Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
What can I say that hasn't already been said? A true classic beer that holds up great even in this age of intense IPA one-ups-manship.
Pours a beautiful amber-orange with a finger of soft off-white head and plenty of sticky lacing.
Smell is dominated by fresh pine. There's also a hint of dank, swampy hops, a little lemon and pear, but mostly just tons of pine. Very fitting for the holidays.
Flavor is fruitier than I recall, with lemon, lime, orange peel and a touch of tropical fruit. Pine is also prevalent. Obviously a hoppy brew, but there's also a warm, soft sweet side where you get just a hint of holiday pie spices like nutmeg, vanilla and brown sugar. Soft peach also mingles about. Beautifully balanced and evocative of the holidays in a way you don't expect an IPA to be.
Mouthfeel is full and soft, yet a little prickly with carbonation. Nearly perfect.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2013 03:34:06 | More by Mongrel
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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