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Celia Saison - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 21%
Wants: 9
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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3/5  rDev -6%

BGsWo22, Nov 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

DavidBart, Oct 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6%

InspectorBob, Oct 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

brandonld23, Oct 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

pwoody11, Oct 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

ummswimmin, Sep 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

corysmith01, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

trxxpaxxs, Sep 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

garrisonp, Sep 03, 2013
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.

Slatetank, Aug 30, 2013
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1/5  rDev -68.7%

dfhhead25, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Maillard, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

mrchrisray, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first gluten-free beer. Interested to try it but I have to admit I am not overly optimistic.

Beer is cloudy golden with a moderately-sized white head.

Nose contains orange peel quite strongly. Yeast is there as well, and a peppery scent. Nothing gives away the lack of barely or wheat.

Taste-wise, the beer seems a bit thin. Orange and spices are upfront, as well as a strong bubblegum flavour. Yeast. Not sure what taste the sorghum gives- to me it just doesn't seem to have a big malt base. The aftertaste is not very good and tastes a bit odd- my assumption is this is the sorghum. It gets worse as it warms and becomes unpleasant.

Light bodied, strongly carbonated. Too fizzy, but otherwise refreshing. The odd aftertaste detracts.

At first I thought this beer was unexciting but pretty good, considering the restrictions placed on its creation. However, particularly as it warms, the aftertaste gets more pronounced and is really not very pleasant.

jrenihan, Jul 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

EricClayton, May 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6%

tattoopunk031, May 16, 2013
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3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange, brownish. Quite cloudy. Not much head kicked upon the initial pour, but I was able to kick some up with a few swirls. Small, dissipating head, beige in color - kinda yellow in an odd way. Not a ton of aroma. I'm picking up the orange peel. Some mildly gummy grain sweetness. The taste is rather clean for a gluten free beer, but there isn't much character. Quite dry which probably helps avoid the off notes I've noticed in other sorghum beers. The orange peel is probably the strongest flavor, though there's also some pepper to it. Touches of other spice as well, probably from the yeast. Mouthfeel is a touch gummy but better than almost any other gluten free that I've tried. This is decent but I expected more. I feel like the orange peel is covering flaws.

popery, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

krisbee, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6%

Kegatron, May 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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1/5  rDev -68.7%

JLapadura, Apr 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.