Sierra Nevada 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale: Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by beer_thusiast, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. beer_thusiast

    beer_thusiast Initiate (42) Sep 5, 2015 Missouri

    I bought this today in Illinois. What do you think about it?
     
  2. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Devotee (452) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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    Really good! Piney, fruity bitterness. Even better considering it was only $9.99.
     
  3. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Champion (872) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    Grabbed a sixer last night.

    Classic Sierra really; west coast bitterness, citrus fruit and some pine on the finish.

    I’ll probably grab one more pack!
     
  4. sefus12

    sefus12 Aspirant (212) Sep 7, 2006 Virginia

    If you like Sierra Nevada hoppy beers (I wouldn't trust you walking my dogs if you didn't), you'll really enjoy this beer. If you are one of those kids that only enjoy the latest and haziest of the hazy beers, you better pass on this one.

    It's kinda between an APA and an IPA, but it's West Coast and, dare I say, old-school all the way and I love everything about it.
     
  5. Obsidian81

    Obsidian81 Initiate (46) Mar 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I’m looking forward to finding this one. It sounds right up my alley.
     
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  6. purephase

    purephase Initiate (138) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut
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    I like it a lot and agree with the previous comments about it being classic Sierra through and through. I'm almost always disappointed when the spring seasonal starts showing up around me because it means that there will be no more Celebration, but this one is at least close to that level for me.
     
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  7. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (449) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    Not a bad beer but I was expecting more for a 40th anniversary. They just pumped out an average run of the mill IPA for their 40th. Weird.
     
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  8. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (947) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I haven't seen it yet but will buy a 6er on sight!!
     
  9. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,913) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Looks like this, so should be easy to pick out on a SIERRA NEVADA shelf:
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  10. JrGtr

    JrGtr Disciple (398) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    looking forward to it myself.
    I do still have a couple Fritz and Ken's stouts (30th anniversary) kicking around in my cellar. It was great last time I opened one.
     
  11. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Meyvn (1,399) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    pretty happy with this one. nothing crazy, just old school SN!
     
  12. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (550) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Wonderful. Just showed up on CLT.

    With SNPA and Celebration as two of their older beers (I believe stout was officially their first one), why not? The 30th collabs were an imperial stout, imperial helles bock and two barley wines.

    I still think of SN as the first true US ambassador of hops so this makes sense to me.

    So what will 50th be?!?!?! Whatever it is, it just needs to be Ken's!
     
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  13. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,669) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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  14. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (256) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yeah I was wondering about this too. I will give it a try but it seems pretty simple. But the concept does make sense when you think about it, especially now.
     
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  15. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,318) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Firstly: Happy 40th Anniversary Sierra Nevada!

    There has been some discussion that for their 40th Anniversary Sierra Nevada should have made a ‘different’ type beer. Personally I am very pleased they made this beer an homage to their roots.

    From the Sierra Nevada website:

    “Malts

    Two-row Pale, Caramelized malts, Acidulated, Oats

    Hops

    Cluster, Cascade, Centennial”

    Look at that hop bill, they even took the step to use the ‘heritage’ American hop of Cluster hops (I presume for bittering) in this beer. In a couple of weeks I will be once again be brewing my annual batch of Classic American Pilsner and yes using Cluster hops for bittering this beer.

    If I am ever traveling down to my neighboring state of Delaware in the next month or so I will most definitely pick up some of this ‘historical’ beer!

    Cheers to Sierra Nevada Brewing for remembering their roots!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    @SierraTerence
     
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  16. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (947) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Oats, I don't think I've ever had a Sierra Nevada beer that used oats. Has there been any?
     
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  17. beer_thusiast

    beer_thusiast Initiate (42) Sep 5, 2015 Missouri

    The label someone posted indicates a 6.7 abv, but my bottles say 6.0%. Even that seems high because the beer is a little thin for an ipa and drinks like a session ipa.
     
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  18. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,006) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I like simple when it comes to good beer.
     
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  19. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,318) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Hopefully Terence (@SierraTerence) can answer your question.

