Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
There is a wonderful and quaint myth that Celebration contains punkin pie spices or some coriander or minced up christmas trees...Then again you also may hear reindeer on the roof if you guzzle the whole 12 pack. For some beers...guzzle the 12,would seem absurd. With celebration,I find it a rather tempting notion.
There are no added spices just the elemental BEER things.
I love that art on the label/6pk/12 pk with the Poinsettas and the cabin in the snow. I gotta scan that and photoshop up christmas cards to all the kind relatives who stopped by in the last month bearing Cel;ebrations. Ironically, in my decades in Calif...I didn't have so many of these as I've had this month.
Pours slightly reddish amber,lots of cream colored froth and will lace the whole glass as you empty it.
Aromas a whiff of Citrus,breadiness,caramel.
Flavor - A brief hint of caramel toasted malt and then the hops. In the winter,I chill a bit less aggressively-and likely that accounts for some added malt substance.
The Malt side is the backup band here and several hops do a Do-Wop harmony with Grapefruit leading,but some piney,spicey and Ganga Resin detectable. Quite a nicely designed show. I think there's more malt background than SNPA and a bit more complex hops. I recall Torpedo being a bit more bitter but here the hops get to show off flavor more.
All in all, a superior IPA and that's something as there's a lot of good IPA's. That $15 12 pack price...obviously is a factor too as I seemed to snatch them up passing through the supermarket.
I would not quite say the mouthfeel is sticky,yet there's a bit of that from the hops,and the body is "right".
Drinkably, not the lightesrt and wettest but I'm reviewing the second bottle which I'd opened about 15 min after finishing the first. Usually, I space my beers. I even peered into the bottle to be sure it really was empty. Alas...it was.
Makes the grey skies of winter a bit more cheery. Not a budget killer. Each bottle seems to feel like a damn good idea. Not sure why this seems more than it is...must be those mythical spices. Jingle all the way.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2010 23:43:38 | More by rembrant
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