Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JoLight:
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had the 2011 version.
It's a dark honey color, slightly amber but not quite. The head is about three shades off white. It retains very well and leaves a shit-load of lacing.
The aroma consists mainly of a strong hop-forward smell. There's the slightest bit of barley malt, some slight citrus notes (grape fruit rhine), that sweet gummy bear/candy smell, slightly pineapple. But I mostly get a piney hoppiness, but more like a magnolia pinecone, and not a pine tree pinecone. And mixed with that is sort of a Fraser Fur Christmas tree tartness.
The taste is hop-forward. mostly piney hops. No real citrus, or at least not as much as I suspected. It's also not nearly as sweet as one might suspect from the aroma. The barley malt is there, but the hops hide it to an almost unbalanced extent, in my opinion.
Mouthfeel is on the wet side of dry. It's crisp. It's refreshing, and not too filling.
It struck me at first as being identical to the Torpedo. But as I became more familiar with it, this beer has much less malt presence, and is not as sweet. Also, the citrus is less present, but not by much though. However, if you aren't very experienced in taste and aroma nuances, you probably won't be able to tell the difference between this and the Torpedo, except maybe that the Torpedo is much sweeter and maltier.
Anywho, good brew.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2011 02:10:20 | More by JoLight
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