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 JimmieFrisbee
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Read that this beer was released in August, I bought and am sample the 2009 release in December. Purchased at a discount from the cooler, it seemed to be stored properly, though I'm sure it is a different beer today than it was in August.

A thick-looking golden orange, head is frothy and cream-colored. Certainly an appealing-looking beer if ever there was one.

Smells like it hasn't lost much in the way of hop aroma. Piney, sweet and citrusy, comes through really strong. Makes my mouth water.

Taste is slighty bitter upfront, followed by sweetness and leaves a more bitter finish. Comes off extremely balanced, not tipping to either side of the flavor scale very dramatically as the sweet and bitterness trade off.

Mouthfeel is slick, almost watery but thicker. Moderately carbonated, drinks pretty easily.

Definitely a pleasant beer, the aroma seemed all there, but the taste I suspect has lost a little something, though it remains pretty tasty and extremely drinkable. I'd probably want to pick up another sixer next year closer to the release date, but this'll do for my hop-fix for now.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little yellow for an Sierra IPA at first, but great carbonation and very clear. Aroma, very nice, herbal floral zip straight to the nose.

Tastes delic, a little lighter malt body than the pale ale, but a little more zip, but less fruity yeast strain. Not quite as strong as their regular IPA, this is more of a summer ipa, I guess. Imagine if summerfest had more hop character. Hangs on the tongue, and extremely drinkable. A nice sessionesque alcohol quality with plenty of hops. Has a nice spot in the lineup.

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Photo of marc956
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would give it 5's all around but this was a 2008 bottle which somehow hadn't been drunk yet. Excellent taste and drinkability - pity that I haven't seen the 2009 down here. But like just about everything I have ever had from Sierra Nevada, highly recommended!

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Photo of bamadog
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 12/24/2009 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light orange and copper color and starts with a 2 finger head that is slightly off-white with solid retention and becomes rocky as it slowly dwindles to a thick and full skim; body is a little hazy and shows solid carbonation; solid rings and washes of sticky lacing hold to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is wonderful and hoppy and bitter -- lots of pine and floral notes; slight citric notes that are reminiscent of orange peel and grapefruit.

Taste: Flavors are pretty mild compared to the nose, but it's still nice and refreshing and something that I would probably prefer to drink in the summer months; hops are the dominant presence and are stringent and piney, soon followeed by the citric notes mentioned above in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Nice and sticky from all of the hop resing; body is creamy and kept lively from the strong carbonation; gums are left quite tingly.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but I do wish the flavors wre a little more potent and bold; but it's very easy drinking for an American IPA and the ABV is quite do-able, so I would have no problem with picking this up again.

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

Sierra Nevada does it again with another generously hopped IPA that really brings some nice notes to the table. You can really gather the nice floral, spicy flavor of the cascades on your first and as the presence of the beer resonates on your palate after swallowing. Beautiful, hazy copper color with a solid lace left after a sip. I love American IPA's as a style, and this one has a nice balance of hop bite, with still a level of reserve for those not crazy about hop bombs. Bravo SN, happy anniversary!

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

Nice deep copper pour with two fingers of caramel head and great lacing. Very earthy nose with hints of pine, grass and bread up front but the sweet fruity citrus comes through later down the road. Lots of earthy bitterness and grassy, piney notes hit you right off the bat, but the malty sweetness and grapefruit are soon to follow. Pretty well balanced although the hops are definitely the star. Nice dry, crisp finish makes this highly drinkable for us hop heads. Sierra Nevada is consistantly on my top 5 list with everything they do.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice 2 finger head but with minimal lacing. Beautiful deep amber color as most IPA's I have tried have.

S: Piney, earthy, grassy, and hoppy notes all coming at you at once. Bit of grapefruit in the end. One of the better smelling IPA's out there.

T: Mostly the pine and earthy notes come out. The grapefruit seems to take a backseat on this one. Great hop finish on this one. Sometimes you just gotta love when the citrus notes aren't that prominent. Sierra Nevada seems to get this right a lot.

