Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)
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IPA - American
3.99 | pDev: 10.03%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)
Notes: 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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Sigmund from Norway

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350 ml bottle, 2008 vintage, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.9%. Orange to amber colour, big off-white head with an orangey hue. Lovely aroma of Cascade hops, piney and grapefruity notes. The flavour is distinctly hoppy throughout, lots of pine needles, grapefruity bitterness in the finish, very bitter aftertaste. Hints of caramel malts, but the beer is not too sweet. A nice and very drinkable IPA.

May 09, 2021
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Backlog from 2009. 12 oz bottle. 2009 vintage. Smells sweet. Pours a thin head with a beautiful copper hue. Pleasant bitterness juxtaposes with a creamy mouthfeel to produce an exceptional taste experience. Without a doubt one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.

Jun 10, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ha wore my tshirt of this the other day, might as well log one of those retired reviews from yesteryear.

This one was one of the lighter ipas Sierra Nevada has been involved in. Lighter than the pale ale, instead of an amber color like SNPA, this was a lighter yellow affair. Still has nice 1" carbonation and whatnot. The nose wasn't huge as I think they still just used Cascade for the minimal by our standards today dry hopping.

Taste still reveals caramel, but not as much as some of their other hoppy offerings. Very drinkable throughout, its pretty standard stuff for them. Moderate bitterness, lots of C hops in the boil, some after that, good dry toasted pale malt base, grassy effects.

Sep 06, 2016
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ThaCreep from Belgium

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The nose is aromatic hops in the typical style of India Pale Ale. The mouth is, it is different, much closer to the American pale ale than IPA. Hops felt the nose is very light in the mouth, certainly not medicated but ultimately somewhat persistent. A little fruity style bitter oranges and spices that go almost unnoticed. Bitterness in the finish, which suffers from this same conclusion: too light.

So a little short for a beer described as mythical and celebrates the anniversary of this brewery.

Sep 25, 2011
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JizackFH from New York

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves behind some nice sticky lace on the glass.

S - This smells of caramel malts, and it has a bit of a grassy smell to it. There is also still a nice hop presence. I am getting nice scents of pine and citrus.

T - Taste is nice and malty up front with some nice hop spiciness. The hops have faded, but there is still some piney and citrusy hop flavor, and some bitterness. There is more bitterness in the finish, and it sticks to the palate just a little bit.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a slight hop bitterness here as well.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily drink a few of these. I'm pretty surprised that the hops have held up as well as they have. I would love to try a fresh bottle of this (although now impossible.) Now it is faded, but it is still a tasty beer. I'm sure this was amazing fresh.

Sep 16, 2011
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the first whiff, it's obvious that Sierra Nevada's 2009 Anniversary Ale is heavy-handed on the hops, with grapefruit and pine notes spiraling up from the bottle, and remaining noticeable at a distance of at least eight to ten inches. Nice caramelized brown sugars rest beneath the hops, along with a strong molasses aroma.

On the tongue, the hops are immediate and pronounced, and take up the larger part of the ale's flavors. Whereas in the nose the hops were fairly well balanced between grapefruit and pine, on the tongue they sway heavily toward the latter, and it's almost as if the beer were made with pine resin, so thick is the bitterness. There are some good malty sugars as well--caramels, biscuit-like cereals, brown sugar--but hops are always front and center, and largely drown out everything else. If you're a lover of hops, then this beer will go over well; but if bitterness is not your pleasure, then I'd suggest you look elsewhere.

Aug 06, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just getting around to drinking this one... just kidding, this one is dug out of my titanic backlog. I can't say I am terribly sad that this is defunct, though I remember liking the non-caramel base malt (though this entry claims caramel malt was used) and wishing it had more extravagant hop use.

A - The color is sort of brass-copper, and is capped with an off-white head. Nice looking, a textbook appearance.

S - I am not thrilled with the hop bouquet compared to most Sierra Nevada brews. This is just barely piney, and has some earthy herbal smell to it. The base seems pilsener-like.

T - It tastes very much like it smells, with a pilsener-like base complemented with semi-dank American hops. There is just not a strong enough hop profile for me.

M - The beer is just about medium bodied, and is well-balanced between softness and fizz.

