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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
81 84 78 4 16 16
Anniversary Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA
5.90 % ABV

Review by everetends on 02/16/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle acquired by the generousity of BAs BamaBeerBuff and AmishT. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.

A: Poured a beautiful golden copper A nice, fluffy, pristine, white head formed. Had decent retention as it receded to a white top cap. Produced some nice sticky, soapy lacing. A nice, lazy carbonation activity keeps this guy slowly moving.

S: The Cascade hops are the major presence in the nose. A nice bready malt is there, but smells of citrus (grapefruit, orange rind), floral and earthiness here. Very nice and well represents the IPA style.

T: Taste is off some serious grapefruit, but a bready and caramel malt really balances this sucker out. Floral and earthy presence is there yet again, along with just a touch herbal.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with a nice creamy coating to it. This beer leaves no major bitterness like American IPAs seem to be striving for. Just a lick of hops and malt lingers in the mouth so you know whats there.

D: A low ABV IPA with a great balance of hops and malt makes this brew damn fine. A sixer of this could disappear almost as fast as your girlfriend. Think about it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 02/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Nice golden amber of medium bodied glow. Hugely fluffy foam caps the top at nearly two inches thick and stays put for great length leaving all sorts of patchy lacing as it subsides and consumed.

Well balanced nose of pale sweet malt with a realm of caramel and the hops that are cedary with twists of dull lemon and old mango.

Taste is also pretty well balanced with a nice malty sweetness of bready caramels, pale and toasted malt are hinted to. Hops are twistedly placed with a quick hit of cedar at first then smoothened citrus puff and peels of orange and lemon are dully played into a slight and fine bitterness thats softly lurking with pithy citrus and woody notes.

Smooth firm medium body with a slight slickness to it from a nice malting. Finishes with a overall Pale ale sense of bitterness and balance with citrus and pine woods.

A decent Pale ale for sure, IPA? Not sure if this quite makes it, its close, as it really screams Pale ale to me, and yet it's good no matter how ya label it. So drink up!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 14 5 10 2008
A healthy pour into my New Belgium globe goblet produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass and has a nice, tight texture to it. The beer is a reddish amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, red stained, full copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice fresh hoppiness to it that makes me think of pine and a light herbal note somewhat similar to sticky hemp. The herbal hop notes lay on top of citrus hop notes reminiscent of lemon zest, grapefruit zest and bitter orange peel. If you dig for it, some malt aromatics of lightly toasted, crushed saltine crackers mixes with a light lemon note.

The first sip of this has a sharp, herbal, hop bitterness that greets my mouth from the get go and lingers through to a long finish. The beer has a light fullness to it with a malt heft, but it has enough hop character that any sweet malt is hard to notice. Sharp citrus flavors mix with notes of pine and a green, sometimes astringent, fresh hop character that provides quite a bit of bite to this beer. While the malt sweetness is not overly noticeable it does help to accentuate the citrus hop flavors in this beer that provide flavors of grapefruit, some light lychee and a nice bergamot effect. As the beer warms a bit some cracker like malt becomes noticeable as does a touch of caramelized grain character and some toasty malt flavors.

This is an eminently quaffable brew, in fact so quaffable that I never got around to taking notes on the 2007 release six pack that I bought. Three bottles into my 2008 purchase and I figure it is time. It is quite a rare that I buy a sixer of anything (being a homebrewer I have that luxury). Certainly a beer that is better than a sum of its parts would suggest. It is reminiscent of Celebration, which I will always have a very biased soft spot for.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Served In: Bottle

Review by Organized Chaos on 11/17/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 19 4 8 0
This beer pours a crisp golden color. Nice carbonation. I love the taste of this beer, a good malt flavor with the a nice hop taste. This is a good beer at $8 a sixpack..

Price: $1.50 Served In: Pint Glass

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