Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nsabo:
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
1) Sierra Nevada, you have have a reputation for tradition, why brew an IPA (something I can find anytime of the year) instead of a winter warmer (something I can only find once a year)?
2) It is difficult to review this without referencing their Torpedo IPA, sorry for those who aren't familiar with it.
SN brews always have a noticeable "fresh" taste about them, this beer is by far the freshest. Like Torpedo, this tastes more like a wet, sweet malty English IPA than a drier, hopped-up American IPA. Hops are still prevalent, though: very floral, piney with tart grapefruit and wet, but not sticky, finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but surprisingly not very heavy, almost like it’s on nitro.
I enjoy Torpedo, this just tastes like a fresher, hoppier, smoother version. Not a radical departure, though, and probably the only seasonal IPA this time of year.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2011 04:45:15 | More by nsabo
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4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: Pours with large, creamy, billowy, medium sized bubbles, off-white (light orange hue) head. Slow, sticky retention with big bubbles collapsing creates a creamy, medium sized top layer that leaves random, sticky lacing. Clear, golden amber with light haze particles. Golden like sap from a pine three on a fresh summer morning (some poetry shit).
Smell: Some fruity feeling, mostly citrus (grapefruit) and rich pine with light grain and stronger caramel medium light sweetness. Also some floral notes. Refreshing, cleans your nose. Not flashy (which is a good thing in this case).
Taste: Light sweet lemon start to solid malt backbone in the middle, mostly light caramel medium sweetness, connects everything well. Ends with satisfying medium bitterness, pine all the way with light caramel sweetness. Sweetness and bitterness (mostly bitterness) linger in your mouth for a while, teasing you to make another sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation (light crisp), makes it a bit lighter, fresher but still smooth enough. Light dry finish.
Overall: Pine goodness, doesn't joke around, knows what it wants and delivers. Everything as it should be, some would call it boring but the strong pine driven character with solid caramel backbone does it for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 17:16:32 | More by tmzl
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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