Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2011

Today I'm drinking Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2011 brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. Actually, it's not just today. I've been sucking these things down for a few weeks now since this vintage hit the shelves. So I'm just making it official for the year, a review I can do without really concentrating at all.

Anyway, this will be the fourth year in a row reviewing this beer. I only really mention that because of the first year I gave an opinion on it. Holy Cow! Was 1 vs. 100! Here is last year's review, where you can easily be linked to the other years as well. I think what mostly happened is that I have developed into a closet hophead and enjoy this beer more and more every year. It's tough to drink this beer without developing a liking for intense hoppy bitterness.

Big fluffy head. Malty aroma--bread dough, sweet orange, fruity, very pleasant. Fruity orange and caramel, great flavors to start. Pine flavors aggressively attack with a bitter army and leave a resinous stickiness in the mouth that persists for a long time. Citrusy lemon and orange rinds further the bitter experience. Hoppy and floral as well.

Carbonation is big, yet very nice and creamy. Fresh and refreshing. Bitter wins by a mile. You finish a bit drier, feeling the alcohol just a little at the end. This is a great beer, no doubt. But there is definitely this distinct medicinal undertone, something a little beyond chewing lemon rinds, that I wish would go away. Probably a lot of other people taste that too, but very few are willing to say anything negative about this beer. I don't get it. It's like it can do no wrong. You can trust me, though. :)

5 comments:

JayZeis said...

Looks delicious. Thanks for the reminder for me to pick up a case.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Jay. Yeah, I'll be needing another one soon myself.

behindthebrews said...

Doode, just stumbled across your site and it's great. Not as good as mine, but still pretty good. Anyway, I just reviewed Celebration too and honestly didn't pick up the medicinal stuff you were getting. Anyway, I think we can both agree that it's pretty good. You can check out my review here: http://behindthebrews.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/sierra-nevada-celebration-ale-review-21/

P.S. How the fuck do you subscribe to your blog? You've got ads and Amazon and all that jazz, but no subscribe button! I'll find a way I'm sure.

P.P.S. I would love to do a guest post for you, maybe in a month or so. Check out my writing and see what you think.

Cheers,
Dave
(I guess that usually comes before the post script huh?)

behindthebrews said...

Just so you don't think I'm a complete asshole, I was of course kidding about my infantile blog being better than yours.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Dave.

Glad you have such an awesome site. I recently upgraded to a new template with blogger, Dynamic Magazine template. With that I got none of the functionality I had before upgrading. Followers, subscriptions, lists, and a bunch of others... all gone. But I've been assured they are on the way.

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