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Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2009
64oz Growler
Flossmoor Station

Celebration IPA fills this Goose Island willi glass with a deep amber red liquid that has this crazy ability to glow when backlit. A few areas of the glass release the occasional carbonation bubble that zigzags its way up to the surface. The head is a dense dirty white mound of meringue-like foam that shows an aptitude for stickiness. Lacing coats the walls of the glass in sheet form before most of which slides back into the body after a short time leaving some chunkiness behind.

Wow, each time my nose sticks itself in the glass all those tiny hairs stand on end from the extensive hoppiness. If the nose is any indication this is going to be my kind of IPA. The smell of this IPA right off the bat is that of pure, unadulterated, freshly pressed grapefruit juice with a strong undercurrent of broken pine needles. The little bit of malt that's in the nose is cake like but I have to work to pick that up. This is a juicy, resinous hop bomb of a hop bomb. There's a super fruitiness down in there as well hat reminds me of candied orange peel. I'm drooling over here.

The cake-like maltiness stands out a touch more than the nose suggested and is joined by a drizzling of caramel but this beer is squarely hop forward. The maltiness or lack there of, actually lead the way but is quickly batted aside by the mouthful of pine needles that I am now chewing on. From mid-palate on the bitterness grows and is met by mouth puckering grapefruit pith and mild orange peel. This IPA has all the classic hoppy flavors I love to find.

Celebration IPA has a medium body with a nice dry finish. The dryness on the swallow works to accentuate the bitterness oven more. The pine seems to have a buzzsaw effect across my tongue and I thoroughly enjoy every second.

This IPA is a sheer joy to drink and does down far too easy for the abv. The bitterness is tongue stomping but each drying drink calls for another soon after.

From what I understand this was based on Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale and is fairly close. I've been crazy about any and all IPAs I've had from the guys at Flossmoor and this is no exception. Yet another wonderful addition to an already world class lineup.

Reviewed: 1/26/09

Price: $14.95 Served In: Pint Glass

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