D - Very drinkable, especially because it is not tremendously bitter. I wish it was less drinkable, and more hoppy.

May 13, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank this on 4-7-08. This brew gave off the traditional flavors of a very nice IPA. The aromas were very fresh smelling piney and citrusy. The taste was hoppy of course, with the additional dry hopping done it really steps it up a notch. I hadn't realized until now that this was retired, I would have liked to try this one again one day. Now I'll need to score a vintage bottle somewhere.

Mar 30, 2011
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brokensail from California

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of the 2008 Anniversary

A: The beer pours amber in color with brilliant clarity and a finger of white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S: A surprising amount of hoppiness with lots of citrus notes, particularly in terms of grapefruit. An underlying floral hop quality and a crisp malt profile consisting primarily of bread. Just a touch of pine and toast.

T: Still quite bitter with a good floral and pine hop flavor. Grapefruit peel is the primary source of citrus flavor, but overall it's fairly grassy. Toaste bread is the bulk of the malt flavor here, but surprisingly, the hops are still the dominant flavor.

M: Medium in body with a crisp and lively carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Amazing how well this has held up. Obviously it was better fresh, but still good.

Mar 25, 2011
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KajII from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker]

Poured amber-orange in color, slighty hazy with an off white frothy head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. The aroma was that of grainy malts, citrus (grapefruit) hops. It tasted a little bitter with a mild taste of of citrus, and a nice hoppy flavor which lasted a little while. Mouthfeel was smooth with medium body. Overall pretty tasty and worth a try.

Mar 10, 2011
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Rafovargas from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good bear to try. pour it on a goblet not too cold and you will experience a full body bear. Nice amount of foam that makes it a very nice looking serving bear. Smell and taste is very good as well. Definitely a good bear to share with friends.

Feb 06, 2011
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PDXHops from South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage (consumed fresh in 2009- working thru a big review backlog). Duvel tulip.

2 fingers+ of frothy cream-colored head atop the see-thru light amber body. Excellent retention and thick patches of lace.

Quite the potent nose on this, a ton of pine, grassy and citric aromas It almost smells as if no malt was involved in the production of the brew (hophead's dream: the no-malt IPA). The malt does manage to make an appearance, dry and toasty with just a hint of sweetness. The hops are thus empowered to work over the palate, and they take full advantage. Puckering resiny pine, plentiful grapefruit, grassy and a touch earthy at times. Dry finish that's exceedingly sticky and gritty.

Overall impression: It is, er, was a pretty damned good IPA. Great mouthfeel in particular. The question is why am I reviewing it now? Am I becoming a ticker??? Say it ain't so!

Dec 08, 2010
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arboristfish from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy copper color, looks like there is a bit of sediment in suspension. There is also a white head. The smell is of citrus hops. The taste is of sweet malt, and a well balanced hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium light, and low carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer

Nov 27, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. Not sure how this is going to taste with this much age on it.

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, flowers, oranges and other citrus notes. The flavor is bready malt, toffee, flower and oranges. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Nov 03, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a copper-orange with a bit of a white head. A bit of sticky lacing on the edge of my tulip. Nose brings some pine and citrus hops with a decent amount of backing malt. The taste is caramel, pine, and citrus. Feel is medium with a semi-dry finish. Drinks quite well, but not as well as Celebration.

Oct 25, 2010
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ElGeordie from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cleaning out my under-bar mini fridge (Secret stash) and found this last night - Thanks Paul!
The label said 2008 and as an IPA I wasn't too hopeful. The conventional wisdom being that hoppy beers should be drunk when fresh.
Happily this one had survived well: poured into a Sammy's glass a rich amber colur with about a 1/4" of white head. The aroma was fresh and hoppy - no skunkiness. A very pleasant drink: dry with an abundance of hops with enough malts to keep it interesting. Pity it's been retired - it was the only one I had!

Oct 05, 2010
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, courtesy of my main man Shane (injuredreserve)

Deep copper, with sporadic orange and yellow tinges. Big pillowy eggshell colored head. Laces in big chunks, with lots of soapy bubbles. There are some floaters in here. Bottle conditioned?

Slightly malty, but with a nice subtle citrus hop aroma. Not bad after a year.