    I personally do not recall any Sierra Nevada beers brewed with Oats. I wonder if they are using Flaked Oats or Oat Malt?

    Cheers!
     
  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,318) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    And that is the value listed on the Sierra Nevada website.

    Cheers!
     
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  21. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,990) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Looking forward to trying it when I see it. I haven't been to a store for some time.
     
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  22. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,913) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    I didn't say that WAS the label, only that it "Looks like" it. :grin:

    Yeah, apparently they reformulated it after the first COLA. So now it looks closer to this (only in all 3 dimensions, not 2).
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  23. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,733) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    It’s a good beer, good value AND most of us peeps can get it! What’s not to like!?! Or do you prefer a hidden whale, which you probably would not be able to get. I can see their marketing strategy, and once again I have to give them a lot of credit.
     
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  24. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,006) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I snagged a 12-pack today for $14.99, popped a few in the fridge and walked the dogs and did a few tasks. I just finished my first 40 Hoppy Anniversary Ale and loved it! It is a perfectly simple old style hoppy ale; clean, nose of fresh malt and piney hops leaping forward. It's a perfect homage to those first West Coast efforts. I get it. Well done. Bottled 11/27/19 at Mills River. I'll buy more for sure.
     
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  25. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,850) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Got a 6 pack today, $8.99. Will be sampling one soon, sounds tasty.
     
  26. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,850) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Mine are at 6.0%
     
  27. purephase

    purephase Initiate (138) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut
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    Hazy Little Thing, Hop Bullet, and Hop Hunter are all listed as having oats.
     
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  28. jkrich

    jkrich Meyvn (1,230) Nov 1, 2001 Florida
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    I hope to see it available in Florida real soon.
     
  29. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (1,781) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    I was curious about this myself, and now I know I want to try it!
     
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  30. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,850) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Enjoying one now, nice pine hit and light citrus. Decent beer, simple and clean.
    Cheers
     
  31. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,159) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    There were multiple 30th Anniversary beers released, I’d be surprised if this is the only release this year that mentions the 40th.
     
  32. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Champion (872) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    Almost finished with this sixer.

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  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,318) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Do you know which version of Oats is used for the 40th Anniversary Ale? Is is Oat Malt?

    Cheers!
     
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  34. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (51) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    What were you expecting/hoping for? DDH NEIPA? Milkshake/lactose IPA?
     
  35. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,753) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    For their 30th anniversary they set the bar pretty high with three unique offerings in 750's. The Grand Cru was particularly good, a spectacular blend of BA Bigfoot and Celebration I believe. I was hoping for more of the same, hopefully in a smaller format.
     
  36. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,292) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    And I was just telling a local retailer that I thought we needed more IPAs or Pale Ales on the shelves. :wink:

    Truth is, I'll sample this one just because it's SN; they're batting well over .500 in the beers they produce, but I really expected them to be a little more creative as they were for their 30th.

    Maybe I'll hunt down that 6.7 version, it has to be better with more alcohol, right? :grin:
     
  37. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (163) Mar 14, 2007 California

    Hazy Little Thing: Flaked and Malted
    Hop Bullet: Flaked
    Hop Hunter: Flaked
    Fantastic Haze: Flaked and Malted
    40th Anniversary: Malted Oats
    Wild Little Thing (not out yet): Flaked and Malted :zipper_mouth:
     
  38. Amendm

    Amendm Defender (639) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    Grabbed a sixer and just cracked the cap off of one. There are 40 reviews/ratings for this beer so far. The score is 3,97 because one reviewer gave it a terrible score.

    The score will go up over the next few days, if not I have some stock tips for next year.

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  39. Amendm

    Amendm Defender (639) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    I thought it was a Brown Ale at first glance.
     
  40. ericwo

    ericwo Initiate (92) Aug 21, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Just picked up a 12-pack last night and can't wait to try this beer. It's getting harder and harder to find a classic West Coast-style IPA around me anymore. Cheers to Sierra Nevada!