Sierra Nevada “Celebration 2010” Review (#113)

"Sierra Nevada Celebration (2010)"

Sierra Nevada
Celebration 2010
Chico, CA

From The Brewery

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.

ABV: 6.8%
Bittering Hops: Chinook
Dry Hopping: Cascade & Centennial
Finishing Hops: Cascade & Centennial
IBUs:65
OG: 16.0 Plato
FG:4.0 Plato
Malts:Two-row Pale & English Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting Ale Yeast

Review

Appearance: I poured this bright golden yellow amber beer into my tulip glass. It has a beautiful lasting head that left ridiculous lacing all the way down.

Smell: A big and bold smelling beer – you know its there the second you pry the cap off. Starts off with citrus and pine, then mellows out to sweet malt.

Taste: Bold and bright hops with a balanced smooth toasted malt sweet finish. This is loaded full of fresh hops right from harvest and its citrus and pine combo is awesome. The caramel malt comes through along with yeast and a litte heat as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel:Smooth, medium bodied and creamy. A nice amount of carbonation keeps the aroma flowing, bit is very smooth.

Drinkability: Higher than high

Notes: This is one of those seasonal beers I have to look forward to as the Oktoberfests fade away. This is the Pale Ales cousin who only comes around for Winter holiday; but damn is he a welcomed guest. A dangerously drinkable, flavorful beer that goes too fast.

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