Monday, 22 September 2008

Review: Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Rating: A-

Appearance: Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, appears a not-quite-clear honey color, with a fluffy light head that exhibits good retention and leaves ample lacing.

Smell: Pine is far and away the dominant aroma, resiny and rich. Some caramel and toast underneath. Not quite as aromatic as Celebration.

Taste: Quite bitter, citrusy hops taking the lead. Distinct grapefruit finish (but not to the extent of Smuttynose!) . Finishes very dry. Flavor profile is a lot like Celebration.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly sticky. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Dry finish improves drinkability. Nice IPA, although I would say Celebration still sets the bar.

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