40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #1,354
Ranked #9,242
3.97 | pDev: 7.05%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale
Notes: Hop-forward beers weren’t popular when we started brewing in 1980. But we loved them, and we knew that if we were going to open a brewery, we’d better make something distinctive. It’s been 40 years since then, and we’re still brewing what we love. This beer showcases the bold flavors and aromas of a classic West Coast IPA: intense pine and citrus with a deep gold color and slight caramel sweetness. Here’s to following your passion, and to the next 40 years.
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Photo of mschrei
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting is the best way to describe this beer. Love the color, as if has gold, orange, copper, and bronze hues, very clear with slight head and lacing. Smell is the weakest part-has a Brett/funkiness I certainly wasn’t expecting. Honestly, part of me worried I got a bad batch. Taste is interesting-hoppy, lemony, slightly bitter, a bit of pine and a bit of citrus. Feel may be as good as appearance. Medium bodied, crisp, clean, slightly dry finish, definite alcohol presence. It’s not great, but it’s darn enjoyable drinking. I’ve bought a lot of beer this last month, and I’ll say two things for this six pack: one, I’m damn glad I bought it, and two, I’m damn glad I’m not sharing this one like I did with some of the other purchases.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pour is a light copper with a thick cap of chalk white head. good retention and lacing.
nose is waves of pine and citrus rind. grapefruit.
taste follows. huge waves of pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, bitter hop punch, followed by a slightly caramel malt backbone.
clean, crisp beer. First one seems a touch more carbonated than i'd anticipate for the style

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bight golden yellow color with good head and great lacing. Smell and taste of citrus. Piney with a nice hoppy bitterness. Fairly light feel, not heavy. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of HardCider
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful transparent amber color with a frothy white head that lasted throughout the drinking experience. There is also very nice lacing. The aroma is hoppy and fruity; more of a sweet fruit aroma like apple or cherry. The taste is moderately hoppy with a bit of malt flavor thrown in. It's appropriately bitter and I detect the taste of pine. I think this is a very nice entry for their 40th anniverary ale!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

American IPA poured into a Sierra Nevada pub glass. The pour is gold and slightly hazy with two fingers of rocky white foam. Average retention. On the nose I get lots of fresh lemongrass, grapefruit, and a touch of mint.

Medium-light body with a firm feel and a crisp, hoppy flavor. There is a pleasant biscuit-like backbone up front, followed by pine, cedar, and fresh citrus fruit. Finished dry. Hoppy and bitter, but not too abbrasive. Not bad, and I'm always interested in trying Anniversary Ales (you never know when one is going to kill it like Stone's 10th Anniversary Ruination Ale). I doubt this one will demand a revisit. For a classic SN IPA, you're better off with Torpedo.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering clear gold with a persistent, creamy white head leaving some tall curtains of lacing.

Spicy hops bring grapefruit cologne and assertive pine, but in drinkable measure, accented by lightly dank wild weeds and a little toasted biscuit. A little catty dankness, as well as some contrasting Fruity Pebbles, make minor appearances after time.

The round medium body has a crisp but airy froth that comes to a semi-dry finish, exhaling cracker.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mostly clear, slightly hazed golden color with an eggshell white head. Good retention.

Fresh aroma of pine needle, grapefruit zest, mango flesh, honey, and white tea.

The palate is grapefruit peel, a hint of mango, biscuit and honey malt, honeydew melon, and then some piney bitterness that gets cut off quickly. A slight lingering bitterness remains.

Thin feel, almost watery. Moderately carbonated. The beer quickly disappears on the palate.

