Celestial Altar
Burial Beer Co.

Celestial AltarCelestial Altar
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,911
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #16,094
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
12
From:
Burial Beer Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 2019: A place for mankind. Made with the righteous apostles at Modern Times Beer. Mashed with chaos-inducing but absolutely satisfying rye malt. Double Dry-Hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe T90 and Cryo.

2020: A resurrection for our shrine of peaceful thought. Made with the righteous apostles at Modern Times Beer. Mashed with chaos-inducing but absolutely satisfying rye malt. Double Dry-Hopped with Galaxy, hand-selected Cashmere, and Citra and Cashmere Cryo.
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely milky murky pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate pale orange + pale golden yellow + peach + apricot colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy creamy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of juicy citrus/grapefruit + tropical/melon + tropical/mango + citrus/lemon zest + citrus/lime peel + herbal hops over the top of moderate aromas of biscuit + pale + spicy rye + oat + wheat malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit + pale + spicy rye + oat + wheat malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy citrus/grapefruit + tropical/melon + tropical/mango + citrus/lemon zest + citrus/lime peel + herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness that lingers slightly leaving some residual herbal + citrus zest hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp with a light to moderate amount of soft/fluffiness mid-body with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly soft/fluffy mouthfeel with a light amount of bitterness. Enjoyable with a slightly different hop profile than a lot of other NEIPAs with the citrus zest/peel and herbal hops flavors + aromas.

Sep 13, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 version.

Appearance: Pours a liberally cloudy, dingy Tuscan yellow body with an inch of frothed, white foam.

Smell: Wafting citrus and tropical fruit juices with a big pop of bitterish, oily lemon and tangerine supported by lighter hints of herbs, yardmelon and vagueberries.

Taste: Creamy, silky schtew of rustic, raw grains - it opens rather dry beyond just a tiny hint of upfront sweetness. Spicy elements lead to tangy-tart-acidic citruses, peppery greens and sweetish, summertime melon juice. Moderate bitterness which steadily rolls into the spicy, earthy qualities and remains through the smooth finish, though there is a final kick of citric fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Cushiony mouthfeel.

Overall: Solid, good and appreciated. It skirts some of my prime hazy-thing gripes: it eschews grain rawness akin to unpalatable uncooked flour paste, it maintained a levity in its acidity and carbonation to counteract any perceived gloopiness and while we couldn't toss Citra, it wasn't the so, sooo tired combination of merely Mosaic-Citra, adding in Cashmere and Galaxy.

Sep 07, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/13/20; drank 8/20/20 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; decent lace.

Grapefruit, cane sugar & dry grass notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & table sugar flavors; dry grass notes on the finish.

Not among Burial's best, but this is mildly above average. Not bad.

Aug 21, 2020
Celestial Altar from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 12 ratings