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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve Grand Cru

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RATINGS: 511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Brewers Reserve is a special ale highlighting our pioneering history and the innovative spirit that has carried us through all these years. It is a marriage of our three most acclaimed ales: Oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale blended together and generously dry-hopped. Come join us in celebrating thirty years with this most special brew. Drink it now, or save it for a future anniversary of your own.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (5141) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2010
On draft at Pour House Grand Central. Pours amber brown with a white head. Nose is a lot of hops- all manner of pine and citrus, a hint of malt, and some floral hops. Flavor is a lot of hops: I get a lot of pale ale, malt, and IPA presence. Vanilla and barrel are there, but subdued compared to the heavy hops.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seanbhudson (57) - , California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
APPEARANCE: On tap at Downtown Johnny Browns. Pours a clear dark orange color with moderate lacing. AROMA: Caramelized sugar, vanilla and a bit of wood. FLAVOR: Caramel malt, vanilla to start then the hops make themselves present citrus and pine. Oak flavors in the background and a bit of heat from the alcohol. There are other flavors in there but they are hard to pick out because they blend together so well. MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, finishes a bit dry. Moderate carbonation. DRINKABILITY: This a a great complex yet smooth beer. I hope Sierra Nevada makes it again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4102) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
On tap at the BevMo fest. Pours hazy brown in color with a well-formed light beige head and good lacing. The aroma is excellent with a lot going on - sweet caramel/toffee barleywine-style malt, big bright fruity hops, and oakiness. The flavor is very barleywine-like, but there’s more to it than that. Caramel and toffee lend mild malt sweetness, but on top of that there are big citrusy and piney hop notes, oak, and even a slight Belgian note. Really tasty. Fairly full-bodied with lively carbonation and good hop resins that stick with you. A great finish to this great series. Well done, guys.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GJF (1499) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Lovely beer. Pours a clear, deep red, with a very smooth, dense head. Aroma is fairly subtle, sweet, but the flavor is very strong. Lots of caramel malt sweetness up front, followed by a long dry finish with wood, vanilla and a bourbon warmth that clears the sinuses.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9915) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Poured a clear amber with a gray head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma had notes of pine, olive and soap with a bit of backing citrus and grain. Flavor had more sweet grain coming through joined by pine, oak and an olive note coming out in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Tap @ The Front Door: Pours a rich ruby red mahogany color with a nice off-white head. The nose is full and furious with an onslaught of hops and wood, fresh and agressive, a slap to the face with their usual celebration blend of hops; lots of pine and spicy notes along with a subtle sweet candy and earthy oak note. The hops dominate the flavor as well, but more of the mouthfeel of the malt and oak come through providing a clean and balanced finish. Nice to see this big of a beer from the big boys.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2010
750 ml bottle. Clear amber with a thick, foamy, long lasting khaki head. Aroma of citrus, pine resin, caramel, oak and light toffee. The flavor is light caramel sweetness with a mellow hop bitterness that comes in towards the end, the oak is very light and the alcohol is well hidden. Medium body with mellow carbonation and a creamy, thick mouth feel. I really like the idea but I think I prefer the 3 beers on their own. It will be interesting to see how this ages.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5497) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2010
This is a rich, thick, sweet beer, with a very hoppy finish, especially for a Belgian. A tasty aggressive beer, but perhaps a bot over-hopped and under-spiced for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a golden copper with a big tan head with good retention that leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is oak, floral and spicy hops, and light caramel. Initial taste is oak followed by floral, citrus, and spicy hops. Finish is a bit nutty and fairly bitter. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3057) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Floral hoppy aroma from a dark amber pour with a big fluffy lacing head. The flavor is quite malty sweet with some caramel. The end is very bitter, loaded with hops. A very nice after taste lingers. A full mouth feel with a peppery quality, very crisp and clean.


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