40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #1,397
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3.96 | pDev: 7.83%
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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Reviews by VoxRationis:
Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into a muffin top, taster pint; bottled 12/10/19.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with two finger, foamy off-white head, amazing good retention and substantial lacing.
S: Aromas of lemon citrus, bread, mowed grass, which persists.
T: Semidry. Tastes refreshing with notes of grapefruit/lemon/nectarine nicely balancing with the strong bitterness for a clean finish.
M: Medium bodied. Solid effervescence. Tingly on the palate.
O: A nicely executed IPA; no question that this is a celebratory drink.

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Photo of 10BenBrewReview
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An expert's blend of a pale ale and an IPA with a good dry finish. Not super hoppy, bitter, or piney- but a great blend. You can enjoy 1, or 6+. Happy Anniversary Sierra Nevada. Here is to you making great beers for another 40 years.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with fine sediment suspended within the body. There’s an inch of frothy and rocky beige to off white. The aroma is of piney hops and faint honey. I’m tasting a very restrained pine and light, crackery malt flavor profile. The mouth is lightly chewy, sticky, and dry.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robotic_being
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Bitterbill
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours a deep gold with a strong, long lasting head of foam. Lacing is super good.

Smells of pine, citrus, quite hoppy with some noted bitterness.

Quite hoppy up front with notes of pine and grapefruit citrus, some toasted malt mid palate, finish has some caramel sweetness. And of course, that's mixed with a good dose of bitterness.

Body is perfect. Oh, now I'm getting some slickness reminiscent of hop oils.
That could just be me.

Wonderful beer for a 40th Anniversary!!

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Photo of jimbrinkruff
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at Kroger’s. Poured into sniffer from three floyds. Poured a bright amber with nice lacing. Smell is some grapefruit and pine. Taste follows suit. Not the hazy fruity IPA’s that seem to be dominating the new beer market. This does seem like a throwback to what made Sierra Nevada great. If you love their pale ale and celebration ale you will like this. After 40 years they are still creative but stying close to their roots for this one. Cheers to 2020 and the next 40 years!

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

Packaged 12.03.19
Gold color, small white head, fair amount of lace.
Aroma of sweet malt, citrus, and pine.
Grapefruit, pine, and caramel taste.
Nicely hopped.
Old School.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great brewery. Always puts the bottling date where you can see it. 01/02/20
Deep clear gold....not another one of those ubiquitous hazy abominations.
Nice creamy head.

Piney, clean, at 6%, light enough to drink a few. Just right.
I'll be having a few more of these before they're gone.

Aside: there's a commentary on the label about how IPAs weren't as big back 40 years ago as now.
But here we are, watching the IPA being turned into a sad joke with juicy, and hazy, and brut, and whatever novel crap is coming next.

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Photo of matcris
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOKS: A rich, golden, and slightly hazy brew. Large, off white, foam, that sticks around and leaves a thick lacing.
AROMA: Citrus; lots of lemon peel, and caramel sweetness. Touch of pine.
TASTE: Lots of caramel malt, but, balanced nicely with citrus and pine. Very pleasant building bitterness in the back of the palate.
FEEL: Well carbonated, medium-ish body, a little oily up front, and drying a bit on the finish.
OA: Nice overall flavor on this one. Very well balanced between hops and malts.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale Amber with a cream colored head that leaves some nice lace.

Bright, flowery, citrus, malt, grain, and fresh air in the nose.

Taste is flowery and citrus with a chewy bread malt backbone. A solid and distinct IPA.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Luckydog91
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Packaged Dec 10th 2019

Classic looking amber body. Light in color with an orange to yellow gleaming clarity, with nice reams of fine carbonation. Excellent head formation, a soild easy three fingers plus controlled light white color, and very fine bubbles in its appearance. Big staying power too. Great looking brew.

Aroma is very subtle if a bit closed also. Minimal light hop sense on the nose, posibly a touch of earth and citrus but hard to pinpoint. Not much sense of malt character here either strangely.

Palate is decent but slightly absent. Minimal (again) sensing hop character, with a bit of juicy texture but not flavor. Light bodied pine with an almost session flavor of light orange bitteness and sweetness. Finishes light bodied, with a faint touch of sweet mint herbality.

A relatively simple if very nice looking IPA.

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Photo of gefinley
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

I loved this beer.

Solid piney IPA with a touch of citrus. Old school style and perfect for the 40th anniversary beer. SN is the master of hops. Cannot wait till 50th.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rainintheface
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, tulip, bottled 12/6/19.

The color is the coppery, glowing shade of orange that IPA drinkers recognize. The head flares up into a thick cap the color of old, yellowed paper and maintains a heavier than average sudsy ring.

Soft citrus grove, grapefruit slice, a little Christmas tree, with underlying biscuit.

Wholesome biscuity malt is surprisingly upfront. Sweet orange, yellow grapefruit, and a piney bitterness.

Full body, slightly slick, medium-high carbonation. Big texture for big flavors.

At 40 Sierra Nevada stays right on brand.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 387 ratings