to put my nose deep in the glass to find any scent at all.

Taste – The taste is about the same as the smell – cascade hops are the central flavor. It is highly reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. There is a very slight sweetness at the beginning, very caramel-like, which gives way to the hops.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is okay. It has a good level of carbonation, but it is fairly light bodied for an IPA.

Drinkability – Very good. It is a very easy drinking beer. Easily sessionable at 5.9% ABV.

The downfall with this brew is that it is kind of one-dimensional. It is a nice reference beer for anyone who doesn’t know what cascade hops taste like, but I expected a little more considering that it is an anniversary ale.

I raise my glass to Mr. Steve Harrison, his family, friends, and Sierra Nevada. RIP.

Photo of beerphan
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle->pint

Pours pretty much orange with a 2inch white pulsating head. Lacing in chalky sheets initially, then sporadic small chunks. Carbonation is robust, bubbles line the glass of the pour.

Nose: Pine,light citrus

Medium light mouth. Lots of hop flavors, upfront, in the middle and on the long bitter finish. Malts are present, but sitting calmly, and mostly quietly, in the back seat. Only a peep from the caramel. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

This IPA is all about the cascades, what better way to celebrate the brewery that put cascades on most of our maps. I raise this glass to Mr. Steve Harrison, rest in peace sir.

Thanks to d-nice for the bottles.

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

Poura a translucent bronze to light copper color wtih a small light tan head which subsides to a thin sheen and collar. Aroma is of Cascadey hops, caramel and pale malts and a hint of orange zest. Flavor leads off with some malt sweetness, then mid-palate some tea-like tannins, and finishes bitter and slightly dry. A little bit of grapefruit astringency shows in the flavor, particularly in the finish, melding with bitterness from the Cascades. Body seems a bit on the thin side making the carbonation seem a bit harsh at times. Overall, it's a pretty nice IPA, a little lighter bodied than some, but some good flavors going on.

Photo of Ego
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

congrats to sierra nevada on an other year, a testament to the quality of their products

2 full fingers of white foam which starts out as microbubbles but then dissipates (slowly) into a soapier variety leaving a lace trail down the glass, caramel tone and clean looking, ample carbonation, I am getting great retention on this one.. really nice looking.

piney west coast hops (I know... duh), mild citrus (orange) mixed in, the hops have a nice fresh bite to them, pretty one dimensional not unlike many american IPAs. nothing great but solid.

taste etc...
nice and light with the right carbonation (just hangs on too almost prickly), nice bittering on the tongue, the malts are very hard to detect, the lack of malt here really is a detriment, it makes this a bit too light, like the nose this is very one dimensional.

what this beer does well, it does really well, but overall it is a hop bomb jr without much else. not a terrible beer but give me their regular pale ale or celebration any day.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 12 ounce brown bottle from Shop Rite Liquors in West Caldwell, New Jersey and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A transparent amber color with a couple fingers high white head that was very tight with good retention and better than decent lacing.
Smell: Not much aroma, but minor hop sents.
Taste: A nice generic bitterness that is missing from a lot of IPAs, but also a good west coast hop taste, not to over powering.
Mouthfeel: Nice and rigid.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of domtronzero
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the standard pint glass, the beer poured a nice orangey-copper color with a tightly-packed 2 finger head. After 1 minute, the head has dissipated to 1/8 inch, leaving lacing all over the glass. Aroma is very piney and citrusey. Tastes typical of an American IPA, except with a slightly narrower hop profile. The cascade hops are nicely balanced with the malts., but I would have enjoyed more hop complexity. I seem to be getting burned-out on all the beers overloaded with cascade hops; everybody's doing it these days. Mouthfeel is typical of Sierra Nevada's other fine products: no alcoholic warmth, and not too heavy. A pleasantly piney aftertaste lingers in the back of my mouth.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange pour with a beautiful ample head which hangs around for a few minutes. Nice lacing down the glass. Citrus hops in the aroma. Understated malt presence in the flavor and the same goes for the hops. Not as upfront as most SN ales. Even a bit of a watery character in the middle. Neither as hoppy or as malty as it could have been. Even the mouthfeel is kind of thin. I was not impressed by this beer and I usually like Sierra Nevada products a lot.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking crisp, copper colour with a very big off-white head that is foamy and creamy as hell, with nice retention and a good amount of stickiness to it.

The aroma is a nice blend of piney hops with some citrus as well. There's a good amount of malt here as well that brings in a nice caramel aroma as well. Simple, but bold without being over bearing. Nicely done.

