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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve Grand Cru

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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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. Is 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3719) - - NOV 17, 2010
750ml bottle. deep ruby under a large, foamy, cream colored head. aroma is mostly pear and peachy fruit with a hint of oak and lemon. hoppy to say the least. palate is medium to full. moderate carbonation. a bit foamy at first becoming creamy. abv is noticeable but not incredibly obnoxious. flavor is mostly hoppy(mix floral and citrus) hints of oak(not much) and a big interesting cinnamon finish. what a fantastic series of beers! I loved every one. so much fun to drink and collect.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2010
pours deep ruby with a thin white head and some spotty lacing. cherry aroma. rich fruit flavor with a nice alcohol presence and excellent hop balance. berry and vanilla shines through. finish is bitter with lingering fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
750 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place, shared at The Royale on a Tuesday night beer showcase. Pours a clear copper color with an inch-thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, earthy hops, brown sugar, dust, and paper; fairly muted for what I was expecting from the description. Flavor of caramel malts, bitter piney and leafy hops, tea, resin, and a little alcohol. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a malty, resinous, bitter mouthfeel. Pretty good, but not my favorite of this series.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours reddish amber into the glass with an off white head. Aroma is an awesome bouquet of hops with a citrusy flair. Flavor is an intense experience of rich malt with a great balance of bracing bitterness. Had this on tap and would love to secure several bottles of this. That being said, I think the blend of the Pale Ale is just for show because I can’t taste it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Poured a clear amber with a nice thick whiteish head, great retention, left a ton of lace on the glass. Aroma was big time floral hops and spruce, not much citrus in there, a bit of sweetness and some caramel malts. Flavors were a bit complex, nice hop flavors from the get go, then a big malt presence, some light fruity flavors throughout. Finish consisted of a rather large lingering bitterness. Dry. Good bit of carbonation, mouthfeel was big. Haven’t tried all of the SN Anniversary brews but this was damn good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (859) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bottle. Not at all what I expected. Aroma is hoppy with a strong malt backbone. Notes of citrus, dark fruit, spices, pine, alcohol, grass, and yeast come out. The palate is sharp and fizzy. Great lacing on the glass as well. Flavor brings out a maltiness and a bit of oak. It finishes with a nice hoppy, bitter bite. Complex and good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours reddish brown with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, oak, toast, pine, grapefruit, slight molasses, and raisin. The classic SN hops still shine through. Tastes begins with caramel, brown sugar, slight maple, wood, raisin, but there’s plenty of grapefruit, pine and bitterness so that the beer never appears too sweet. Finishes with a showcase of hoppy bitterness, grapefruit and earthy flavors, and a bit of dry wood qualities. Full bodied mouthfeel, creamy, and with ample carbonation, this is great to drink. While it is very good, it just doesn’t have much that’s terribly new about it. So few people have tried oak aged Bigfoot, why not just bottle that? To blend it with beers that everyone already knows seems to water down what makes this beer unique. Then again, it’s still very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a clear bronze body and a massive bone hued head. Beautiful lace. Aromas of hops (citrus, pine, herbaceous), oak, caramel, wood, toffee, nectarines, pine, raisins. Smells like a slightly altered, and oaked version of Bigfoot (fine by me). Flavors of bourbon, very rich caramel/toffee, nice bitterness, wood, pine, lots of hops. Creamy bubbles. Very easy to drink for a beer of this size. Lasting clean bitterness with a few wood tannins. Pretty tasty beer! Perfect beer for this weather.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured rich, coppery-orange with a tall, stately cap of beige head.. sticky lacing followed it down.. looked great! The aroma picked up bright grassy, floral, and citrus hoppage over fruit, biscuit, and lesser caramel maltage.. light toasted oak accents.. excellent! The flavor found a deep vein of molasses to join the caramel and biscuits at the core.. hops were again assertive, but well-balanced, showcasing pine, citrus, and a little perfume.. some raw alcohol joined on the back-end and burned the throat a little on the way down.. tasty, but young. Heavier-bodied and well carbonated on the palate.. bitterness and hotness were a tad high at times.. a little mellowing in the cellar is in order.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle from grape & gourmet. opens with a celebratory "pop" and pours a clear, ruby-copper with a thick, creamy, off-white head and thick, sticky lacing. aroma is great with big, fresh, piney hops and tropical fruit notes of tangerine, apricot, and candied pineapple backed by sweet oak, honey, and light toffee and a touch of lemon zest. flavor is delicious as well with fresh, leafy, dry, citrus hop notes of orange and white grapefruit backed by sweet vanilla, oak, and toffee with bitter pine resins, grass, and clovey/belgian spice notes on the finish. palate is medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a dry, bittersweet finish. overall, a great finale to the SN 30th anniversary brews.


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