Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

Last night I got my hands on a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale.  For some reason I was hesitant to try it (I think I had Great Divide or Oskar Blues on my mind). I remember reading that this was the first time they had ever bottled their anniversary ale, so I figured it was worth a shot.  It is also an India Pale Ale (IPA) which is always a plus in my book.

I was debating getting a puimpkin ale since it is that time of year and all, however I decided to try the anniversary ale  and brought it home.

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

It ends up that I am very, very happy that I tried this beer.  It is extremely hoppy in flavor almost like a double IPA would be.  The cascade hops were very tasty and the Chinook Hops added a nice bitter taste that was excellent, not too strong but certainly there.

There was a pine flavor that came through in the aftertaste along with a very subtle hint of chocolate perhaps?  Alcohol content is 5.9%, and after drinking a few I was feeling pretty darn good.

This evening I paired the anniversary ale with some freshly made rice krispy treats that had M&M’s placed in them.  The kids did a great job on those treats, but that is another story.  The bitterness of the beer went very well with the sweetness and chocolate in the krispy treats.  It was a good dessert.

I would recommend this beer for most beer drinkers who enjoy a hearty, flavorful and bitter beer.  If you are a Coors light person, this probably isn’t the beer for you.  If you are a hop head do what you can to get your hands on some of these, you won’t be sorry.

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