30th Anniversary - Grand Cru - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by malty:
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
This baby's been in my dark, frigid garage since purchasing before Christmas 2010. I'm elated to finally have an afternoon with nothing ahead of me to give it a formal review. I remember totally enjoying it (along with several other fine ales) the weekend before Christmas with a dear friend. Let's see how it fares with a couple months of age and a complete sober mindset.
Poured into my old school thick walled, stemmed, dimpled Coors chalice, courtesy of Goodwill back in '02 for $1. After letting this beauty settle for over 5 minutes, I'm gazing into a deep and brilliantly clear sunset orange with a ultra dense (almost Guinness-like) 1" off-white head. There's a completely undisturbed 1/2" ring of lace that clings to the glass that occurred after the heads settled. This is a gorgeous, almost monumental, looking ale.
Holding the large surface area of the ale directly underneath my nostrils, there's a flirty amount of hops hiding underneath this thick, creamy head. I swirl my chalice several times to awaken this sturdy fellow. A slight oakiness emits, while the earthy hops creep slowly upward. This isn't a hop explosion of scents, but more like a 'come and get me' provocation. Okay then...
Mmmm... The hops and warming, hearty malts make for a firm handshake right out of the gate. Letting this elixir slowly glide down my gullet, the oaky barrel aged Bigfoot gives me a full-bore bearhug. Not the kind that suffocates, but more like the kind that lifts and warms. I'm feeling some Bigfoot body heat for sure. The Pale Ale and Celebration Ale blend makes for a perfectly balanced hoppy, big beer experience. The hops and the heavy malt bill really do balance-out nicely.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated, with ultra fine bubbles and a creamy, silky texture. The finish is semi-spicy and full flavored with oaky-vanilla and chalky hops.
Drinkability is very suitable for a 30F sunny winter's afternoon. When I first had this over the Christmas holiday, it was very delightful fireside as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer a couple months ago, and still do today. The blends of their 3 signature hoppy beers work magnificently together. One could say it tastes like a tamed-down, yet ultra creamy slightly oak-aged Bigfoot. The oak-aged element of this beer isn't overdone, but it is at a tastefully noticeable level. A tad boozy, but very balanced and so creamy smooth. Deliciously dangerous. I still have 2/3 of the 750ml bottle to go. I'll be definitely enjoying this for the next hour (or so). Simple pleasures at their finest.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2011 19:43:52 | More by malty
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3.21/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours an amber brown with a bit of orange. Medium tan collar and the head was either non-existent or faded so quickly that I didn't see it by the time it was handed to me. Aroma is boozey, really overly woody, brown sugar. Medium body and very low carbonation . Taste is of raisin, toffee, and some of that woodiness present in the aroma. Taste is more of a barley wine than grand cru.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 01:53:35 | More by mverity
3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Really excited about this beer, and found by chance at a local liquor store - the first time I had seen or heard of it. Pours a nice deep dark red with clingy thick white head. Some effervescing. Smell is somewhat mild, mostly apples and caramel and some citrus. Taste is actually a lot hoppier than I was expecting; lots of citrusy hops, pine, and oak up front with some brown sugar and vanilla. Lots of Bigfoot influence. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and not too heavy. Feels nowhere near 9+%. Carbonation is good. Overall very pleased... Not overly sweet, and very complex. Lots of good flavors to pull out. A great tribute to 30 years for one of my favorite breweries.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 06:57:40 | More by Samuel906
30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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