Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (December 15, 2009). Serial number on the label says "926511637" so it's actually bottled 4:37pm PST, September 22th, 2009 on bottling line #1, (see here: http://www.sierranevada.com/images/BottleCode2009.pdf). This was part of a mixed six pack of Christmas seasonal brews picked up at Armanetti Wine Shoppe and Beverage Mart in Chicago.
As this is an IPA, I guess I should be opening this one sooner, but the seasonal aspect should allow for some age through the Christmas season. Hell, it's less than three months old, so it can't be that faded.
Eyes: Pours a darkish amber, with some haze. The mildly dirty white head fills the glass and shoots up above the rim, but not over. The thick craggy foam laces heavily.
Nose: A strong grapefruit profile here, which I really like. Some mild spices also, and malts.
Tongue: A good hop character here. I really like the fruity, citrus bitterness combined with the thickish malts and mild spices. Some lemon spice flavor and creamy malts balance the hops very well.
Mouth: A bit less crisp that some IPAs but a bit more smooth than most also. Good balance and medium body.
Libation: I don't have much to improve here. Tasty, mildly spicy and warming. This goes down easy and I can't identify a hint of the alcohol. I really like hoppy Christmas ales, and this one delivers.
As an IPA and it could be a lot more potent, but there are enough hops to satisfy ll but the most jaded hop-heads. As a Christmas seasonal brew is strikes the classic balance of mildly spicy warmer and hoppy flavor. I'll be picking these up each December for sure.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2010 07:52:09 | More by OttoBomb
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