Ah, the end of 2010 is nigh. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and it was the start of Your Next Pints. So let's say goodbye to December too with Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.
- very Sierra Nevada, very hoppy bitter, not as merry christmas Celebration Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA) 6.8% ABV
Cheers to another hoppy beer. This holiday Celebration Ale is not what you think. Made from fresh hops – the first grown, whole cone American IPA hops of the season – it's bitter, it's reddish amber brown but still light, and it has a carbonated finish.
The head pours super frothy. The nose is Pine, Orange, and subtle Dark Chocolate. The tongue is like your typical Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with bitter hops that override mild flavors like Lemon, Coriander, and floral notes (perhaps Poinsettia?). And if you swirl it around in your mouth, a strong alcohol flavor takes over – bottoms up!
The finish is peppy and tangy, leaving you wanting to go back for more and play the flavor profile guessing game.
Follow @SierraNevada to see what they've got in store for the New Year.
Happy New Beer Year!