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 djeffbee
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a handsomely labeled bottle...

A- Deep reddish-copper color (nice clarity) with lacing unusual for this style.

S- Easily fingerprinted as a SN offering, somewhere between SNPA and SNCA.

T- Dry, with ample bitterness. Stays on your tongue. (EDIT) - once the beer warms up, there is a bit of sweetness.

M- 'Tingly' mouthfeel is brought out by the bittering hops with perfect carbonation to suit this style.

D- with an IPA in the <6% range, this is perfect as a session beer.

Another awesome, classic, typical style and offering from Sierra Nevada..


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

A- Beautiful deep gold color with an inch of head and nice, sticky lacing. Extremely appetizing.

S- Classic Sierra Nevada. Fantastic citrus hop aroma backed by doughy malt. It's like an amped-up SNPA. Very, very nice.

T- Once again, classic Sierra Nevada. The hops dominate, but are backed by plenty of cracker-like malt. The taste is very dry with almost no discernible sweetness. Finishes moderately bitter and dry as a bone.

M- Fairly light-bodied and well-carbonated, although not overly so. Solid mouthfeel that fits the beer well.

D- Pretty high marks here. Its light body and dryness (along with its relatively low ABV) make this a very drinkable beer.

This is a very good IPA. It's basically SNPA with more hops, which definitely is not a bad thing. Sierra Nevada picked a good recipe for an anniversary brew, as this is classic SN all the way. Recommended to all IPA fans, and especially Sierra Nevada fans.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish golden amber with a large white foamy head. The smell is a pungent creamy citrus hop aroma. Cascade hops are the dominate smell,but it's not an overwhelming aroma. The taste, like the smell, has a nice hop dominance. Citrus hops with some mild bitterness makes this a very drinkable IPA and almost the opposite of other west coast brewerys. A great job by Sierra Nevada to make a mellow IPA that you can actually drink.Cheers.

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

Pours out a crystal clear copper with a thick frothed milk head, and thick clingy lace. A few streams of lazy bubbles make their way to the top. Lots of cascades in the nose which give this beer an almost perfume-like quality. There is a nice balance, however, and the caramel and brown sugar aromas from the malts come out almost as strong as the citric hop notes. Again, as with the aromas, in the flavor, the hops are certainly assertive, but not so much so that the malt characteristics are shoved out. There is a solid malt sweetness and toasty malts throughout the taste while the citrus and pine rides high. Finishes solidly bitter. As it warms up, the fruity esters begin to show, which really tie this all together. The bubbles act to gently massage the tongue, and the overall weight of this is in the mouth is sturdy. This is fantastic: an assertive yet balanced IPA.

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Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber orange color, with a 3 finger head. Good retention, and tons of lace. Tiny bubbles constantly rise from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is chock full of this citrus-rific C hops. Green, round and flowery. The flavor is much the same, great citrus hop presence, and well balanced by a slight malt sweetness. Finish is moderately bitter. Medium bodied and creamy, this is a great tribute to Sierra Nevada's history.

Overall, a pretty solid, although basic American IPA. Great session beer, and a great price. I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of klewis
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of leftmindedrighty

A: Pours an amber color with a big bubbly head. moderate lacing.

S: A big citrusy hops aroma. Is it possible to smell bitterness?

T: Saturated with hops taste. Citric and vegetal flavors rounded out by a crisp bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with plenty of carbonation. A bit fizzy.

D: Nothing special, but this is a solid drink everyday kind of IPA. Very nice.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good all-around beer. I was kind of surprised to see something new from Sierra Nevada, so I picked it up.

The beer pours to a nice golden color with a deep ruby hue. Great clarity and carbonation. Has a huge white head that retains well and leaves brilliant sheets of lacing.

Smells like a more assertive version of the Pale Ale. Good, but a little predictable for a milestone beer. Bold cascades, but clean of almost any other aroma.

The taste is good, however. Also taste like a more assertive version of the Pale. Aggressive grapefruit cascade bitterness with a gentle caramel and pale malt undertone.

Very light body with a crisp carbonation. No alcohol detected. Very easy to drink, but doesn't seem to have enough to truly differentiate itself from the Pale Ale, aside from an increase in hops.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Enola for sharing.
Pours a clear copper/amber color. Thick sticky white head rises to 2 fingers, falls and holds at 1/2".
Piney and citrus hops in the nose. Subtle but satisfing.
One of the best balanced IPAs I've had. Citrus and piney hops mixed with sweet caramel hops. Also a hint of honey.
The hops are not mouth-puckering in the mouthfeel. But I don't think that's what the brewers were going for anyway.
Next time I'm at the beer store I'm going to buy a lot more of this. Nothing ground-breaking here, just a good solid IPA. Great overall example of the style.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Appearance – It poured a transparent brownish honey gold. It had a 2 finger head that dissipated into a 1/2 finger head. It left a bit of lacing during the course of the drink.

Smell – All I can smell is pine, citrus, and resiny hops. The scent was very minimal – I had to put my nose deep in the glass to find any scent at all.

