Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.46/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I've been desperately seeking this brew after reading so many positive Beer Advocate and Untappd reviews. I had this wish listed for months, pretty sure I was only acquiring it via an expensive trade, when I went into the BCLC and a worker was bringing out the singular six-pack, ordered for a customer who never claimed it, to offer it for sale. I had to have it. She warned me of the high price point ($15), but I put back my usual Unibroue and triumphantly brought my treasure to the checkout.
I've been intrigued by SN because I am a big believer in IPAs, and they're pretty much the introducer of the American IPA. The bottle features festive motifs of pointsettias and snow, with some hops displayed to tell you what's inside. A lot of people have complained that this isn't a Winter warmer, but I do not read anything that claims it to be. What is promised is a Fresh Hop Ale, and I hope this lives up to the hype.
(12oz bottle poured into chilled slender mug; purchased March 26, 2013; serve temp 50-55f)
A (What's Inside): We've got head. Lasting, foamy head with carbonation that looks like it could last for days. Almost looks like a float when viewed from overhead. Nice middle-dark amber-to-red body- think English toffee. Excellent lacing throughout. Remains beautiful until the last sips. (Caveat: you need to know how to pour beer well to enjoy this in a mug. If you cannot, stick to the well-designed bottle.
Smell: Hello hops, pleased to enjoy your presence. Pine, syrup, blood orange. Not heavy enough to intimidate the unindoctrinated but stinky enough to invite you inside.
Taste: Citrus right from the beginning. Bitter orange peel and lemon. Spruce and juniper. Very bitter with a slightly sweet backbone. Powerful without completely crushing your palate. Solid.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly easy-drinking for the genre, especially from a bottle. Well-carbonated in the glass, but not a destruction in your mouth. Leaves a 20-second coniferous hop aftertaste that can linger and may scare some newbies away from a second pint.
So, is it worth it? Absolutely. While some Canadian DIPAs do exceed this, it's not a CDIPA. I'm writing this while reaching for my second. Certainly a great treat after yesterday's Shaftebury disaster.
This is a Christmas beer- with syrup, mistletoe, and the whole damn spruce tree. It's also a great IPA, and the hops do get mightly fresh with you. There is enough sweet malt to keep the forest in your mouth from igniting, and this is mightily addictive, so you can session it if you have a decent alcohol tolerance and a designated driver. It's more potent than the average IPA, both in taste and alcohol content, so beware.
I tried this 2 ways- bottle and mug, and found that the mug accentuated the aroma, flavour, and feel of this brew, so I'd say this rates a 4 from a bottle and 4.5 from a mug. Rookies may want to stick with the bottle, hop heads should reach for a big ol' glass.
In summation, this is a special American. It rivals other IPA styles while staying true to its California roots. Sierra Nevada has impressed me and I'll be ordering the 2013 version come October, hoping it lives up to this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2013 01:18:11 | More by RooferOnFire
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