Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by davod23:
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
An old standard. One of the myriad reasons to enjoy the season. Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.
Beautiful beer. Deep, rich reddish golden color with a billowing white head. The head eventually recedes to a chunky, thin cap, but never goes away completely. The reason this beer gets top marks from me is because of the lacing. Massive chunks of white lace all around the glass. Absurdly thick chunks. Absolutely gorgeous.
Smell is quite floral, with citrus zest and a hint of malty sweentess mixed in. It's not overly aggressive, which is fine with me. Instead of punching you in the face with out-of-control hoppiness, this beer plays with you a little bit. Nice.
Taste is how I remember. A decently solid malt backbone gives way to a well-balanced hop flower characteristic. This beer is interesting in that the hops are very prominent in both bitterness and in the floral/citrus taste, but they don't override your taste buds and destroy your palate. Although assertive, the hop characteristic of this brew is kind of soft and gentle. Weird and contradictory to say it, but I don't know how to phrase it better. OK, maybe I do. If IPAs were women, this is the kind of beer you would want your girlfriend to be. A beer like Green Flash West Coast IPA is the kind of beer you'd want to have a sleepless weekend in Vegas with - bold, assertive, take-no-prisoners craziness.
Mouthfeel is good, if unremarkable for the style. Good carbonation. Dry-ish finish.
I will never, ever, ever get sick of drinking this beer. Never. And at about 6%, I'll never have to.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2009 01:39:06 | More by davod23
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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