Chalumeaux (1761) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2017 TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebration is a holiday/winter tradition in a glass! Whether you’re enjoying this by itself or with any holiday meal Celebration is a no brainer go-to! (INSERT RANT!) This really is an ale that demands the proper glass to enjoy all it’s potential! Get yourself a Spiegelau IPA glass or my favorite an oversized Barolo wine tulip, let the ale warm a bit and now you’re workin! To the review. The aroma is earthy pine hops with hints of lemony citrus. As it warms you’ll pick up scents of cinnamon, clove and a bit of pineapple. The malts have a nice interplay of light caramel, light honey and biscuit. Not the most aromatic IPA but solid and pleasing. The first sip gives a juicy bitter hop rush before the barely balancing sweet malts come in. The hops do their work on the palate. Providing a good grip on the back of the throat and yet an almost slate like feel on the roof of the mouth.Oh the pine! There’s a long lasting finish but the sweetness does become more pronounced as you linger over the ale. Of course there is that signature Sierra Nevada bright crispness. Sierra Nevada coaxes a host of complex flavors from the hop profile, all of which virtually scream the things we associate with the holidays. I love this beer, but where Celebration really shines is when it’s paired with all of your traditional seasonal foods. Grab a plate of dark meat with dressing and gravy, maybe some yams and cranberry sauce with a warm buttered biscuit. Don’t forget the pumpkin, apple or pecan pie! Then in turn see how Celebration either heightens or compliments each bite. Yum..I want to go to there!
Poured from bottle dated 9/28/17 copper color with a tan head. Aroma is doughy malt light citrus floral notes and pine. Taste is caramel spice and a strong lingering bitterness. DocJitsu (2042) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2017
Pours a cloudy amber with a sudsy caramel colored head. Caramel malt and vegetal hop nose. Usual hop harshness from SN. 1) couldn’t believe I’d never had it; 2) went to one bar and three stores to finally find some; 3) regret that I got excited about it and paid $11+. balloonbuffoon (662) - - DEC 6, 2017
12floz bottle, BOD: 11.07.2017, $8 six-pack, pint glass. Appears amber in color with clarity and a beige sticky head. Very piney with an underlying note of caramel in both aroma and taste. Mostly bitter and body is on the heavier range of medium. I used to look forward to this more, but it's still a good beer. captivaboy (36) - Captiva, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2017
Interesting, initial fruit then resinous, not malty, fresh and different.
Hops and floral are not strong, but nice overall taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone RasmusOtt (2902) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2017
Taster in Salling. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of resin. Sweet caramel malts, grassy hops, citrus and grains. Taste is bitter with some sweet caramel malts, grassy hops, pine and citrus. Old and old school.
deepdrinker (318) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 A rich powerful beer, full of hops and bursting with flavour. Perfect on a cold winters night mirare! (1) - - NOV 25, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2017 Gezapft. Leicht trübes Amber. Körperreich mit Wacholder Note. Saisonales IPA über die Wintermonate. Würde dieses mal zu einem würzigen Wildfleisch versuchen. CaptainSternum (4) - - NOV 23, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2017 Pours a color of cognac, with plenty of head. Balanced taste of malt, hop, and pine. Malt in front, hoppy in back. Great with thanksgiving meal, terrible with cheese. Banksiz (144) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 19, 2017
This is the 2017 release, labeled as Celebration Fresh Hop IPA. Piney-citrus nose with s some bubblegum esters as it warms up and breathes. Mid-malty body with, alas, a harsh bitterness that's roasty, rather than hoppy. Slight stickiness to the maltiness. Harsh bitter finish. A disappointment--this one didn't work for me. matts63 (5) - Alpharetta, GEORGIA - NOV 19, 2017 does not count
Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance is burnt orange with a thin head and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of slightly piney hoppiness and malt. First sip is malty with some hops and spice and then finishes slightly bitter. This is a beer to which I look forward and thoroughly enjoy every year.