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 jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition.

A - Pours an almost opaque orange color with a 1 inch head that slowly fades to a small cap. Excellent lacing as the beer is drunk.

S - Smells of pine tree and to a lesser extent citrus like hops.

T - Sweetness is tasted first but quickly gives way to the hoppy bitterness.

M - Good carbonation and dry.

D - This is a pretty good beer. I got this in a Fall sampler pack that was on clearance. I think I would be on the look out for this one if they brew it again for 2010.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good beer and a solid IPA, but it isn't a very bold or strong IPA. The hops aren't overwhelming like some breweries (which has pro's and con's) but its definitely hoppier than their pale ale. I like how Sierra Nevada didn't go crazy with the hops here and I think it makes this beer a lot more drinkable because of it.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was as surprised as everyone else when I bought this that it's only 5.9% abv. The impression I got from it was that it was a slightly stronger tasting and stronger smelling version of their pale ale. Thats not a bad thing by any means.

It poured a nice coppery color similar in color to their IPA and it had a nice white foam that stuck around for a few minutes. The beer smelled a bit fruity and of course like cascade hops. Thoroughly enjoyable.

The flavor was nice; a bit heavier on the hop taste and bitterness than the pale ale and real smooth. There was a medium bodied ale feel in this beer. Easily drinkable and I wouldn't mind drinking more but for now Celebration Ale just came out so this one can wait a while.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly, this beer is quite a bit better than their standard, rotational IPA. And it's all about the balance. This brew starts with an impressively carbonated and well headed pour. Settles nicely with a lot of lacing. Aromas are sharp with pine and citrus hops, soon settling onto a nice cushion of firm caramel maltiness. Flavors are dead-on those experienced in the nose, but in reverse. First, a mouth-coating sweet, bready, caramel malt base sets the tone for all of the spices and pungent hops to come. Very heavily flavored with Cascade hops, giving a sharp, mouth-cleansing feel to the grapefruit, orange, and lemon-zest fruit and spices. Very clean and full with texture. Finishes with a light drying (part hops, part alcohol), and clean caramel flavor. The success of this beer rests largely on the balance; difficult to acheive when dealing with simply, bold characteristics. Well don Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/copper color with a two-finger, foamy, off-white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled pine, citrus and floral notes.

T - Great taste of bitter, grassy hops and a citrus kick. Also, a nice roasted malt/caramel flavor.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Too bad it is a limited release.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour a hazy amber color with a good head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Pink grapefruit aromatics dominate

Taste: Starts with fruity grapefruit flavors from the get-go, with an undertone of malty balance; after the swallow, the fruit becomes more pronounced and a bitter pithy element is interjected

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Here is a nice flavorful IPA that doesn't go over the top either with bitterness or alcohol; very easy to drink

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops are easily discernible. Taste is also dominated by some fresh citrus and piney hops with typical Cascade flavor with a solid malt backbone. Body is quite with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well done though sometime too much of one-thing is not that fun.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Amazing retention with huge thick lace walls. Some of the best I have seen. Color is a slight hazed orange hued copper caramel.

Aroma: Sweet pine hops and nice grapefruit citrus. Very fresh beer. A nice amount of caramel malts try to balance things out a bit. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste: A lot like the taste, but there is a nice floral taste mixed in. Other than that, pretty much the same as the aroma. The citrus doesn't seem to be as fresh here though.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but this ipa is pretty smooth. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a super dry aftertaste that is filled with hops.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. Great price for a great IPA. Has a nice bitter touch to it, but I could still have a few of these. I will have more of these as long as these are fresh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One might expect a stronger beer with screaming, bombastic hops and a more bracing bitterness behind it in an anniversary beer from a California brewery. That said, more specifically, one might expect more from a 27th anniversary beer from one of the original pioneers of craft brewing - one that following right behind in the steps of New Albion! That, however, would not be the Sierra Nevada way. They are quite original, and unlike many of the newer brewers that have followed in their wake, they've always produced remarkably drinkable beers, and this one is no exception. They advertise it as "both assertive and elegant", and I'm not sure that there could be any better way to describe it.

There are some pretty sparkling hops in the aroma and flavor, but the rest of the beer is kept immaculately drinkable, as is their style. It's pretty much the same deep-amber-almost-copper color of their regular IPA, and with the same tenacious, long-lasting frothy bone-white head - but it's not as strong! In fact, it's only .3% stronger than their Pale Ale (which is 5.6% while the IPA is 6.8%). And it's not overly bitter at all. At 46 IBU's it's not even ten BU's bolder than their flagship pale, and certainly less than their IPA or Celebration Ale.

The hops don't come on overly agressive in the nose, but rather offer tempting wafts of lemon rind, grapefruit, and delicate pine in the aroma. With a swirl of the glass you can pick up the caramel-tinged maltiness beneath, which is, again, more akin to the IPA than the Pale Ale, but not far from either... somewhere in-between. There's a little bit of fruitiness from the yeast as well, but not much. And the flavor follows suit. The bright, citrus fruit hops are right upfront, backed by a solid malt base. They've really captured the essence of the Cascade hop in its finest light. The bitterness is kept in check, and it's - as they say - "both assertive and elegant". It's brisk in the mouth upfront with piquant hops, and then more soft, sweet, and malty across the middle. The bitterness, however definitely steps in, and it finishes dry with a combination of pine and citrus varnished with caramelish malt.

