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Friday, January 29, 2010

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2009)

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Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (2009)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Chico, CA USA
Est. 1980

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.9 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Solid amber orange color.
Hoppy nose. Citrus and pine scents.
Nicely foaming two finger head.
Lots of different shaped bubbles that leave ringed lacing.
After 20 minutes a half inch head near the bottom of the glass persists.
Pungent taste of great Cascade hops but not too bold.
Medium bodied. Substantial mouth feel. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Sierra Nevada has really got my number.  I am not at a loss for words, ever.  My snarky comments and smarmy remarks can be rattled off, anytime, anyplace, anywhere.  But I'm always tongue tied  after one of their brews. To wit: the Brown Ale, the Celebration Ale, the Pale Ale or my personal favorite, the Torpedo.  Each beer was exceptionally made by them and minimally worded in review by me.  There is not much to say when you drink breathtaking ales, such as these.  One sip is worth a thousand words.

This is not one of their everyday bread-and-butter ales, mind you.  This is their annual creation to celebrate the founding of the company in 1980.  This year's effort is an IPA made with sustainably grown Cascade hops. Get some while it lasts; the 2009 edition. Easily sessionable and just the right amount of hops.

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