mrhopsbeertalk (295) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2015 Update 11/12/15 - Partial credit for at least bringing back the bitter edge, but this still lacks its previous depth of hop flavor and aroma. The caramel malts also, unfortunately, have a bigger presence.
Update 10/27/14 - Sierra Nevada has ruined this beer! As a longtime fan and fiend I feel confident saying this tastes nothing at all like it used to and did as recently as 2012. There is NO aroma and very little hop flavor aside from some minor mt hood/chinook and sublte cascade contributions. I am so disappointed I might just cry in my glass. Same failings as this year’s Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale, possibly used the same hop crop. Skip it, write to them and complain and hope they bring this back to it’s previous glory!
2012 and earlier releases - One of a short list of longtime favorites. Freshly bottled Celebration packs a big hoppy aroma, flavor, and an abundance of bitterness. As it ages, this beer takes on varied and enjoyable flavor nuances as the bitterness mellows. I tend to buy this whenever it’s available.
AnG_BrgNor (433) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2016 Bottle. Hazy dark amber with nice lasting head. Aroma is caramalt, pine, floral and malt. Taste is much like the aroma but the malty parts stands out. For beeing a malty ipa I think its very good.
OminouSC2 (401) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark orange color. Sweet caramel aromas, fruits and alcohol, some hops. Sweet bread taste, caramel, sugar and pine hops.
ABS (867) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. 2015 version, in other words, way too old... Pours close to clear copper. Medium sized, slightly orange head. Malt, orange and some metallic nose. Malt, herbs, some grapefruit, resin and pine flavour. Bitter. Medium, oily body, soft carbonation. Sadly, too old.
Florya (1619) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How : bottle Appearance : almost clear dark golden with a small white head. Aroma : caramel, dried fruits, citrus, spice, wood, spice, pine and grass. Palate : medium body, average carbonation.
artemb (600) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: caramel, pine, some red berries.
Taste: moderate sweet and below moderate bitterness.
Flavour: candied fruits, hops, caramel.
Salwal (308) - GERMANY - JUN 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into nosing glass, pours amber with thick white head. Nose is mango, Passion fruit typical westcoast style IPA lots of fruityness. Taste is intense bitter fruity slightly alcoholic. Finish is light fruity astringent with grassy subnotes... Good one!
SinH4 (2440) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Nov 2015. Amber color with big head. Aroma is herbal hops, piney, resinous, toasty malts. Taste is the same, quite bitter, nice toasty malt body. Bittersweet finish. More English than I would have expected from an American Fresh Hop IPA... Okay though. Why is this still within its European best before date?
Michael27 (563) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Das Celebration Fresh Hop IPA 2015 aus der Flasche vom Händler des Vertrauens. Fast kupferfarben mit massiver, nahezu undurchdringlicher Schaumkrone im Glas. Feine Pinien- und Zitrusaromen im Antrunk und auch später. Wenig Restbittre.
bastarda (395) - Freiburg, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I took this for a wet hop ipa and drinking it just half changed my mind: aromas of ripe pineapple and a kind of wet hopped aspect to it, with its peppery and subtle honey notes. Taste brings more pineapple, honey and pepper. Very pronounced bitterness at the finish. Some alcohol fumes. Interesting flavour profile.
Erzengel (7387) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2015er edition. Fresh intense floral beginning. Lots of fruity hops. Grassy floral hops. Pine with a nice malty body. The aftertaste is floral malty smooth, great round with a moderate bitterness.