Flavorful. Hoppy. Well-rounded. Balanced. Certainly worth trying!

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, pale hops and a little citrus.

T: The taste is pretty malty with caramel & citrus sweetness and some smokiness. The hops presence is decent but it’s quite mild for the style. It does seem pretty nicely balanced, however. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet & smoky.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style even though it seems like a toned-down version of an IPA, it’s a good beer to drink a lot of throughout an evening, but I would normally want something more flavorful.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dramatically large head (over five fingers thick on a 12 oz pour in a 20 oz glass). Dissipates into a rocky white, creamy and sticky lace. Lighter amber pale ale color. Crystal clear.

A grainy smelling IPA; Homebrew yeasty smells even though it is beautifully clear. Some pinneapple-hop aromas.

Far more hoppy in taste than the aroma suggests. Brief pinneapple on the initial sip. Soon this gives way to a rather harsh bitter hop resin flavor--no balance, for hop-heads only. Good body and proper carbonation.

As a hophead, I find this to be a very good beer--but it is far closer to the extreme category than to a traditional American IPA. I'd prefer a stronger malt presence to make this an extraordinary beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a smallish white head that left good lacing. Aroma is spicy hoppiness with some light pine notes and a nice undercurrent of caramel malt.

Taste is of nice, sweet maltiness up front. That's nicely balanced by a dry hopped bitterness that's both piney and spicy. Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation. You can literally feel the hops popping on the back of your tongue. Nice.

Sierra Nevada has a winner with this Anniversary IPA. A fantastic taste and moderate ABV make this one deliciously quaffable brew. Wether it's for another aniversary or no, I hope we see this guy again sometime down the line.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Pours an effervescent bronze with 4+ fingers of offwhite head. Good lacing & excellent head retention

S: Piney & citrussy hops (grapefruit & orange)

T: Grapefruitty hops & breadyness up front. Juicy lemony hops & some fruitiness (dates & apples) follow as this warms. Finishes dryish, with piney hops, a hint of boozey warmth & a touch breadyness & some pineapple

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation, a little oily, & good balance that skews hoppy, what a surprise!

Drinks very easy, I expected more (hops & abv) from this one, but a good AIPA from SN the less

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a thinnish, off-white head.

Smell: Light grainy, caramel aroma with the pronounced citrus characteristic of Cascade hops.

Taste: Upfront a brief, scarcely sweet caramel taste coupled with an equally subdued, diminished citrus hop flavor. Finishes clean with only a gentle, restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Essentially, every aspect of this beer comes across to me as mild and flat. Congrats to Sierra Nevada and all, but just how ho hum can you possibly get for an anniversary ale to mark such a significant, monumental milestone?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished orange peel with a bronze-like glow when backlit with sunshine. Anniversary Ale is noticeably darker than SNPA, which makes me think that more caramel malt was used here. The large creamy cap is midway between pastel orange and alabaster and easily qualifies as a looker. Not only that, but it's absolutely slathering the glass with lace. Great breweries brew great looking beer more often than not.

I like the nose just fine, but it needs to come out of its shell. Dry-hopped, you say? Hmmm. As suspected, caramel-coated toasted barley dominates the malt contribution, although it doesn't dominate the hops. For the record, Chinook was used for bittering and Cascade was used for finishing and for dry-hopping. The fresh, woodsy, grapefruit and pine emanating from the glass clearly has C-hop origins.

Anniversary Ale is solid beer, but it's a solid APA rather than a solid IPA. Simply put, there's isn't enough hoppiness, enough bitterness or enough heft to earn it entry into the bigger style. It's been way too long since I had a bottle of SNPA, but this beer strikes me as similiar to that one... with more caramel malt and a slightly less aggressive hop attack (despite AA's 46 IBUs, compared to SNPA's 37).

Hopheads will still be satisfied, it will just take a few bottles to get to nirvana. At an ABV of only 5.9%, that shouldn't be any trouble at all. This beer's strong suit is a beautiful balance between its caramel malty, nutty, English toffee sweetness and its herbal, spicy (Chinook), citric fruity hoppiness. Things definitely develop in a positive direction as the beer loses its chill. I could drink a lot of these.

The mouthfeel is (barely) more APA than IPA. I love the incredible glassy smoothness that bathes my mouth and tongue with each upending of the glass. The amount of carbonation is pretty much perfect. Creaminess is probably the word that defines this attribute in the fewest number of words.

Anniversary Ale 2007 is different enough from SN's standard Pale Ale that I think they should rename it and release it alongside that time-tested classic. These guys are true craftsmen, as they prove again and again and again. I would love to see this beer locally. How about it Sierra Nevada?

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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