SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - APR 24, 2012
Pours dark amber, mahogany, with a finger and a half of off-white, tannish fizz. Smells hoppy, piney, some grapefruit, lots of oak, and a strong caramel malt backbone. Taste is very bitter, strong hop presence, lots of oaky tannins and some solid malt sweetness. Full-bodied with a gripping texture and average mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru finishes with a nice bitterness from hops and oaky wood. Tap (22) - - FEB 23, 2011
I liked this beer alot but maybe its because I’m a big fan of the Sierra Nevada beer line these combine nicely and has a good balance. Good beer to celebrate with. Has that signature Sierra Nevada taste a step up from the pale ale. nazbotica (16) - Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Smells of tropical fruit, peaches, mango and tangerine. I taste is fruity, citrus, juicy and finishes with a hop bite and a slight medicinal note. This beer is not too heavy. It is a year old and I am surprised that it has remained as hoppy as it has. I would have thought it would have faded a bit. Cooperii (61) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Poured a wonderful amber color with a light cream colored head. Smells of toffee and carmel followed by sweet malt and fresh bitter hops. Sweet malty tastes with carmel and hops with undertones of oak. Great beer...relax and enjoy! russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Pours a deep amber color with a large white head. Very nice retention and lacing. The smell is really interesting. Piney hops mostly, but it definitely has an underlying sweetness. Smooth up front, hoppiness come up second. Nice smooth aftertaste, not as dry as I would have expected. Warming alcohol feeling as you drink. Very balanced, I believe the oak ads a nice balancing sweetness to it. Medium bodied. Feels wonderful to drink. Unbelievable. Definitely my favorite SN 30th Anniversary. Gonna pick up a few more of these bad boys
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from 750ml bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Slightly hazy burnt amber with thick, foamy, cream-colored head that leaves lacing on everything it touches.
Aroma: Strong orange driven citrus, light grapefruit, and toasted & caramel malt. Somewhat spicy as well with a touch of pine.
Taste: Fantastic balance. The citrusy (orange, grapefruit) hops play very nicely with the caramel and toffee driven malt backbone. Pine, spice and bitterness rear up toward the finish. Don’t really detect the oak-aging, but perhaps the overall profile has been tempered as a result. Really does taste like a happy mix between a Barleywine and an IPA, but does not really seem like a DIPA. As it warms in the glass, the Barleywine profile becomes more apparent. I think the Pale Ale contributes the orange driven hops, as Celebration and Bigfoot are more along the grapefruit end of the citrus spectrum.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, with a full, creamy body that is very dry and warming.
Overall: This is just an unbelievable beer, almost on par with their Celebration Ale, which is my desert island beer. Easily the best of the 30th Anniversary lineup. Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a copper body with a big, lasting, lacing tan head. Aromas of caramel, note of ripe tropical fruit, alcohol. Flavor is rich, a dark caramel, resinous, sweet yet bitter brew. Heavy, silky, bitter, sticky, dry and sweet. Well rounded. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Amber with good, creamy, tan head / Sweet nose of sour malt, caramel, dry hops, and alcohol / Full body, chewy and moderately sweet, with excellent balance and long, dry, finish / Rich, elegant, flavors of caramel, nuts, dry hops, grapefruit, and oak / Great. oobawa (1658) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 I’m hoping beyond hope that Sierra Nevada will come to their senses and make this a yearly holiday-time offering; beer this good should never be a simple one-off, no matter what event it’s meant to commemorate. Sure, I’m not exactly square on what role Ol’ Greenskin plays in this beer; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is undetectable amongst the dry pine forest of Celebration and the sticky-sweet heaviness of Bigfoot. But who cares; if Pale Ale is needed to create this wondrous bottle, screw it. Three’s a party.
malrubius (2985) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2011
Trying to catch up on old notes. Amber with nice lasting head. Fresh green sweet hop aroma. Rich caramel vanilla with mild red fruit and complex hop finish. Like a great version of Bigfoot. Excellent.