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.

Added by Todd on 06-29-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,024 |  Reviews: 928
Photo of largadeer
1.62/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2009 batch.

Appearance: Burnished amber in color, bright and clear. An inch of off-white head retains nicely.

Smell: Tons of citrusy cascade hop aroma along with a strong mineral/metallic character. There's a bit of dry biscuity malt in there as well along with a touch of metal.

Taste & mouthfeel: As the nose implies, this is dry and hop-forward with a lot of citrusy cascade hop flavor. Malts are subdued, dry and somewhat bready. It's quite astringent and grainy on the palate and very metallic, very herbal bordering on medicinal. Tons of astringency in the finish, hard to drink this stuff despite the low ABV.

I remember the 07 version of this beer being decent, but the 09 is absolutely awful.

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Photo of shohog
1.71/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass and not too much head.
A very clear copper color.

Smell was very lackluster with a trace of citrus notes.

Taste was dissappointing. Very bitter with no balance of any malts. Very watery and it was somewhat irritating on the back of the throat on the way down. IPAs are one my favorite styles but not this one. Torpedo is way better IPA from SN

I'll NOT be bock for another one of these!

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
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

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Photo of 0tt0
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12-oz. bottle decanted into a shaker pint...

Pours a a tawny/straw color with a wispy loose-bubbled 1/2 inch head. Nose features a cracker-like malt and a hint of citrusy hops. Sip reveals a nice, crisp hop bite (not a hophead's dream by far, but its there) that fades into a lingering dryness. Body is very thin and unremarkable. Its almost like a watered down SNPA with slightly more hops and none of the body. Overall, I say BLAH. Won't be picking this one up anytime soon.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 8/20/2007 (bottle):

Pours a huge foamy head, good lacing. Body an amber color, with little bubbles. Grapefruity hoppy aroma, some malt. Sweet & enticing. Some hops, a little unbalanced. Some bite, acidic, somewhat bitter aftertaste. Not very tasty.

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Photo of ohmybock
2.59/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not quite sure what to make of this one. I think highly of SN, but at the same time I just don't care much for this 2009 Anny brew. It looks good when poured into the glass, but I find the aroma to be a bit off-putting. It almost smells like it's been brewed with cheap adjucts. The taste reminds me even more of cheap adjuct/cereal grains. The label said something about Cascade hops which sounded good to me. I think I'm getting some Cascade character, but the overpowering, unpleasant, grainy flavors I'm also getting are really turning me off. As this beer warms, the flavors I don't like are becoming even more apparent. To me, this brew sort of tastes like a cheap macro brew which has been blended with an average micro pale ale. Maybe it's just me! I'm not sure about that, but I do know that it's one and done for me.

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Photo of blakesell
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a golden amber with a standard half finger of head and ample carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is mild yet substantial.

Smell- Not much malt on the nose, many more hops, but the hops smell more earthy and English in origin. A touch of spiciness in these hops as well. Outside of that, the beer smells a bit thin.

Taste- Tastes almost identical to Sierra Nevada Pale, perhaps a bit different in the English hopping, but very pedestrian overall. A bit buttery, thin, unimpressive.

Mouthfeel- Light and smooth, not much to this beer, medium light bodied, not overly warming, medium high in carbonation.

Drinkability- I'll never drink this year's anniversary again after this bland watery beer.

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Photo of jakon
2.69/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours amberish. Darker than most IPA's, with a ton of carbonation bubbles rising steadily from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing in a beer clean glass. Was really looking forward to all the citrus hop character that everybody's been talking about. Disappointed that it's really nowhere to be found. This is more of a malt forward IPA. It's a solid looking brew, but it just doesn't compare favorably to many of my other favorite IPA's when it comes to the flavors that I prefer.

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Photo of JoshW
2.69/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light copper/dark orange. Had a small head that disappated quickly. Not much retention or lacing either. Not much of a smell, very light pine scent and mildly hoppy. Taste is much hoppier than the smell lets on however and I can't say I'm a big fan of this one.. Medium body and well carbonated, not very appealing as far as IPA's go in my book. I'm surprised that in 340 people this averages an A-. Oh well.

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Photo of gpogo
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Slight hazy copper with a large fluffy off-white head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Citrusy cascades with a light bready malt backing. Very pleasant aroma.

T- Very herbal hop bitterness, not as citrusy as the aroma. Light bready taste, but it's hard to bring out. Bitterness sticks around through to the aftertaste. Malt body seems a bit lacking in flavors.

M- Light to Medium-light body with high carbonation. The body in this beer seems a bit thin and lacking which is enhanced by the high carbonation.

D- I generally like beers from Sierra Nevada, however this I can not recommend. It's like a overly hopped american light lager with a bit more malt flavors(but not by much!)

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Photo of illidurit
2.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz.

Pours a dark amber color with a tan head. An odd color for an IPA, especially a SN IPA which I would have expected to be a hop-dominated beer with little malt.

I'm not really getting too much out of the aroma. A little caramel and a little citrus.

Taste starts out pleasant. The caramel malt is actually at the fore, and is backed up by some Cascade hop flavor. The hops should be the main flavor in an IPA and this was the other way around. As the liquid dwindled towards the bottom of the glass, I noticed an unappealing sourish note and that the malt and hop flavors were becoming watery and boring.

