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Anyway, apparently I won a nice pair of earrings for my wife, and they arrived yesterday. I think she just left with them on, but I guess I should have been paying attention more because I'm not sure. Over the course of exchanging emails with Kathy to arrange delivery, I found out that she is a craft beer lover as well and is quite fond of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. Cool. Another local that loves great beer. Thank you again, Kathy. Let me dedicate the following review to her and hopefully the rest of you will check out her craft.
Yep, it's that time of year again. It's a time I relish yet fear at the same time. No, I'm not bitching because my property bill came a few days ago, though that sucks too; rather, this year's Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale arrived in my local store. Why fear, you ask? Oh, you don't remember my first review of this beer's 2008 version and the subsequent firestorm that came after. Last year's 2009 review was, I guess, more agreeable to the masses.
When I saw this beer yesterday, I grabbed it right away. I was only going to buy a single, but that was not an option, at least not yet. A Total Wine dude I didn't recognize wouldn't let me break open a 12 pack, but he was kind enough to look up its price. So I took a chance, one that I didn't feel was too risky, and bought the 12 pack. The label depicts a nice snowy cabin scene surrounded by rich red colors. Also noticeable is "Fresh Hop Ale" on the label. Not sure if that's new or not, but that phrase seems to be getting more buzz lately.
Malty toasted bread aroma, a little spicy too. A nice malty flavor start, too, but that was quickly assaulted by a huge pine and hoppy bite. Very fresh and very clean. Next you will be introduced formally to a whole basket of citrus fruits, mainly orange and lemon. A spicy black pepper also persists, continually taking jabs at your palate. Every now and then you get a hint of sweetness, but make no mistake this is a bitter giant. Aggressive yet delicately complex all in one.
The 6.8% alcohol does provide a bit of drying and works well with the spicy bitey component. The finish is bitter with more spice loitering afterward. Excellent, and the best of the three years, as much as I can remember. As much as I love a tropical fruity or sweet balance to my IPA's, this was something I could get behind despite its lack of that attribute. And now that four are gone (two yesterday), I only have eight left. By the way, if you like math lessons, try this one out for size!
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