M: Pretty thick for an IPA. Almost syrupy if you will. Very good carbonation. Honestly not seen many of this style overly carbonated.

D: Well weighing in under 6% I would say you could session the hell out of this. Very satisfying as well.

This stuff is great when you want a great IPA and you love Torpedo but don't feel you can hack the 7.2% sometimes like when you have to work in the morning. Sierra Nevada can just about corner the IPA/APA market with their brews. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber with medium head and fair amount of lacing.

Aroma of malts, some hops but not much.

Taste is a little stale since the case I bought was already six months old. Can taste al little malt and general ale flavors. Not much for hops.

Mouthfeel is average medium.

At only 5.9%, and considering the lack of hoppy flavors/aroma, this more like a regular ale than an IPA.

However, all that being said, the stash I purchased was sitting on the shelf for the past six months, so it was not exactly fresh. Would try again, only fresh next time.

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Photo of jbowers56
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colour, goldish tints. Started with 2 finger head, dissipates fairly quick but leaves really good lacing.

Smell is classic cascade hop aroma. A tiny bit of malt there to back it up, a little crystal malt sweetness. Basic IPA smell, but nice and inkeeping with the Sierra Nevada way of doing things. I really like when a brewery has a definable character that carries through their range.

Taste is good. Again, nothing special, but that's perhaps because breweries like these are what defines this style. Caramel malt sweetness up against a good cascade presence. Good amount of bitterness, but not so much that my girlfriend didn't like it.

Nothing out of the ordinary for M or D.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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 sprucetip
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Very active, clear, copper, 1 finger white lasts. thick lacing. SMELL mild at first. Soapy/citrus hop notes, vaguely sweet, faintly grainy. Work to find much of anything. Gets better, but still weak. TASTE grapefruity and floral hop flavors, grainy hint of malty sweetness, and med/low bitterness all balance well. Not super complex, but good. FEEL smooth, mild fiz, medium body, rising bitterness and some drying in the finish. OVERALL super easy drinker. Not amazing or particularly memorable. But very smooth, balanced and sessionable.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a pint glass

A- golden orange color, slightly cloudy. It pours an amazing frothy head, which lasts for the whole drink. Though honestly this was a quick drink for me as I really like this beer.

S- citrusy aromas with pine, not picking up any malt aromas. A great smelling IPA

T- Lots of citrus and pine hops, slight malt backbone but predominately hop forward. Delicious.

M- medium bodied, great carbonation

D- As a big fan of cascade, this could easily be my everyday beer. I picked up a six pack for $4.00, I am hoping that there will be more when I go back tomorrow.

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Photo of thain709
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 version

A - A copper body with an off white, one finger finger...nice retention which leaves nice lacing

S - A little toned down for a Sierra Nevada beer...the hops are present (citrus and pine) but they aren't big and bold...sweet malts fill the nose as well

T - The aroma leads right into the taste...again very mild for Sierra Nevada...the malts overpower the hops throughout the entire beer...the malts have a caramel flavor and are slightly sweet...the hops, when they are around, give off that Cascade flavor of citrus and slightly piney...not much bitterness to the beer

M - Medium bodied but comes up light with some gulps...a dry finish that lacks a strong bite

D - In the line of Sierra Nevada IPA's I would have to say this is my least favorite...I feel the Pale Ale has more hop presence and bite to it than this Anniversary Ale...I'll still try it next year

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Photo of jwhancher
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber color w/nice head but only slight carbonation.

S: Slight citrus aroma.

T: Can really taste the Cascades, but not overly hoppy.

M: Nice, thirst-quenching ale. Flavorful, appealing.

D: Very drinkable, refreshing.

Overall, it seems like a pale ale to me than an IPA. Not a bad beer by any standards- would just need some more hops to be an IPA in my book.