Flavour hits first with a nice pine hop burst, mixes quickly with the caramel malt and finishes with a good blend of the two. The citrus that is noticeable in the aroma is also present here, but much more subdued than expected, and the malt has a far greater presence than expected. Regardless, this one is still solid all around. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but actually seemed a touch watery at times. Still, not bad overall.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this one so soon around here. The fact that it was so good made it that much better. As with most other Sierra brews, this one sticks to the basics and just executes the hell out of them. A solid and tasty IPA for sure and well worth a try.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured up golden/copper with a thick off white head that dissipated slowly. The aroma is all hops, but more subdued than I expected. It starts off sweet when you taste it, but the hops quickly cover it. And it's like the hop flavor moves back on the tongue to finish at the back. It's a nice beer. Sierra Nevada products are often just too darn hoppy for my taste. This is aggressive, but not overwhelming.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
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 rajendra82
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear appearance, highly active carbonation, and a foamy two ginger thick head made Sierra Nevada Celebration (oops I meant Anniversary) look very attractive. The aroma brimming with the brightness of citric Cascade hops. The taste was hoppy, but not very bitter. The grapefruit rind like qualities of the hops were highlighted by the pale and clean malt bill. Some pine resins present in the finish, but nowhere near the amounts present in the other Christmas Seasonal IPA from SN. Well balanced and quaff able, this could easily be a mega seller as a year around offering. A bit lighter in the mouth with a shorter aftertaste than most other IPAs, but makes up for it with the highest integrity flavor of it while still in the mouth. Drinkable to the max, and nearly gone before I even looked down at the end of this review. This six pack will be hard to keep around long in the fridge.

Photo of Kendo
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into a nonic-style pint glass, it pours a clear, orangey-amber body with a 1-finger bubbly off-white head. Slow-rising bubbles. Some patchy rings of lacing on the way down.

S: Hops -- grassy and resiny and something that seems a little bit funky or maybe woodsy.

T: I can't help but compare this to other SN offerings. I get hints of their Pale, their IPA and their Celebration at different stages. It is more balanced than their Celebration, and the hops don't seem to be as prominant as their others. Starts out with a solid malty base, then moderate piney hops finish it off. There's a slightly grassy, minerally bitterness that lingers, with a tad bit of citrus (grapefruit pith, I think, and some lemon in the aftertaste). But it's not the palate-shredding type of bitterness at all, but rather a mellow mouth-coating citrusy bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation levels that keep it feeling fairly crisp.

D: Very good. Like most SN beers, this one goes down pretty quickly, but is anything but flavorless and therefore keeps you interested.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden orange to light amber in the glass...yes, almost the color of the jewel amber. Lots of beautiful bubbles in the pour reminding me of a Guinness that end up creating a full 2 finger craggy beige head that melts to sticky lace.

Aroma is immediately Cascade hops...that fresh Pacific NW hop aroma that so many brewers use as their signature. Lots of green pine oil and grapefruit peel in the nose.

This is somewhere between a dumbed-down Celebration Ale and a hopped up SNPA. The hops are intense, but neither lasting nor overpowering.
Aftertaste is only slightly bitter grapefruit peel cleaning and drying the palette.

Quite refreshing.

Photo of sstackho
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Clarendon Wine in Boston. Pours a medium gold with lots of carbonation and head. Nice lacing. Very nice, impressive hoppy aroma. Nice flavour follows with a good deal of hops up front that fades just a little bit too quickly. This is nice stuff... Me likey.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a fantastic blend of citrusy Cascade hops with a mild caramel malt background. Really fresh and inviting.

Taste is a fantastic balance of hops and malt. The citrusy Cascade hops are dominant, but there is a consistent background of caramel malt that maintains a superb balance. Medium hop bitterness throughout. Finishes quite clean with a tasty lingering hop taste.

Medium body, creamy texture, well carbonated.

What a fantastic anniversary brew, maybe the best anniversary brew I've had from any brewery. I could easily drink multiple pints of this beauty. Get it while it lasts and hope that they use this recipe as a replacement for their standard IPA.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells simply delightful! Pronounced citric (grapefruit) hops and a modest sweetness. Most impressive.
Golden amber with pert’ near 100% clarity and a large creamy head. Great lace.
Nice balance of zesty fresh hops to soft clean malt.
Malt is medium-low, mostly clean with toasty tones and a brushy grainy edge.
Hop is medium-high to high, mostly grapefruit citric and spicy freshness and medium-low to medium dry bitterness.
Light DMS / veggitation sensation, may just be the hops though.
Finishes progressively dryer with time.

Medium body – a little thickness and a quaint dryness – and medium to medium-high carbonation.

