Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I am not a huge reviewer and I am going far out on a limb with this ale.
This is the best large production bottled beer I have ever tasted. Sierra Nevada hit a "home run" with this one in 2010. This is real close to the Sierra Nevada - Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale they produced in 2010 in the 24 Ounce bottle.
The appearance was beautiful with a two finger, snow white head and a perfect copper color.
The smell had intense fresh hoppiness but floral and citrus notes as well.
The taste was amazing and hoppy and a bite that was not ridiculous.
Mouthfeel and drinkability was outstanding and one that was smooth and fresh with a lot of hop character that you don't see in an American IPA produced in volume.
If someone picked this one up thinking it was just like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale , then they got a big surprise! For the good; I must add.
If you are of the type that feel it is impossible to get all "5" ratings in a "mass produced" ale then I guess we will just have to disagree. I rated it as high because I wanted to give a "mass produced" beer the credit I feel it deserved.
Sure, I feel that there are many more that are different and better in, cask, limited 750ml, firkins, and the like, but this one was 12 ounce bottle and unbelievable for an ale which you can pick up in a grocery store. Find me another 6.8 abv. in a grocery store that is even close to the caliber of this, then we can compare. Until then, this one gets an A+ for an American IPA, in this category
Bravo, Sierra Nevada for taking it to the next level!!
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2010 19:09:11 | More by MQ4188
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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