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

This unassuming ale is born amid a huge rush of foam that eventually settles into a shimmery lather resting atop a golden haze. There is present a few carbonation bubbles along with some splotchy lacing. There is a noticeable nose of straw and pine needle, which makes for a sweet bouquet of aroma. The Cascade hops provide the palate with some rather subtle taste of lemon drops.

All in all, the Anniversary Ale provides the thirsty recipient with a crisp and light mouthfeel, a criteria that will always make for a good session quaff. However, it was not as hoppy as one would expect from this brewer; but, I did like it as I do the many other Sierra Nevada products.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. 2009 edition.

Tangerine body with orange peel highlights. Very large fluffy seashell head recedes to a slender uneven finger of foam beneath cirrus cloud streaks of lacing. Very slight legs suggest a touch of oil. Nice clarity.

Very mild aromatics - dusty forest floor, orange peel, and faint wheat in the nose.

Caramel malt and citrus on the palate, with a stronger bitterness than is suggested by the lackadaisical smell. The pine comes on in waves along with faint grapefruit. The bitterness, while only moderate, threatens to supplant the hop flavor. The finish is pleasant with a subtle interplay between clean, sharp, sweet, and toast flavors from the malt. I'd almost score this higher, but the flavor profile seems a little bland and somehow incoherent (surprising considering they are only using one hop for flavoring here).

Light bodied, mildly astringent, somewhat drying mouthfeel.

A decent IPA, good with a meal, but forgettable compared to the sea of superior alternatives available now (including Torpedo).

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Photo of RppIII
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a pint glass

A golden urine-esque color, slightly cloudy and calls upon memories of many a past Hefeweizen. It pours smooth creating a scrumptious looking head, which subsides relatively quickly to a thin just a thin layer of bubbly dough.

The first thing that makes itself overly apparent in this beer are the citrusy aromas of pine, and a hint of grapefruit. A swirl stirs up tannins, which immediately penetrate the nostrils, which surprisingly see to be fruitier, then what I remember from the initial pour.

First I notice the odor and lack of any flavor aside from a watery aesthetic quality, as the beer settles in and hits the palate a grapefruit and sweet malt character come out. Next the semi-crisp bitterness of this beer hits with a wonderful pine citrus flavor. The beer finishes with a sweet almost undistinguishable character between the sweet malt and piney hop flavor. 20 seconds after the initial taste the fantastic hop pine, and a hint of the sweet grapefruit flavor is still present.

Beer has a good balance of body and carbonation. The beer is crisp to begin with and finishes with an almost watery character.

In the style of an American Indian Pale Ale the IBU of 46 is balanced very well against the sweet malty and fruity character of this beer. Some may find the over tones of pine and citrus a little much, however, I have had beers in this style with much more pronounced citrus flavors to great avail. I would drink this beer all day and night; it has a sweetness that balances very well against its bittering qualities. I love Cascade hops, and the piney citrus flavor that they produce in this beer and in it's aroma.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly cloudy with an amber coloring and a decent amount of slightly off white head

Smell: A fruity/hoppy smell, similar to a sour grapefruit.

Taste: Very similar to the smell with that slightly grapefruit taste. It is not overpowering which makes it very nice to drink.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy orange amber with a full inch of thick tan head. The head slowly falls into a chunky lace cap.

The aroma is a rather sweet mix of pineapple, grapefruit, pine sap and loads of malt.

The flavor mirrors the aroma rather close. More malt in the taste then the nose though. Very balanced keeping this from being a hop bomb. I pick out some spiciness and sweet fruits in the finish.

Medium chewy body with moderate carbonation.

Overall another nice IPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. The pour yields a two finger soap white foamy head that leaves a moderate amount of oily/foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is slight citrus, orange peels mostly and pine. There is also a peppery spicy hop, but there is an over-abundance of caramelized malt in the scent as well.

The flavors starts with a sharp citrus bite, orange peels and lemon zest, and quickly moves to a sweet caramel flavor without much hop bitterness in the finish. This one has some earthy, mild hop tones in the end, but nothing crazy.

