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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Photo of CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale 2009 review:

Pours cloudy orange amber in color with a thick cloudy/creamy beige to off white head which stuck around for a few minutes. The beer had great lacing that left creamy layering after each sip.

Smells of floral (cascade) hops, piney hops, orange peel, sweet malt, grass, yeast and very faint spices.

This looks like a fine IPA, with the foam gripping the glass after each sip. Tastes of floral hops and sweet malt up front, followed by piney hops, orange peel, light caramel, grass, yeast, lemon/citrus, and floral and yeast spices to end each sip on the dry side. This is a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian ale, and it is delicious.

Light to medium carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel on the tongue and in the mouth which leans towards crisp and almost watery in the overall feel to it.

A really great and enjoyable beer that went down smooth and easy, with a very nice balance and a lot of flavor. Another great beer from Sierra Nevada, honoring 30 years of great brewing.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Anniversary IPA into snifter

Orange body with a slight chill haze that clears as it warms. Eggshell head that leaves spotty spiderwebs and leaves a bit of patching on top.

Aroma is grapefruit rind and underripe navel oranges, hop flower.

Palette is orange, underripe tangerines, then salty grapefruit.

Body is light-medium with a low carbonation. Finishes a touch watery but refreshing and crisp.

Easy drinking, great session beer as long as the hops hold up. This was enjoyed within a couple of weeks since hitting the store and it still quite tasty.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. stubby bottle into a Sierra Nevada tulip pint the beer is a hazy orange color with two fingers of frothy foam that quickly receeds and settles out at a little over one finger of fluffy white head. Thick rings of lace cling to the sides of the glass and small streams of carbonation run up from the bottom of the glass to feed the head.

The nose is piney and resiny hops. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, and freshly mowed grass. All hop aromas in the nose.

Hops hit the palate first with a mild bitterness on the back of the tounge. Citrusy notes; grapefruit and mango. Slight balance in the finish, but malt struggles to make an appearance. The beer drys out in the finish and "hop residue" seems to coat the tounge.

Medium body, ample carbonation and dry in the finish.

About what you would expect from a IPA. Dry piney hops that don't over power with bitterness, but also fight back any malt profile.

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Photo of UA8
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep amber body with a huge light tan head.

S- roasted grain, orange peel, lemon, green fresh herbs.

T- semi sweet citrus notes, malt, lemon grass, bitter herbal hop finish.

M- refreshing medium light body with full carbonation.

D- had this fresh and at various periods up till now and I have to say it has lost some bitterness but gained balance which I prefer. Overall a acceptable brew especially when you get it for $8 a 12.

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Photo of SamN
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours with a huge, two finger head, full of light foam. Rocky topped and bound to leave some good lacing down the side. The liquid is a hazy, reddish orange color, the color of thick pine sap or deep honey. Big streams of carbonation shine through the thick haze inside the glass. Just looking at this beer conjures up images of sticky sap, pine resin, sticky hop buds. Effective visual communication, very IPA-looking. A little too dark, starts to look like there's mateiral floating around. The haze, too, contributes to that "dirty" perception.

S- Thick scents of pine, woody resin, lighter fruit aromas like pears and apples, not the biting citrusy twang of a lot of hop-forward beers. Sharp smelling, obviously quite hoppy.

T- First few sips bring an initial shock of hops, but after some sipping, the overwhelming tastes die down, and the balance becomes more pronounced. The overall impression is first sweet, than bitter. Biting hops greet the tongue, then a brief malty, nutty interlude then finishes as the hops slowly incorporates itself into the bready middle and eventually overtakes, leaving a kind of spicy heat. Ever so faint hint of vinegar in the hops. Lots of Cascade cones, good choice to let the middle of this beer show itself.

Eh, this tastes pretty good, doesn't wow me. Too bitter of a finish, strong and sticky, but pretty decent balance.

M- More of a medium bodied brew, this is a little thicker than the average ale. Fills the mouth well and with spot on carbonation.

D- This leaves too much bitterness behind to really something I would drink regularly. I could do one, maybe two before I needed something balance all that bitter. A pretty good beer, but too strong on hops for my tastes.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a bright white fluffy head.

S: Very clean citrus hop aroma along with a blast of pine.

T: Nice clean crisp hop blast up front with a slight peppery cracker flavor in the end. Very refined.

D: Extremely solid brew. Not breaking any molds but it doesn't have to, it defines the style perfectly.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
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 SickGnar
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, burnished copper. Very slight haze. Smallish off-white head, but good retention and it coats the glass with curtains of lace.

S: Caramel malts and C-hops. Not overly complex, but very fresh and bright. Roasty, toasty malts with a touch of sweetness on the one hand, and grapefruit and pine trees on the other.

T: Palate is in the same vein as the nose, but more expanded and nuanced. On the hoppy hand is citrus rind and grapefruit, restrained pine, some herbal and a hint pepper. Bitter, yes - but also bright, floral, and even fruity. In addition to the crystal backbone and its caramel, on the malt hand is some grainy sweetness, a touch of bread, a faint nuttiness, and a light hint of toffee. Fairly balanced actually, and more of an APA than an IPA.

