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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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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

jderosia603, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of mpedara429
1.99/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured out a hazy amber color, thin white head, no real retention or lacing to speak of.

S: Booze, bubble gum, clove/spices, and a funky musty scent.

T: Similar to the smell plus hints of orange and dirty gym socks.

M: A lighter body with medium to heavy carbonation. Sharp bitter bite after the beer goes down.

O: If I didn't know any better, I would think this beer was infected. Gym socks and bubble gum are off flavors in beer that are totally unfavorable. On the other hand, I'm perfectly capable of consuming gluten so this may be a treasure for those who are gluten intolerant.

mpedara429, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

LJWalker, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

SupremePie, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

williamjbauer, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

blmar311, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 03/10/13 notes. Picked this up last week at City Swiggers in NYC for $2.89 based soley off the fact that it was from the Alchemist...didn't realize until I got home it was a gluten free beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy deep auburn orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, spice, coriander, spice, floral hops, and some light fruity malts. Nose is decent; lot of orange and lot of spice to it.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, coriander, oranges, citrus, earthy notes, light vegetable, and light fruity malts. Not a big fan of the taste here; I can't put my finger on it but it is kind of weird. Not offensive, but not great. Big step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. A bit overcarbonated.

o - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer. Haven't had a lot of gluten-free beers that I've enjoyed, and this wasn't an exception, though I'd imagien it would be exciting to see a saison style that is gluten-free if you had a gluten allergy. Nose is decent but I didn't really like the taste and it was overcarbonated; while I love the Alchemist I'd skip this one.

mdfb79, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Shankopotamus
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Shankopotamus, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of DanH83
2.6/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gluten free beers are something I've sought only because my GF is gluten intolerant. Once in a while it's nice to cheers beers!

Anyway, this was okay, a little thin and uninteresting. So far, nothing that's Gluten Free can match Tweason'ale. I'll keep searching, but this Saison won't be the go-to for her.

DanH83, Feb 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

Snarf103, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

ksimons, Feb 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

beernads, Feb 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

BugTownPub, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

zadams1, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

mmmaaattt, Jan 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

yossarian14, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of C-Dog
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

C-Dog, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

ejeffer11, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

Tschnab, Jan 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

lKnoXl, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear bright orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Lots of sorghum, or at least what I assume to be sorghum. The orange peel is there as well.

T-Starts with sorghum? Also has a good deal of citrus fruit flavors, like orange and lemon. No bitterness.

M- Light, not much carbonation.

O-The best of two gluten free beers I've had. Shared with someone who is gluten free and he said it was the best he's had.

rlee1390, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: A slight haze on a dull gold. Head is fizzy, bright-white, and drops to a small cap in short order. Solid carbonation with minimal lacing.

Smell: Loaded with orange peel. Backing spiciness from the sorghum pushes something distinct. Vaguely herbal with some lemon and mild backing grassiness. Citrus. Malts are light and bright. Vague notes of peppery spiciness. Almost Belgian in its approach. Hugely floral. So very odd, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Taste: Typical saison yeast hits on barnyard funk with a big push toward damp hay. A solid punch of earthiness and oily orange zest. Pale malts add a touch of sweetness. Some underlying peppery notes. So very floral. Almost like pineapple at times. Apple, pear, and some raw honey. Belgian yeast hits big notes of bubblegum and clove with seriously ripe banana. A bit aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a solid, yet not intense, carbonation. Relatively smooth. A touch of lingering dry bitterness.

Overall: A Vermont-made saison named after a woman? Perhaps we should leave that to Hill Farmstead.

Overall it's not terrible, but it's oddly fruity and floral. The Belgian yeast compliments the unique flavor of sorghum, but it doesn't quite work in the long run. Spice levels are nice but a bit confused.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jk3
1.75/5  rDev -45.3%

jk3, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

baybum, Jan 08, 2013
Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.