The mouthfeel here was characterized by an almost fizzy carbonation that I didn't like at all. It was as though someone took a beer and added a half ounce of spritzer water.

When I got through with this beer I absolutely did not want any more. Yet another disappointment from SN.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Light clear amber in color, big white 3 finger head with a soft pour. Laces well.

S- Nice pine hops smell, but a bit flat and not quite up to the IPA level.

T- Doesn't quite cut it. There is a light hop character up front, grassy and pine dominate, but no malt to back it up. The bittering finishing hops are bland. No residual Taste, too much carbonation.

M- Light in body, but way over carbonated.

O- Big let down after tasting harvest ale and Torpedo. It is just is a mediocre IPA. I looks good, and Sorry no love here.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of AndoBrew
2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app: dull copper gold mix, with no life. nice eggy head 2 fingers good.

smell: floral and citrus hop nose not much malt backdrop.

taste: water then pepper and more water with some acidic hop finish, not much going on, to weak to acidic.

mf: thin, not bad not great.

drinkable?: sure, but simple and a bit bland.

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Photo of sheikyerbouti
2.87/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma-Moderate hop aroma, light caramel notes detected, little to no malt aroma. Could use more finishing hops, possibly dry hop.

Appearance-Brilliantly clear, deep golden hue with shades of orange. Excellent head retention-very dense, rocky head clings to glass.

Flavor- Flavor is moderately bitter, very low malt flavors/sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Moderate, respectable level of carbonation.

Overall- I believe this is a pale, and if so, not as good as sierra pale ale. Very restrained hop aroma, and very pedestrian overall. There are too many great examples of the pale style to buy this beer. I have no idea why they even put this out, unless I had an old one.

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Photo of BradBLR
2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber color with a very white head. Head was fairly thin and did not last very long with a minimum amount lacing.

Smell: Very faint malt smell with a slight trace of hops. A very light smell.

Taste: A very light flavored beer with a more malt taste than hops. A slight watery flavor with a slightly sour after taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin beer that felt watered down. CO2 was a little strong.

I usually love Sierra Nevada, but I was disappointed in this beer. I have had more than one and I get the same impression every time. Hoping next years will be better.

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Photo of midaszero
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Slightly hazy golden orange with 1 finger white-tan head that doesn't stick around to long.

S - good but faint mixture of hops, citrus and grain

T - Mild hop bitterness and no real malts I can pick out

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Good to try but I was kind of disappointed

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Photo of teovaldi
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: 2009 vintage, tasting notes from 08/22/09

Pours a dull copper with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Slight floral and citrus hops in the smell with a bit of malt in the background

A light hop taste up front but not much malt to back it up and I also thought the finish was quite bland.

The mouthfeel is pretty much light with a decent amount of carbonation.

The drinkabliity is high if you want to get drunk quick, but it doesn't taste all that good and was hard to finish the sixer.

I usually like everything SN has to offer but this one fell short of my rather high, and well deserving, standards of SN. It kind of hurts to say this but it was almost the taste of a hopped up American lager with a touch more malt. I wont be trying this beer again...but hey I'll be buying much, much more torpedo!

Note: 2009 vintage, notes from 08/22/09

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Photo of FrognutUnl
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear light copper with a finger and half off white head that is retained for a few minutes before settling to a bubbly film. The nose yields wonderful fresh grapefruity hops. My wife just cooked a vat of soup so I can not smell too much else. The taste is of bitter grapefruit with a decent amount of sweetness from the malt to back it up. By about half way through the sweetness becomes a bit obnoxious. Fairly light bodied. I wouldn't call it anything special and certainly would say it lacks in complexity.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a five-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Piney hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is like an IPA but lacks some of the hoppiness, still hoppy though with lingering bitter aftertaste. IPAs are not my favorites. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a short 12oz bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a semi-hazy golden amber color, with 1 to 2 finger of white frothy head. Head dissipates slowly, and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is light, but faint hops/bitters...slight small sweetness, and kind of woodsy. Again, nothing special..but not bad.

Flavor is ok. Quick sweetness dissapates immediately as the hoppy bitterness comes full force. Mouthfeel is creamy and light. Booze doesn't jump out, but that doesn't surprise me at nearly 6%. Aftertaste is the worse part of this IPA, one of those nasty mouth dwellers. Overall, the beer's not bad...but not very good either.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of xare
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice copper color with very nice head and lacing for an IPA.

Aroma is of cascade hops and nothing else that I can discern - but it's the typical Sierra Nevada aroma - always good.

Taste is actually very bitter and a touch oaky. I think that the bitterness of this brew brought it down a few notches. Definitely taste the hops.

Mouthfeel is an explosion of bitterness and hoppiness that lingers long past it should. A bit below average in my view, but you definitely get a carbonation hit that brings out the bitterness nearly immediately.

Drinkability is a bit below average as well due to the bitterness of this brew. It's far more bitter than any other SN seasonal I've tried. Definitely will give a pass on this SN brew but still love their other seasonals - will pick up the Celebration when that comes out.

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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