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Celia Saison - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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: cbutova on 04-23-2012

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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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Kinsman
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Dope
3.67/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

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.

Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Jayli
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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2/5  rDev -37.3%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Pamola
5/5  rDev +56.7%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of Buckettt
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy amber, light white head with some lacing

S- The sorghum is really strong, but there's some banana and clove as well

T- Starts sweet with the banana, ends lemony and slightly bitter, that bitterness I attribute to the sorghum, as it's such a unique bitter flavor

M- Barely carbonated, almost flat, somewhat heavy

O- I'm extremely impressed as this is a GF beer, which are truly in a league of their own. I'm gluten intolerant, so I really appreciate any attempts at GF beers, and so far this is the best I've had. I find it's a little unfair to rate it against non GF beers since there's such a disadvantage to GF beers, but it's honestly worth a go for my fellow gluten intolerant beer lovers.

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

Had on tap at the Alchemist in Waterbury, VT. Served in a pint.

Look: hazy amber body with a thin, off white layer of foam at the top. Good retention and excellent lacing. A bit darker than I am used to from Saisons but still looks good.

Smell: some sweetness, maybe that's from the sorghum. Lightly hopped with floral hops and bits of Belgian yeast inspired aromas. Smells pretty good.

Taste: follows the nose nicely. Floral hops, Belgian yeast, and bits of apple. Good.

Feel: a bit thick for a saison but still on the thin side. Crisply carbonated and easy drinking.

Drink: could easily be sessioned.

So this is what a gluten free beer tastes like. Interesting. I liked this one but I don't think it was the best offering by the Alchemist. Still, beats the pants off of most other beers in the world. I would certainly recommend it... once you've had everything else on the menu! Cheers!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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

Off the tap at the brewery this gluten free beer made from Sorghum was a dark, golden color with one-finger of off-white head. The retention was good and the lacing in sliding patches. The aroma was a pleasant blend of caramel malt, bready malt, grassy hops and floral notes. The flavors were quite tasty for a gluten free beer. Clearly it was not traditional malt but it wasn't overly tart or sour as many Sorghum beers can be. The alcohol was well concealed and the Sorghum came off as citrus and floral hops. The mouthfeel was good, the body light and the carbonation good.

Photo of grub
4.28/5  rDev +34.2%
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.

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Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.