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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru

9.20% ABV. An American Strong Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing in Chico, CA. This is a special Brewers Reserve ale highlighting their pioneering history and the innovative spirit that has carried them through all these years. This brew is a marriage of Sierra Nevada’s three most acclaimed ales: Oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale blended together and generously dry-hopped throughout. Poured from a bomber (no date stamp) into a tall glass. Pours a dark caramel-brown color with a huge foamy orange-beige head that lingered and produced good lacing throughout. The aroma was bitter with pine, raisins, grapefruit, brown sugar and a touch of wood. The flavor was bitter with moderate brown sugar, strong grapefruit and light piney resins and floral hops. Underneath were notes of wood and smoke. The finish was long, dry, and lightly bitter with lingering grapefruit, brown sugar and wood. Fairly full bodied with decent carbonation throughoutAn interesting brew, but not one I will seek after.  theBeerAuthority: B. Available in Metro DC? Yes.

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