Monday, November 8, 2010

Sierra Nevada 2010 Celebration Ale

What the Brewer says:
"The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration® Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration® Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home."
alcohol content 6.8% by volume bittering hops Chinook
beginning gravity 16.0 Plato finishing hops Cascade & Centennial
ending gravity 4.0 Plato dry hopping Cascade & Centennial
bitterness units 65 malts Two-row Pale & English Caramel
yeast Top-fermenting Ale Yeast
My Thoughts:  The pour was a brownish amber color with a fair amount of head out of the bottle.    The piney hops hit you when you smell it along with a subtle sweetness .  As you are drinking it though the flavor changes to be more citrus, fruity and malty. This beer almost had two sides to it.  The hoppy first half and the sweeter more spicy second half.   A very interesting brew that should be tried since they change the brew each season.  Mouthfeel became a little thicker as you drank it and the carbonation was average.  This beer actually got a little better as it warmed too.  I found this brew to be on the bitter side of winter seasonals, 65IBU, which was their aim and I'd drink it again for a change of pace during the winter season.

Serving Type: 12oz bottle

My Rating: Overall 80/100
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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