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Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 1115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
The 2007 Anniversary Ale features prominent usage of Cascade hopsĖ the signature hop used in Sierra Nevadaís most popular product, Pale Ale. It is an American Style IPA with a big, fragrant pine and citrus hop aroma balanced by the sweetness of two-row pale and caramel malt. It finishes with an additional Cascade dry-hopping creating a big hop aroma Sierra Nevada fans will look forward to. 2007-2009, discontinued 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
A backlog entry
In short: A piney/coniferous American IPA with a nice dryness. Great session IPA.
How: Bottle 12oz. Many times. Always fresh
The look: Cloudy amber topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Here is a rating I am sad to enter. For a few years I have stopped typing ratings of classic beers I love and know I will drink again. There is special section in my bookshelf where I pile up those notepad sheets. It is with great sadness that Iím typing this rating for the now retired underrated Sierra Nevada Anniversary. This rating for a fresh 2009 bottle consumed in a rented flat in New-York. Nose is coniferous with oranges notes. Taste has crisp crunchy caramelized malts, dried orange cubes, coniferous tree. Bitterness level is medium and the beer is overall rather dry. Itís dryness makes it (made it) an ideal session IPA. I enjoyed many releases of that once-a-year beer. It was never quite as anticipated as letís say the Hopslam release, but it was nonetheless one that I tried to drink every year. Oh well, this is a post-mortem rating for the old times sake. As I often say: better late than... not totally satisfied with my hair. Yep, thatís the type of superficial person I am.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4935) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Super dry and spicy hoppiness. Great seasonal beer, one to definitely savor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is big notes of citrus, pine, and a touch of caramel. Taste is nice pine, citrus, caramel balance, touch of pine bitterness at the end. Well balanced IPA, nice assertive hop character with a balanced sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3166) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
2008 vintage sampled 8/24/2008 Pours a clear deep golden/amber with a bubbly white head that shows instant sticking powers. Aroma is dominated by intense piny resinous citrus hops. If I strain I can pickup the faintest of caramel malts hiding deep underneath. Taste is very hoppy as youíd expect, but I also pick up some faint orange flavors. If thereís malt in there I canít find it this one is all hops. Body is a little thin this beer leaves your mouth a bit dry. It hits you with pine, sours your taste buds, then it leaves. Ample carbonation. Descent brew, but a little thin in the body. I remember last years being a bit better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holtguy (137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Sierra Nevada must be the best brewery in America, especially if you take into account general availability and price. I bought a 12 oz bottle of this for $1.89. Amazing. Itís maybe my favorite of all the SN beers, with a citrusey aroma and a piney-citrusey flavor. Plenty of bitterness, but itís not a palate destroyer. In my opinion, itís just perfect. This is a top notch brew for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3062) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a golden/amber color with a small beigh head. Piney hoppy aroma with soft citrus, grapefruit and a hint of caramel. Flavor was quite hoppy and had a light bitterness with piney resin, citrus, grapefruit and mild caramel with a dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5863) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to Mora2000) rich copper color, slightly hazy with a film of amber bubbles. Nose of honey, citrus, light earth, sweet, smells awesome. Taste of pine, honey, orange, grapefruit, oily body. Still hoppy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grima (2214) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2010
bottle, 2009 edition! The beer in glass is reddish orange-brown with creamy and delicate, long-lasting head. Smells intensely spicy and citrus-bitterhoppy, with decent hints of caramel. Starts citrus bitter, then the hop bomb explodes! The aftertaste is spicy, herbaceous, citrusy and delicious bitterhoppy. The further course is somewhat milder, the hop bomb evaporates now slowly, hehe. Overall, an intensive IPA, but very delicious and intense flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmanbeer (44) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Taste like sierra nevada pale ale only with a maltier backbone. I liked it quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bomber bottle, 2009 ed. Pours is medium amber, mostly clear, lots of white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, backed by caramel malt. Flavor is caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit, and grassy hops with a good amount of bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

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