TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Enjoyed both draught and bottle example of this beer. Pours to a beautiful, deep golden to amber color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is outstanding, with lots of fragrant and zesty piney and citrus hop aroma, paired with crisp pale malt aroma. The palate is solid with good pale and biscuit malt flavor, and touches of caramel. This beer finishes with more good pale, and caramel malt up front, then ends with a long, dry, zesty, citrus and piney hpp bitterness that lingers. Fantastic, drinkable AIPA. This to me is what defines a great IPA. A beer with lots of hop aromas, good malt flavor, and then excellent hop bitterness. A wonderful aperitif beer, great with spicy fare, and a great beer to relax and more than a few of. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
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. mnurda (1283) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Wow. What an unreal beer. Perhaps I have just been stgarving for a beer like this for a while. Thanks to Piscator for the bottled sample. hammerbeck (101) - Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2007
This is an exceptionally good, exceptionally potent [in terms of hop flavor] IPA. It has all the things that makes the style one of my favorites, and the nice high ABV is like gravy. Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2008
I am a little surprised that this beer is not rated better than it is, but I love this beer.
This is another winner in my book! Sierra Nevad used to have one or two good beers, a great seasonal beer [Celebration Ale] and several decent beers. Not anymore ... they are creating some real winners!
This beer has a great hop aroma, if I didn’t know better, I would say this tastes as if they dry hopped it [most likely with Cascade hops ... possible Centennial hops]. They pulled out all the stops in hopping this beer a time when hops are relatively rare and quite expensive!
The body of this beer is perfect, the maltiness is balanced perfectly against the hop bitterness [which is fairly bitter]. It is hopped like a bigger IPA than it is as far as my impression goes, but it is lighter in body [yet balanced] .... they made this work with a very precise choice of aroma hopping. Truly excellent. This beer does not show much in the way of caramel notes, and I think that is probably a good thing for an IPA [and for most of Sierra Nevada’s beers, they stick to light caramel malts if they use them]. I think the color of the beer is a little off .. I don’t know what it is, but it doesn’t have a "rich" color to balance the flavor of the beer [this does NOT affect my enjoyment of this beer in anyway]. The beer holds a good head, so their is a fair amount of protien ... so many American brewers do an unnecessary protien rest on their ales and ruin the body [and the head].
Great job Sierra Nevada!
abemorsten (3593) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2009
Bottle. 2008 version Aroma: Fresh apricot/lemon, fruity inviting. Clear light amber beer with a thick white head. Well balanced, citrus, hop, carbonation and sweetnes. Easy to drink. Slight bitterness in the finish, which is not long lasting. Recommended. trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle. Completely surprised by this one. Pours a robust yellow golden color and a large white head. The aroma is pronounced and hoppy and citrusyly refreshing. The flavor is great, crisp, clean, bitter, and complex. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Taste is very fresh and clean and light. One of the better IPAs I have had. iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Wonderful hoppy citrusy floral notes on the nose. golden pour with a very rich and foamy white head. Citrus and floral notes on the palate with a slight bitterness. palate ends clean and refreshed. great mouthfeel. great beer. jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Great Ale, Very excited to see this in the store. Has become a standard purchase. I was at a beer festival many years ago and had the chance to talk to Bert Grant. I asked him if he had a favorite brew. He said (of course) "My own, Grants. But if I had to choose another it woulld be Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, they really make a great beer." I never worry about a Sierra Nevada product. I dirnk them with impunity. You should too. cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 This tastes like a cross between a sweeter and milder IPA and a wet-hop harvest ale. Extremely drinkable, could be a top-notch session beer.