Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark golden hue with a one finger gray/white bubbly head.
Aroma: Caramel malt and english barley. Some earthy hop notes.
Taste: Very earthy hops with a nice barley/caramel malt taste. Dead on with the aroma with the addition of bitterness which is at a nice moderate level. The earthy hop profile does give off a certain 'winter seasonal' feel which is nice. No spices but the hops themselves have a piny, spiciness that works in its favor. However, not nearly as hoppy given the description (and on the hype). Dry finish like you'd expect from an IPA. Nice balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average effervescence and drinkability.
Final Thoughts: Hmm, not impressed with this one (in general I'm not a huge East Coast IPA with a few exceptions). I guess all the hype plays against it in a way because I wasn't expecting such a humble beer. It is simply a good IPA that doesn't try anything ballsy and delivers a fulfilling, if not memorable, experience. Would I drink it again? I will return to it for next years release but glad I didn't opt for the sixer this time around.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2012 04:17:10 | More by JamesMN
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