Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I've bought at least a case of SNCA every year since 1993 and consider it one of my all time favorites. A truly legendary beer. I know at least a dozen people who independently have told me it is their favorite beer.
Although a seasonal, served at pubs starting every November, there is no spice added. It is purely malt and hops, or rather hops, hops, malt and more hops. The predominant hop is Cascade, but it is dry-hopped with Centennial. When a bottle in uncapped, you can smell the hops across the room. The hoppiness pervades throughout, from the bittering, to the flavor, and on into the aroma and the extensive length. Then aftertaste has you puckering, but the malt sweetness in the next mouthfull, starts you off the at the other end of the scale, circles you through the spectrum, over and over again. Although a consistent 6.8% ABV, and quite bitter, it's easy to pop open another, or to drink by the pitcher in draft form.
As an example of an American IPA, it is the standard.
The color is dark copper with a frothy head that generously laces your glass in a series of parallel lines all the way down. Islands of "dirty" hops float on top of the liquid, sparking daydreams as you savor the excellence of the beer known as Celebration.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2004 02:07:58 | More by farHillsBrewer
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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