An okay IPA. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with one finger of pearl colored head. stays effervescent, great lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, a little bready, some soapyness

T: Follows the nose, a little light citrus as well along with dryness, along with soapy hops up front. More soapyness & some grassyness combine with bready dryness/sweetness as this warms. Finishes dry with soapyness & a just a little pine

MF: Medium body, soft carbonation, pretty good balance

This to me tastes like a Pils or IPL as much as an IPA. I expected so much more from this, drinkable, but not memorable

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Photo of mjudeg
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't get this beer. In many ways, it seems like plain old Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The original. And I think I should feel some hesitation to criticize it or I should make more of an effort to say something positive...out of respect because clearly, there would be no Sierra Nevada without the original. If it's a celebration of Sierra Nevada, I won't deny them that celebration, I want to celebrate with them. I want to pay respect. It's not just that there would be no Sierra Nevada, there would be no Bear Republic, no Stone, no Alpine. But to be honest, that feels like a genuflect...and feels wrong. This bottle seems horribly undeveloped and screams Pine-sol. And over-carbonated. It's not good enough. If all this is blasphemy, may god forgive me.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - dated 12/03/19 - poured into a flared ale pint at 45°F.

Pours a medium-dark gold to light amber colour - transparent, with just the slightest touch of haze - topped with two fingers of dense, fluffy, bone white head, with good retention. Substantial lacing is left behind as the head recedes. Plentiful effervescence is visible.

Nose: Smells like Sierra Nevada. Some caramel (crystal) malt, with plenty of West Coast C-hops. Slightly toasty, with lots of floral and citrus notes. Magnolia blossoms, gardenia, tangerine, a bit of grapefruit rind, and a hint of pine. Simple and straightforward, though a touch muted.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with the malt taking the lead. While the nose reveals classic caramel malt, the beer actually opens up with what really tastes like pilsner malt. A touch grainy with some malted wheat. I'm not sure if this is the case, and if I'm wrong, that's a bit embarrassing, but it certainly tastes like this, so I'm sticking with it. There is some restrained crystal malt sweetness, but not nearly to the degree found in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Torpedo. The hops don't lean as floral as they do on the nose, coming across much more piney with some subtle tangerine and pithy grapefruit. A resinous boiled hop bitterness comes in midway, increasing as we progress into the finish, but never dares to step out of line or become biting. Very balanced, perhaps even a touch restrained. The finish itself is resinous, mildly bitter, semi-dry, with a bit of toasty malt, pine, citrus pith, and florals.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer drinks like most other Sierra Nevada offerings in the same calibre. Medium-light in body, with a touch of malty heft, and a bit of oily hop cling. Effervescence is medium to medium-lively, and sits right where it should for the style. Some dryness in the finish.

Overall: For a 40th anniversary offering from a heavyweight force of the early craft beer movement, and a brewery that I have had a lot of love for (and even brief involvement with), I just expected something....more. More unique, more lively, more flavourful, more character, more...just more. This to me drinks like a shy twin brother of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. There are certainly some subtle differences, but those differences don't improve the beer. It's not as hoppy, it's not as malty, and it's just lighter and quieter than SNPA. It's a good beer, don't get me wrong. It's drinkable, it tastes perfectly fine, and there are no glaring flaws. I just would have liked more than "perfectly fine" from a Sierra Nevada anniversary offering. I know their capable.

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

I drinking this at The Yacht Club Tap Room in Youngsville NC.
Tap, poured into a pint glass.
Appears clear orangish Amber
Smells citrusy, piney, lightly bready.
Taste follows the nose, hops upfront, with enough malt to help balance.
Mouth feel is medium light.
Overall a good West Coast IPA, I'd probably order again.

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy, medium coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention and think lacing; looks nice. Aroma of pale and biscuit malt, citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, lemon and a bit of dankness. Flavor is pale and biscuit malt, citrus and piney hops, lemon, grapefruit, mild orange, pine needles. Resinous piney and citrus hop finish with residual biscuity malt. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess, silkier mouth feel than expected from an IPA. An interesting choice for their 40th anniversary ale, the flavor is kind of a throw back to the first generations of domestic craft IPAs with more biscuity malt. The hopping is clearly classic West Coast with the emphasis on pine and citrus. Sierra Nevada has been a pioneer and bastion in IPAs over the years and this is a fine celebration of their brewery. It's nice to revisit a classic IPA like this. The flavor and mouth feel are exceptional for the ABV. Happy anniversary!

