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394. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Sierra Nevada CelebrationThis beer is what I expect from Sierra Nevada, much better than the Floral IPA in my previous review. Celabration is a seasonal beer from Sierra Nevada available after the hop harvest and typically appears on sheves towards the end of the year and is sold in 6-packs of 12-oz bottles.

Appearance is a nice red color with a thick tan head. The head may be a bit larger than normal as this Bier Cellar mason jar glass tends to expand the head on beer. Plentiful aroma of citrus hops, some floral and a bit of spice, very pleasant smell that draws you into the beer. Taste is a solid American IPA with plenty of hops but still well balanced with some sweet malts. Finish has a nice mix of sweet and bitterness.

Overall this is a very nice IPA although it is a bit on the bitter side which I don’t really mind.

Pros: Solid taste, appearance
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 65
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Festive fresh hop holiday fun. The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada.

393. Sierra Nevada Floral IPA

Sierra Nevada Floral IPAThis one came from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp 12-pack which included 4 different varieties of beer. This was probably my least favorite of the 4. Pale orange color with thick white head.

Aroma certainly has the floral character from the name as well as some piney hops. Taste is where this one fails with only a slight hop taste and significant bitterness that lingers too long. Beer seems over carbonated and just not as good as I expected.

If Sierra Nevada puts out a Beer Camp 12-pack again in 2013 it is worth a try as you will get some good beer in it, unfortunately for me this was just an average IPA. 
Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: 

340. Sierra Nevada Tumbler

Well the days are getting shorter and with the time change occurring this weekend many of my pictures will now be inside which I hate. With the sun setting before 5:00 from now until February everything will be indoors other than the occasional Saturday/Sunday afternoon beer. Also this means it is time to clear out the fall beers and make room for the porters and stouts. I have a few that I am really looking forward to.

This is one of the last “fall” beers I have in the fridge so I decided to finish it off tonight. The beer is a brown ale but looks more like an amber/red with a very thin white head. Aroma is mild but pleasant with some toasted nutty malts. Taste is smooth and a bit watered down with plenty of malt character.

Overall not a bad beer but I am glad I only got a single instead of an entire 6-pack. Had I purchased a sixer I am certain they would have lingered far longer than it should have. 
Nice toasted malt aroma and taste
Watered down mouth feel 
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 37
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show.

We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

337. Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale

Found this beer at the local IGA. They like to buy craft beer but apparently the masses in Mechanic Falls, ME do not enjoy it as much as they do so I can usually find some odd and old beers in their cooler. This is the 2011 version of Sierra Nevada’s Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale. Unfortunately this is a beer that should be enjoyed fresh but when I say the beautiful bottle with wax dipped cap I had to try it.

I have no idea what this beer would have tasted like last year but I assume it would have been much better than 1+ year on the shelf. I was encouraged by the pour as you can see it had a thick head with plenty of carbonation. No issues with the beer going flat but I am sure it lost something. Aroma was OK with some hops still present but nothing too exciting. Taste is where this one really seemed old. Very soapy taste and feel with the only positive thing being the sweet malts.

Overall this was probably a very good beer last year but not the variety that should be sitting around for a year. Will keep an eye out for a fresh bottle and update the post if I am able to score one. 
Cons: Old
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Here in the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley, the black soil is rich with promise. In winter, rows of barley seed are laid in the freshly tilled dirt. In spring, trellises are set for hops.

From our fields comes a remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery here in Chico and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world!

This Estate Ale is rich with the flavors of the valley—featuring hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.


311. Sierra Nevada Imperial Pilsner (Beer Camp #43)

This beer is part of the Beer Camp series from Sierra Nevada. They have a variety 12-pack with 4 different varieties and this is the first to get reviewed and probably my least favorite of the 4.

Not a huge fan of pilsners and not sure what makes this an imperial pilsner. When I think imperial, I think high ABV – bigger flavors, etc and this one has none of that. Color is a clear orange with single finger white head. Aroma is minimal with only a bit of floral hop aroma. Bitter start with this one but it does balance out with some nice sweet malts. Overall not a very flavorful beer and a style that I try to avoid.
Well balanced
Cons: It’s a pilsner (what makes it imperial?)
Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Not currently listed on website

217. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

This is only my third beer from Sierra Nevada but I still do not understand why so many love this brewery. Maybe I am just spoiled by great beer from small local breweries that I cannot get into these national filtered options from the likes of Sierra Nevada and Blue Moon. These may be great options to transition someone from the mass produced Buds, Miller and Coors to something closer to craft beer but for me they just do not measure up. I like my beer cloudy, hoppy and fresh.

The appearance of this one is a nice orange with a thick white head. Aroma is minimal with some malts up front and light citrus/pine notes at the end. Taste is slightly bitter with a good balance of malts and hops but nothing too special. Maybe if I had reviewed this before othe pale ales from Maine Beer Company, Hill Farmstead and Oxbow I would have been able to give this one a better score but it simply does not measure up to these small local brewer options.
Pros: Available everywhere
Cons:  Kind of bland
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 37
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

“Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the flagship beer, the one that made Chico famous. It is a flawless beer that opens with bright, perky high notes of maltiness and orange blossom and segues into a delectable hoppiness.”

– Elaine Louie, Premier Beer—A Guide to America’s Best Bottled Microbrews

197. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

This is only my second beer from Sierra Nevada and overall I am not impressed. This is their Imperial IPA and I have been drinking a lot of Double/Imperial IPAs over the past couple of weeks and this one just does not stand up to those other West Coast IPAs and Sebago Brewing’s Full Throttle. Color is nice with a thick white head after an aggressive pour, aroma has plenty of citrus hops but nothing too exciting. Taste is where this one loses me; some citrus, pine and grapefruit but also a fair amount of bitterness and quite sweet. The alcohol is hidden well as it is 10+% ABV but does not taste it. Maybe I am being too critical or I have simply had too many exceptional IPAs lately to really give this one a fair chance.
Pros: Appearance
Cons: Sweet and bitter
Alcohol Content: 10.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 100
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Resinous “new-school” and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

172. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

This is my first review of a Sierra Nevada beer and the best thing about this one is the label art. I am not sure what rye is supposed to taste like but the first thing that came to mind when I tried this was celery which is not a good taste for beer. Color is about what you would expect from an IPA and aroma seems to be all rye as it not like any other beer I have reviewed. Taste lacks the normal IPA hops flavor and has a lot of bitterness. This beer is not well balanced. I have read good things about this beer on other sites so I was surprised that I did not enjoy it. I guess it is possible I got a bottle from a bad batch but I am probably not going to buy another to see.
Pros: Label art
Cons: Overpowering rye aroma and taste
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: 197
IBU (Bitterness): 60
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Rye has been a staple grain for millennia—sought after for its stubborn resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor. Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors—combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to spring.