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Celia Saison - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: grub on 06-14-2010

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.
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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.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly surprised to find a new beer out from The Alchemist at Route 7 Liquor and Deli just outside South Burlington. Stopped in to pick up some Heady Topper of course! Poured this one into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy rose gold in color with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing or retention on the head whatsoever.

S - Belgian yeast, coriander, and orange peel are very prominent. Nice earthy scent on the back, but mainly sweet and spicy up front. Not much of that typical, wheaty farmhouse funk that I would expect.

T - Lots of spice up front (mainly pepper and clove), but not really that much sweetness as the nose led on. It was sweeter the first few sips, but then it became more spicy and hoppy. Really nice floral hop finish that lets on more of the earthy funkiness usually found in a farmhouse ale.

M - Light bodied and very crisp, with generous carbonation but not overly so. Since this beer uses sorghum malt instead of normal brewing grains, it comes off as a bit watery and not as rich as a normal saison. A bit dry and sticky on the lips.

O - I didn't get this for the gluten free quality, I got it because of my fond memories of The Alchemist Pub and Brewery. While it's a nice saison and I'm sure a real treat to those that are afflicted with gluten intolerance, it's not quite on par with other saisons that I've had. Glad to see The Alchemist is starting to put out more styles though, and I hope it continues. Up next, Heady Topper!

Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle served cold with a tulip glass at Crop in Stove, VT.

Celia is a slightly hazy amber color with thin white head developed during a straight-forward pour. Very good lacing left behind.

Aroma is sweet and floral with a hint of Belgian yeast.

Flavor is well balanced with elements of herb, spice, yeast, and floral. It's true to style and enjoyable. It isn't until I've enjoyed half of it that I realize it's gluten free.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really nice beer and one I wouldn't mind having regularly if, god forbid, I'm ever gluten intolerant.

Photo of Massbmx
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Yabev15
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of HEADYdb
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of markasparov
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a few of these at Winooski Beverage while grabbing some Lawson’s and Heady cans..figured it was worth a shot. Well, I’m glad I tried it but that’s about the best I can say about this one. Not quite a drain pour but I left a few fingers in my glass. The beer looks fine; nice fluffy head with good retention and decent lacing, clear bodied, orange color. Decent aroma; vaguely herbal and medicinal; Belgian style yeasty notes; spicy and phenolic.

The flavor is where this all went wrong for me. At first sip it’s ok; again lots of the Belgian yeast notes and spice, pepper and orangey citrus, but something unpleasant emerges at the back of the tongue and hits you full force upon swallowing. The aftertaste is very medicinal, soapy and unappealing; I have no experience of sorghum or gluten free beers but if this is what you get I won’t be trying anymore.

The mouthfeel is fine, medium-light bodied, with crisp carbonation. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Again the flavor and aftertaste is not very nice and lingers a bit in the mouth. If you’re really suffering from Celiac’s I might try another drink besides beer, but that’s just like, my opinion, man.

Photo of SalMineo
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of gcotts
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of c_patton
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of rudzud
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of jlogan7
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of claytong
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.74/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of CaptCleveland
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

Photo of cburns48
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.