There is still some sharp bitterness left in here. But the malts prevail in the end. It's still mighty good.

Feel is smooth and crisp. Light, but with substance.

Good drink, easy, and refreshing!

Overall, a bit muted from what I'm sure it used to be, but it's still a very nice brew.

Sep 25, 2010
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dgilks from Australia

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, piney hop aroma. Slightly sweet with a light citrusy edge.

Somewhat hazy, golden colour with a nice, 1-finger white head. Okay head retention.

Plenty of hops here with a fruity, citrussy kick to them. The malt is subdued but still works to support the flavours. Good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A good IPA with nice flavour. The aroma isn't as good as it could be but the travel probably hasn't helped it.

Aug 28, 2010
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Sep 2007.

Large light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear orange brown color. Aroma is resiney, piney, floral and bready sweet. Starts moderately bittersweet. Slightly piney. Becomes more bitter towards the finish. Light body. Light body and mouthfeel.

Almost like an 80% version of SNCA.

Jun 27, 2010
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chickenflea from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle. Sharp citrusy aroma. Hazy golden color. Off-white substantial head. Low-to-medium carbonation. Creamy texture with a clean, dry finish. Medium hoppiness. More piney than citrus. Bitter appleseed notes. Nothing aggressive about this beer. Balanced.

Jun 20, 2010
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ipswich Original Ale pint glass. This was a deep yellow beer, with reasonable clarity. It produced a two and a half finger head, which subsided to a thin layer with a prominent ring. No lacing on the glass, but it persisted throughout.

Aroma was of pine and sweet grapefruit at first... definitely Cascade coming through. Underneath were lighter malts, but the hops were the main attraction. Almost a little floral.

Taste was a BIG surprise. It began with a good dose of hop resin bitterness, which faded into a bready malt character with caramel. Then it somehow transformed, reminding me of hot Chinese tea at my favorite restaurant. Surprisingly, there was no real bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was crisp and dry. Not as thick as the aroma leads you to believe.

I have to give this one high marks for drinkability. It went down easy, was not heavy, didn't leave a powerful lingering taste in my mouth. As the flavor faded, it was beckoning me for another sip to renew that taste all over again. I regret waiting until tonight to have it. Would that it were still in the stores. This would be a good beer to use to introduce a friend to the joys of craft beer.

Jun 11, 2010
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B967ierhunter177 from Pennsylvania

2.31/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass and served at about 45 degrees.

A: poured dark gold with half-inch head and good lace that lasted to the end

S: overwhelmingly of grass; minimal citrus and fruit notes

T: bitter entry leads to a bread like, spicy middle; finish is also bitter but not like the entry

M: smooth, medium mouthfeel; decent

D: could only drink this one; not well balanced between malt and hops

Overall would only recommend if you like bitter beers; only Danish Fontina cheese cut the bitterness and prevented any aftertaste

Jun 09, 2010
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured golden orange in color with just some lacey patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a mild aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: This beer has an excellent balance between malt and hops; the initial taste is filled with hop flavors and malty sweetness takes over towards the finish. Like the smell, the hop flavors are mild and don't have too much bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and there is a little dryness, particularly in the finish. Not much carbonation is noticeable.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and has a good amount of flavors; it's quite sessionable.

May 29, 2010
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capra12 from New York

3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo out of a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, clear with a frothy 2 finger head.

Smell: I get hops and a hint of citrus.

Taste: This opens with a subtle hop bitter. There is a citrus profile and almost tea like characteristic from the middle to end as the hops come back and finish this brew. Little hop bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is light bodied with medium carbonation and clean and crisp.

Drinkability: I would have this again, and recommend this to those seeking a non abrasive and easy sessionable brew with a solid flavor profile.

May 29, 2010
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is for the 2008 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark amber orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger yellowish foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with a lot of dank pine character as well as some citrus notes. Hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Very subtle malt presence.

Strong bitter hop presence up front that lingers throughout into a long bone dry finish. Lots of dry earthy pine notes along with some sweet citrus orange peel, mango and grapefruit. Very dry and not very well balanced with a bit too much of a pine dominance that overpowers everything.

Apr 30, 2010
Anniversary Ale (2007-2009) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1025 ratings