Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, with a code on the side reading 2304119:38. 2012 Sierra Nevada Celebration. Expectations are somewhat average; Sierra Nevada hasn't really blown me away with anything yet. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.
A - Pours a nice two and a half fingers of fluffly doughy off-white head, with excellent retention. Very nice caramel candied orange colored body. Plenty of bubbles rushing to the top. Nice big sheets of lacing.
S - Underneath all that persisting head, the only aromas I manage to pick up are that of a toasted caramelized malt sweetness, with a bit of underlying grapefruit / pine needle hops. I almost sense a bit of vanilla sweetness, or alcohol astringency.
T - From the first sip onward, I was extremely impressed with what this beer had to offer. Sweet apple fruitiness, some bitter grapefruit hops, sweet caramelized malts. Smooth and creamy, and extremely well-balanced. Perfect level of hop bitterness paired with the malt profile.
M - Sticky green apple sweetness lingering around. Some grapefruit bitterness stick around also. Otherwise the beer is smooth and creamy, and highly drinkable by all means.
Overall, I'm glad I decided to stop sleeping on this beer and pick up a bottle. Highly balanced and tasty, and with a nice warming 6.80% abv, I think I might even like this beer better than Lagunitas Sucks, just because of how well balanced the Sierra Nevada Celebration is. I'll be sure to pick it up again in coming years. Well done, Sierra Nevada.
Sierra Nevada Celebration ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2013 21:20:31 | More by mfnmbvp
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