Friday, November 15, 2013

Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop Ale 2013

It's that time of year again. Time to kick the pumpkins and "fest" beers to the curb for some tastier beers, like this "bold wintertime classic."  Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale was first brewed in 1981 and it has become an annual staple for beer lovers since. The label depicts a snow-covered log cabin, just a quaint little illustration. They are sure to remind you multiple times that this is a "fresh hop ale." 6.8% alcohol.

Grapefruit and orange citrus aroma with a light malty caramel sweetness.  Orange citrus and pungent fresh hop flavors start things off. There is a definite pine bitterness and a little spicy hop nip at the palate. But some caramel sweetness in the background keeps that in check. Lightly dry with a hint of alcohol at the end. And a long-lasting bitter finish. Terrific and a great value beer at $14 per 12 pack. Will buy several this winter!

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