Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 7,768 | Reviews: 3,154 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Celebration pours a beautiful dark amber caramel, bordering on ruby and brown. The beer has a fantastic creamy white head with the faintest tan hints, and it lasts forever, sitting two fingers width up from the beer. The beers body is hazy with carbonation bubbles, but clear of sediment. Lacing is fat and sticky, sliding down the glass slowly and leaving some nice fangs and walls on the side of my glass. This beer looks festive and gorgeous. On the nose the beer smells superbly piney, like a Canadian forest. Rich sweet pine notes meld with almost-cloying sweet caramel malts to hint at some alcohol spice. This smell is what a classic American IPA should smell like. The beer tastes sweet with a wonderful pulpy bitter pine and grapefruit marriage. As the beer enters the mouth and moves over the tip of the tongue the almost-cloying sweet caramel malt plays strongly, but that is swiftly met by the mouth biting bitters, which are not too strong, but are definitely present to bring strong grapefruit and pine flavors into the mouth to stay. The bitters almost bring the flavor into medicinal and stale bread flavors, and definitely walk a fine line as they touch upon the flavor thresholds, but maintain the more appealing tastes of pine and grapefruit, and thus provide a lovely refreshing taste. On the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with some creamy carbonation and a nice bitter bite that tingles on the tongue. The mouth is left quite dry with islands of sticky saliva and a little astringency left on the tongue. Overall this is a very solid American IPA. Is this the libation of the holiday gods as some people would have you think? No, of course not, it is just a solid example of the classic American IPA, and a perfect time-machine to when the American IPA was first rising as a style. A solid go to drink that is relatively cheap and easy to find. The beer is perfect for those looking for a bitter bite, but it really isn’t amazing.
12-06-2012 21:29:40 | More by Maxwell
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured into tulip glass from 12oz bottle.
A-Poured a great deep amber color with a think foamy one inch head. Lacing is really nice with 3/4 of my glass covered.
S-Not the greatest smell in the world. Was really hoping for more here. I do get a faint smell of spice, hard candy,
T- Very smooth and balanced beer. I get a slight taste of spice, but thought by what my friends had said I would get more. I do get a bread after taste more similar to a pale ale. Taste the hops, but really not there. I get more of the malt taste.
M- The mouthful is nice. Very clean. Not too thin, good medium body beer.
O- I guess I was expecting a bit more. I think I will have to update my review after a few more of these. My friends raved so much about this beer, but I guess it is just above average for me. It is very well balanced and easy to drink. I can't really relate to Christmas time with this beer.
12-06-2012 07:31:21 | More by Naters333
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
2012 edition purchased from copper vine in Granville.
A - dark amber / copper brown. Huge and creamy off white head that sticks the entire way down.
S - Citrus, piney, malts, faint spices, malty, caramel.
T- This brew is an amazing journey of the taste buds. Big juicey hops, citrus flavor, balanced with a nice sweet and malt flavor and finishes with a semi dry hoppy finish.
O - I had no expectations for this beer as I just bought it as a one off to fill a mixed sixer and all I have to say is WOW. I love when I'm surprised by a beer and this brew blew me away. I'm going to purchase a case amid make this a staple for the holiday season. A must have.
12-05-2012 04:22:20 | More by andrewjraab
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.
L – Deep amber color with a big 4-finger tan frothy head. Excellent retention and tremendous lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. Sierra Nevada never gets this part wrong.
S – Some caramel malt and lots of hops with grapefruit, pineapple, and mango aromas.
T – Starts off sweet with toasty and caramel malt but rapidly shifts to strong hop bitterness with grapefruit and tropical fruit notes at first and then spicy and piney flavors more towards the finish. For an ordinary IPA (not a DIPA), this is packed with hops, but it becomes more balanced as it warms.
F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a very bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness and spice linger very nicely. There’s maybe a little bit of warmth from the alcohol, but that may just be the hop spice.
O – This is a great IPA. You get the same blast of hops that you would get from a DIPA without the ABV. I was expecting this one to be a bit more balanced due to the darker color, but the sweet malts come out more as the beer warms. I’m glad that Sierra Nevada puts out an IPA in the winter time; it’s a nice switch from the much darker and heavier beers that tend to go hand-in-hand with the colder months. This is a very tasty and drinkable brew that has enough hop bite to warm you up.
12-05-2012 03:32:08 | More by BlackBelt5112203
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
2012 release. Poured from the bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter.
A: Pours an orange-honey color with a two finger-width head that lingers; fairly sticky lacing
S: Smell is slightly citrus-y, with a helping of earthy/grassy hops, though the nose is very faint and honestly quite boring.
T: Taste is very mellow with a slight citrus-y character and notes of grassy hops. Finishes slightly bitter with a little maltiness and a nice peppery/spice flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue.
M: Not too thick, and not too thin. The mouthfeel on this beer is great, with the right amount of carbonation and a slight creaminess on the tongue.
O: This is a solid brew, though it doesn't really live up to all the hype that it gets on the site. Its hop profile is pretty bland for an IPA, and the only real saving grace is the nice bitter/peppery finish that lingers in the mouth afterwards. I'll get a few sixers during the holidays, but it's nothing I'd really go out of my way for.
12-05-2012 02:52:58 | More by Jules11788
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,768 ratings.