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

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Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009)

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,024 |  Reviews: 928
Reviews by TeeCee:
Photo of TeeCee
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick Review - more non-hop flavor than the typical Sierra Nevada.

Appearance - honey gold with a slight haze. Lots of an off-white head with a hard pour, slow to dissipate, leavng foamy lace as it goes away.

Smell - initially, straight pine when smelled while in the bottle. While waiting for the head to die of, the bottle takes on a bi of a malty scent.

Taste - hoppy with some malt behind it, finishing off noticeably bitter. There's something acidic and mouth clearing here. It's like the hop acid is at a high enough level to come through in the taste.

Mouthfeel - medium-thin in the mouth. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for what you're getting here.

This could be someone's session beer. It's a bit biter for me to have too many of these.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Sierra Nevada and have alot of respect for them and this beer stays true to there style,poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium to full copper with a big fluffy,clingy white head that left multiple globs of lace as it settled very slowly.That big Cascade presence is really shown in the nose very piney and resiny with some leaf and mild earthiness there as well a sweet caramel note shows thru but is light.Beautiful hop presence on the palate it isnt over the top on the hops just good piney citrusy hop intertwined with some caramel-biscuit malt the hops obviously win out but it just is so easy going down.I would say if this was always available this would be my fridge beer much like Bridgeport IPA in my mind very quaffable and true to the breweries hoppy roots.

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

Orangy with a thick, creamy head.

Aroma is piney, minty, with a fresh, mellow hoppiness.

It has a clean hoppy taste. Fruity, fairly simple, but does the job. Focused on cascade hop oils and finishes only slighty bitter.

Sierra Anniversary is medium bodied and a solid "sessionable" IPA. Also, proof that Sierra knows their hops. If you haven't, give it a try.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a crystal clear copper beer with a great hade that fades slow and leaves gobs of sudsy lace. The aroma is very simple light cascade. The taste is likewise, very simple. Very resinous cascade. Light, grippy, mouthfeel. Biscuity malt. Solid IPA.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful auburn pour with a nice haze about it. The head is initially an off white hue that disipates quickly and leaves an adequate amount of lace behind. The beautiful floral aromas abound in this SN offering. The malt is understated along with the alcohol. The floral hops are the star or rather the theme of this brew. The flavors are dominantly hoppy with undertone of malts and sugars. All in all this is my favorite, less expensive, brew choice of the summer. Unfortuantely in my neck of teh woods it only just made it to the stores. If you want a great bodied beer with good hop character and top notch "drinkability", I would suggest this offering from SN to anyone.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, amber with a nice high off-white head with medium carbonation. The head hangs around for awhile and has some nice lacing.

S - Pretty lacking, have to put your nose way down in there to get some bread and caramel malt aroma. The hop aroma is not really even there.

T - The taste is a little better than the smell, but still lacking for Sierra Nevada. There is some hop bitterness right off the bat, but it just kind of ends there with a citrus fizzle. The biscuit malt flavours are nice but this is an IPA...I want some more hop presence.

M - Nice feel, not too dry there is some mouthfeel there but not syrupy.

D - Goes down smooth, not offensive, could drink a few...but if there are some other IPAs in the house there is a good chance I would switch it up.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but disappointing for a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale. Sure they use Cascade hops, but this reminds me much more of a English IPA than a bold American IPA.

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Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was quite excited when I saw an anniversary beer from Sierra Nevada, one of my all time favorite breweries. And I was not disappointed at all! This is one of the most perfectly balanced beers I've ever had. It starts with the familiar dark copper color and fluffy white head that can be found on their Pale Ale. The smell was full of citrus, pine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel maltiness in the background. The flavor was outstanding with a nice mellow sweetness in the front, then the good ol' cascades hit you and you get a great hoppy rush, and then aided by the perfect carbonation and not-too-thick mouthfeel, the beer ends nice and dry and you cant wait for the next sip. Highly recommended!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a slightly hazy amber orange with a half inch of off white head on top. Plenty of active carbonation and some sticky lacing. Aromas begin with a nice mix of caramel and crystal malts upfront met by a big, zesty citric, somewhat piney hops. A bit floral as well, the hops come through really nicely here along with a slight spice.

