Sunday, December 2, 2012

Review: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (2012 edition)
ABV: 6.8%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
12 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
Reviewed on 11/24/12 

This ale pours a dark amber color with a nice thick frothy head with good retention.  Moderate carbonation. Great lacing.

On the nose, notes of grapefruit, hops, malt, pine, slight floral, and other citrus, maybe a hint of lemon.

Taste has hops and malt, grapefruit, slight lemon, pine, some floral, hints of wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel is dry and bitter in a good way yet with a fairly mellow feel on the palate.  Flavors are superbly balanced.

Overall, a quite tasty IPA that is both well hopped and well malted.  Great balance of flavors with a profile that comes across as a deep, earthy ale that, even as an IPA, fits well with the winter season.  A superb offering at a great price, showing yet again that you can get world class beers without destroying your budget.

Score: 95

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