Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
No freshness date on bottle other than '2011' as year.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.
Pours a >2cm head of cream-colored foam made up of fairly small bubbles. This gives the head a very dense, pillowy appeal to it. Head descends gradually, but never fading completely (remains a 0.5cm cap on the body) leaving enormous amounts of lacing. Body is orange amber in color, slightly hazy
Aroma is notably hoppy, pulling in strong pine and juniper, along with noticeable grapefruit and orange. Slightly sweet and cracker-like from malt, but appropriately overshadowed by hops. Good, but not exceptional.
Taste opens with Interesting combination of hop flavors, ranging from a burnt or toasted hop, pine, juniper, to very light grapefruit and orange citrus. Some hop bitterness, but nothing too crushing. Malt backbone is never too far away, giving off adequate caramel sweetness for balance. Aftertaste of mild pine resin and hop bitterness. Fairly complex and enjoyable.
Beer is medium-bodied with enough carbonation to foam this up a bit on the palate. Feels somewhat creamy on the palate. Dry finish, slightly astringent.
An extremely tempered and pleasing IPA. The pine hop flavors seem appropriate for the time of year, though this would be excellent at any point one wanted a very hop-forward beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2011 05:42:24 | More by falloutsnow
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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