Review: Celebration, Sierra Nevada


  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness: 65 IBU
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • Malts:  Two-Row Pale and English Caramel
  • Hops: 
    • Bittering:  Chinook
    • Finishing:  Cascade & Centennial
    • Dry Hopping:  Cascade & Centennial
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home."  — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   This is the ninth of my winter seasonal reviews.  It's been a while since I've had an IPA, so I have been looking forward to this!

The tasting:  Amber in color with a white head that lasted for almost the entire length of the drink.  Nice lacing.  Aroma is full of citrus hops.  Flavor is mainly citrus (grapefruit) and some grassy hops.  It does have a nice caramel malt backbone, but it is stands behind the hops in flavor.  Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a nice crisp mouth feel.  It seems to be a bit thicker than most IPAs, but I think it works well for a winter seasonal.
Rating:  4 star.  Really good!  I want this again!   While it does have nice malt flavors, make no mistake—this is a hoppy (bitter) beer.  I like hops and it works for me.  Bring this to your holiday gatherings, but understand that it won't appeal to all palates.  If you're an IPA lover, this is a must try!
Have you tried Celebration?  How did you like it?

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  1. Celebration is some of the best beer out there. Your review is dead on.

  2. This is one of my favorite IPAs, I wish it was year round.


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