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 Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice dark golden color. Small white head.

Smell- Nice smell of hops with hint of malts and citrus.

Taste- Great flavor with a nice balance. Has a wonderful lingering taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- I really recommend this brew. I really liked it a lot. We'll be selling this at our store!

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

Purchased at Poplar Wine & Spirits in Casper for ~US$9.00

Pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber with a good head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving some spotting near the center of my glass and it has some lacing.

The smell is hop dominated at first but further whiffs in, I can smell some good sweet malt...nicely balanced nose.

The taste follows the nose to a T. Nice hop presence that is slightly grassy, slightly citrusy and put them together and they make for some good hop bitterness but...this IPA does not neglect the malt at all. Good malt sweetness, along with some bread, balances the hops *very* well and the end result is a very tasty, drinkable and yeah, *balanced*(did I mention that yet ;^) IPA that I can and will enjoy more of soon. There are plenty of other IPAs out there to enjoy if I want a good(read Big) hop kick. The more balanced ones....they're kind of a rare breed in Casper so you'll excuse me if I show some prejudice to this example by Sierra Nevada. I think it's very good stuff!

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Photo of bradford
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just bought a sixpack from the local Cork N' Bottle.
Looked very light in color with a bit of a hazy orange
Smelled very similar to the pale ale with a bit more of a spicy hop nose
Tasted pretty good, not overly aggresive hops, but a nice sweet taste to it
Mouthfeel was slightly bitter but crisp and easy to drink
Drinkability is good. Easy to have several of these.
Cheers to Sierra Nevada

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a pale copper color with a modest head. Fresh citrusy-grassy hops make up most of the aroma. Hops dominate the flavor, like the aroma. There's some crackery malt back in there, but bitterness really dries out the taste. Body is very light, maybe lighter than the pale ale.

Well, nothing outstanding. It fits in perfectly with the SN line, perhaps too perfectly. Maybe the bitterness of a SN Celebration or SN IPA with the body of a SN Pale Ale? Tasty, but it doesn't stand out.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Happy anniversary, Sierra Nevada. Long may you brew.
As far as beers go to commemorate such an occasion, they probably could have done something better. As a pale ale this would work out pretty well but as an IPA it's a bit weak all around. Everything could use more depth.
The color is a bit weak, the scent is a bit one dimensional, the cascade hops seem to dominate too much, the mouthfeel is both thin with an overly bitter finish...
Perhaps I was expecting a bit too much seeing as how Sierra has so much experience with hops. Still, if someone handed me a glass of this without telling me what it was first (aside from being an IPA) I'd feel the same way.

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

08/11/07- Had on tap at the Toronado 20th Anniversary party.

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a 1/2 inch head that leaves decent lace patchwork.

Smell- Fresh batch of hops in the nose as well as a heavy toasted malt scent.

Taste- Is this supposed to be hoppier than the regular SNPA? It's not. I think the malt plays more of a role in this beer. Very toasty and bready caramel malt backbone with a minor in the hops dept. The hops are flavorful, but are lacking for an IPA IMO. Are there saaz hops in this batch? Hmmm, good and tasty, but IPA?

Mouthfeel- Average, maybe higher carbonation level. Does have a more bitter aftertaste than I was expecting after the taste.

Drinkability- A nice brew with good flavor, but would have liked some more hops. Was expecting outstanding and got good.

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

This is the first pry off Sierra Nevada capped bottle I have seen.

The beer is a nice orange color with a fair head and lacing to boot. The smell is citrusy and piney. The hops are sweet and prominate in the taste. A well balanced brew. Stickiness in the mouthfeel as well as a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall an impressive brew by SN. This should be a regular offering.

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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 Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a clear orange amber colored beer with a light tan colored head. A darker shade than most IPAs but it still has the orange color you would expect.

The smell is sweet and hoppy with a sedate hop aroma and lots pine resin and caramel in the scent. I am kind of disappointed in the smell.

The taste begins neutral and woody with a caramel and pine. VERY sedate for an IPA. Not a lot of subtleties here quite malty for an IPA. This is too mild for my tastes.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is probably the strongest point about this ale. Quite easy to drink and personally I think this is much closer to a Pale Ale.