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

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge frothy white head that slowly recedes. Huge earthy citrus and pine with bits of juicy tropical fruitiness. Solid bready toasty malt provides a bit of balance. Really tasty old/new school mix-tape.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear deep gold with a small white head. Steady fine carbonation. Aroma: not much. Malt, straw, faint citrus. Taste: bitter hops up front, well balanced by sweet malt. A decent IPA but nothing special. I expected something more interesting for a 40th anniversary. I should have just gotten a 6 pack of Torpedo.

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

The beer pours a decent white and foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a clear orange amber that looks good.

The smell is exactly as advertised with a strong and bitter pine resin upfront with a good caramel sweetness from the malt that complements it perfectly. It doesn't outshine but works with the pine to create a sugary orange note to it.

The taste is roughly the same as the smell. However, the note ends up being more of a straight up pine note without the citrus note to it.

The feel is good. It has a medium body to it and biting carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall, this was as very good hop forward, old school IPA: no haze, filtered, no fruit, just bitterness and malt to balance things out.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good ipa straight 4 for me.
Pours yellow clear with a nice white head that stinks around with good lacing.
Very citrusy pine all around. Pretty good way to drink. Touch of lemon zest in the flavor which is good.
Pretty good overall

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Clear deep golden. Smells of grapefruit and pine hops. Caramel malt. Tastes of orange, light garlic, grapefruit. Light sweetness from a honey malt profile. Moderate pine bitterness. It's got just a touch of grassy and herbal hops, too. Medium body. Drinks very easily. Very enjoyable, though not a standout profile. Classic and drinkable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of pine up front along with some caramel, bready malt, and earthy undertones. Quite hop-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of piney hops and caramel. Picks up some bready malt and earthy notes. Finishes with lingering pine/bread

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the dry side

O: A solid anniversary IPA that exemplifies SN. Very west coast. Try it out

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Photo of Riff
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with a fluffy, white head. Smell is citrus leaning to grapefruit, hint of malt. Taste follows with citrus, primarily a mild grapefruit flavor, moderate bitterness, hint of peach, caramel towards the end. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Solid IPA, tasty, easy to drink.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Trillium pub glass.

Look is a slightly hazy orange with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma has a citrus bubble gum note.

Taste is that classic west coast bubble gum line hop.


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Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden hue with a frothy head into my glass. Whiff of pine and citrus upfront. The flavor is a throwback to the hop-forward West Coast IPAs of yore. Crisp, biscuity with the right amount of bitterness. Finishes bright and clean with lingering biscuity pine flavors. Worth picking it up if you're a SN fan that hasn't had anything from them in a long time. I truly do miss reviewing beer.

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Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold with a well retained one inch white head that left ample blotches of lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes of grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine, bready malts, caramel sweetness and a bit of grass. Medium bodied and carbonated, dry finish and mouth feel. Old school west coast IPA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6-Pack of 12 ounce bottles - $10.99 at Publix in Marietta, Georgia.

PKGD 12/16/19.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, golden-amber body with a medium-small, whitish head.

Smell: A little caramel and honey-brushed biscuit, subtly bready with restrained citrus, florals, pine and black peppercorn.

Taste: Modestly sweet, bready and biscuity with a light flourish of honey, blonde caramel. Citusy, light pine. Peppery, a teensy bit earthy, some rustic woodsiness. Citrus quality picks up a little lime on the tailend, particularly as it warmed. Medium bitterness. A final lick of orange blossom honey before the gently drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp yet displays a scant oily texture.

Overall: 40th feels like a beer someone would've tried to slap the Extra Pale Ale moniker onto. Nothing too terribly groundbreaking or over-the-top whimsical. I, myself will be turning forty this year and neither need nor expect much fanfare or ribaldry, content to just keep sailing along.

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Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a six-pack of bottles at Bradford's in Plymouth for about twelve dollars. Have had many brews from these guys before. This is decent, but unremarkable brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a seethru golden copper body with minimal head and great lace patches down glass. Classic west coast aroma with emphasis on the citric hops with smattering of grapefruit and a caramel malt-like base. Beer follows same pattern as I get notes of citric, grapefruit, malt, but I found this beer to be unbalanced as it is too bitter and dry for my liking. Clean finish and worth trying but not one that I'll come back to.

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