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Celia Saison - Ipswich Ale Brewery

Celia SaisonCelia Saison

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 21.32%

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Gluten-free Saison-style beer made with sorghum and brewed with orange peel.

Previously brewed by The Alchemist, Ipswich now owns the brand and production.

(Beer added by: cbutova on 04-23-2012)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its missing some body, being gluten free, still drinkable. Spicy Vegetable, herbal tea like tulsi with red mango, something I would be Ok with health food, buckwheat and chia seeds. Pronounced orange peel is a nice touch.Dry finish, carbonation is above average. I would be OK cooking with this or using in place of...balsamic vinegar? Saison yeast in aftertaste. Medium yellow, fairly clear, a foamer with a touch of lace.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 02:55:30 | More by Sammy
Photo of Thorpe429


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on November 4, 2010.

Pours a moderate amber color with nice white head and a bit of lacing as the beer goes down. Nose brings some floral hops, citrus, spice, generic sweetness, and some light fruits.

The flavor is pretty light and delicate. There's some citrus, light peach, some stone fruits, a bit of spice, mildly-sweet malt, and a touch of earth. Pretty good body and carbonation. Smooth and easy-drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 12:52:26 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of orange peel in the nose.
T: The taste has a mixture of sorghum and orange peels along with some hints of medicinal flavors and faint bits of spices.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is no dryness.
O: This beer has some off flavors but at least the orange peels help to mask some of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:52:36 | More by metter98
Photo of jlindros


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Should be an interesting beer. I've been waiting to try this for some time now.

Pours a light fizzy pasty white 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, no lacing, over mostly clear yellow orange citrus colored beer.

Nose is interesting, lots of floral aromas, lemony, lemon zest, light floral saison spices, hint of a creamy malt like aroma, bit of a candied citrus zest, a bit fruity, light floral and lemony hop bitter like aroma.

Taste comes with a weird malty-like flavor that I'm guessing is the sorghum, slight creamy and wants to be sticky but isn't. Then bitter lemon zest, candied lemon, floral citrusy flavors and light floral saison spices, and some lemony floral hops with a touch of bitterness. It has an herbal like earthy weird flavors I can't really label that takes away from it slightly, and just a touch of bubblegum. Light husk and weird medicinal flavor. Finish is quite dry, with more floral spices, lemony flavors, and bit of the medicinal flavor.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall just didn't do it for me. It has some really strange flavors I couldn't put a finger on, and a light medicinal and husk flavor. Not sure if this came from the sorghum or off flavors, but just wasn't getting me off the ground.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 01:21:44 | More by jlindros
Photo of smcolw


2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent starting head. Some spots on the glass. Cloudy gold color.

White pepper and plastic smells. Reminds me of Creepy Crawlers.

Medicinal and plasticy taste--a clear miss. Behind this are the typical Saison flavor of astringent malt and hop bitterness. Good, lasting aftertaste of bitterness from the hop finish. Respectable body with a mildly elevated level of carbonation. Overall, I can't get over the plastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 20:48:51 | More by smcolw
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 03/10/13 notes. Picked this up last week at City Swiggers in NYC for $2.89 based soley off the fact that it was from the Alchemist...didn't realize until I got home it was a gluten free beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy deep auburn orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, spice, coriander, spice, floral hops, and some light fruity malts. Nose is decent; lot of orange and lot of spice to it.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, coriander, oranges, citrus, earthy notes, light vegetable, and light fruity malts. Not a big fan of the taste here; I can't put my finger on it but it is kind of weird. Not offensive, but not great. Big step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. A bit overcarbonated.

o - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer. Haven't had a lot of gluten-free beers that I've enjoyed, and this wasn't an exception, though I'd imagien it would be exciting to see a saison style that is gluten-free if you had a gluten allergy. Nose is decent but I didn't really like the taste and it was overcarbonated; while I love the Alchemist I'd skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 14:23:10 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Rifugium


2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from the Alchemist

Poured into a Heady Topper stemless snifter, a darker amber color, fairly hazy, with a rocky off-white head that retained well and left some lacing on the glass. Bready malts and lots of funk in the nose, lesser notes of citrus rind and floral hops. Taste of funky wet hay, earth, cardboard, cobwebs, hints of old orange peel, pith and all, imparting a lasting bitterness. Stale and astringent, and not very good overall. Body was about medium, carbonation moderate. Seemed like a beer past its prime, though I got it straight from the brewery and it was in my fridge for just a couple weeks, so...I don't know. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 20:25:39 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear amber/golden, huge and creamy looking white head forms, very thick, settles down to a very thick layer, tons of lace sticks on the glass, this looks good, very bright.