First sip brings a crisp caramel infused malt upfront with a crystal sweetness and a bit of toasted grain flavor. The hops catch up quickly with a mixture of citrus and pine. Herbal hop oils flow down with a sturdy bitterness. Some spice comes through on the back end as it finishes with some creaminess. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Good steady carbonation makes this one easy drinking beer that's full of flavor as well. This is one of my favorite Sierra Nevada releases so far and I hope they brew this one again as I'm sad I can't find it on the shelves anymore. Well worth picking up a sixer of.

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Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er last night. Its freakin' hot outside and I'm havin' me a cold beer to cool off a bit.

Yellowish, golden color. Fluffy white head. 1" thick and reduced slowly leaving lacing behind on the glass.

Some sugar and grain in the aroma. Pine and citrus rind hops. Simple but nice.

Grainy malt flavor with some light sugary caramel. Fairly bitter kick in this. Piney, herbal hops, citrus pith. Good and simple again.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. A good bit of carbonation adds a crispness. Flavor coats the mouth and lingers for a while after the swallow.

Overall a solid beer. Nothing over the top but an easy drinker.

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Photo of nycjag
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from the folks at Sierra. All these years laters, I still think that if you are drinking Sierra, the beer you are drinking is a great representation of that particular style. Sometimes extremely impressive, but never disappointing. All their beers are good baseline beers.

As for the anniversary ale. I have had this on draft and enjoyed it enough, but tasted not quite IPA-y enough for me, maybe even less so then their flagship pale. On cask at the Blind Tiger earlier this week, it was outstanding.

The appearance was slightly cloudy with a nice golden hue.
The smell actually had some hints of nutmeg, but not quite edging over into a holiday brew. The taste was like a good pale ale with a slightly nutmeg finish. It maybe was a little bit thin in the mouthfeel, but this was a good beer overall. Nice job, Sierra.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip this beer produced a hazed copper color with a small, white 1 1/2 finger head. It smelled of pine, citrus and a strong malt presence. The taste didn't match the smell for me. There was a small hop presence with an even stronger malt focus. It did, however, have great lacing. The beer was above average and a great value at 7.99 a six pack. A great sessionable beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Amber color, nice white head, good carbonation. Aroma was mostly sweet, maybe a little pine, but the fruit aroma prevailed. Nice fruity taste, a little bit of hops. Pretty nice; I'd almost think of this as a session beer.

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Photo of voidmyrules
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since becoming the insufferable beer snob that I am today, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is my default beer. As long as it's on tap or in a store somewhere, I won't grumble at my less beer centric friends and family.
I gave this a try and I have to say, I am impressed.
It is like their Pale Ale on steroids. Every aspect of the Pale Ale is amped up. The appearance is slightly more opaque and copper/orange. It is heavier, the mouth feel is more substantial and satisfying. The hop profile has more bite and the citrusy sweetness is far more pronounced.
I get a little bit of the malt on the back end and its a nice, quick, grainy taste that adds character.
I recommend this to anyone who wants a new look at an old standby.
Sierra has to be commended in general for their place in craft beer history and they have done themselves proud with this one.

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Photo of Tiderion
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy copper/amber color. Thick foamy head with slow dissipation.

S: Light hoppy smell.

T: High on IBUs, for sure. Almost a hop exclusive flavor with a strong bitterness on the back.

M: Swishing it around the mouth reveals a little more carbonation than preferred. Otherwise, it is a smooth fluid.

D: Heavy flavor makes for a slow drinking beer. You wouldn't want a lot of these and it is not as refreshing as other beers. It does serve as a good reminder of what good beer is though.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, light amber color with great, creamy head.

Smell - grassy, piny hops, slightly metallic, sweet malts

Taste - nice balance between the malt & hops, pine, kind of metallic hop prescence, not a huge hop bite

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, good carbonation, doesnt finish dry at all

Drinkability - Pretty good beer...was expecting a little more but still good. Enjoyable.