Taste – The taste is about the same as the smell – cascade hops are the central flavor. It is highly reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. There is a very slight sweetness at the beginning, very caramel-like, which gives way to the hops.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is okay. It has a good level of carbonation, but it is fairly light bodied for an IPA.

Drinkability – Very good. It is a very easy drinking beer. Easily sessionable at 5.9% ABV.

The downfall with this brew is that it is kind of one-dimensional. It is a nice reference beer for anyone who doesn’t know what cascade hops taste like, but I expected a little more considering that it is an anniversary ale.

I raise my glass to Mr. Steve Harrison, his family, friends, and Sierra Nevada. RIP.

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

12oz brown bottle->pint

Pours pretty much orange with a 2inch white pulsating head. Lacing in chalky sheets initially, then sporadic small chunks. Carbonation is robust, bubbles line the glass of the pour.

Nose: Pine,light citrus

Medium light mouth. Lots of hop flavors, upfront, in the middle and on the long bitter finish. Malts are present, but sitting calmly, and mostly quietly, in the back seat. Only a peep from the caramel. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

This IPA is all about the cascades, what better way to celebrate the brewery that put cascades on most of our maps. I raise this glass to Mr. Steve Harrison, rest in peace sir.

Thanks to d-nice for the bottles.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poura a translucent bronze to light copper color wtih a small light tan head which subsides to a thin sheen and collar. Aroma is of Cascadey hops, caramel and pale malts and a hint of orange zest. Flavor leads off with some malt sweetness, then mid-palate some tea-like tannins, and finishes bitter and slightly dry. A little bit of grapefruit astringency shows in the flavor, particularly in the finish, melding with bitterness from the Cascades. Body seems a bit on the thin side making the carbonation seem a bit harsh at times. Overall, it's a pretty nice IPA, a little lighter bodied than some, but some good flavors going on.

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Photo of Ego
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

congrats to sierra nevada on an other year, a testament to the quality of their products

2 full fingers of white foam which starts out as microbubbles but then dissipates (slowly) into a soapier variety leaving a lace trail down the glass, caramel tone and clean looking, ample carbonation, I am getting great retention on this one.. really nice looking.

piney west coast hops (I know... duh), mild citrus (orange) mixed in, the hops have a nice fresh bite to them, pretty one dimensional not unlike many american IPAs. nothing great but solid.

taste etc...
nice and light with the right carbonation (just hangs on too almost prickly), nice bittering on the tongue, the malts are very hard to detect, the lack of malt here really is a detriment, it makes this a bit too light, like the nose this is very one dimensional.

what this beer does well, it does really well, but overall it is a hop bomb jr without much else. not a terrible beer but give me their regular pale ale or celebration any day.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 12 ounce brown bottle from Shop Rite Liquors in West Caldwell, New Jersey and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A transparent amber color with a couple fingers high white head that was very tight with good retention and better than decent lacing.
Smell: Not much aroma, but minor hop sents.
Taste: A nice generic bitterness that is missing from a lot of IPAs, but also a good west coast hop taste, not to over powering.
Mouthfeel: Nice and rigid.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the standard pint glass, the beer poured a nice orangey-copper color with a tightly-packed 2 finger head. After 1 minute, the head has dissipated to 1/8 inch, leaving lacing all over the glass. Aroma is very piney and citrusey. Tastes typical of an American IPA, except with a slightly narrower hop profile. The cascade hops are nicely balanced with the malts., but I would have enjoyed more hop complexity. I seem to be getting burned-out on all the beers overloaded with cascade hops; everybody's doing it these days. Mouthfeel is typical of Sierra Nevada's other fine products: no alcoholic warmth, and not too heavy. A pleasantly piney aftertaste lingers in the back of my mouth.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange pour with a beautiful ample head which hangs around for a few minutes. Nice lacing down the glass. Citrus hops in the aroma. Understated malt presence in the flavor and the same goes for the hops. Not as upfront as most SN ales. Even a bit of a watery character in the middle. Neither as hoppy or as malty as it could have been. Even the mouthfeel is kind of thin. I was not impressed by this beer and I usually like Sierra Nevada products a lot.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking crisp, copper colour with a very big off-white head that is foamy and creamy as hell, with nice retention and a good amount of stickiness to it.

The aroma is a nice blend of piney hops with some citrus as well. There's a good amount of malt here as well that brings in a nice caramel aroma as well. Simple, but bold without being over bearing. Nicely done.

Flavour hits first with a nice pine hop burst, mixes quickly with the caramel malt and finishes with a good blend of the two. The citrus that is noticeable in the aroma is also present here, but much more subdued than expected, and the malt has a far greater presence than expected. Regardless, this one is still solid all around. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but actually seemed a touch watery at times. Still, not bad overall.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this one so soon around here. The fact that it was so good made it that much better. As with most other Sierra brews, this one sticks to the basics and just executes the hell out of them. A solid and tasty IPA for sure and well worth a try.

