The holidays are upon us, and as we celebrate the end of another year with our family and close friends, no better time calls for a good winter beer. Ranging from medium to dark colors, from refreshing to robust, there’s a beer to satisfy every thirsty palate during this time of year. One beer in particular that I eagerly await during the holidays happens to be Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. This beer has become a tradition of the holidays in my house. I have shared this beer with my loved ones for many years at the dinner table so I figured I’d give it the respect it deserves.
Sierra’s Celebration Ale is not your typical winter ale, as a matter of fact it’s more of an IPA than anything else. It’s got the traditional hoppy profile found on many of their other offerings, but there’s something about it that just makes it unique. Maybe its just the fact that I have to wait a whole year to get my hands on one, or perhaps because of the personal connection I have with it. Whatever it might be, this beer puts me in the holiday spirit every year.
Appearance: Pours a copper color with a fluffy white colored top. The head stays on top for a while and slowly dissipates into a ring sized lacing. Moderate carbonation runs from the bottom to the top of the glass.
Smell: An aromatic bouquet of fresh hops greet you on the first whiff. Inviting citric aromas with a scent of pine and a faint smell of roasted malts lurk in the background.
Taste: Nice and chewy first sip with a biscuity flavor and a good prick of spiciness from the fresh chinook hops. Well balanced yet robust but at the same time refreshing and enjoyable, such an elegant and finely crafted brew. As the beer warms you get a good taste of the malts with a little sweetness as the hops roll off a bit.
What can I say? I love this beer. I might sound biased but I look forward to it every holiday season. Pair this up with a roasted pork and you are good to go. This beer is just that good.