Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a tulip.
Celebration is a reddish-orange and slightly hazy ale resting under a full off white head. The soapy head is about 2-3 fingers, and disappears very slowly. There was a ton of beautiful lacing along the glass, making this beer beautiful the whole way through.
The hops. Oh, the hops. It smells worthy of a celebration. Lots of citrus, hop spice, floral character, pine tree, and grapefruit zest. The pine is almost like a resiny pine sap aroma, and works well. Almost like a Christmas tree? Not quite that piney, but it's a definite big American hop aroma. There is a bit of malty sweetness and bread-like aroma, but for the most part it's all hop - yum.
Big, bold hop flavor and bitterness. The hop flavors are big amounts of pine, citrus, grapefruit pith, hop spice, and a nice amount of floral notes. Lots of bitterness, which leaves an almost resiny feeling in the mouth. There's some juicy fruit notes, like slight tropical fruits and tangerine. There's a bit of maltiness, grain, and bread flavors at the end of the toungue which compliments te bitter notes nicely.
The brew would about as easy drinking as they come if it wasn't for the bitterness. Even with the bitterness, though, it almost drinks like water. There's a perfect amount of carbonation that enhances the spicier flavors. The beer is mostly dry, but there's a bit of body that lubricates the mouth slightly.
What an awesome beer. It's very much a hop lovers beer, and anyone expecting holiday spices is in for a surprise. I could have this beer in a normal beer drinking rotation, but part of the charm is that you can only get it one time of the year - hence the name of the beer. I thoroughly enjoy this beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2011 01:00:36 | More by MaxSpang
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