Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Sits an orange copper with a thick 1/4" head in the glass and leaves great lacing as you drink. Citrus hops, roasty malt, and sour bread aromas. Toasted bread malt and thick hop oil bitterness dominate the palate with some nutty bread flavors lingering a bit only to be overtaken by the hop bitterness. This has a big mouthfeel without being too syrupy. Yes, that's contradictory. Deal with it.
I heard this was an IPA, but I didn't know it was a fresh hop ale until I first drank it. I felt a sense of pride in myself for identifying it as such when I saw it was written on the label. Unlike other fresh hop beers I've had, this one was aggressive and I wasn't expecting that from Sierra Nevada. I couldn't believe that this beer is so well liked that they release it year after year. Not because it's a bad beer, but because of the aggressive hop oil presence. These hops had a more piney flavor and aroma than most other heavily hopped beers on the West coast. And I say good for Sierra Nevada for doing something different. It's a welcome change to see a fresh hop beer as a brewery's winter seasonal. Keep it up SN!
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2011 23:08:21 | More by Philousa
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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