The beer is carbonated well, has an ok bitter aftertaste and a nice dry finish. If given the choice of Torpedo, Celebration and Anniversary, Anniversary finishes third for me, but it's a decent beer for sure.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a nice amber, slightly hazy. There's a creamy, long-lasting head. Aroma is pretty neutral. Some citrus and hops. Taste is very nice. It's well balanced and not aggressive. Good hops, but not extreme. Hints of grapefruit and maybe pine. Mostly, this strikes me as a good, solid, drinkable beer. It's full-flavored and crisp. Not outstanding, but definitely very good.

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Photo of jantonius
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Slightly a little darker than a lot of other IPAs. Dark Amber Color with a nice thick white head!

S: Strong citrus and pine nose

T: Strong hoppy IPA with Grapefruit finish, goes hand in hand with Cascade Hops

M: Medium body, with a dry stinging finish

D: Very nice fall seasonal by Sierra Nevada, really good with Brats. Not a session beer, but great starter beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cliff notes (on tap at the whistle, thx mary!)

Anniversary 09 has a golden slightly bright copper look with a nice looking 1/2 inch off white head with some good retention. With that said, (C-Larry David) no lace sticks to the glass at all leaving me nothing to look at while it goes down.

A pleasant hop aroma which is has citrus to it and even less pine. IMO, kind of a weak smell for a SN IPA. Some pale malts giving off the usual caramel twist intertwined. I really had to get my nose in there to pick anything up. No evidence of any dry hopping for the 09.

Based on the smell I was prepared for a ipa that was not notoriously dry-hopped. Im sure it was since i trust SN but it just does not show up at least for me. Small traces of citrus grapefruit with some underlining pine. Alot of caramel malt giving off a lot of sweetness. The taste is on par with the SN IPA lineup but Im still left scratching my head, where is the bitterness and chico huge tastes?

The feel affirms that the hop bill just is not that strong. While there is some hop cone taste floating around the palete, it's barely making a whimper. A small step below medium bodied with great carbonation coming off of the tap. I think I just want a little bitterness to go with this to show me that it is a IPA, as for now it's just not there.

I was planning on drinking this all night but after my first pint I just gave up and left the bar since it's not known for it's beer selection, (maybe im spoiled). With a ABV of under six this seems to be a good candidate for multiple rounds but not this year, maybe next year SN. As a disclaimer, I love Sierra Nevada and their pursuit to make bold IPA's, maybe this was just a off batch.

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Photo of cbros
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 2 ounce beer poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep orange, almost amber in color. There is a nice carbonation activity after the pour. There is a fair amount of cling to the glass after the pour with a decent two finger white head that leaves a lace trail.

S- There are hints of pine and citrus, everything you would expect in a west coast IPA.

T- This is a classic and standard west coast IPA. Bold hoppy bitter flavor to begin the taste that finishes in a slighty sweet and malty finish, not much but it is present.

This is a good IPA but from the other selections that I have had from Sierra Nevada I probably won't pick this up again. I would go for there other stuff like Torpedo or their Pale Ale but overall not a bad beer. Glad I was able to give it a try.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in my kegerator so had many pints to judge it by.

A. Darker than a lot of other IPAs that I have tried. It is a dark amber color. It pours with a nice head and some of the most beautiful lacing that I have ever seen.

S. Similar to SNPA but a little stronger. citrus, piney hops dominate. Moderately strong for the style.

T. Once again, similar to the SNPA but stronger. Not as bitter as most IPAs but still has a nice hop bite. I taste oranges and grapefruit. The Cascade flavor really stands out.

M. This beer is medium bodied with a very, very dry finish. The carbonation is about average for the style, shich is perfect in my opinion.

D. This beer is perfect for the IPA loving kegerator owner. At 5.9% it won't put you on the liver tranplant list but still tastes like a real IPA. I only got a 5 gallon keg this year because I knew that Celebration Ale was right around the corner, but next year I am going to get the full keg as soon as it is realesed.

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