Day #29 – Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

January 30, 2011

Closing in on the first month now.  It doesn’t seem like I’ve been doing this for that long already but either way, a month is almost up.  This blog has been slightly difficult on my schedule at times, and when I’m out and about it can be very hard to find a computer!  I can honestly say however that the positives greatly outweigh the cons.   Plus I have a great excuse to drink great beer daily!

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is another brewery based out of California; this one out of Chico.  They are the 2nd largest craft brewery in the United States today, surpassed only by Boston Beer Co.  They are best known for their flagship beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  You can surely expect to see this beer at some point in the near future.

The Celebration Ale is one of Sierra Nevada’s special holiday brews.   It is classified as an IPA and only comes out once a year.  It’s 6.8% alcohol so you can expect this one to be slightly warming.  Shockingly enough, out of all the glassware I own, I do not have a single Sierra Nevada glass!  I’ll have to remedy that eventually but for now I’m substituting a Summit shaker.

This beer pours a very crisp color of bright orange with lots of fizzy carbonation clinging to the edges of the glass.  There is a large foamy head that sits atop the beer as well.

The aroma here is pretty upfront and present.  It has a large hop element that does not seem to dissipate as well as a solid grain based nose.  Definitely sappy hops and resin notes.

The flavor is immediately dry and bitter hops with a touch of sweetness near the start.  This immediately morphs into a very dry, bitter lingering finish that can become quite cumbersome.  The flavor is nicely hopped, but the finish just lingers far beyond it’s welcome.



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