Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up at the liquor store in my town recently, in the midst of all the winter and holiday beers that I've been sampling. I'm a huge fan of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, so I eagerly anticipated this holiday offering. After downing half of the 6-pack I bought, I can honestly say that my expectations were met with flying colors!
All of the good qualties of the their flagship brew are present here. A wonderful pour - amber, bubbly, and with a wonderful floral aroma - is present here, and the lacing on the side of the glass is very remarkable as well. Floral, citrus, pine, and strong hop notes are present here, with a dry-hopped, pine, slight metallic, and oily aftertaste. It's not perfect, but it did warm me up and had the smoothness and subtlety of SNPA. Not too bold for me, but not as buttery and golden as the flagship brew. The lack of an overpowering hop bite is more than compensated by the muted notes of the background flavors, which work very harmoniously together. The flavor base is that of the SNPA, but unlike other beers which play off of the "variations of a theme" when it comes to seasonals and year-round concotions from the same brewer, there is enough of a difference between this and SN's other offerings. One will get the enjoyment of the Pale Ale's hops when drinking this, but there will be enough differentiation to make this beer stand out on it's own, as well.
I'd certainly buy this again and would put this near the top of the seasonal and holiday brews that I've consumed so far this year. Sierra Nevada's offerings never let me down and always amaze me with their quality, refining, and overall taste and aftertaste. A truly great IPA from a truly great brewery!
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2005 07:14:25 | More by JerzDevl2000
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