Smell is neat, sweet and perfumey, honey, some floral, oranges, apples, strawberry, grapes, lavender, a bit of caramel, lightly spicy, very neat nose.

Taste is neat too, lots of floral and perfume, apple juice, very fruity, apricot and honey, lavender, white grapes, orange peel, a bit of spice, some caramel, pears, interesting but the apple character isn't my favourite.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied with medium carbonation. The nose is great, flavour is interesting, but definitely the best gluten free beer I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 19:51:24 | More by Viggo
Photo of DrJay


2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy straw yellow with a thin skim of whitish bubbles. Decent retention. Strange aroma, bananas and a bit of citrus, with a pronounced sweat sock character, a bit spicy. Lemony and citrus bitterness with fruity sweetness and a spicy, salty finish. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit dry. This just didn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:18:47 | More by DrJay
Photo of Slatetank


2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I purchased this from half-time, enjoyed chilled in a pub glass.

The color is golden with brilliant clarity with thick cream of white cap with fine bead and a lace that sticks with good retention. The smell is kind of band-aid like with a phenolic yeast and slight citrus element in the aroma. The feel is moderately carbonated and semi light body with very light sweetness, but mostly dry with a gentle warmth of alcohol in the finish.

The taste is not good, it has that slight herbal, semi-medicinal character I have encountered in other gluten free beers. The flavor has a slight citrus tinge but more pith than actual fruit with a slight grainy dry husky quality in the middle and odd earthy almost grassy and more band-aid type flavors in the back of the throat which seems to linger after the sip with a slight bitter herbal element that mixes with a light alcohol finish. Overall this is not the worst beer I have ever had, nor the worst gluten free beer I have tasted, but it is certainly not worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 01:25:34 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Brad007


3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember having this at the old brewpub and I was thrilled to hear that it was being bottled by Mercury Brewing. It's a great way to make this beer available to a wider audience.

Cloudy blond with gold streaks and a thin head in my glass. Looks like a saison.

Sweet with lots of floral and citrus notes. Very subtle. It doesn't grab you by the hoo-hoo or anything.

Sweet, peppery and funky. Flowery with only a hint of citrus. The sorghum adds a sweet, mediciny flavor to the overall mix. It's not sickly sweet though.

Pepper, funk and flowers linger in the mouthfeel. Could use more of a citrus kick. A bit hard to enjoy for some reason.

Not for everyone but gluten-free consumers will appreciate this addition. It's well above other gluten-free offerings and if you're looking for flavor, ditch the Redbridge and give this a shot!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:47:10 | More by Brad007
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a very small thin patch, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of coriander, orange peel, sugary sweetness, alcohol, and some very light grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a fairly strong flavor of peppery spices followed by the taste of coriander and orange peel, giving it a moderate amount of bitterness. Slightly medicinal.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of chalky dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely one of the best gluten-free beers that I have tried but unfortunately as a saison fan I was a little disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:15:40 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DefenCorps


3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from youbrewidrink. Thank you, Joe.

Clear orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a thin disk rather rapidly, this beer looks pretty good! Head retention and the clarity are poor for the style, but considering this beer is gluten free, I guess that's to be expected. The nose has a pretty intense spice character (from the sorghum), herbal, spicy and mildly astringent bringing to mind a blend of coriander and thyme. A definite "green twig" aroma is present - is that the celia hops? A mild citrus is present, faint but noticeable and aided by the power of suggestion. The yeast hasn't brought a lot to the table here, but enough to complement the grain bill.

The palate is pretty darned spicy! Wow. Coriander, caraway, thyme and bark, along with a definite blend of orange and lemon zest, fruity but not particularly bitter. An herbal tannic character is present, especially on the mid-palate, lending a mild bitterness. The saison yeast is in the background, playing second fiddle to the sorghum and hops.As it warms up, the citrus notes grow in prominence. Drying and herbal on the finish with a blend of coriander, orange peel and ginger, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. A touch watery, but apart from that, I can't criticize it too much. Ultimately, as a saison it's not the best, but is easily the best gluten-free beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:21:33 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of woosterbill


3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear pale amber body with a frothy finger of white head that settles into a nice cap and leaves some light lace. Pretty.

