30th Anniversary - Grand Cru | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru30th Anniversary - Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 11-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 465 | Ratings: 795
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of malts on this one. I feel like I may be drinking it a bit too late in that the first review was a year ago. But there is a spicy tone to it that seems not to have been changed by age. And the chalky malty sweetness that I get from other ales from Sierra seems to be as boisterous as I'd expect from a fresh version. So this seems to be holding up quite well. It isn't really blowing me away or overly impressing me, but it's good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby amber hue with a big off white head foams above the rim of the Sierra Nevada 30th Grand Cru, this one serves up a big head with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has strong upfront pine tones with a hoppy pine/citrus mix of hop flow amongst the Barleywine oak aged characteristics. Dominant oak aging didn't truly sit well with me, but I liked the strong ale that came from the blending of three of their existing beers. A bit rough in the finish, but big caramel malts with hints of vanilla, oak. Strong pine, citric rinded hop heaviness throughout with ample bitterness to create an interesting experience. Mouthfeel was medium to fuller bodied nice flowing carbonation, wonderful pop after decorking this bottle. Drinkability was solid, easy drinking slow sipper aggressive big specialty release from Sierra Nevada. I can't wait to try their next hoppy seasonal that's on the horizon.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/27/10 notes. Split a 750ml bottle of this with my brother. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent reddish amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, fresh pine hops, caramel malts, and oak.

t - Tastes of hops, caramel malts, oak, pine, fruit, and alcohol. A bit bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good strong ale but a little all over the place. While good, not my favorite in the 30th Anniversary series. Would try again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 1/19

A: Clear dark amber, ruby coloration when held up to the light. One finger of foam made up of very small bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S: Extremely complex, lots of flavors going on. Some sweet caramel, oak/wood, lots of hops, some grapefruit, and a hint of pine.

T: Very citrusy up front, the grapefruit and some orange as well. There are some roasted malts and dark fruit. Has a nice bitter finish, a nice blend of flavors. A little bit of oak shows up, but is masked by the hops in this one.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, has a slightly bitter finish. Overall, a very nice blend, a little heavy for me, and the alcohol shows up slightly, but that didn't really bother me.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this out of the fridge as my Super Bowl beer tonight. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep mahogany color with a big frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. It left some very nice lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of the grapefruit citrus and resiny pine that all three of the component beers have. It has some tropical, pineapple like citrusy notes to it as well. The oak aged Bigfoot really comes through with some woody oak and dark fruit malty flavors with a hint of cherry to it as well.

The taste shows a little more malty sweetness to it up front. Midway and through the finish more of the resiny, bitter, grapefruit like hops come through and give it a pretty decent bitterness. I get some of the dry, woody, oak flavors in the finish and lingering after as well. throughout the beer I get some of the malty, darker fruit, cherry like flavors coming through, which were pretty nice. Nice range of flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability was pretty decent, I enjoyed it very much while watching the game this evening. It had a nice range of flavors to it and the oaked Bigfoot component was particularly nice. Another cool and good beer in this 30th series.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Hazelnut brown hue with a huge head that leaves a bunch of lacing on the glass.

S: It's hard to pinpoint the style of this beer solely based on the aroma. Scents of oily hops and pine alongside a large toasted malt presence.

T: I like all three beers in this blend much more when served individually. The beer tastes decent enough, but not nearly as delicious as I was hoping / expecting. Subtle notes of oak peek through (Bigfoot) along with some lasting hop bitterness (Celebration Ale). I'm sure that the Sierra Nevada Pale makes a notable contribution to the blend, but as the weakest of the three beers involved, it gets lost in the shuffle.

M: The feel is medium-full bodied with a noticeable alcohol presence and a sticky, resinous finish.

D: A fun experiment, but again, I would prefer to enjoy any of the beers used in this blend by themselves.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing. Served in a Russian River tulip glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of light tan foam that settles to a thin cap and glass-coating lace. Mostly transparent coppery-amber body.

