40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale
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IPA - American
3.95 | pDev: 8.1%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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 rajendra82:
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body was golden amber in color and the beer was well carbonated, forming a very durable two finger thick head fed by a constant stream of bubbles. The aroma was crisp and clean, giving off impressions of pine and cut hay. The taste was hop forward with the pine and grapefruit dominating against a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Clean and crisp in the mouth with a dry, cracker like finish with a touch of lemon. West coast brewing at its finest in my opinion. Happy 40th anniversary.

Dec 27, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De 2d2despuma. En copa Teku. Ayudando a Asun a hacer examen con Google forms. IPA west coast clásica bastante bien hecha, con el amargor muy marcado, sus notas a pino y cierto dulzor de fondo. Deja un largo y agradable retrogusto amargo.

May 07, 2020
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FrancisM12 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 22, 2020
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10BenBrewReview from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Dec 31, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Jan 04, 2020
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DerwinWentworth from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 13, 2020
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robotic_being from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 09, 2020
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste like biting into a marmalade and wheat toast Hints of lemon, grape, and orange rind. Slight piney flavor. Very delicious

Mar 28, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Jan 23, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.7/5  rDev +19%
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!!

Jan 23, 2020
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jimbrinkruff from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Jan 01, 2020
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BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a wonderful amber-hued golden color with a off-white fluffy/rocky head. Aroma is pine and grapefruit, with very light grassy/vegetal notes. Taste is light pine, baked bread, and slight hop bitterness. Not overly bitter, and very balanced. This is like a toned down west coast ipa, almost like SN pale, but more robust. Mouthfeel is light to medium, with some carbonation tingle. Overall, a worthy 40th Anniversary brew from one of the best out there.

Feb 28, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooper color on the pour with an ample head and nice lacing. Aroma is piney and earthy. Taste is combo of grapefruit and citrus peel, and pine. Medium in body, with plenty of carbonation and finish is dry. A very good brew....

Feb 29, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Jan 16, 2020
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Feb 14, 2020
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hreb from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz pkgd 01/16/20. Crystal clear off-amber with soda white foam. Aroma isn't much, but flavor has a very much classic pine hop resin combined with just a bit of biscuity malt. Surprisingly balanced and clean for a Sierra Nevada.

Feb 23, 2020
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matcris from Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Jan 10, 2020
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Jcarriglio from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 16, 2020
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Jan 18, 2020
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Beerasaurus from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 02, 2020
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mpenske from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 26, 2020
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Beejay from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A honey yellow amber with lots of chunks floating around. There is a nice white head on top.

S: Heavy on the grapefruit and citrus aromas, perhaps a hint of spice as well.

T: Citrus peel, a hint of pine, and perhaps a little earthy.

M: Medium light in body, with plenty of carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry.

O: Overall nice, but pretty inline whit the beers they make already. I guess this is probably their intention. Celebrating what makes Sierra Nevada tick, and have it be available to everyone. I still wish there was a little more oomph.

Feb 28, 2020
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PaleAleWalt from New York

3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jan 07, 2020
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Luckydog91 from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 11, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Jan 31, 2020
40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 633 ratings