Friday, November 27, 2009

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

The other night I picked up Sierra Nevada's new Celebration Ale for 2009 from the BevMo. I look forward to it every year. And this year, they didn't disappoint.

Each year the good people at Sierra Nevada brew up a new batch of their Celebration Ale for all of us to enjoy. Some years are better than others. I recall last year being a bit heavy on the hops side of the spectrum. For 2009 however, it is a much better balanced ale. It might even lean a little to the malt side, which I have made my camp. No wonder I'm a fan.

It rings in at a jolly 6.8% abv, but I didn't notice to tell you the truth. It had a slight bitter finish, but I would say it was from the hops and not the alcohol. It was a little on the thin side for a winter beer, but I'm not holding it against them.

I like the smell. It has a bit of a fruity and hops aroma, with a hint of Christmas Tree. Honestly, I wish the pine smell was a little more dominant. Then it would qualify as the perfect Holiday beer. However, it does a good job of getting you into that "Christmas Spirit!"

Grade: 3 1/2 Burps.


Jfritz said...

Thanks for the review. I haven't tried many christmas brew but I'm gonna pick this one up ASAP

Good Burp said...

Fritz, I know you are going to like.

Thanks for reading.