Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
To celebrate an amazing Penn State comeback today and as a toast to Joe Paterno's 400th win, I crack my first Sierra Nevada Celebration to him in tribute.
12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.
A - Pours a deep bronze, relatively clear but has some floaties in it. The head grows and grows... finally settling in at around 2.5-fingers high and sticks around to chat before making a quick disappearance several minutes later. Judging by the few bubbles rising, it seems to have mild carbonation at best. As I drink, I see the excellent lacing left behind and am quite impressed.
S - Smells of intense, fresh grapefruit and lush pine forests. Incredibly crisp and almost clears out the sinuses by how rich the smell is. I can best describe this as a relatively normal smelling IPA, but just more oomph, going the extra mile to deliver a bouquet that surprises and excites the olfactory. Light, crisp, flowery, and bitter.
T - I've had my share of Sierra Nevada in my days, and came into this beer with no real expectations. I've read that it is certainly not a Winter Warmer and is lively and fresh, which I found a bit strange as it's a Winter beer, but I'm glad I came in with an open mind. The best I can describe this beer is Torpedo, but much more robust, smooth, and drinkable. I definitely get the recognizable Sierra Nevada hop profile, but it's much more balanced by the malts to not overwhelm the palate. It has the citrus dryness and bitterness, the pine aroma, the sweet, sticky malts. I'm honestly taken aback by this beer. Just fantastic.
M - Mouthfeel, contrary to what I imagined based on the carbonation seen in the glass, is medium with moderate carbonation. Really active in the mouth and flitters on the palate.
D - Drinkability is insanely high. Goes down so smoothly and easily. I finished mine a little more than halfway through this review and am surprised. There's almost no hint of the 6.8% ABV that this beer boasts and the complexity and balance this beer delivers is a recipe for easy-drinking. Combined with such a low price point, this may be a go-to for the next couple months. Here's to Winter!
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2010 05:38:23 | More by nhindian
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