M: Excellent carbonation, both in quantity and quality. Medium body with a brisk creaminess that contributes a lush, light fullness. Long fade that just hints at dryness.

D: Given SN's reputation and the IPA reference on the bottle, I was sort of expecting a bombastic alpha acid delivery concoction. However, to me this is more of a hefted up version of their (flagship) pale ale. This seems a really appropriate manner (in an aww shucks that's cute sort of way) to mark their anniversary. The overall effect is a juicy celebration of C-hops & caramel/crystal malts.

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

Beautiful beer....slightly hazy amber, copper colored liquid with a thick and dense cream head. The head is incredibly long-lived. The smell is a nice mix of northwest hops and bready malt. Slightly roasted, toasty malt is a good undercurrent to the citric hops. Nice balance. The balance comes through in the flavor as well...moderately sweet, with a decent toasted bread and cracker taste, buttressed by a firm hop bitterness. The hop flavors are predominantly citric with a bit of pine. Full in body and very satisfying. This is a great beer, easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of scottum
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First review in a long while- avoided writing while I was inside the industry.

Pours a hazy amber with a small bright white headskie. Quite smooth and easy drinking. Hops are right on the tip of it, but the drinkability just flows. Not too light, not too heave, just right. Not as noble a beer as Celebration Ale, but this one still holds it's own. A session IPA if there ever was one! I love it!

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Photo of tykees88
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at Dicky's Wild Hare in Ft. Wayne. Brought to me it retained just a little bit of head and presented with a bright amber crisp color. The aroma was that of hops and slightly piney. Tasted like it looked. a light flavor that wasn't thick and had some hop action goin on. Wasn't a fan of the finish that this ale presented. Just a little too bitter for me. Not a bad beer though and easily drinkable.

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Photo of zimm421
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a burnt orange color, with a little gold hint to it, and with a thick 2+ finger head, that leaves great lacing.

S - Smell is sweet with a good hops scent, definitely some pine hints going on.

T - There is a good hop taste, with the pine taste up front, with a little citrus in the back. Finishes fairly dry.

M - Has a decent amount of carbonation, and definitely is a little thick and creamy.

D - Not too hard to drink, and has a good balance in the hops.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy burnt orange color. One finger white head that dies down into just whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Nice skirted lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it down.

S- Nice citrus hops in the front end of this beer. Light pine hops also in the tail end of the front of it. Sweet bready malts in the middle of aroma. Light pine and citrus hops in the end of the aroma. Nothing over the top in the aroma but nevertheless very tastey smelling overall.

T- Light citrusy hops in the front end of this beer. Bready malts in the middle with a light alcohol taste to this. Piney hops bring up the back end of this beer with a little more of a alcohol burn in the tail end of this beer. The hops have faded which I expected in the beer. Overall not bad for a little age on it. Still a nice drinker.

M- Medium mouthfeel to this. Carbonation is good for the style. Little syrupy feel in the mouth while drinking this. Piney hops and light bready malts dominate on the palate and into the long aftertaste

D- Drinkability on this beer is still pretty high with the age on it. the hops have faded but still are a fighting force in this beer. I remember this fresh and it was amazing. Still good with the malts displaying a little more umph...still another good beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of vishneda
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cascade really comes through on this one. It has a nice strong citrus-with-pine aroma and big hop bite on the flavor. The malt profile is a little hard to find and unsophisticated, however. The feel is light and predictable and matched with standard carbonation. All around decent beer, but maybe a little under dressed for the occasion.

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Photo of teovaldi
2.94/5  rDev -25.9%
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 Scojo2usa
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber, nice small white foamy head.

S: That delicious citrusy hoppy smell that hop heads crave. Like a bitter flower and grapefruit rind.

T: Not super hoppy, but very well hopped and balanced. The hops are there from start to finish, and are there enough to appease IPA drinkers but it will not destroy the pallet. I find the malts come out in the after taste and kind of rest on your tongue.

M: Very good mouth feel, full bodied for an IPA, and leaves a nice feeling during the after taste.

Summary: Love it, great session beer for hop heads. Very glad I bought a whole case, and this beer will stand up (as far as quality goes) to any DFH 60 minuet or Stone IPA. Get it, and drink it!

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Photo of acelin
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty good IPA from Sierra Nevada.

You definitely smell the cascade hops right away, almost as soon as you see the dark orange gold tinged nectar in the glass.

It tastes a lot like Torpedo and Celebration, however not as bitter nor as spicy. Lots of that wonderful Cascade hop flavor all the way through this beer. THe more you let it warm however, the more you can taste the sweet 2 row malts used in this beer. More of the character really does show - and the more it distinguishes itself from SN's other IPAs.