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Photo of ttu94
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I belive this to be an excellent American IPA.
Pours a dark clear gold color from the bottle. Has an average head that fades quickly (hop oils?). Has a fantastic hop aroma. Very citrus scent from Sierra Nevadas trade mark cascade hops. Taste is very well balaced between maltyness and hop bitterness. The great balancing makes for what I think is the best mouthfeel of any AIPA around. An easy drinking, great tasting IPA, the best I've had in some time.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice and rich clear orange amber with a foamy white head that retains quite nicely with good lacing.

Smell. Piney and citrusy. Very nice with the cascade hoppiness.

Taste. Has a nice lemon citrusness to it from the hops. Bitterness is at a very nice level as it is the dominant factor, but not overwhelming as just a little caramel maltiness balances through. In midswallows i get a fruitiness- red grapes and lemons.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a good medium level that sits well in my mouth with adequate carbonation and good balance.

Overall, i think they did a great job with this beer (and is a whole lot better than the ipa they came out with a few months back, imo). The crispness and the balance of flavors (for being an american ipa) really shines through. On a spectrum of the style, i would say this is on the lighter side, and would believe it if i was told this was an apa. But styles aside, i find this beer very drinkable and refreshing with the great flavors coming for cascade hops. On a side note, i know it says 5.9%, but my intuition is saying it is more...though i'm sure i'm wrong.

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Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Congrats to Sierra Nevada on 27 years of brewing excellence. Pours a nice copper color with mild head retention. Aroma is mildly hoppy with the essence of Cascades present. Taste is exact as well as the Cascades really explode, leaving a nice, pleasant dryness on the the back of the tongue. A second sip confirms a biscuity flavor in the middle that transitions to the dryness. Very nice and appears to be well balanced. I'd go as far as to rate it above the standard SNIPA. I absolutely love the dryness and the usage of Cascade hops. Bravo!

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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 beeragent
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a deep amber, forming a thin 1/4 inch head that faded rapidly, leaving light spots of lace. I had this on tap a few nights ago, and the appearance was alot different. On-tap, the brew had a huge white head, and thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is very strong hops along with a slight malt presence. The taste is all hops upfront, a noticeable caramel flavor in the middle, and ending with the hops again. Medium mouthfeel. As with any Sierra Nevada brew, this one has great abv. and extremely full flavor, making for an ideal session ale. Overall, I think this is a great addition to the SN lineup. This brew reminds me of their Celebration ale, but without the harsh finish (not a bad thing) of all the hops. A great brew!!!

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Photo of
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Poured a clear, dark gold color. Head was medium in size and off white. Some lacing as I drank, no legs.

Grapefruit and grass were the dominant scents to me. Yeast and bread were there, but faint. There was just a hint of sweetness that seemed to be floral.

Taste was more bitter than sweet, similar to aroma (grapefruit and grass). Biscuity in the middle. Touch of caramel, which picked up as the beer warmed. Nicely balanced, with a floral/herbal finish.

Medium + in body. Medium carbonation. Not as dry as the aroma and taste would lead you to expect.

Tasty and easy to drink. I will certainly pick up some more of this to enjoy as the summer comes to an end. When I drank it, I wasn't sure of the style. I pegged it as a hoppy pale, rather than an IPA, so take that for what it's worth.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try the SN annivesary IPA, pours a clear amber copper hue forms a large dense dimpled textured head that rises above my pint glass bright white head leaves behind even speckled lacing. Aroma contains citrus, pine, floral hop character very vinous and green fresh hop bursts flowing with some caramel biscuit and fruity apricot edge from the malt sweetness to balance it out, and of course the trademark SN bready yeast tone is going on as well with a touch of noticeable alcohol. Flavor induces hop burps more of the fruity caramel glazed apricot maltiness with grassy, floral, and citrus hop flavor really a balanced but flavorful IPA. Mouthfeel is slick not as oily as most West Coast IPAs but medium body and even delicate carbonation carry the hop oils very nicely bitterness doesn't pucker but does indeed stick around and last on the palate. Drinkability is very nice a completely effortless beer to consume really easy to drain a few bottle of this beauty, so solid and definitely a good representation of Sierra Nevada's contributions to craft beer.