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Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a hazy, golden amber body with a medium almond hued head that retains well and deposits some lavish lacing on the glass. Nice looker!

Aroma is classic Cascades hops. Lots of grapefruit, kissed by pine resins. A hint of melted caramel underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an appropriate level of medium carbonation. Some hop resins are felt.

Taste is certainly on the bitter hoppy side of the scale. The Cascades shine brightly here, with grapefruit essence and pine resin up front. Just a hint of malty sweetness to keep things in check.

Very worthy!

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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, no feshness info to be had..oh well....been a SNPA and family fan and consumer since god knows when (probably since around '80, label says 1980-2007) this one pours apricot/almond amber, with a slightly oily,olive sheen, if ya know what I mean, clear with a long lasting light tan head, that leaves plenty of fine bubble sheeting/lacing. Nose is solidly of hoppy resins. On the tongue, I get plenty of American style hoppy bitterness, riding along the spine of a full bodied brew. Malt noted, but certaintly understated here. Dry, hoppy finish finishes the ride. I like it. Nice brew, fine hoppy sessioner. Here's to many more beers and years of brewing from SN.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, orange-brown, high carbonation

Smell: hops, pine, and some spiciness

Taste: some caramel malt, big dose of pine and grapefruit, some spices

Mouthfeel: bitter throughout with a touch of malt balance, medium bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: This beer is unapologetically hoppy. If I want a hop filled beer with a small dose of malt, this is it. This is very good for the style and if I were a hop lover, I would want several. For me, one will do, but I appreciate a good effort.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Foodery in Northern Liberties. Pours amber with a one inch head. Has a faint hoppy smell. The taste is very balanced in malt vs. hops and is a little sweet. It is tasty but a borderline pale ale instead of a true IPA IMO since the hops are a bit light. Very drinkable and smooth in mouthfeel. A solid brew.


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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with a creamy head that leaves slight lacing. SN beers always look good.

Smell: Citrus, pine and toasted malt. Smells bitter.

Taste: Slightly sweet citrus and toast, with a nice bitter pine counterbalance. Finishes quite bitter as expected, but some sweetness remains through the end of each sip (unusual for an IPA).

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body for an IPA but has a smooth creaminess to it. Finishes mostly dry.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing, but bitter, everyday IPA. Seems like this should be year round and the Torpedo should be seasonal. Of course, both are great and I prefer the Torpedo, so it all works out.

Does this beer actually change each year? Seems pretty similar, although the use of sustainable Cascade hops may be new this year. Just not sure why this gets an update each year and Celebration does not.

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Photo of innominat
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with a short white head. Looks like a lighter version of their pale ale. Big Cascade hop nose, with pine and grass. Crisp hop bite, definietly leans toward the English IPA style. Astringent pine hops without the resin taste. More grapefruit than in the nose and a nice malt backbone. Clean finish. Much better the their other IPA.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear,medium,amber/copper color with a 1' thick very creamy off white head,decent retention. Little carbination with a few very tiny bubbles staggering to the surface.Had a hard time twisting off the cap,force of habit on this one,used to twist-off even said use opener on cap. Poured into my Mad Elf glass once the cap was removed.

Moderate/delicate aromas, very pleasing and fresh/clean. Floral with citrusy notes,some pine and a hint of grapefruit. A nice light sweet carmell maltiness in the background.

Citrusy with bits of pine,grassy with a slight citrus rind edge,also grassy with some slight leafyness.Very nice balance with a pleasing sweet carmell maltiness.Finishes with a clean,juicy light citrus rind feel. Very refreshing,smooth,pleasing tartness is refreshing.Smooth,enjoyable and highly drinkable.

Hope they make this all the time,would love to have on my draft system if avalible. Could drink all night. On the light side for an IPA more like a great pale ale. Enjoyed it neverless,would recomend giving this beer a try while you can.

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Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2007-2009) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,024 ratings