Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by PatYoda:
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I decided to review this because I made a comment in a thread recently about it being overhyped, but realized that I hadn't had the '05 version yet, so I popped this baby open with an open mind - and I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than last years.
The appearance is nearly perfect. Beautiful shade of copper / amber with a great cream colored head that never completely fades. A little bit of lacing and this would have been a 5.0.
The smell smacks you in the face with fresh hops. Citrus rind and floral aromas are in full force. Some caramel malt is there in the background. Alcohol also makes a bit of an appearance, ever so slightly.
The taste is even more unbalanced than the smell would suggest. What little caramel malt there is here does help to keep this beer drinkable (unlike Bigfoot), but other than that, this is unabashedly hoppy. The citrus and earthy floral hops combine and rise to a crescendo of hoppiness toward the end of the sip, when the strong bitterness and pine flavor kicks in as well. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract. A tad grainy on the aftertaste due to all the hops, but this is its only real flaw.
While all the hops lend to the illusion of a little harshness in the mouthfeel, the overall feeling is still pretty good. It's medium bodied with adequate carbonation.
I could probably drink two in one night, but that would be my breaking point. Definitely one to pick up next year though.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2006 01:03:14 | More by PatYoda
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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