A slightly thicker mouthfeel comes out of this beer, however it is a more drinkable beer than the Torpedo IPA.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy bright amber. A billowy head that turns into a small white pool.

S: A lot of hops, pine.

T: Big pine hop flavoring up front, followed by a bitter citrus after taste. Solid hoppy flavor in this IPA.

M: A little creamy, nice carbonation.

D: This stuff is easy to put down, tasty.

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Photo of BrewerMike
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured somewhat hazy/cloudy, almost like an unfiltered beer even though it doesn't read that it's unfiltered. And, I don't just mean 'bottle conditioned.' I mean that this one poured pretty hazy. Good color and good enough head. Not a very strong aroma for a typical IPA (especially those west coast IPAs), but a good enough hop aroma with the expected citrus notes coming through. The bittering hops are good--punchy, strong, a bit puckering. Some nice, subtle notes of pine and citrus, definitely grapefruit. Not a very powerful or big hop flavor or aroma. This IPA does not scream HOPS! like many IPAs these days. And, to that end, I really like a strong hop aroma and flavor. I like a flowery IPA, and this isn't that. This is also a pretty thin IPA in my opinion. There isn't much meat to it; no body. I'd like more malty sweetness, more to chew on. I need to actually hold this beer in my mouth and swish it around to get anything. Of course, considering that the tamed down hop flavoring/aroma hops balance well with the weaker body, this is technically "well balanced," and very drinkable. Some IPAs, and not even DIPAs, are too big, too bitter or hoppy, or too strong. And at 5.9%, this is a good strength and it is well hidden. If there was a bit more hop flavor/aroma and more malt and body, I would really enjoy this beer quite a bit. But, in the end, it's definitely not on the top of my IPA list, and I probably wouldn't go for it again when I want an IPA. I would get it, however, when I just want a good, drinkable bitter beer (and have a few of them!).

Edit (1/15/10):
I poured another bottle from the same six-pack, and I swear it is different. Very odd! Although I don't love the beer any more, I can say that the flavor and aroma are cleaner. Also, more surprisingly and noticeable, the appearance is clearer with a better formed head. There is still some sediment, but it is pretty much crystal clear, whereas the last bottle was quite cloudy. I wonder if that was somehow a bad bottle? Not sure. But, I bumped up my appearance score a bit.

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Photo of climax
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Post-pour revealed a murky burnt orange. Head was excellent, nice sticky crown as the lumpy cone of foam receded.

Nose was nice as well, quite balanced and not as hop-heavy as I was anticipating. Green apple, spice, and orange/citrus tones led the way.

Flavor is excellent. It's very nice and spicy, quite unique, not cut out of the typical IPA cookie cutter. Flavor balanced spicy and sweet quite well. Once again, not too aggressively hopped but the balance and delicacy of the flavors more than made me happy. Sweet caramel, citrus, and herbs/spice meddle before a long dry grapefruit finish.

Body seemed a bit light, and the feel... uninspiring. However, it was very smooth and the carbonation was mild and crisp. Easy to drink and good balance/complexity.

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Photo of HopeinHop
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gave this a vigorous pour and was greeted with a thick 3 finger head. Smell is sweet with piney hops prevalent also. Head began to dissipate slowly as I took delicious sips. There's a nice boody, its velvety smooth with a surprising hint of creaminess. I think the brewers found a good balance of hop-bite and malty taste with this beer. I got a light caramel taste with a hoppy, slightly dry finish. The nice balance gives this brew a high drinkability. Definitely session potential.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A gloriously good beer. A great IPA interpretation. Hazy deep golden amber color with fluffy head. Aroma is fresh and herbal. A little bit of fragrant pine. Extremely well balanced. Just the right amount of malt. Lots of fruity notes, some herbs, but also very dry. And then the mouthfeel. Nice and fluffy.

I really like this beer. One of the best IPA's I've had in a long time.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 version

A - Clear orangish copper with a finger or two of off white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Piney and citrus hop aroma balanced with bready malts.

T - Citrus, piney and grapefruit hops with bready malts. On the hoppy side with some nice bitterness. Leaves a soapy hop aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

D - Solid IPA that I could drink all night.

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Photo of sbw138
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle from The Foodery, pour into a pint glass. Poured decent brown color, with a surprisingly thick, white head. Left a solid tracing all the way down the glass.

Good citrus hoppy smell. Love the presence of Cascade hops.

The Cascade hops really jump out at you at first taste, but, there is a nice malty backbone to settle things down.

Carbonation is decent for a nice mouthfeel. Overall, very drinkable, and I'm looking forward to the next batch!

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Photo of nc41
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours like a champ, giant thick creamy foamy head. if your not careful the brew will be over the rim in a heartbeat. Maintains it too with great lacing at the very end. Nose is ok nothing memorable or really special here, same with the taste. It's very good but I can find a dozen brews like this one without breaking a sweat. Worth a buy depending on the price there is really no way not to like this brew, Solid if unspectacular like most of the SN line.

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