Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Foxtrot:
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Picked up yet another case of 2010 Celebration. Having this a lot earlier than I had it last year. Hopefully the hop presence is impressive.
Pours from a 12oz. bottle into my Stone IRS snifter a beautiful copper orange hue with crystal clear clarity. I poured this beer 10 minutes ago, and still have a huge chunk of foam floating around with HUGE amounts of lacing. Lacing is rivaling Arrogant Bastard status, and that is not an easy feat.
Nose is prominent with strong whiffs of pine, ripe grapefruit, orange peel with just the slightest kiss of biscuit malt. Slightly bread like but just enough to let you know that "hey, I'm here to!"
The flavor is a lot better than I remembered. The main attraction for this beer is definitely the hops. Bright notes of pine, citrus, and a hint of pineapple sting the palate accompanied with a nice sweet and spice malt backbone, bread like as predicted from the aroma. There is some lingering bitterness, but its pretty subtle and recedes fairly easy.
Mouthfeel is bordering on creamy. I usually don't like it in my IPA's but it works well here. Slightly dry, but easy drinking in the finish.
Drinkbability is another highlight worthy to mention. Great taste with incredible balance and mouthfeel makes this beer a cut above others. For an IPA, I could down these in a blink of an eye, and had to pace myself with my first beer to make this review. Scary!
PS. This is even better fresh than it was last year. Looks like I will get another case in the foreseeable future.
Reviewed on 11/17/2009
My very first Celebration Ale. Picked up a case to age.
Pour produces a unique amber with a off white 2 finger cap. I say "unique" because I've never seen an IPA this dark. Retention was superb, followed by lacing in ample supply.
Aroma was full of caramel malts, herbal hops, grapefruit, and a light touch of orange peel.
Flavors of cool zesty hops come forth with grapefruit and orange taking center stage giving pine a back seat to citrus. Hops fade and give way to a fantastic caramel malt that really thrust this beer above other west coast IPA's. I really enjoyed the strength of the malts and the crispness of the hops. I can see why this beer is called "Celebration" cause its damn tasty.
Mouthfeel is a medium with a nod towards creamy.
Drinkability is great. The alcohol is tucked away well, but its the aging aspect that makes this beer even better. I can't wait to try my first aged bottle of Celebration next year.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2010 06:37:19 | More by Foxtrot
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4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. Nice off-white head and lovely lacing. The color is unfiltered medium amber. The aroma is really wonderful--citrusy hops predominate. The flavor is rich, delightful, strong hops balanced with malt. Mouthfeel is medium thick, with fairly strong carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding ale, different than Torpedo in character, but defines truly from the same family. TMZL below does a much better description of this ale. I just love it!
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 03:15:41 | More by Dsimenson
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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