Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Cheesemoose:
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Just saw it hit the shelf and just had to pick one up. The first IPA I fell in love with, now it is a staple every year.
Pours a beautiful glowing amber orange with a solid 3 fingers of head. Pour slowly. Lacing is fantastic, following you the whole way down the glass.
Floral hops attack the nose with a very nice citrus profile. Grainy malts can be found underneath, providing some balance.
Hops in the forefront, citrus to start, though as it receeds you get a mild sweetness from the malts. Malt base is quite balanced, something hard to do with the fresh hop addition, making this one a very complex, though enjoyable, beer.
Slightly oily mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.
Take it slow with this one, which may be hard with how dang good it is.
I've heard of the controversy as to enjoy this one fresh or cellar and honestly, it is up to your personal preference. When fresh, you best enjoy the fresh hop addition, but cellaring better brings out the complex underlying malt profile. Either way, this is one seasonal that I will keep looking forward each year.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2010 00:42:21 | More by Cheesemoose
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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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