Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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2.7/5 rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
After hearing how popular this was around the holidays, and considering the recent cold snap, I figured it was worth purchasing the last 3 bottles of this winter seasonal from my local shop.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A = Deep copper colored beer, darker than most IPA's I've had. Very good 2 finger head and nice, sticky lacing.
S = Nose is full of pine and some sweet malts hiding in the background, maybe a touch of grapefruit.
T = This is SN Bigfoot all over again... very green, pungent, bitter pine, with the malt struggling to let you know it's there to cut through the intense bitterness, albeit barely. There is a hint of warming alcohol as the beer warms. Dry and coats the tongue in bitter pine. I'm not a huge hop-head like some of the other BA's on the site, but I love a good IPA/DIPA. However, I prefer citrusy and fruity/floral over grassy/piney hop characteristics in my bitter beers, and this beer is overwhelmingly piney in my opinion. I have come to the conclusion, despite having tried only 7 of SN's offerings, that I am not a fan of their PA/IPA's, as they all taste similar in my opinion and lack balance. Not many beers make me cringe and shudder with each sip, yet every PA/IPA I've had by SN has... they're not bad beers (look at the ratings), I just don't like the way they're crafted. Taste is subjective, as I always say.
M = Medium, smooth mouthfeel, somewhat thick for an IPA but not syrupy or heavy.
O = I have 2 more bottles of this, and I'm going to struggle to get through them. I should have bought one to see if I liked it first, now I'm stuck with 2 beers I don't care for very much. If you're a big hop-head or love big, piney IPA's, then this beer is for you. However, if you're more like me and prefer your IPA's to be fruity/citrusy, this may overwhelm your palate as it did mine. This IPA left me wishing I had bought Jai Alai or Two-Hearted instead...
NOTE: After finishing this beer I was left with a sour stomach... definitely not the beer for me...
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 06:13:22 | More by Das_Reh
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