S - Faded hop aroma, oak, piney and herbal. The backbone is heavy in toffee and caramel, with some burnt sugars and bread in there as well. Smells like a slightly aged Bigfoot, but with some oak and vanilla character mixed in for good measure. I suspect this was better fresh, but I find it a little harsh. Seems a bit boozier than the listed ABV too.

T - I liked the taste quite a bit better, as it was a smooth blend of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Finishes with an oak bite and lingering residual hop bitterness. Alcohol is also better hidden.

M - Smooth, pleasant lower carbonation. Resinous medium body, with mild warmth and tannins, and dryness in the finish. Seems a tad undersized, but goes down quite easily.

D - I'd probably rather have regular old Bigfoot, as the oak character doesn't entirely work within the flavor profile, particularly in the aroma. The combination of tannins and residual hop bitterness make this fatiguing to drink, although I think I had more than the rest of my tasting group. An interesting and solid brew, but not something I would purposely seek out again.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 11/20/10.

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a snifter, this brew appears a crystal clear amber red color. A creamy yellowish stained head sits atop the brew. Patchy lace clings to the glass. A swirl revives the head that quickly dissolves.

This brew smells of leafy green hops, citrus and pine. A scent of fusel alcohol is evident before the onset of some green yeastiness. As the brew warms, it picks up more of a fruity aspect.

The taste is herbal resinous hops like pine. Alcohol is upfront that fades to hops that last with some spiciness and bitter sharpness. There is a light toasty grain flavor that imparts mild sweetness but overall this is one-sided with the bitterness and alcohol winning the fight.

A medium bodied offering with light carbonation. It is oily and a tad hot. A dryness hits the tongue with the most faint indication of oak aging as the brew warms. For everything that went into the making of this brew the subtle changes make this a hard one to differentiate between a higher octane celebration offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 13 Nov 2010. TJ's was the place!

"A dry-hopped blend of oak-aged Bigfoot Barleywine, Celebration Ale and fresh Pale Ale." Wow. It had a finger of foamy, deep-tan head when it arrived. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a nose hair-searing heat that should have served as a warning, but I plodded onwards. Mouthfeel was medium with a heat that rivaled Mount Vesuvius. Geez-O, man, but that was hot! I could not taste much else. Finish was gaspy and I knew that this was the end. I could hardly catch my breath after this bad boy. Buy some and age it!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is poured into a RR wine glass. Beer is amber and clear with a good head of small and medium white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Beer smells oddly hoppy and malty, its sweet and piny at the same time.

This beer is worse than any of the individual beers used to make up the blend. Its way way dry...distractingly so. It is mildly sweet up front (Bigfoot) with some nice bitterness from the hops in the back (SN pale ale / celebration). Some pininess in the midpalate and a mlid citrus note and a little woodiness. I've had all four of these beers now and I'm glad I did this was one of my least favorites.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, pulled from Nick's cellar. Shared for a video episode, transcribed from the footage. Poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Semi-hazy copper/amber colored body with a creamy looking, dense off-white head. Retention is pretty good on this one, leaving a thin patchy cap and acceptable lacing on the walls. Very nice looking beer.

S: Lots of darker fruits and a rich robust malt element. Big dark and caramel malts, raisins and figs up front. Midway through, some sweeter sugars and fruits come in. The back end brings the barrel treatment part of this beer in the form of woody oak notes and a bit of generic booze.

T: Follows suit fairly well with the aroma. Lots of dark malts and a touch of bitterness first, perhaps from the dry hopping I believe was done to part of this beer. Mid-palate is sweet darker fruits (raisins, prunes) and brown sugar. Again, the barrel aging treatment comes in for the finish, lots of woody flavors with just a hint of bourbon on the back end. Certainly not overwhelming nor the focus of the beer, but another excellent addition to a complex and ever-changing profile.

M: Fairly bubbly, medium-bodied and a bit fizzy on the tongue. It is lower on the carbonation but I'm not sure I'm entirely sold on this feel. Not as smooth or silky as I would have thought or liked.

