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

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

  1. Tell me about it brother. The distributor here in Sacramento is killing me. I'm pretty sure they are hesitant to release any from the warehouse until they get rid of all of the Tumbler.
  2. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Advocate (630) Florida Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Tried my first Celebration last night , must say it is a damn fine balanced brew.
  3. DR3IDY

    DR3IDY Disciple (60) Massachusetts Dec 23, 2010

    This thread is making me want to go out and buy a case now.
  4. theCoder

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

    Really? Wow, well now I may have to grab a bit more than I planned on just to see how it ages.
  5. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (420) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    We just got it in FL. 2+ months old :cool:
  6. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Savant (425) California Apr 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    love me some celebration cant wait to pick up a couple cases it has not hit the shelves yet around my parts
  7. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Savant (425) California Apr 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    Im in bako and we dont have it yet either
  8. nicnut45

    nicnut45 Savant (300) Illinois Jan 6, 2007

    anybody seen this at Costco yet?
  9. Bonis

    Bonis Advocate (565) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    FYI, I was talking about the Double Crooked Tree, which I am guessing you know ages like a barleywine. The Celebration I would not age, although I am sure it would still be a decent ale after a year.
  10. hophead247

    hophead247 Advocate (510) California Jan 27, 2008 Beer Trader

    On my 3rd six pack of Celebration, and my keg arrives tomorrow.
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  11. lokieman

    lokieman Savant (475) Oklahoma Jan 20, 2011

    One of the few beers out there that are case worthy for me...fantastic fresh and actually ages well. One of the few truly cellarable IPA's out there...
  12. We need to finally grab a beer next I'm in Livermore...
  13. HuskyinPDX

    HuskyinPDX Advocate (690) Washington Jan 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    I just cracked my first of the year. Wow! I want me some more. Great beer.
  14. hophead247

    hophead247 Advocate (510) California Jan 27, 2008 Beer Trader

    Definitely. I've been working 6-7 days a week for the last few months, but its finally slowing down.
  15. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Advocate (520) Pennsylvania Jan 15, 2011 Subscriber

    I'll have to give this another try. Last year I was still so unaccustomed to highly hopped beers that this thing gave me a stomach ache. Couldn't even finish it.
  16. jodan

    jodan Savant (335) California Jul 24, 2008

    Nor is it here in Pasadena, should've drank some when I saw it in Minnesota 2 weeks ago.
  17. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Savant (425) California Apr 27, 2011 Beer Trader

  18. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Had my 1st one last night. Was at Traders Joes grabbing my 2012 Vintage Ales and grabbed a single 12. It was tasty, but was pretty standard IPA for me. Good hops and nice balance but still my 3rd year having this, just dont get why all the OMG!!! over this one.

  19. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    When are we gonna meet up? I can grab you a sixer. And your brother told me to kick you in the balls.
    That is all.

  20. fredmugs

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

    I agree. Problem for me I guess is I also have Northern Hemishpere and that is a far superior beer.
  21. Got my first 12-pack of 2012 Celebration Ale yesterday evening. Gonna open my first one of the season tonight. I am counting the minutes...

    By the way, if you love hops and if you haven't tried it yet, you simply MUST get your hands on a bottle or two of Fat Head's Head Hunter. It's getting easier to find across Ohio so you shouldn't have too much trouble trading someone for it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
  22. davey101

    davey101 Champion (860) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    Love that spice! :p

    Had my first of the year last night. Celebration pron:
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  23. Been agreeing with most of your posts lately, including this one. It's really the malt in this beer that keeps me coming back for more. Balance is the perfect description of this IPA, very easy to have a six pack of, even though at 6.7% you know you shouldn't.

    As a side note, I find Cambridge Brewing Co.'s Big Man IPA to be very similar to Celebration. Not sure if anyone else in MA feels the same.
  24. Thinking Narwhal is going to age beautifully.
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  25. Can't wait to get this in my area. My two beer guys said about a week. This will be my first time trying this. To the experience celebration ale drinkers: how long do the hops last for this beer? Does it fade out quickly?
  26. racer2k

    racer2k Savant (400) Massachusetts May 21, 2004

    I actually aged a 2005,2006,2007,2008,2009 and 2010 and did a flight of tastings in 2011. It was quite interesting and most of the beers tasted good but the "fresh hop" presence goes away over time. This is best consumed fresh. I will say that I did detect a few tasting anomalies with the batches early in the release season vs. later in the release season which were subtle but interesting. Despite the popular rumor they do not change the recipe every year. The different state of the hops may alter the flavors in a subtle way but it is always fantastic! Though having this year round would be great it is a lot of fun to have it for a couple of months and appreciate the best beer of the year. Can't wait to get my hands on the first one this weekend!

  27. Did you mix the Celebration and Narwhal?
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  28. davey101

    davey101 Champion (860) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    Yes. Tried to make a black and tan but it didn't work out too well.
  29. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Savant (430) Illinois Sep 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    Any sightings in NW Chicago burbs? Still haven't seen any yet and I'm getting Celebration shakes
  30. The spices killed the majestic sea creature.
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  31. davey101

    davey101 Champion (860) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

  32. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Savant (265) Michigan May 16, 2012

    Is this stuff generally found in grocery stores like Summerfest, or is it harder to find? I haven't ever looked for it.
  33. Just picked up my first 12 pack of the season last night. Just as delicious as I remember. SO effing good! Brings back many memories
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  34. racer2k

    racer2k Savant (400) Massachusetts May 21, 2004

    It hit the shelves in MA this week and is usually available in quantity until January..
  35. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    Damn all you guys! It hasn't landed yet here in PA. Damn all you guys!
  36. tfs8271

    tfs8271 Savant (295) California Mar 14, 2007

    Reading about that overrated defense must be messing with your palate.
  37. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    How can you say overrated? Setting records for pick sixes and touchdowns. No way overrated.

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  38. theCoder

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

    HAHAHA, ok I was very confused actually having tried Celebration today I was like "Yea damn good but...huh not sure aging it"

    ok yes I agree 100% DCT ages wonderfully. I am surprised how much hops hung around in the 2011 I opened a couple months ago. Probably due to the insane AV of it I'm sure (more like a triple ipa than double in my opinion at the level it is). I love that beer, had it out of a cask a few times at Firkin Fest and cask DCT is incredible.
  39. Daemose

    Daemose Advocate (525) Texas Oct 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Sierra Nevada all tastes the same. Another over hyped brewery.
  40. Finally came to Spokane today. My goodness, I am happy right now. I am at a friends birthday with my wife and usually I am the life of the party...but tonight I am literally alone in the kitchen, drinking Cele out of a tulip that I brought just for this occasion. I am listening to Stevie Wonder Christmas music and enjoying the hell out of life. Great f-ing night.