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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 11-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
465
Ratings:
801
pDev:
9.5%
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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Brewer's reserve Grand Cru- a mix of oak aged Bigfoot, Celebration ale and Fresh pale ale!! Dry hopped. yowza!

The color is a glowing amber with amazingly bright red hues. the head is crazy, a thick 3" high at first, perfectly khaki color, very dense and thick with a creamy crown and lace all over the place!

The aroma has a combo of very aromatic hops,classic pine-tree and citric effect and some wild red fruits..very sweet with some earthy pepper underneath and a heady sweet malt effect. The malt is sweet but also has a bit of oak aroma from the aged Bigfoot.

The flavor has major complex malt layers including relaxed, aged Bigfoot heftiness, oak and dry maple syrup comes to mind. The hops just crush your face!! a wonderful dry-earthiness and classic piney and citric fruit flavored hops. The oak-aging relaxes the bitterness from the hops, not at all like fresh Bigfoot. The blend of three classic styles really works here, The classic Pale ale tones everything down and adds balance. This one is just out of this world. The hearty hoppy aftertaste is simply rightous and very mellow as it fades.

The feel might be my favorite aspect of this beer, the head is sooo incredibly creamy and thick it adds multi dimensions to it's enjoyability, delivering the thickest, creamiest feel I can think of. a relaxed aged feel but also with plenty of life so it doesn't ever feel flat. A lucious, smooth and full-bodied feel the whole way. Sip and enjoy!!!

Sierra Nevada has created a masterpiece. Happy 30!!

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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 801 ratings
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