This one surprised me; it's a super complex flavor profile that takes your palate on a rollercoaster ride of flavors. Although only 23-25% (I believe) part of the beer had a barrel treatment done, I just would have liked more of that to come through throughout the taste. My preference but it doesn't hurt any part of my scores since that wasn't the intention. Complex, flavorful, this is one to try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep ruby color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly recedes while sticking itself to the glass all the way down. Smells of citrus and pine, a cherry like candy sweetness with hints of dark fruits. A bit of pepper, caramel and alcohol round the nose out. Taste is a little on the sweet side up front until the hops take over and assault the taste buds. Taste is filled with sweet dark fruits, plums and cherries come to mind. The candied sweetness carries into the taste and adds some woody, earthy, pine and citrus notes before finishing with a lingering hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhere between creamy and resinous. Carbonation and body are somewhere in the middle. I really enjoyed this one after a long stressful work week. It will be interesting to see how this one ages, I'm guessing it will only get more complex.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First....Happy F'n anniversary!!

One of the finest breweries on the planet and quite an old friend....large bottle, capped and corked. Pours coppery amber, under a majestic lite tan head, that slowly fades to a thick film and leaves fine scattered lace.

The nose is loaded with citric and resiny hop notes that come through loud and clear even to my challenged sense of smell. Impressive

Super smooth and flavorful brew. Dense hop notes. Luscious malt under carriage. Adds up to a world class ale. No joking around on this one, all the components come together, dry hopping, barrel aging, and blending...well done, thanks for the excellence of your products and here is to another 30 years!

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich pale and caramel malt scent. It's dry with a touch of sweetness and roasted character. It's also quite bitter and full of citrus hops in the nose. The taste is great as well. Like the bottle indicates, it's a marriage of three very good beers; Oak aged Bigfoot, Celebration, and fresh Pale Ale. It's rich with lots of caramel sweetness and a bit of roasted malt character. The hop taste is outstanding. The citrus appeal provides an intense bitterness that hits you up front and resinates in the finish. Finally, a mild oak character rounds out a very complex taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's complex and flavorful; a real treat. Happy anniversary!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with an off-white head.

The aroma is oak, maple, orange citrus, caramel and pine. I think you can really pick out the different aroma components from the three base beers.

The flavor is very similar. The two first flavors I get are caramel malt and citrus from the hops. I also get some oak and pine notes. Low to medium bitterness. I also get quite a bit of alcohol, which I imagine will mellow a bit with aging. Of course the great hop components in the flavor and aroma would probably fade with age, so I am not sure if the beer will improve with age, although I am sure it would still be very good.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I think this is by far the best of the four Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary beers.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Promising start to this one. Pours a glossy chestnut reddish/brown. Off white head is a mix of soapiness and rocks. Sticky lacing is scattered.

Dark cherry, alcohol, leather, baked caramel in the nose. Some sweet and spice here and there. No off aromas, nothing strong.

Alcohol breaks up the flavors to me. Dark cherries and leather come and go. The flavors actually come more around 2 sec after swallow. Somewhat spicy, very boozy. Leather and spice, both light. Carbonation whisks away most substance and alcohol buries it.

Maybe this one could use some age. Right now, at least, it's a tough sell.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 10oz pour at the Happy Gnome for $4 during the 30th Anniversary party. Served in a pilsner flute, it appeared a rich red with a short off-white head and lacing. Honestly, this mostly tasted like a blend of Bigfoot and Celebration with huge pine and citrus. The SNPA helps lighten the whole beer, making this about as drinkable as Celebration. I can barely make out a hint of vanilla from the oak aging, but otherwise this just comes as a blended double IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What did my wandering eyes see through the bottle fridge behind the bar at Tulunes in Johnstown, PA...A stinger of Sierra Nevada Grand Cru!!! Didn't have any clue what a Grand Cru was so I read the lable...saw dry hopped...and got really excited!!! SET ME UP SLIM!!! The color was a clear amber with wonderful white head and awesome lacing. The dry hop in this beer really helped the nose! The taste was awesome...very well balnced between hops, malt, and booz! The beer definitely got better as it warmed. The beer was full bodied and rich. The high ABV gives it some punch making it a tough session. This beer is worth a taste...you see it...buy it!!!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Hulmeville Inn inside a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary chalice, thanks for the keepsies.

