Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008
From Sierra Nevada: The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration® Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration® Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Celebration Ale 2008 – 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. 6.8% abv. 12 pack purchased at Beverages and More, Pasadena, CA.
Appearance: An amber, almost ruby body topped with a pillowy thick white head. Cloudy but translucent.
Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, orange and flowers.
Taste: Flower and citrus hop burst. Then a resinous layer of bitter Sierra Nevada trademarked hops. Finished with another layer of dark sugar sweetness, which intertwines with the flavor bursting hops.
Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and at the same time, refreshing. I think the citrus notes make it refreshing.
Overall: I have been enjoying this beer by the case load since 2005. For whatever reason, this years tastes way more complex, way more aromatic, and way more flowery. I would love for any of you to comment as to whether I am nuts or whether it is extra special this year.