Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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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
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Appearance: Sierra Nevada’s highly regarded Christmas seasonal offering pours a beautiful dark amber color with a glorious two-and-a-half fingers of a creamy, large-bubbled head sitting atop the festive-looking liquid. This crown takes quite a long time to dissipate into a nice, heady crust. The glass is also filled with sediment. This is one of the cloudiest beers out there that this drinker has beheld, sediment-wise. The lacing on this one is also out of this world. There are no alcohol legs to speak of, and a steady stream of mild carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass, maintaining the crust. As with all Sierra Nevada beers, the appearance on this one is at the top of its game.
Aroma: There is lots of biscuity, bready, toasty malt here, which forces the hops to play second fiddle. There is plenty of earthiness to the nose as well. Of course, being a Sierra Nevada offering, this beer has a degree of hoppiness to it. Here, it is all pine, all day. Sure, there are some citrus and grapefruit notes here and there, and perhaps it is the trees on the label, but pine is the dominant smell. Yeast is notable as well, an oddity that is usually not present in Sierra Nevada beers. Unfortunately, there is that unpleasant metallic aroma that usually appears in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, that causes one to recoil. Still, this one smells really great overall.
Taste: The hops come through a lot more in the mouth than they did in the nose, and this is a wonderful thing. There are piney notes and grapefruit notes primarily, and the hops of course give a bitterness. This is backed up by a more than formidable maltiness, mostly in the form of delicious caramel, but the taste is opposite the nose in that the hops overpower here, but coming from Sierra Nevada, that is not a bad thing.
Mouthfeel: Sadly, this is where this beer falls slightly short. There is nothing really wrong or offensive about the mouthfeel, but it is almost painfully average. It errs just a bit on the watery and thin side, but the carbonation is pleasing and exactly where it should be. The hops give a minimal astringency, and there is just a touch of creaminess/syrupyness, which is very odd considering the medium-thin initial mouthfeel.
Overall: This is one of the great, widely available seasonals. It is definitely outside the norm of winter seasonals, but it is deliciously drinkable, nicely warming, sweet, bitter, just everything one can look for in a good beer, and everything one expects from a Sierra Nevada beer. The mouthfeel holds it back from true greatness, but really the beer tastes great, smells delicious, and looks fantastic. Buy yourself a case of this and go into hibernation for the winter; you will thank me (and everyone else who will inevitably recommend this brew) later. 16.5/20
12-02-2012 05:16:10 | More by THANAT0PSIS
4.48/5 rDev +7.7%
A: Super heady light amber with lacing that sticks around
S: Hops and pine, roasted nuts and a respectable malt presence
T: Hops hops and more hops. Pinecones, citrus and maple syrup.
M: Crisp and clean, refreshing and smooth. Hoppy aftertaste is strong
O: A quality bottle-conditioned fresh hop ale. compare with the Northern Hemisphere Harvest.
12-02-2012 03:16:06 | More by PatriotsRule
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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