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

This poured up golden/copper with a thick off white head that dissipated slowly. The aroma is all hops, but more subdued than I expected. It starts off sweet when you taste it, but the hops quickly cover it. And it's like the hop flavor moves back on the tongue to finish at the back. It's a nice beer. Sierra Nevada products are often just too darn hoppy for my taste. This is aggressive, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
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 rajendra82
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear appearance, highly active carbonation, and a foamy two ginger thick head made Sierra Nevada Celebration (oops I meant Anniversary) look very attractive. The aroma brimming with the brightness of citric Cascade hops. The taste was hoppy, but not very bitter. The grapefruit rind like qualities of the hops were highlighted by the pale and clean malt bill. Some pine resins present in the finish, but nowhere near the amounts present in the other Christmas Seasonal IPA from SN. Well balanced and quaff able, this could easily be a mega seller as a year around offering. A bit lighter in the mouth with a shorter aftertaste than most other IPAs, but makes up for it with the highest integrity flavor of it while still in the mouth. Drinkable to the max, and nearly gone before I even looked down at the end of this review. This six pack will be hard to keep around long in the fridge.

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Photo of Kendo
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into a nonic-style pint glass, it pours a clear, orangey-amber body with a 1-finger bubbly off-white head. Slow-rising bubbles. Some patchy rings of lacing on the way down.

S: Hops -- grassy and resiny and something that seems a little bit funky or maybe woodsy.

T: I can't help but compare this to other SN offerings. I get hints of their Pale, their IPA and their Celebration at different stages. It is more balanced than their Celebration, and the hops don't seem to be as prominant as their others. Starts out with a solid malty base, then moderate piney hops finish it off. There's a slightly grassy, minerally bitterness that lingers, with a tad bit of citrus (grapefruit pith, I think, and some lemon in the aftertaste). But it's not the palate-shredding type of bitterness at all, but rather a mellow mouth-coating citrusy bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation levels that keep it feeling fairly crisp.

D: Very good. Like most SN beers, this one goes down pretty quickly, but is anything but flavorless and therefore keeps you interested.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden orange to light amber in the glass...yes, almost the color of the jewel amber. Lots of beautiful bubbles in the pour reminding me of a Guinness that end up creating a full 2 finger craggy beige head that melts to sticky lace.

Aroma is immediately Cascade hops...that fresh Pacific NW hop aroma that so many brewers use as their signature. Lots of green pine oil and grapefruit peel in the nose.

This is somewhere between a dumbed-down Celebration Ale and a hopped up SNPA. The hops are intense, but neither lasting nor overpowering.
Aftertaste is only slightly bitter grapefruit peel cleaning and drying the palette.

Quite refreshing.

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Photo of sstackho
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Clarendon Wine in Boston. Pours a medium gold with lots of carbonation and head. Nice lacing. Very nice, impressive hoppy aroma. Nice flavour follows with a good deal of hops up front that fades just a little bit too quickly. This is nice stuff... Me likey.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a fantastic blend of citrusy Cascade hops with a mild caramel malt background. Really fresh and inviting.

Taste is a fantastic balance of hops and malt. The citrusy Cascade hops are dominant, but there is a consistent background of caramel malt that maintains a superb balance. Medium hop bitterness throughout. Finishes quite clean with a tasty lingering hop taste.

Medium body, creamy texture, well carbonated.

What a fantastic anniversary brew, maybe the best anniversary brew I've had from any brewery. I could easily drink multiple pints of this beauty. Get it while it lasts and hope that they use this recipe as a replacement for their standard IPA.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells simply delightful! Pronounced citric (grapefruit) hops and a modest sweetness. Most impressive.
Golden amber with pert’ near 100% clarity and a large creamy head. Great lace.
Nice balance of zesty fresh hops to soft clean malt.
Malt is medium-low, mostly clean with toasty tones and a brushy grainy edge.
Hop is medium-high to high, mostly grapefruit citric and spicy freshness and medium-low to medium dry bitterness.
Light DMS / veggitation sensation, may just be the hops though.
Finishes progressively dryer with time.

Medium body – a little thickness and a quaint dryness – and medium to medium-high carbonation.

Decidedly bold and refreshing, sporting a ferocious hop profile (and corresponding bitterness), 2007 Anniversary Ale is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of shertz
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle, undated, into a Pint Glass. Picked this one up at a local bottle shop for $3.

A- Huge head, at least 3 fingers that quickly falls down. Nice clear amber color with some bubbles rising to the top. Very nice looking.
Nice lacing.

S- Citrusy hops. Some hints of Apricots as I wipe this foamy IPA from my nose. Some sweet malts are also available.

T- Pretty nice hoppy start, with an apricot/citrus finish. Has a very close taste, but not as prominent, to Bell's Two Hearted IMO. Some alcohol is present also.

M- Medium body with dry finish. Carbonation is average.

D- Very high. I think this would go well on a hot day as most IPA's are. Very tasty offering from SN. I still hold out hope for the VP that went missing. If we could just have sat down with him and drank a few of these maybe things would be better.

Enjoy & Cheers,

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