Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +1%
The first time I had celebration was in a growler. I liked the balance MUCH better that way than from the bottle, but I have this bottle now, so here it goes:
The label claims that this beer is a "fresh hop" IPA with a hint of pine. From the initial smell, the citrus hops are noticeable. In the bottled version, the pine makes all the difference in the taste - think about the character of oak barrel beers. As for the growler, the color and taste is clearer and the sweet malts are much more pronounced. Toward the bottom of the bottle, the hoppy taste is less noticable and the other flavors tend to stick out a bit more.
For an IPA, the mouthfeel is average, but that's not a bad thing. It is true to the style.
The taste is complex enough to try this time of year. I'd recommend getting it on tap somewhere; but if you like IPAs, the bottle is just fine. In this price range, Sierra Nevada is hard to beat.
12-04-2012 03:26:40 | More by johnso98
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Celebration pours a dark golden brown with almost an inch of head that is cream in color, with sturdy froth. There is ample, and steady carbonation that rises vigorously throughout the clean rich hues of the ale. As you drink, the head contributes to heavy lacing that sticks to the glass; marking libations.
I can detect a hop spice that is piney, and faint toasted malt notes.
Sweet malty IPA! This medium bodied ale comes on with instant carbonation that directly imparts hop spice of sweet pine and subtle citrus fruit. It leaves a crisp clean mouth without losing the resonating flavors the brew imparts. Makes me think of an imperial style with more carbonation, and malt flavor. The peppery bitters rise in the finale, and the subtle malts maintain balance throughout, There is a nice resiny citrus hop spice that lingers on the pallet afterwards. It is balanced throughout by the toasty malts.
In my humble opinion, Sierra Nevada rarely goes wrong, and their Celebration Ale is no exception. I look forward to this brew every year, and I am always satisfied with a nice lightly roasted IPA for the winter time.
12-04-2012 02:34:58 | More by BenjaminBlondbeard
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
A- Pours a deep golden to almost light amber color. Thick, dense head of about 2 fingers and slightly off white color. Retention and lacing is phenomenal. Slight haze with some evidence of the bottle conditioning.
S- Pretty straight forward with big pine notes. Reminds me of SN Hoptimum scent, with both using whole cones. Pine notes are present throughout, with other, more floral hops peeking in a little bit.
T- Flavor is pretty much the same as the scent. Also very similar to Hoptimum. Starts with a big bang of hops bitterness, but quickly adds in a solid malt flavor. Malt is definitely secondary, but is present with hints of caramel and lighter malts. Ends with a slight hops bite that linger on the tongue.
M- Pretty much standard IPA here. High carbonation, no detectable alcohol heat, and medium body. Hop profile might make extended drinking problematic, but overall a very sessionable beer.
Overall, a very enjoyable seasonal IPA. Whole cone hops give it a distinct flavor similar to SN Hoptimum. It's a shame this is just a seasonal, as it is a good everyday IPA. Price is very reasonable and even better for the quality of the brew.
12-04-2012 00:34:03 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
This beer is serious business.. I'm usually a bit turned off by people raving about a beer but this is one of the rare instances where it lived up to/succeded expectations..
Pours a nice caramel/amber color with a thick 1 chubby finger head that stays with you for the duration leaving a lace all the way down..
The nose is floral hops with a maple/caramel finish to keep everything round..
The first few sips had me saying to myself ; wow this is a nice, above avg IPA.. But then the clean hops step aside just far enough to reveal a lovely caramel, sweet finish.. This beer improves with each sip and is very easy to drink.
I am thoroughly impressed with this beer.. I will be bringing it into my account on draft and am interested to see what my guests think of this..
12-03-2012 23:18:47 | More by 401J
4.48/5 rDev +7.7%
This is a very good IPA. I am a very big SN fan and this one didn't disappoint me. Celebration reminds me of SN Torpedo but has a fresher hops complexity so I find it a little more bitter than Torpedo but I find I love the hops bitterness. The taste lingers in your mouth for quite a while but its a good flavor so I don't mind it at all. It is a strong beer at 6.8% so it does creep up on you and can hit you hard but its a slow sipper so I know when to stop and take it easy. Overall this is a great winter brew or, for a matter of fact, its good all year round. Enjoy!!!
12-02-2012 23:29:51 | More by JasonL
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Bottom Line Up Front: I really like this IPA from Sierra Nevada and I look forward to it every year. It is a very balanced IPA that makes it incredibly drinkable.
Decanted 12oz bottle into a Guinness goblet.
Apperance: Nice deep golden color that has a good head and light lacing around the glass.
Smell: Wonderful floral and citrus hop aroma that doesn't overwhelm the nose.
Taste: I think the hop and malts really balance each other out. Very nice citrus and some pine hop flavors.
Mouthfeel: This beer is very balanced and smooth on the palate. The carbonation is quite appropriate for this beer.
Overall: I really enjoy this beer and consider this a great IPA. It's very nice clean and crisp with a pleasant mild aftertaste. I consider this IPA very balanced in every category and extremely drinkable.
12-02-2012 22:34:53 | More by rev3rb
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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