Celebration | Long Valley Pub & Brewery

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Long Valley Pub & Brewery
New Jersey, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Minotaur on 12-31-2009

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by aristeros:
Photo of aristeros
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liked it in the tasting flight so we got a pitcher.

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a light amber, little head, no lacing. Nose has biscuit and mild ginger. No real hop character in the nose. Moderate to heavy carbonation.

Tastes of biscuit with mild ginger up front, finishes with light hops. Decent balance, chewy, with a honey and molasses finish. Somewhat dry, but finishes clean.

Sort of seems like a "doppel" version of their regular amber. Not sure if it's better called a 'strong ale' but it clearly has some 'winter warmer' character.

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Photo of Minotaur
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This the Seasonal offering by Long Valley Pub; it is listed as a Strong English Ale that is "intensely hopped" and does not use spices.

From the tap it is poured into a pint glass: a nice medium amber with a brownish tinge. It has a lingering thick head and substantial lacing that hangs on the glass.

The aroma is strongly hopped and definitely has more notes of American hops than English style strong ale. There is some bread and toast aroma beneath the grapefruit like hops. I personally would have preferred more depth and balance.

The flavor follows this and is hoppy upfront; there is a caramel and sweet toastiness but it doesn't seem as well balanced. The flavor overall seems a bit thin for a beer that ranks in between 6.5-7 percent according do the bartender. It is certainly not a bad flavor, but also nothing that I thought was exceptional.

The mouthfeel is good and has some body which helps lend more smoothness. In fact I think the mouthfeel is one of the stronger points of this particular beer. I found it to be very drinkable, just not particularly memorable.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of phantomwyse
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish amber body with a patchy beige head that recedes leaving residual large bubbles. Loads of carbonation. Sticky lacing.

S: In a word: hoppy. Grapefruit, pine, you know. Just a bit of malt - like cinnamon bread.

T: Fairly bitter up front, typical pine and citrus flavor. There's a certain nuttiness in the middle and ends on caramel note with more bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied, starts dry, however finishes smooth.

D: According the previous review, it's supposed to be a strong ale. As described to me, thhey presented it as a hoppier version of the German Valley Amber. I feel that's a more apt description, either an amber ale or and imperial amber. Regardless, not bad, if somewhat generic. If you like hops, this will do the trick.

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Celebration from Long Valley Pub & Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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