Celia Saison | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by grub on 06-14-2010

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at The Salty Pig in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small white head that has minimal retention leaving a tiny cap on top. Not much lacing.

S: Rather spicy with some Belgian yeast aromas, coriander, and lots of orange and orange peel.

T: Very similar to the aroma with lots of orange peel and zest along with some nice spice notes. There is a slight floral taste to it, some faint lemon, and a a little apple as well. Some peppery spice also.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, rather easy drinking.

O: Rather enjoyable, probably the best gluten free beer I have some across, probably would not have guessed that it was gluten free in a blind tasting. Having read a few other reviews, I am wondering if there is that much of a difference in palate or bottle variation.

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2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a few of these at Winooski Beverage while grabbing some Lawson’s and Heady cans..figured it was worth a shot. Well, I’m glad I tried it but that’s about the best I can say about this one. Not quite a drain pour but I left a few fingers in my glass. The beer looks fine; nice fluffy head with good retention and decent lacing, clear bodied, orange color. Decent aroma; vaguely herbal and medicinal; Belgian style yeasty notes; spicy and phenolic.

The flavor is where this all went wrong for me. At first sip it’s ok; again lots of the Belgian yeast notes and spice, pepper and orangey citrus, but something unpleasant emerges at the back of the tongue and hits you full force upon swallowing. The aftertaste is very medicinal, soapy and unappealing; I have no experience of sorghum or gluten free beers but if this is what you get I won’t be trying anymore.

The mouthfeel is fine, medium-light bodied, with crisp carbonation. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Again the flavor and aftertaste is not very nice and lingers a bit in the mouth. If you’re really suffering from Celiac’s I might try another drink besides beer, but that’s just like, my opinion, man.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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4/5  rDev +25%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of rudzud
2.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julios. This is Batch 2, as their first batch was recalled due to carbonation issues.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip an almost banana-y hazy yellow with with a nice quarter inch foamy white blanket leaving very light lacing

S - Ehhh. There is some nice light faint orange peel aromas, which I expect, but I just cant get past the herbal/medicinal/weirdness that is sorgum. Gaaah.

T - Light orange and citrus with more of the herbal medicinal, cloves. Someone stated theres an aftertaste of olives...I'm getting that as far as an almost briney aftertaste. The saison yeasty, banana-y flavours are there but ehh...sorgum!

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. Nice carbonation for a saison. Feels good in the mouth. That said, there is a very odd lingering aftertaste that is quite unpleasant.

O - Overall, this beer was somewhat of a trainwreck for me. I just dont dig sorgum based beers I guess, they lend too weird of a taste for my liking.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.74/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely color, honey golden. A soapy head, loose and un-attractive. Retreats quickly, poor head retention. Orange zest, estery saison yeast, pepper, and saw dust, phenolic to boot. An aroma worth expereincing. Peppery, hay, phenolic flavor, yes spicey. Bitter orange peel, check. Farmhouse attitude check. I also pick up a hint of caraway. Fairly rich mouthfeel, but not as dry as saisons should be. If you never told me this was a gluten free beer I'd never know. While not the best saison it certainly is a great beer for being brewed with sorghum.

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3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to the Brattleboro Food Co-op and found this one.
This is interesting because its a gluten free beer made by the Alchemist. The bottle actually reveals that it was bottled in Ipswich Massachusetts.

Regardless I knew it would be a fun beer since it was brewed by the Alchemist.

The beer is not very appealing as far as appearance and smell goes. Because of the absence of yeast and wheat, there is not much carbonation. The smell is very funky. Big time orange peel smell mixed with a clove, and herbal scent.
It tastes very similar to how it smells. The taste was more enjoyable as the beer got closer to 45-50 degrees.

I could see how this beer would not be liked by some people. But I could also see how some people would like the unique taste of a saison.

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2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received as extra.

Clear yellow elixir, thin white head, no lacing.

Sweet, over ripened fruit (peach), yeast, formaldehyde.

Tangy, tart, medicinal. Aftertaste of olives.

Thin, fizzy. Light body. Refreshing.

Maybe a bit old? Not my cup of brew.

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4/5  rDev +25%

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3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from youbrewidrink. Thank you, Joe.

Clear orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a thin disk rather rapidly, this beer looks pretty good! Head retention and the clarity are poor for the style, but considering this beer is gluten free, I guess that's to be expected. The nose has a pretty intense spice character (from the sorghum), herbal, spicy and mildly astringent bringing to mind a blend of coriander and thyme. A definite "green twig" aroma is present - is that the celia hops? A mild citrus is present, faint but noticeable and aided by the power of suggestion. The yeast hasn't brought a lot to the table here, but enough to complement the grain bill.

The palate is pretty darned spicy! Wow. Coriander, caraway, thyme and bark, along with a definite blend of orange and lemon zest, fruity but not particularly bitter. An herbal tannic character is present, especially on the mid-palate, lending a mild bitterness. The saison yeast is in the background, playing second fiddle to the sorghum and hops.As it warms up, the citrus notes grow in prominence. Drying and herbal on the finish with a blend of coriander, orange peel and ginger, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. A touch watery, but apart from that, I can't criticize it too much. Ultimately, as a saison it's not the best, but is easily the best gluten-free beer I've had.

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3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this. I must also remark on the irony that I was unable to get this in VT when he acquired it in MA.

Consumed 5/12/12

Appearance: Mostly clear but slightly hazy, pale golden orange - starts with a nice, white, fizzy head, fades to a little ring with minimal lacing

Smell: Very floral, with Belgian yeast and orange peel - slight clove and banana from the yeast, but not much of the typical farmhouse funk (this is very clean, not necessarily a bad thing) - at first whiff, the pale malt profile could probably pass for barley - but it is a little different, thanks to the sorghum - starts to get a little more strange (not in a good way) when this hits room temperature

Taste: Strange, but in a good way - the orange peel is quite obvious and quite prominent - orange and lemon flesh - a spicy bitterness- some clove and dry banana from the yeast - like the aroma, it tastes flowery - some earthiness, grassiness - lightly bready, peppery, with some light fruits and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, a little chewy

Overall: Tasty, and somehow gluten-free!

This beer is a little odd. It's cleaner and fruitier than what I would expect in a saison. And somehow this is a gluten-free beer. It's like some of the ingredients cancel out or mask the weirdness of sorghum. This is not an amazing saison, but it is an amazing gluten-free beer. Bonus points!

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 248 ratings