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Celia Saison - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 20.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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jlogan7

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-21-2012 02:03:18 | More by jlogan7
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claytong

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

05-20-2012 12:34:33 | More by claytong
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely color, honey golden. A soapy head, loose and un-attractive. Retreats quickly, poor head retention. Orange zest, estery saison yeast, pepper, and saw dust, phenolic to boot. An aroma worth expereincing. Peppery, hay, phenolic flavor, yes spicey. Bitter orange peel, check. Farmhouse attitude check. I also pick up a hint of caraway. Fairly rich mouthfeel, but not as dry as saisons should be. If you never told me this was a gluten free beer I'd never know. While not the best saison it certainly is a great beer for being brewed with sorghum.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:28:15 | More by pmlondrigan
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to the Brattleboro Food Co-op and found this one.
This is interesting because its a gluten free beer made by the Alchemist. The bottle actually reveals that it was bottled in Ipswich Massachusetts.

Regardless I knew it would be a fun beer since it was brewed by the Alchemist.

The beer is not very appealing as far as appearance and smell goes. Because of the absence of yeast and wheat, there is not much carbonation. The smell is very funky. Big time orange peel smell mixed with a clove, and herbal scent.
It tastes very similar to how it smells. The taste was more enjoyable as the beer got closer to 45-50 degrees.

I could see how this beer would not be liked by some people. But I could also see how some people would like the unique taste of a saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 14:11:08 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received as extra.

Clear yellow elixir, thin white head, no lacing.

Sweet, over ripened fruit (peach), yeast, formaldehyde.

Tangy, tart, medicinal. Aftertaste of olives.

Thin, fizzy. Light body. Refreshing.

Maybe a bit old? Not my cup of brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 22:04:22 | More by CaptCleveland
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25%

05-13-2012 06:46:30 | More by PatGreer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this. I must also remark on the irony that I was unable to get this in VT when he acquired it in MA.

Consumed 5/12/12

Appearance: Mostly clear but slightly hazy, pale golden orange - starts with a nice, white, fizzy head, fades to a little ring with minimal lacing

Smell: Very floral, with Belgian yeast and orange peel - slight clove and banana from the yeast, but not much of the typical farmhouse funk (this is very clean, not necessarily a bad thing) - at first whiff, the pale malt profile could probably pass for barley - but it is a little different, thanks to the sorghum - starts to get a little more strange (not in a good way) when this hits room temperature

Taste: Strange, but in a good way - the orange peel is quite obvious and quite prominent - orange and lemon flesh - a spicy bitterness- some clove and dry banana from the yeast - like the aroma, it tastes flowery - some earthiness, grassiness - lightly bready, peppery, with some light fruits and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, a little chewy

Overall: Tasty, and somehow gluten-free!

This beer is a little odd. It's cleaner and fruitier than what I would expect in a saison. And somehow this is a gluten-free beer. It's like some of the ingredients cancel out or mask the weirdness of sorghum. This is not an amazing saison, but it is an amazing gluten-free beer. Bonus points!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 06:09:51 | More by angrybabboon
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cburns48

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-10-2012 23:32:16 | More by cburns48
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-09-2012 15:52:39 | More by TheRuss9585
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deanhead

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-09-2012 14:51:59 | More by deanhead
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Kinsman

California

3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack to share with gluten intolerant friends. Previously have only had sips of a few different gluten free beers but I can already tell this a much better product.

Pours a hazy orange colored body with a nice bubbly white head on top. Fades quicker than your normal saison but some sacrifices have to be made I'm guessing.

Pleasant aroma with a distinct fruit note from the orange peel, which is complimented well by spicy yeast notes. A notable clove-like aroma becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

A nice variety of flavor on the palate with a healthy dose of peppery and clove like spice flavors that are ever so lightly balanced out by the floral hop notes. Finishes with a slightly earthy/musty funk reminiscent of many saisons.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and rather unique. I'm not sure the full effect sorghum malt has in terms of flavor and feel but there seems be lacking the rich texture you get from other brewing grains. Overall, this is certainly an enjoyable saison even for gluten-tolerant drinkers but not one I'd turn to every time. Gluten intolerant drinkers however can finally rejoice in having a real tasty beer to enjoy with their beer drinking counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 20:07:51 | More by Kinsman
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

05-06-2012 22:04:44 | More by nathanjohnson
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dfecteau

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.3%

05-06-2012 18:45:00 | More by dfecteau
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Fattsmagee

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.3%

05-06-2012 17:25:42 | More by Fattsmagee
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jjcote

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-05-2012 20:30:38 | More by jjcote
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden-orange pour with a good sized fluffy white head. Fades at about a medium pace. Almost no lacing.

S: Green grape skins and oranges oddly enough. Kind of a spicy peppery aroma with a little clove from the yeast.

T: Tart orange followed by some sort of strange and strong spice character. It keeps getting stronger through the middle of the taste and then finally starts to fade into the aftertaste. It's VERY peppery but beyond that I can't describe it. I guess it's probably the sorghum. Very strong and pervading spiciness which lingers long into the aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, relatively smooth but with a bristling spiciness.

O: Very unique brew. I've never had a gluten-free beer before. This is extremely spicy, tastes very close to a sharp black pepper. I guess it's a good style of beer to choose since some saisons can be very peppery. It's not bad but nothing I'd try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 05:00:50 | More by Dope
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Brad007

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
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
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25%
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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mbs11

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25%

05-02-2012 04:21:07 | More by mbs11
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/4
Poured into a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a 1/4 inch of bone white, bubbly head. Head recedes immediately leaving no lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is fruity, and major soapy floral hop notes.

T: Taste has a lot soapy floral hops at the forefront. Yeast, hay and grass come in to even things out. Finish has a continued grassiness with an orange peel and lemon zest flavoring, notes of clove spicing mingle in as well.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

O: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, not too filling, nice kick, ok representation of style. The floral notes could be a touch overdone for some, and if you get used to that, it is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 15:18:41 | More by Jayli
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +27.5%
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
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +25%

04-09-2012 14:23:43 | More by kaelingirl
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guezarka

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.3%

04-06-2012 04:41:36 | More by guezarka
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smi

New York

3/5  rDev -6.3%

04-06-2012 00:37:02 | More by smi
Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.