Thirty is sturdy beer. A nice big dense bright cream foam was about an inch leaving spraypaint lace on the way down. Colors include dark red, some bronze and a hint of light tan, it looks delicious.

It really took a while for this to make some odors, served very cold, just some faint malts pop out. Once at room temp caramel, toast, bisquit, semi piney hops, and with significant warming bigfoot peeps through with that B-wine scent. Faint traces of vanilla.

Taste is really balanced for the blend. In fact no beer here outshines the other, but unfortunatly, they kind of mute each other out. Toasted malt up front with slight sweetness including vanilla from the oak chips Im guessing. Goes into caramel and a slight piney hop, earthy like in the middle finished with a little celebration spice. Once the glass gets very warmer, that's when BF shows up giving off some dark fruit.

This is a big beer with a not so big body. It's above medium yet not quite full. It's syrupy though and slick with some bitterness on the end. It's properly carbed but that manages not to register to me through the gooey feel. Not really hot either, it's not offensive, just slimy, in a good way.

It took me a while to get through this. While I like the idea and the execution of this 12oz was plenty for me. It's not all that drinkable, yet it's not cloying in any way, I like the beers that are in it, perhaps I should stowe a bottle away for later. I think the mix of spice on top of bigfoot may be interesting.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to korguy123 for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark amber, translucent; 2 fingers of thick foamy cream coloured head. Some decent lacing.

S - Bitter hops up front with grapefruit, pine and light earthy notes. Not as much of the malts (Bigfoot) comes through in the nose as I expected but there is a light bready malt profile.

T - Very different than the nose. The Bigfoot really comes through with a big sweet caramel/bready malt flavour up front. A nice hop bitterness here too with some light citrus and earthy notes breaking through. Bitterness lingers in the finish. Something is slight off with the mix of flavours here and I can't put my finger on it. As the beer warms up, some nice oak flavours come through.

M - Thick, chewy. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a stable, four-finger thick, pale-amber tinged, tan colored head that has some immense longevity to it, but as it slowly subsides leaves a thick layering of lace clinging to the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark amber red color that shows a brilliantly clear, crystalline ruby hue when held up to the light; it is really quite pretty in the light. Up front the beer smells similar to Bigfoot with resinous aromas of caramelized grapefruit zest, brown sugar coated pine sap, citrusy / resinous fresh spruce tips and a really bright berry note that comes on more towards the end. The malt plays a role here as well, though it is on the subtle side, it does contribute aromas of caramelized malt sugars, toasted whole grain crackers, rich biscuit like freshly crushed grain aromatics as well as a rich, sort of brown ale like, chewy, almost savory maltiness in the middle. Now that I have spent some time with the nose I am realizing that much, or at least some, of the richness that I associated with the malt is actually derived from the oak; definite vanillin, a toasted wood character that hints at coconut and just a round woody note that accentuates and boosts the complexity of the malt aromatics. This smells very, very nice; I really like how subtle the oak is in the nose, I like that it influences, but doesn't hit you over the head with intensity.

