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Celia Saison - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 20.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of Jayli
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.

Jayli, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of cbutova
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.

cbutova, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +25%

kaelingirl, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of guezarka
3/5  rDev -6.3%

guezarka, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -6.3%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Shaggy9356
2/5  rDev -37.5%

Shaggy9356, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25%

tubbnik, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Pamola
5/5  rDev +56.3%

Pamola, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Buckettt
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Buckettt, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +25%
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!

SkunkWorks, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Viggo, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +25%
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.

thekevlarkid, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

grub, Jun 14, 2010
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Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.