Decidedly bold and refreshing, sporting a ferocious hop profile (and corresponding bitterness), 2007 Anniversary Ale is a pleasant surprise.

Photo of shertz
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle, undated, into a Pint Glass. Picked this one up at a local bottle shop for $3.

A- Huge head, at least 3 fingers that quickly falls down. Nice clear amber color with some bubbles rising to the top. Very nice looking.
Nice lacing.

S- Citrusy hops. Some hints of Apricots as I wipe this foamy IPA from my nose. Some sweet malts are also available.

T- Pretty nice hoppy start, with an apricot/citrus finish. Has a very close taste, but not as prominent, to Bell's Two Hearted IMO. Some alcohol is present also.

M- Medium body with dry finish. Carbonation is average.

D- Very high. I think this would go well on a hot day as most IPA's are. Very tasty offering from SN. I still hold out hope for the VP that went missing. If we could just have sat down with him and drank a few of these maybe things would be better.

Enjoy & Cheers,

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

Appearance- Nice dark golden color. Small white head.

Smell- Nice smell of hops with hint of malts and citrus.

Taste- Great flavor with a nice balance. Has a wonderful lingering taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- I really recommend this brew. I really liked it a lot. We'll be selling this at our store!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Poplar Wine & Spirits in Casper for ~US$9.00

Pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber with a good head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving some spotting near the center of my glass and it has some lacing.

The smell is hop dominated at first but further whiffs in, I can smell some good sweet malt...nicely balanced nose.

The taste follows the nose to a T. Nice hop presence that is slightly grassy, slightly citrusy and put them together and they make for some good hop bitterness but...this IPA does not neglect the malt at all. Good malt sweetness, along with some bread, balances the hops *very* well and the end result is a very tasty, drinkable and yeah, *balanced*(did I mention that yet ;^) IPA that I can and will enjoy more of soon. There are plenty of other IPAs out there to enjoy if I want a good(read Big) hop kick. The more balanced ones....they're kind of a rare breed in Casper so you'll excuse me if I show some prejudice to this example by Sierra Nevada. I think it's very good stuff!

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

Just bought a sixpack from the local Cork N' Bottle.
Looked very light in color with a bit of a hazy orange
Smelled very similar to the pale ale with a bit more of a spicy hop nose
Tasted pretty good, not overly aggresive hops, but a nice sweet taste to it
Mouthfeel was slightly bitter but crisp and easy to drink
Drinkability is good. Easy to have several of these.
Cheers to Sierra Nevada

Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a pale copper color with a modest head. Fresh citrusy-grassy hops make up most of the aroma. Hops dominate the flavor, like the aroma. There's some crackery malt back in there, but bitterness really dries out the taste. Body is very light, maybe lighter than the pale ale.

Well, nothing outstanding. It fits in perfectly with the SN line, perhaps too perfectly. Maybe the bitterness of a SN Celebration or SN IPA with the body of a SN Pale Ale? Tasty, but it doesn't stand out.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Happy anniversary, Sierra Nevada. Long may you brew.
As far as beers go to commemorate such an occasion, they probably could have done something better. As a pale ale this would work out pretty well but as an IPA it's a bit weak all around. Everything could use more depth.
The color is a bit weak, the scent is a bit one dimensional, the cascade hops seem to dominate too much, the mouthfeel is both thin with an overly bitter finish...
Perhaps I was expecting a bit too much seeing as how Sierra has so much experience with hops. Still, if someone handed me a glass of this without telling me what it was first (aside from being an IPA) I'd feel the same way.

Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/11/07- Had on tap at the Toronado 20th Anniversary party.

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a 1/2 inch head that leaves decent lace patchwork.

Smell- Fresh batch of hops in the nose as well as a heavy toasted malt scent.

Taste- Is this supposed to be hoppier than the regular SNPA? It's not. I think the malt plays more of a role in this beer. Very toasty and bready caramel malt backbone with a minor in the hops dept. The hops are flavorful, but are lacking for an IPA IMO. Are there saaz hops in this batch? Hmmm, good and tasty, but IPA?

Mouthfeel- Average, maybe higher carbonation level. Does have a more bitter aftertaste than I was expecting after the taste.

Drinkability- A nice brew with good flavor, but would have liked some more hops. Was expecting outstanding and got good.

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

This is the first pry off Sierra Nevada capped bottle I have seen.

The beer is a nice orange color with a fair head and lacing to boot. The smell is citrusy and piney. The hops are sweet and prominate in the taste. A well balanced brew. Stickiness in the mouthfeel as well as a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall an impressive brew by SN. This should be a regular offering.

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.