oobawa (1317) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Disappointing IPA from the usually solid Chico brewery. Lacking both in fresh, piney goodness and a solid malt backbone, this beer is far, far behind the superior Celebration Ale, which will be out plenty soon enough to skip over Anniversary. All the Cascade hops they toss at this beer fail to register much beyond an aspirin-like astringency, and, when coupled with very bland malts, leads to a dry, dull India Pale Ale. (9/08) Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate golden color with a white head and a bit of haze. Good retention and lacing. Nose brigs some spicy yeast and earthy hops with light malt in the background. The taste infuses a bit if booze with the alice and some sweet malt. Feel is a bit thin and boozy. Drinks well overall, and was a nice change of pace.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-25-2010 brokensail (16440) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
A: The beer pours amber in color with brilliant clarity and a finger of white head and lots of sticky lacing.
S: A surprising amount of hoppiness with lots of citrus notes, particularly in terms of grapefruit. An underlying floral hop quality and a crisp malt profile consisting primarily of bread. Just a touch of pine and toast.
T: Still quite bitter with a good floral and pine hop flavor. Grapefruit peel is the primary source of citrus flavor, but overall itís fairly grassy. Toaste bread is the bulk of the malt flavor here, but surprisingly, the hops are still the dominant flavor.
M: Medium in body with a crisp and lively carbonation and a dry finish.
O: Amazing how well this has held up. Obviously it was better fresh, but still good. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
A backlog entrywlajwl (6750) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2011
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.
Super dry and spicy hoppiness. Great seasonal beer, one to definitely savor.
arminjewell (9585) - 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. johnnnniee (4285) - 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. Holtguy (176) - 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. Beerdedone (3401) - 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. thirdeye11 (6160) - 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!