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Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GClarkage on 08-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 7
Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep clear copper color with a big off-white head and great lace. The aroma is piney hops and sage with some malt presence, very apetizing. The taste is firm pine hops in a luscious body, some tanginess, plenty of malt base but it's mostly about the hops. It's beautifully balanced, not hugely complex, just damn good!

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- Clear light orange hue, thin white head is mostly dissipating, light lacing
S- Wonderful bourbon and wood aromas dominate, tones of smokey malts, oak wood, cherries, vanilla, dark fruits
T- Initial taste is vanilla and oak, a range of fruit tones appear midway, taste is somewhat diluted and a let-down given the amazing aromas
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, light carbonation
D- Easy-to-drink ale, unfortunately the wood aromas over-ride the core malts and hops, taste doesn't keep pace with the aroma

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Photo of GClarkage
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/11/07- Had on tap at the Toronado 20th Anniversary party.

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- A touch murky and clouded from yeast. Amber colored pour with a 1/4 inch white head. Minor lace markings left behind.

Smell- Has pretty much the same scent as celebration ( a fresh hop boquet and toasted malt), but also a bourbon whiff.

Taste- Again, just like the barrell aged stout, this one has a bit too much bourbon flavor to it. The hop freshness is lost or masked at least because of the bouron. The same roasted caramel malt is there, but the hops are buried. Just tastes like a run of the mill IPA with bourbon.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth and a about perfect carbonation level. Hoppy bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability- I'd take the regular Celebration any day of the week. Decent to good brew, but dumbed down from the bourbon...adds something good, but takes away what made Celebration tremendous.

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Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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