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

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 37
Gots: 184 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 11-04-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cadaugherty, May 09, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Winding down an awesome beer tasting night (corked bottles only) and thought I'd crack open another corker.

Appearance - cloudy, bubbly reddish amber. A finger of manila foam on top like melted ice cream. Nice lacing.

Aroma - sticky sweet orange and pineapple, bready malts creep in a bit after setup.

Taste - dark fruit and toasted bread open up the beer. Pineapple and mango at first, giving way to moderate bittering. A great toasty, coffee-like flavor flavor kicks in at the swallow and hangs around through the afterttaste. Oak on the aftertaste and into the finish, what a fun ride this beer is! Ends with dry lingering bitterness, oak, and toasted grain.

Mouthfeel - moderate carbonation and weight. Feels crisp without being too heavy for a strong ale.

Overall - wish I had bought a few more of these. Outstanding. Here's to the BCBT group, good beers tonight, guys.

brewdlyhooked13, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Lare453, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

roblund, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ChiefHopHead, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

fox227, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

InfernoBoss, Mar 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

DaPan, Mar 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

603BeerMe, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/8/2010. Pours extremely hazy deep ruby red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, orange rind, pear, apple, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, oak, light bourbon, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big balance and complexity of hop, malt, and oak notes. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, floral, oak, brown sugar, brown bread, light bourbon, and floral hop earthiness. Light pine and citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, oak, brown sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great subtle oak presence and moderate bitterness balancing the malt sweetness; and zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an absolutely incredible American strong blended ale! Huge complexity and balance of hop and malt notes; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely awesome offering, top notch stuff as expected.

superspak, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

RobertColianni, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BigLittleHokis, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

rolltide8425, Feb 25, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was completely oxidized, was really looking forward to popping this one, but it was the most disappointing beer I've had. Bought six months ago from a shop with all refrigeration, then cellared at 55 degrees. Almost feel bad about reviewing this after seeing reviewers who loved it two years later, but the rating I'm giving this beer is generous, saw many others pour this out after passing it around. This is my first full review, had been planning to start reviewing for awhile, but I think the disappoint drove me to finally do it, at least something good came from this beer.
P.S. Was told it was amazing fresh, but that same person thought it lost a lot two months later.

MarkyMOD, Feb 20, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ste5venla, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DmanGTR, Jan 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

rob133, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

popery, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

fivetime, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of kaseydad
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure how this was gonna keep after a long rest in the cellar. Cellared since the release.

NIce pop goes the cork. Pours a MASSIVE frothy beige head that does not want to go away. Major lacing. Nice clear dark amber colored ale. Just geat!

Getting a lot of the essential Celebration and Bigfoot whiffs. Oak. Sweet candy scent. Hops. Pine. Honey. Brown sugar.

The taste is outta site. A hyrbrid Celebration and Bigfoot taste come through. Not getting much of the Pale Ale which is fine with me. Liking this combo. Hoppy taste with a refreshing bitter, mouthwatering finish. Everything is still here. Getting a big grapefruit rind taste on the aftertaste. Not picking up bourbon flavors though it says 22% aged in bourbon barrels. Could be just blended really well. The dry hop technique is nicely noted.

Mouthfeel is good. Still has great carbonation.

Overall I am happy to report this is doing amazing. If you want to wait and properly cellar it, continue. This is turning into something special. Sadly this is my last of this part of the series but it went out with a bang. This combo of beers worked brilliantly and kudos to the brewmaster. And even kudos to moi for letting this lie as long as I did.

kaseydad, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

scott10010, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this one sit for well over a year. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into an AF Academy brandy snifter. Dense amber color with a good size off white head. Some lacing on the glass. Smell is malty, an oak presence and more than a hint of alcohol.

Taste really features the oak and some whiskey elements. The malt presence dominates, sweet caramel malts. There is some hoppiness at the end but I would imagine that a lot of the hoppiness died out over the last year or so.

Mouthfeel is rich with a surprisingly boozy finish considering the aging. The booze makes this a slow sipper but it is not an unpleasant sensation.

Overall, a good winter's evening drink. I am in the process of drinking the whole bottle, but half would have been fine.

JayQue, Jan 24, 2013
30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.