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Sierra Nevada Celebration ’10

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Continuing with the seasonals, this one from Sierra Nevada is actually an IPA. That’s a little unusual, but then I started thinking, nothing is more appropriate than for Sierra Nevada to make a Christmas American IPA. This beer features Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops with 2-row Pale, and English Caramel malts. I think Sierra Nevada is taking some liberties with the term “fresh hop ale”. This ale is not fresh hopped, but dry-hopped with the first hops of the growing season.

Stats:
American India Pale Ale. 6.8% ABV. 65 IBUs. California. Winter Seasonal.

Dark amber with a fantastic head. Lots of suspended sediment in here.

Lots of hops on the nose with a pine tree and spice component, making it perfect for the holidays. I’m getting some slight citrus and caramel as well, but mainly dominated by a fresh pine scent.

Mouthfeel is perfect. The body and carbonation are spot on.

Lots of spice on the palate with a really nice candied orange flavor. Quite well-balanced with a nice vanilla and almost mint backend. Bitterness is pretty well contained.

Again, another well-made, well-balanced, and beautiful IPA from Sierra Nevada. And again, the hops are just spot on. If I were to make a Christmas IPA, this would be it. I’m ready for the snow now. 91 points.

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  1. November 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I think Sierra Nevada is taking some liberties with the term “fresh hop ale”

    Amen, brother. This “wet hop” BS has got to stop, or we’ll have to start asking the grocery store for wet lettuce, wet garlic, wet milk, wet fish,… “Oh, this fish was dried less than 7 days ago, so we call it fresh.”

    I went on a couple rants about this not long ago.

    Celebration is nice this year. If you get a chance, try their 30th Ann. Grand Cru. Awesome.

    • atattooedtale
      November 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks for the comment, man! I agree. I understand what SN is going for, but I’m not sure you can make up a different definition for something. Can’t wait to try the Grand Cru. Loved the other 3, especially the barleywine.

  2. November 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Happy birthday to Sierra Nevada!Looking forward to trying the new brew, even if it’s not a so fresh hop ale.

    • atattooedtale
      November 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Despite the ordeal, SN is still awesome! Love how they hop everything. Make sure you try this one! Cheers!

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