Sierra Nevada 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale

Stud Sea Trout!

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! Man, it was a busy weekend, between slapping the fish Saturday morning to watching UCF dominate along with plenty of college football upsets and doing our normal Sunday routine. I am wore out!

Between everything going on, I was able to try some new beers and have a special release ale from the paragon of craft brewing, Sierra Nevada. This release marks their 40th anniversary and they are truly one of the forefathers of the American Craft Beer movement. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Appearance: This pours an apple juice yellow with plenty of carbonation, but a thinner head.

Aroma: In the classic West Coast style, there are a ton of earthy and piney hops mixed with some light grassy malts. Yes, that is a good thing!

Taste: They have absolutely nailed the hoppy lager style. This is definitely a hop forward beer with tons of pine and earthy notes, but there is a nice malt crispness that makes it almost as easy to drink as Budweiser. There isn’t much complexity to the flavor that makes you sit and think about it, but the flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: As the pour let on, there is plenty of zippy carbonation to help offset some of the heavier hops. It isn’t a Busch Latte in terms of lightness but it is very easy to drink.

Value: $2.19/single is a pretty fair price.

Overall: Maybe because I spent the past two hours cleaning out the garage and doing yardwork, but this absolutely hits the spot. I would give it a 10/10 for the style of Hoppy Lager as it is drinkable, affordable, and has great flavor.

In case anyone was wondering, the trout bite is on fire with some toads being caught. After about 10AM the bite is still shutting down unless you can find deep flowing water, but get out there and get you one!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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