30th Anniversary - Grand Cru - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. This is made up of 3 of my favorite offerings...how can this not be good. Let's see.
A - Bottle opens with a loud pop that sends the cats scrambling across the room. Pours a deep amber color with excellent clarity. 3 fingers of dense, whipped creamy tan head tops off the glass nicely...good staying power, finally giving way after several minutes, slowing fading to the surface leaving thick webs of lacing all over the glass. Just about perfect.
S - The aroma of fresh citrusy hops hits me from a couple feet away from the glass. Grapefruit, oranges and some fresh cut grass...also some spiciness from the hops too. Very minor malt contribution fights from underneath the hops giving a bit of caramelly aroma. Think I'm picking up some of the oak in there too (but no bourbon), but it might be the power of suggestion. Hard to get a strong influence from anything beyond the hops...not that it is a complaint.
T - This is a very intensely flavored beer. A noticeable alcohol component up front, first picked up on the inhale. This is immediately followed by, quite literally, a ton of hops. This reminds me a lot of the first time I tried Stone's Ruination years ago and fell in love with it. Sharp and intense bitterness matched only by the high level of citrusy hop flavors found here too. The oak is way more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma, but I still don't get the bourbon aspect here...and I am trying hard. This tastes much less "clean" than most other Sierra Nevada hoppy ales...thinking this is coming from the woodiness, but not sure - figuring they used their standard house yeast, but would love to know for sure.
M - Medium bodied with a lively medium-high carbonation. Lots of oak...becomes more evident as the beer warms up a bit. Also a bit boozy with some alcohol warmth. Intensely bitter with lingering flavors lasting into the aftertaste. This is really sticky and resiny...more than anything else I've had recently.
D - I'm loving this beer, but it is also kicking my ass...more than other beers of similar strength too. I'm loving the intensely bitter and hoppy flavors here. This is right up my alley...but this is the first beer of the night and I'm feeling like it is gonna be the last too - downing the bottle by myself is a very enjoyable experience but I'm glad I am at home and don't have to leave the house tonight.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2010 23:51:57 | More by portia99
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3.66/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a snifter. Bottle reads 22% aged in bourbon barrels.
A - Pours a deep amber color with a generous 2 finger off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thick lacing.
S - Bourbon up front with carmel, vanilla and hops at the end.
T - Bourbon and carmel to start with a somewhat blank middle and a distinct hops bite on the end.
M - Somewhat thin for a celebration ale. Moderately carbonated.
O - You can taste the various components, the Bigfoot, the Celebration and the Pale ale. Even after being blended, re-hopped and partially barrel aged it hasn't married very well.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 21:33:01 | More by kdahnke123
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
30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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