Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reino:
4.45/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2008 Celebration Ale
Appearance- Pours a beautiful mahogany base with light caramel highlights all over the place. I gave it kind of a pussy pour, which only produced one and a half fingers, but undoubtedly, a more vigorous pour would have produced a kickass head. The head gives way fairly quickly, but a nice thin layer of tight bubbles settle on top for the whole ride. This beer does a very nice job of lacing my goblet all the way down to the bottom.
Smell- The aroma starts with loads of sweet fruity hops. Sugar coated grapefruit, pineapple, and mandarin orange. The sweetness didn't stay long, though. In almost an instant, the hops take a turn to pine town. Spicy pine and grapefruit rind take the lead and hold it. There is probably some light malt aromas in there, but my nose is keyed in on the delicious pine, and there's plenty of it.
Taste- Bitter hops, piny hops, and fruit rinds (grapefruit, and orange) jump out first. That flash of sweetness I got in the nose is pretty much nonexistent in the taste. There is a bit of grapefruit juice, but it is surrounded by bitterness. There is a flash of biscuity malts in the middle that do a great job of breaking up the bitterness that comes right back in the finish. SN didn't pussy out and overly "balance" this IPA. They threw in just enough malts to keep things fresh, and then hammered home the delicious bitterness. SN seems to have hop profiles down to a T in their IPAs.
Mouthfeel- On the lower end of medium carbonation, this beer starts out creamy and chewy in your mouth, and then takes a turn towards watery on the finish. I can't decide if that's a good or bad thing. It's a bit drying on the tongue, but not so bad that it makes you want to stop after one...
Drinkability- I could sit down with a sixer of this during the Holidays and forget that I'm hanging around a bunch of insane relatives. I've had Celebration with age on it, and it just doesn't do it justice, in my opinion. Drink it fresh, and drink a lot of it. This is a wonderful, drinkable, affordable IPA.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2008 05:00:52 | More by Reino
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: Pours with large, creamy, billowy, medium sized bubbles, off-white (light orange hue) head. Slow, sticky retention with big bubbles collapsing creates a creamy, medium sized top layer that leaves random, sticky lacing. Clear, golden amber with light haze particles. Golden like sap from a pine three on a fresh summer morning (some poetry shit).
Smell: Some fruity feeling, mostly citrus (grapefruit) and rich pine with light grain and stronger caramel medium light sweetness. Also some floral notes. Refreshing, cleans your nose. Not flashy (which is a good thing in this case).
Taste: Light sweet lemon start to solid malt backbone in the middle, mostly light caramel medium sweetness, connects everything well. Ends with satisfying medium bitterness, pine all the way with light caramel sweetness. Sweetness and bitterness (mostly bitterness) linger in your mouth for a while, teasing you to make another sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation (light crisp), makes it a bit lighter, fresher but still smooth enough. Light dry finish.
Overall: Pine goodness, doesn't joke around, knows what it wants and delivers. Everything as it should be, some would call it boring but the strong pine driven character with solid caramel backbone does it for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 17:16:32 | More by tmzl
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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