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

Happy to find this recently at Ledgers in Berkeley. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for 27 years of great brewing and for this fine beer. Pours amber with a thick white fluffy head and some decent lacing. The smell is beautifully balanced between the hops and malt. Piney hops and slightly sweet caramel malt. The taste as well is beautifully balanced. Hops and malt are both present right from the beginning, and are seamlessly intertwined throughout right to the very end where a lingering piney and earthy hop bitterness is noted. Slightly sweet malt, but as noted above, never enough to overwhelm the hops. Mouthfeel is substantial, but still smooth and easy to drink. This beer was quite nice. In doesn't have the complexity and nuanced flavors of some more complicated tasting brews, but the utter balance and fine drinkability makes this something special.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-copper color. Big fluffy white head with good retention and which laces the glass.

Smell: Clean aroma, not too strong, with hops, citrus, pine, and a mildly sweet malt backdrop.

Taste: Bold and strong flavor (especially compared to the smell) that is somewhat bready, but with citrusy/piney hops on top. A bit of caramel comes out towards the finish (as so some strong piney elements), and it has a bitter-sweet aftertaste. Not quite as clean on the finish as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; mostly smooth, but a bit of grainyness. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's quite drinkable, with a good level of alcohol. It's very bold in a few specific directions, rather than overall, which makes it take a bit to get used to.

A very nice, solid, and interesting IPA. Nothing really stands out as amazing, but it's quite enjoyable, and has a unique style compared to the usual Sierra Nevada beers. Recommended.

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

What's with all the new beers from Sierra Nevada? In addition to this beer the other night, I also sampled a glass of the new (to me) torpedo IPA. Personally, I preferred the IPA to this, but this was still a pretty good beer.

Had this on tap at Capone's the other night.

The beer pours the trademark orange copper color I always associate with the pale ale. The beer has decent head retention and lacing, no complaints there. On the nose I get the usual intermix of hops and malt, but a bit more bitterness then normal. Really smells like a hopped up version of the pale ale. The palate replicates the nose, and what impresses me most about this beer is the way Mr. Grossman balances the hops and the malt. This is really well done in this beer. There are some nice fruity flavors from the combination in this beer, consisting of citrus, apple, pear and some white pepper. This beer is not at all heavy and comes across as very drinkable. This is a nice beer, albeit not all that different from the flagship pale ale.

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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 meatyard
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle at Capone's in Norrisville, PA.

Appearance is a clear, medium dark amber with a decent head that disapates quickly leaving just very light lacing.
The smell is lightly sweet and malty with just a bit of hops.
The taste is somewhat sweet and malty ending in a hint of bitterness from the hops.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick with a little bit of carbonation, nice.
Drinkability is quite good.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It has a nice balance tending toward sweetness and that's what I like. A very good beer worth trying.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a SN pint glass

Smell, my god this brew smells great. Big malt hit in the nose first, followed closely by an undercurrent of hops. From the smell, I would have said this is a Pale Ale. But since I already paid for the beer, I'll press on.

Taste, almost husky malt flavors hit you first, quite bready. The hops are subtle, but very noticeable. Very balanced finish, a little dry as well. I know IPA's are supposed to be hop-driven, but the malt profile of this beer really shines. Sweet, husky, very good flavors going on. The malts must be holding a meat puppet to the hops, because they just aren't jumping up and yelling in this brew.

Overall, I really like this beer. And it is one of the most interesting beers I've had all year. Very well balanced, delicious hop flavors. This is not a hop head's wet dream, far from it. This is a brew meant for the more discriminating hop head, one who appreciates a good malt backbone. I bought a six pack of this brew, but will now start looking for a case.

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

On tap at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo

Poured a light gold color with good head and excellent lacing. The hops aroma was a little underwhelming considering the dry hopping used. The taste is a nice balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness reminiscent of a solid DIPA. A very clean finish makes this beer very drinkable.

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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