Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.2/5 rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz Sierra Nevada stubby style brown bottle. Great looking celebration label for the holiday season. Poured into a standard Libbey crafter's mug.
A - dark red colored amber. Definitely a holiday feel here. Massive off white head. Very frothy and long lasting. Head provides a superb coat of lacing that you simply don't get everyday. Head and lace are one of a kind material.
S - citrusy hop aroma with some herbal qualities. Very good aroma. Lots of fruity hops with a touch of toasted grain like Malts.
T - wow. A very good flavor here. Lots of hops up front which provide a nice bitterness. Toasted malts with a slight sweetness. A bit of an alcohol taste in the finish, but not overpowering. Some pine like hop flavor in the back end that finishes with a wonderful fresh mint taste. A small touch of orange peel as well.
M - medium bodied brew with the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and thick mouthfeel that's easy to drink.
O - this is a fantastic IPA. I'm not one to choose an IPA as my holiday beer, but this one has a Christmas feel to it with the color and taste to be downed in front of my tree in the month of December. But forget all that. Experience this dandy of an ipa for the simple fact that it's a well crafted world class American ipa. Great beer
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2011 15:14:35 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: Pours with large, creamy, billowy, medium sized bubbles, off-white (light orange hue) head. Slow, sticky retention with big bubbles collapsing creates a creamy, medium sized top layer that leaves random, sticky lacing. Clear, golden amber with light haze particles. Golden like sap from a pine three on a fresh summer morning (some poetry shit).
Smell: Some fruity feeling, mostly citrus (grapefruit) and rich pine with light grain and stronger caramel medium light sweetness. Also some floral notes. Refreshing, cleans your nose. Not flashy (which is a good thing in this case).
Taste: Light sweet lemon start to solid malt backbone in the middle, mostly light caramel medium sweetness, connects everything well. Ends with satisfying medium bitterness, pine all the way with light caramel sweetness. Sweetness and bitterness (mostly bitterness) linger in your mouth for a while, teasing you to make another sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation (light crisp), makes it a bit lighter, fresher but still smooth enough. Light dry finish.
Overall: Pine goodness, doesn't joke around, knows what it wants and delivers. Everything as it should be, some would call it boring but the strong pine driven character with solid caramel backbone does it for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 17:16:32 | More by tmzl
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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