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

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

  1. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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

    Fell in love with:

    PtE & Y
    Dreadnaught
    Bad Boy
    Poorman's DIPA
    Citra
    Abner
    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

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    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

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    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

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    It's because of the spices.
     
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  5. AdamP

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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
     
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    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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    gonna be opening the first from this year momentarily. i'll let ya know
     
  12. Giovannilucano

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    queue Yamars picture of his 26 year old Celebration ale! :D
     
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  13. ZEROorDIE

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    we get plenty in MA. love this beer, gonna go hunt around and see if i can get some this weekend.
     
  14. powpig2002

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

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    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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    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.
     
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    This beer holds up very well. Back in September, a local bar tapped a keg of 2011 Celebration and it was great.
     
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    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!
     
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    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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    I'm working on my 4th six pack so far this year! Will buy mostly Celebration til it's gone.
     
  21. draheim

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    Welcome to the Celebration brotherhood.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Kicked my (first) keg about two hours ago.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    I'm kind of new here. Can someone please explain to me what this whole 'spices' bit is regarding Celebration?
     
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    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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    Picked up a 12 pack last night based on this thread alone.
     
  32. WassailWilly

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    Getting the first growler full tonite !!!
    CANT wait ....
     
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    Got my first 12-pack.... So excited to try this stuff!

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    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.
     
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    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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    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.
     
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    For me, balance and drinkability is what makes this beer so great.
     
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    Any in the dallas area i cant seem to find any or maybe im not looking hard enough
     
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    Dont have it in Sacramento, CA, and we're 90 miles from the damn brewery, I'm getting very pissed.
     
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    Wait what thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard.....beer related i mean
     
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