Sierra Nevada Celebration (2017) – American IPA at 6.8% ABV | 65 IBU

Sierra Nevada Celebration (2017) American IPA at 6.8% ABV | 65 IBU (C$4.00 at The Brewer’s Apprentice, 355 ml, packaged on 10-Oct-2017, acquired 7-Jan-2018, reviewed 7-Jan-2018)

Appearance: clear pale amber with three fingers of rocky ivory head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pine, citrus, floral, caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-strong bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

I last had this a couple of years ago, and can’t see that there’s much change. (Nor did I expect any.) It is what it is: one of the first modern A/IPA’s, which means it’s much closer to an E/IPA, with the concomitant malt presence, as compared to more modern, brighter versions. Big bitter nicely balanced with pleasant caramel malts, and an off-dry lingering bitter finish. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

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