Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Appearance: Sierra Nevada’s highly regarded Christmas seasonal offering pours a beautiful dark amber color with a glorious two-and-a-half fingers of a creamy, large-bubbled head sitting atop the festive-looking liquid. This crown takes quite a long time to dissipate into a nice, heady crust. The glass is also filled with sediment. This is one of the cloudiest beers out there that this drinker has beheld, sediment-wise. The lacing on this one is also out of this world. There are no alcohol legs to speak of, and a steady stream of mild carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass, maintaining the crust. As with all Sierra Nevada beers, the appearance on this one is at the top of its game.
Aroma: There is lots of biscuity, bready, toasty malt here, which forces the hops to play second fiddle. There is plenty of earthiness to the nose as well. Of course, being a Sierra Nevada offering, this beer has a degree of hoppiness to it. Here, it is all pine, all day. Sure, there are some citrus and grapefruit notes here and there, and perhaps it is the trees on the label, but pine is the dominant smell. Yeast is notable as well, an oddity that is usually not present in Sierra Nevada beers. Unfortunately, there is that unpleasant metallic aroma that usually appears in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, that causes one to recoil. Still, this one smells really great overall.
Taste: The hops come through a lot more in the mouth than they did in the nose, and this is a wonderful thing. There are piney notes and grapefruit notes primarily, and the hops of course give a bitterness. This is backed up by a more than formidable maltiness, mostly in the form of delicious caramel, but the taste is opposite the nose in that the hops overpower here, but coming from Sierra Nevada, that is not a bad thing.
Mouthfeel: Sadly, this is where this beer falls slightly short. There is nothing really wrong or offensive about the mouthfeel, but it is almost painfully average. It errs just a bit on the watery and thin side, but the carbonation is pleasing and exactly where it should be. The hops give a minimal astringency, and there is just a touch of creaminess/syrupyness, which is very odd considering the medium-thin initial mouthfeel.
Overall: This is one of the great, widely available seasonals. It is definitely outside the norm of winter seasonals, but it is deliciously drinkable, nicely warming, sweet, bitter, just everything one can look for in a good beer, and everything one expects from a Sierra Nevada beer. The mouthfeel holds it back from true greatness, but really the beer tastes great, smells delicious, and looks fantastic. Buy yourself a case of this and go into hibernation for the winter; you will thank me (and everyone else who will inevitably recommend this brew) later. 16.5/20
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2012 05:16:10 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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