S: Hugely phenolic, dry, citrusy Saison yeast - definitely reminds me of the Wyeast French Saison strain that I've used for homebrew in the past. Intense and enjoyable.

T: Spicy, medicinal, dry yeastiness dominates, with a bit of mildly sweet sorghum underneath. A little muddled, but really great for being gluten free.

M: A little thin, moderately carbonated. All right.

O: By far the best gluten free beer I've ever had, but that's really not saying a whole lot. It's not a Saison that I'll be seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:03:14 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden straw color with an airy puffy white head. Definitely a couple of shades darker than a traditional saison.

The aroma is floral and sugary sweet. Big clove and candi sugar presence with some flower and bubblegum notes. Some white pepper and light grass/hay. Its a nice aroma a bit aggressive for the style.

The taste is not as bold and more to the style. The malt is a little dirty but has a dry pils character. The hops are subtle and grassy. The yeast provides some floral notes and hay, not much clove or bubblegum. Light orange peel provides a nice fruity note. I am glad they didn't overdo the orange. It has a dry and lightly bitter finish which hits the style points.

The feel is light and dry. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

A very respectable saison and props for it being gluten free. No off flavors, perhaps a tad bitter with the orange peel and hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 21:18:12 | More by Gmann
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed brassy color with a white head that just thinned to a ring.

S - sweet floral aroma with a citrus background.

T - sweet clementine upfront with a little too much citrus rind bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O - It's ok but I'm glad I can tolerate gluten!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:45:59 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of rudzud


2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julios. This is Batch 2, as their first batch was recalled due to carbonation issues.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip an almost banana-y hazy yellow with with a nice quarter inch foamy white blanket leaving very light lacing

S - Ehhh. There is some nice light faint orange peel aromas, which I expect, but I just cant get past the herbal/medicinal/weirdness that is sorgum. Gaaah.

T - Light orange and citrus with more of the herbal medicinal, cloves. Someone stated theres an aftertaste of olives...I'm getting that as far as an almost briney aftertaste. The saison yeasty, banana-y flavours are there but ehh...sorgum!

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. Nice carbonation for a saison. Feels good in the mouth. That said, there is a very odd lingering aftertaste that is quite unpleasant.

O - Overall, this beer was somewhat of a trainwreck for me. I just dont dig sorgum based beers I guess, they lend too weird of a taste for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:23:14 | More by rudzud
Photo of ehammond1

2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Hazed dark orange with a small off-white head that doesn't leave much in the way of stick down the glass. Appropriate for the style.

The aroma is easily the best aspect of this beer. It's actually quite nice, and does nothing to warn the sorry drinker who's about to put it to his lips. There's nice floral and citrus elements, along with some bread, and a hint of barnyard. Quite nice.

The flavor, however, is a different story. It's overly bitter, and none of the floral and citrus elements present in the nose appear in the flavor. There's some chemical flavor in sip, swallow, and finish, with an astringent alcohol tone as well. Not good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is not where this beer falls apart.

I didn't notice it at first, but this is a gluten-free beer. I believe it is my first, and, this one did nothing to get me excited to try my second. I'm either going to continue smelling this or drainpour it--I haven't decided yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:38:22 | More by ehammond1
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up locally...just couldn't resist checking out something from the alchemist. enjoyed from my HF tulipy wine glass.

a - brew poured a murky orange with a foamy head and visible carbonation. the head fizzled away quick, but left a thin skin of bubbles.

s - sweet coriander and orange peel. some grassiness and a bit of bubble gum.

t - at first a burst of coriander, orange peel and bubblegum sweetness which is almost immediately overtaken by some weird off spiciness. each successive sip boasts more of this almost moldy flavor. not really digging it.

m - prickly but leaves an off aftertaste. the orange peel is there, but the forefront of the beer is just like an odd pepper dominant thing that i don't love.

o - overall, i figured anything alchemist is a safe bet. i have a few friends who are gluten free and as a beer geek i feel it is my responsibility to help show them that you can still have cool beer even if you are gluten free. as such, i've had a few gluten free beers and it is cool to see folks experimenting with various styles for gluten free beers, but all i can say is that i'm glad i'm not restricted to these types of beers as some friends of mine are. everyone's palate is different so i might pass one of these along to my gluten free friends, but this is not one for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:47:03 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep golden color. Acceptable head. The head does manage to lace quite well. Couldn't see if it was hazy.