Aggressively hoppy flavored from the first sip, resinous pine notes, piquant essential citrus oil flavors and a biting, long lingering bitterness play a hugely prominent role in the flavor. The hop character is amply supported by chewy, viscous malt that lingers on the palate with caramelized & toasted malt flavors and sweetness. The beer doesn't seem overly sweet though as the resinous and bitter hops easily balance this and the long, lingering finish sees the slightly herbaceous, but mostly clean biting bitterness wiping the palate clean of the malt sweetness. A touch of lightly toasted, brown, whole grain bread character plays a very secondary role in the long lingering finish. The oak also comes in to play, especially in the finish where it plays a supporting role to the bitterness with a spicy-oak character and some astringent wood notes. While this is fairly viscous, this is not overly heavy and definitely does not get cloying and is actually almost quaffable given its strength; but in the end this is definitely a sipping brew. It is interesting that the caramelized malt sweetness lingers for some time on the palate after each sip, but ultimately the ample hop bitterness wins out. The Bourbon / oak character adds some vanillin notes that accentuate the bright citrus character and its interaction with the caramel character, there is also a touch of toasted coconut character here that softly melds with the caramel and toasted grain notes. The hop flavors in this beer are pretty well balanced between citrus and herbaceous / pine; the hops contribute flavors of Curacao orange zest, tangelo, some meyer lemon notes, a touch of menthol, definite pine, a green herbaceous hop character and perhaps a touch of green grassiness.

This excessive, exuberant beer at the end of the day ends up being an execution in how to show restraint; the oak is wonderfully done in this beer, it is fairly subtle, doesn't suppress any of the hop or malt character, but plays an incredibly integrated and accentuating supporting role to both the hop and the malt character in this beer. This is perfectly crafted oak influence & I wish more breweries were showing this much restraint when using oak in beer. This is quite similar to fresh bigfoot; it is not quite as big as that beer & I really like the soft Bourbon / oak influence in this beer, but the basic hop / malt balance and profile is very similar (at least from memory). Still I think I might enjoy this beer just a little bit more than regular Bigfoot; it is definitely more quaffable and the bright hop character, rich, but supporting malt character and the subtle influence of the Bourbon barrel all work so well together.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ontap into pint glass.

Amber in appearance off white head and a whole sheet of lace. Aroma of malt, piney hops and some light oak/woodsy aroma. In the flavor, pine, vague fruit, vanilla, malt toasted note. Brown sugar, some barleywine moments. Super smooth with relatively low carbonation and a mellow bitterness and bite. My favorite of this series and a nice sipper.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours amber with a mild white head, solid retention and lace.

S: Strong crystal malt smell with some booze.

T: Bigfoot takes over, oaky barleywine type flavours, lots of pine, young barleywine. Fairly sweet, but has a nice balance.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, resinous.

D: Nice beer, I'd like to see this with some age on it for sure.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the COOP tonight.. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet... nice 2 finger tannish head.... good lacing and retention.. the brew is pretty.. deeeep orange.

The aroma shows everything that is good about SN.. the big hoppiness from Celebration is obvious... CCC hoppiness from the pale I guess is there, but the Bigfoot is the big player here.. caramel malts and a fair amount of toasty essence help balance things out..

Flavor is NOT weighing heavy on the Bigfoot side.. instead, the Celebration seems fresh and punching holes in the perceived maltiness... an interesting oaky quality is definite yet shredded by the C-hops... mid-palate some residual sugars pull bits and pieces of toasty biscuit and the deep oily Cascades are pulling LATE bitterness from the back of my palate.. lingering and definite Cascade.. with warmth, some more woody note emerge, but they still get buried by citrus... oaky... toasty.. cascades... well blended... yummy.

Body is lesser than the Bigfoot by a bit... carbonation is about the same.. resinous and oohh sooo fresh.... love it.

Will this age? At $10, I will certainly find out.... I think this is gonna be amazing after about 6 months.... Not sure after that.

4/4.5/4/4/4.5

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear read colored ale with a tall red colored head.

Smells spicy and hoppy with a little soapy scent. Cedar pine and caramel are the strongest scents. After this warms up more coconut and a little chocolate show up. Finally some clove cinnamon, but very faint.

Starts out neutral to bitter with no aftertaste. Vanilla, butter and woodiness come next. That is pretty much it except for a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK drinkability but this did not wow me at all, it OK.

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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.