Sierra Nevada “30th Anniversary Grand Cru” Review (#109)

"30th Anniversary Grand Cru"

Sierra Nevada
“30th Anniversary Grand Cru”
Chico, CA

From The Brewery

Brewers Reserve is a special ale highlighting our pioneering history and the innovative spirit that has carried us through all these years. Is is a marriage of our three most acclaimed ales: Oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale blended together and generously dry-hopped. Come join us in celebrating thirty years with this most special brew. Drink it now, or save it for a future anniversary of your own.

ABV: 9.2%

Review

Appearance: It pours a beautiful orange amber with a thick creamy white head. It is lively with a beautiful amount of carbonation – bottle conditioned perfectly. The thick head left a gracious amount of lacing up and down the glass.

Smell: Bold; sweetness of crystal malts, big citrus and fruit hops that came through strong when fresh – orange zest and rind. A bit of esters comes through as it warms – hides the ABV well.

Taste: Sweetness from the Bigfoot up front with a mouth coating hop ending – sweet hops of the Celebration followed up by that classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ending. A rich complex blending of the best of the hoppy offerings of the brewery.

Mouthfeel: Perfect – I LOVE nice, creamy bottle conditioned Pale Ales – which this one is mostly made up of, along with the Bigfoot bringing some nice weight to the party.

Drinkability: Very high.

Notes: The four Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary beers were perfect – this one was the last of the four that I tried. This bottle was enjoyed on November 15th, 2010 – the 30th anniversary of Sierra Nevada’s first batch of beer. The best parts of this one are it’s complex flavors and smooth, creamy, well rounded mouthfeel. Reminded me of Dogfish Head’s Squall IPA – which is the bottle conditioned version of their 90 minute – which I also loved.

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