Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sierra Nevada - Celebration

Sierra Nevada - Celebration
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug
Like yesterday’s Torpedo Extra IPA, Celebration is another American IPA from Sierra Nevada. They’re considerably different from each other, but equally good. One thing I don’t quite understand is why they chose to go with an IPA as their Winter seasonal. The style is admittedly a year-round favorite, but darker beers are typically brewed as Winter seasonals.
Celebration has a clear amber body with a craterous white foam head. There’s a ton of active carbonation here and the head has superior staying power. Unlike Torpedo, this beer produces tons of intricate lacing on the glass. The nose is hoppy, but with much more citrus than pine. There’s also a slight soapiness to the aroma. Finally, the malt sweetness comes through well with hints of vanilla.
Chinook hops provide a nice bitter bite, but they do not overpower. The medium toasted malts come through nicely and provide delicate sweetness and deft balance. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and rounds off this beer quite well.
Final Verdict: A-

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