Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2010

That is an awesome color!
Earlier this week I was goofing off on Twitter when I saw one of my acquaintances say that the next two people to leave a nice comment on her blog win a prize. Hmmm. So I visited Bajuna Jewelry and took a look at some of the custom pieces that Kathy designed and made. I must say it was pretty easy to leave a nice comment. I even picked out my favorite.

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!

Giordana 2008 Men's Nevada Team Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey - (GI-SSJY-TEAM-KOSI)

Sierra Nevada Mustard Gift Set!

Hops and Dreams: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


Bajuna Jewelry and Custom Beaded Creations said...

Thank you Rob for your mention on your really cool blog, And with two really good beers! Got some 90 Minute Dogfish Head this weekend along with, Mojo IPA by Boulder, and trying Heather Ale by Fraoch made in Scotland. I'll Let you know how the Heather Ale tastes! :)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Kathy. My pleasure. I think that Total Wine in Pembroke Pines had that Mojo IPA with a $2 off coupon yesterday. I think that's store to store, though.

Lover Lady said...

How does this compare to their Kellerweis (if you've had it)? That was my one of my favorite new finds this summer.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Come on, bunny. This is a mega bitter IPA and that Kellerweis, while pretty tasty, is a completely different beer. That's like comparing the Standard Poodle with the Cocker Spaniel in the finals of the Westminster Kennel Club best of show judging.

I like both.

Lover Lady said...

Listen, dude, like wine, I don't get all snobby with my beer, you know, discussing "notes" and stuff...I just like what I like. :)' That said, I like poodles AND cocker spaniels! Actually, I think I am really becoming an IPA fan...I had a Pale Moon tonight and it was really good. And that said, I will give this one a spin if I see it.

TJ Lubrano said...

*stares at the picture*

I am in love with the color. Seriously.

Oh! the pumpkin painting as present made it to the person! I will put it on my blog soon, after a Xmas post I think.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried the new Boulevard Brewery 21's Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale ale?

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hi Tahira.

Not sure how I missed one of your comments, hmmm, especially with the word "love" in it. Yeah, this one is really pretty. If you click to a close up of the reflection in the bottle, you can see what Claire (yes, that Claire) called a faux posh style of taking the photo. It took me a while to see it, but apparently my pinkie is sticking out. I'm so self-conscious now. LOL.


Thank you for stopping by. I have not ever tried that beer, mainly because Boulevard Brewing beers are unavailable in S. Florida. I've had a taste of a few at special events, but those have been very rare. Someday.

Heath said...

Thanks for the recommendation, I'm gonna have to track this down. Maybe the Peters/University Publix has it?!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hi Heath. Even my crappy (beer selection wise) Publix on Miramar Parkway has Celebration Ale in six packs, so I'm thinking that Publix you mentioned does too. If not, that liquor store across the street should, the one that shares a parking lot with Whole Foods. Of course, Total Wine has it and has the best rates, though it's a little out of our way.

As for the beer, this guy comes and goes every year. It is bitter, so be prepared. Good flavors though. Hope you like it.