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Ahh, that 1st SN Celebration of the year...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RBassSFHOPit2ME, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. I must say...as a Hophead. I LOVE HOPS!

    Fell in love with:

    PtE & Y
    Bad Boy
    Poorman's DIPA
    Heady Topper honerable mention... :p

    Point of this Thread - That first Celebration Ale of the year just does more for me than any of these others I mention above. If Celebration were a year round offering, I admit. It most likely would not be in the same conversation. (Completely different profile and not a DIPA I'm well aware...)

    But there really is something very, very special about this beer. For what it's worth, 2012 NAILED it IMHO.

    Others feel the same way? Disagree?

    Healthy debate...GO!
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  2. Buick222

    Buick222 Savant (275) California Jun 20, 2009

    Havent had the 2012 yet, but its by far my favorite IPA! Possibly my Favorite beer all together! Cant wait!
    My mouth is watering..
  3. Biffster

    Biffster Savant (375) Michigan Mar 29, 2004

    I JUST opened my first about 10 minutes ago! Election night seemed to be as good a reason as any. I agree. I love this beer and look forward to it every year. I don't know if it is my "favorite" IPA, but I can't imagine trimming the Christmas tree with out one...
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  4. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    It's because of the spices.
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  5. AdamP

    AdamP Savant (495) Pennsylvania Mar 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    How does Celebration hold up over time? Similar to other IPAs? See so many people talking about picking up cases of it, but I'm not used to holding on to hoppy beers for longer than a couple weeks.
  6. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Surprisingly well. It fades a bit, but still tastes great well into the new year.
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  7. AdamP

    AdamP Savant (495) Pennsylvania Mar 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    Good to know. Is it pretty widely available throughout the season or should I snatch up whatever I can when it hits MA shelves?
  8. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Can't speak for MA, but I see it in Seattle well into the holiday season. They make a lot of this beer.
  9. lilnicky068

    lilnicky068 Savant (395) Kentucky Jan 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Ive got a 2011 sitting in my closet. Kept it just for shits n giggles. Will be interesting to see what it tastes like this year compared to the 2012
  10. mudbug

    mudbug Advocate (595) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    It's just outstanding this year, must have been the weather because almost every fresh or wet hop beer that used Chinook, in my opinion, just hit it out of the park.
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  11. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Savant (400) Florida Jan 26, 2012

    gonna be opening the first from this year momentarily. i'll let ya know
  12. queue Yamars picture of his 26 year old Celebration ale! :D
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  13. we get plenty in MA. love this beer, gonna go hunt around and see if i can get some this weekend.
  14. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Savant (400) Florida Jan 26, 2012

    thank you sir. may i have another?
  15. wsnich

    wsnich Savant (430) Texas Apr 26, 2010

    All this talk about SN Celebration made me go out and buy it tonight. All I have to say is: HOW IN THE HELL DID I MISS OUT ON THIS FOR SO LONG? Just given the name and packaging I thought it was some sort of christmas spiced stout/porter and never noticed it was a fresh hop IPA.
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  16. It stays around till about christmas in MA area from the past few years exp...but as craft becomes more popular beer stays on shelves less so Id be looking to get all this before the holiday.
  17. pjs234

    pjs234 Advocate (740) Connecticut Jun 29, 2008

    This beer holds up very well. Back in September, a local bar tapped a keg of 2011 Celebration and it was great.
  18. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    Don't kid me, I dig celebration..shit it's in my glass now. But I wouldn't even think to put it in my top 10 ipas/dipas. Obviously beer is always personal preference and I respect your opinion!
  19. I really went bonkers for this last year and it was my first time. At the same time, I enjoyed playing Skyward Sword and having celebration. I checked in to my local store many times and made the 2 mile trip by foot to bring it back! :D
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  20. I'm working on my 4th six pack so far this year! Will buy mostly Celebration til it's gone.
  21. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Welcome to the Celebration brotherhood.
  22. superspak

    superspak Poobah (1,285) Michigan May 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    I just had my first of the year tonight, and I gotta say it tastes extra awesome this year. Fresh hop Cascade and Centennial, never disappoints. The best hops stand the test of time
  23. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (400) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    Uggggggggggh I gotta grab a bottle of this. I EFFING LOVED 2011. I love the hops, also this year's Surly Wet was amazing, so far my favorite whet hopped IPA, my fav wet hopped beer was Barley John's Wet Hoped Pale Ale then dry hopped in a cask with fresh picked Cascade from their crop.

