johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 you’d expect, but I also pick up some faint orange flavors. If there’s malt in there I can’t 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.
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
It’s maybe my favorite of all the SN beers, with a citrusey aroma and a piney-citrusey flavor. Plenty of bitterness, but it’s not a palate destroyer. In my opinion, it’s just perfect. This is a top notch brew for my tastes.
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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!
Grima (2089) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
gmanbeer (43) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste like sierra nevada pale ale only with a maltier backbone. I liked it quite a bit.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 vintage. Pours a hazy golden orange with some sedimentation and a glorious, frothy white head that leaves beautiful lacing. Smells sweet pine and citrus. Tastes surprisingly sweet for an IPA but still has some hop bitterness. Faint caramel flavor is present along with mild citrus. Medium-bodied with the perfect texture and phenomenal carbonation that doesn’t bother the mouth at all. Sierra Nevada’s Anniversary Ale has a lasting finish that is lightly dry and a little sweet for a overall pleasing experience. I hope they make this again.
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, flowers, oranges and other citrus notes. The flavor is bready malt, toffee, flower and oranges. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle. Pours a medium amber, mostly clear, ok foamy head. Aroma is citrusy, light lemon hints with a slicky minty pine with slight earthy and tea-like hints and a light caramel malt base. Flavor is good crystal malt, light cara sweetness, some sticky dank pine hops, citrus, light lemon and orange and more tea leafiness in the end. Finish is a nice light resinous bitternes. Easy drinking and nice.