S-Some Belgian aspects mixed with some cool American aromas. Sweet and a bit fruity. Yeasty and a bit hoppy too. Interesting. I am excited to try it.

T-Follows the nose quite well. Flowery, slightly bitter, fruity too. Yeasty as well. Pretty neat.

M-Light carbonation. Body is a bit thick for me. Would have enjoyed a bit lighter body. It is quite smooth however.

O/D-I am not sure which Saison I liked better, this or Sass Mouth. This was a bit more mellow, and I may have enjoyed the easy flavors more. Glad to try it but when I go back I would put my money to the hoppy Alchemist brews.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 22:16:12 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of mdaschaf


3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at The Salty Pig in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small white head that has minimal retention leaving a tiny cap on top. Not much lacing.

S: Rather spicy with some Belgian yeast aromas, coriander, and lots of orange and orange peel.

T: Very similar to the aroma with lots of orange peel and zest along with some nice spice notes. There is a slight floral taste to it, some faint lemon, and a a little apple as well. Some peppery spice also.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, rather easy drinking.

O: Rather enjoyable, probably the best gluten free beer I have some across, probably would not have guessed that it was gluten free in a blind tasting. Having read a few other reviews, I am wondering if there is that much of a difference in palate or bottle variation.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:44:59 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewpub may 31/2010. a gluten-free saison made with sorghum. 5.4% and 30 IBU.

pours crystal clear deep yellow with a big fluffy white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is good. honey and a bit of caramel. a nice blend of spice with no one element really jumping out. nice floral edge that never gets perfumey. hint of alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch of light orangey citrus.

taste is great. much like the aroma with a touch of caramel sweetness. you'd never pick it out as being gluten-free.

mouthfeel is great. medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance, leaning just a bit toward sweetness. nice depth and complexity. a win even if you like gluten, and a huge win if not.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 18:37:12 | More by grub
Photo of cbutova


4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New bottles, picked up a week or so ago. Sorghum beer brewed with orange peels according to the label.

A- Poured into a snifter with a hazy orange body. Small white head forms but doesn't have great retention. Creamy cloud atop the beer and a bubbly ring. A few spots of lace.

S- A mix of Saison/Belgian yeast hints, sorghum and some fruit. Clove, banana, orange zest and some yeast spice.

T- I get more complexity and overall strength in the flavor. Sort of a mix of floral, fruity, spicy and perfumey. Clove and yeast spice notes are big. Notes of apple juice, oranges, raisin, coriander, sorghum, coriander, tart grapes and bread.

MF- Very bubbly carbonation stings the tongue in a light but silky body. Somewhat bitter and a slight tartness.

Probably the best gluten free sorghum beer I have had thus far. I can tell there is something different about it compared to barley beers but it is quite tasty, refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:55:30 | More by cbutova
Photo of harrymel


1.55/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Gluten Free, made with sorghum. I'm excited for this given the advance of some sorghum beers lately (Widmer really did it right IMO)
Bottled: unk

Muddled apricot color with a fine light cream sheet of foam. Nice cloudy lace. Smells of flowers, coriander, clay, udder hand lotion, a hint of butter and some orange peel. The yeast is pretty intense in the nose. Flavor is heavily yeasty and has an almost mushy consistency for me, hard for me to get past the yeast here. Some medicinal character and black olive juice flavors. Boom, just realized why I dislike this beer - the yeast reminds me of Unibroue - nasty. Full thickness and slippery with a longer than desired finish for me. I am thankful to have had this, I am thankful to never likely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 07:06:14 | More by harrymel
Photo of OtherShoe2


4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellowish and a bit hazy, with a good head to start, and a ring of foam right at the end.

Yeast, rind bitterness, and a little spice at the end in the nose. perfect for saison.

Dry bitter brew, and I like it a lot. You get the orange rind note to a T. Hops, malt, yeast, and dried musty notes. Bitterness is long and has a touch of acidic bite. Bitter, dry, malt and earth (dust?) in the end.

Medium light bodied.

Terrific version of the style. Had 2 very different saisons back to back. Liked this the best. Very worthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 23:45:31 | More by OtherShoe2
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Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.