    I still think my favorite IPA (yea its a DIPA but it was what got me into really appreciating IPAs, seriously) Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree. Just cracked a 2010 not long ago and boy its still incredible aged, can't wait to try a 5 year vertical soon.
  24. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Advocate (530) Colorado Nov 24, 2011

    Dude...It's my favorite beer. I'm pretty sure SN switched their distribution in Colorado and we don't have it yet. Getting angrier every day. I guess it will make that first one that much better and the rest of a 6er that night even better.
  25. Bonis

    Bonis Advocate (565) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    The bottle also says that it ages well... At least it did when we used to get it in Ohio. Definitely turns into a barleywine.

    As for the thread topic, I just had my first Celebration of the year and was slightly underwhelmed. Definitely a solid beer, but not at the level I remember it was at a year ago. I still enjoy the piney resinous IPAs, but Celebration doesn't stand up to many of the IPAs I have tried.
  26. commis

    commis Savant (340) Massachusetts Jul 21, 2009

    Kicked my (first) keg about two hours ago.
  27. dmwcpa

    dmwcpa Savant (255) North Carolina Apr 24, 2008

    Maybe I have been drinking to much Sculpin, but Celebration is not doing it for me this year. I loved 2011 Celebration, 2012 not so much. It is ok, but I am glad I only picked up a six pack. I almost bought a case. What I purchased was bottled on October 4, 2012.
  28. Genuine

    Genuine Advocate (525) Connecticut May 7, 2009 Verified

    I can't wait to stock up on it. Definitely going to get a couple logs for the kegerator this year. It's awesome having Celebration on Tap at home.
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  29. phooky

    phooky Savant (465) New York Jan 23, 2010

    I'm kind of new here. Can someone please explain to me what this whole 'spices' bit is regarding Celebration?
  30. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (730) Colorado Dec 9, 2011 Beer Trader

    Believe it or not, when visiting some relatives, I spotted a bottle of 2010 Celebration. Against my better judgment, I opened it. Yes, the hops had faded but it was still enjoyable - kinda like a spicy pale ale.
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  31. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Picked up a 12 pack last night based on this thread alone.
  32. Getting the first growler full tonite !!!
    CANT wait ....
  33. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    Got my first 12-pack.... So excited to try this stuff!

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  34. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (515) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    I had an 05 Celebration on tap earlier in the year. Fantastic! Obviously, the hops had faded to nil, but the sweet malty awesomeness was really all you needed.
  35. long time joke, due to some people thinking the beer is spiced and commenting that the spices seem different, origin lost to time but possibly due to confusion with Anchor OSA, in the old days (90s, hell even early 2000s) Anchor OSA and Sierra Nevada Celebration were 2 of the winter beers that most of the country got and not many more than that were nationwide

    now everyone makes the "spices different", "less spicy" or more specific like "they really cut down on the star anise" or "I like how much they increased the nutmeg" jokes even though they know the recipe doesn't change and there are no spices.
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  36. Pretty easy to find up until Ruthless Rye comes out - then sticks around at the retailers that ordered too much or took more from the distributor in order to get the next seasonal.
  37. For me, balance and drinkability is what makes this beer so great.
  38. JoeDurp

    JoeDurp Savant (255) Texas Nov 5, 2011

    Any in the dallas area i cant seem to find any or maybe im not looking hard enough
  39. Dont have it in Sacramento, CA, and we're 90 miles from the damn brewery, I'm getting very pissed.
  40. JoeDurp

    JoeDurp Savant (255) Texas Nov 5, 2011

    Wait what thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard.....beer related i mean