Beer Pick: Sierra Nevada’s 40th Anniversary Ale is for hop lovers

Sierra Nevada Hoppy Anniversary Ale
Sierra Nevada Hoppy Anniversary Ale

The venerable Sierra Nevada Brewing is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. And to mark the occasion, the company released its limited edition Hoppy Anniversary Ale, an exceedingly drinkable, hop-forward spring seasonal that's among the best beers I've sipped in a long while.

So, of course, it’s this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick 

Sierra Nevada Hoppy Anniversary Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mils River, NC

Available on draft and in 12-ounce bottles


As Sierra Nevada points out in its marketing, hop-forward beers weren’t popular when the company first started brewing in 1980. And 40 years later, hops aren’t always showcased as much they once were. But Hoppy Anniversary Ale boldly features the aromas and flavors of a classic West Coast IPA.

Brewed with two-row pale, caramelized, and acidulated malts, and oats, and Cluster, Cascade, and Centennial hops, it’s bright gold in color with a rocky white head. The expected hoppy aromas and flavors of pine and citrus are there, along with some caramel sweetness, and nicely balanced bitterness. Overall, at just 6% alcohol, it’s a perfect session beer for hop lovers.

Pair with

Try Hoppy Anniversary Ale with pub grub like fish and chips or a cheeseburger, or hefty cheeses such as triple creams or English-style Cheddars .


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