lmahony199 (52) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2001
awesome hops, not over spiced - just right.................................. garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2002
Almost done with the 1/2 barrel I got for the Christmas season. My favorite American winter beer for sure. It pays to buy it by the barrel: when I saw the $9.50/six price tag i decided to buy in bulk. mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 Bottled. This bottle conditioned beer is one of the best beers I've ever had! I look forward to this hop monster every winter. To me, it is what makes the cold northeast winters bearable. From the citrusy nose, to the VERY hoppy taste and aftertaste, this is a beer that I stock up on in the winter months. My belief is, you can never cram enough hops into a bottle of beer, but this one comes damn close to meeting that goal! When I have this beer in my fridge, I am guaranteed to have a Hoppy New Year. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Ok, I freely admit it I am extremely biased when it comes to this beer. I used to buy cases of this stuff every year. I finally broke down and started to buy a keg of it instead. The first time I had this it absolutely blew me away. The hops where so intense so fresh the just screamed to break free from the confines of the bottle. This beer is definitely best when fresh, because it is all about the hop flavor and aroma. The hops lend a wonderful spicy citrusy greatness to this beer. And wonderfully the brewers saw fit to outfit this paragon with a solid malt backbone that just carries and delivers the hop celebration to every corner of your mouth. Just a plain awesome beer.
rajendra82 (1103) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
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UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 I am blown away. Pours out with a dark amber orange body and an extra tall beige head that is creamy and smooth. One of the loveliest display of carbonation I’ve ever seen in a beer. There is a near constant stream of tiny bubbles rushing to the top the entire time I drink this beer. The aroma is pure hops with citrus, pine, spruce, and spices in every whiff. Body is medium with an appropriate mouthfeel enhanced by the tiny bubbles that coat your tongue as the beer warms in your mouth. Bitter hoppy taste is a delightful departure from the sweet and syrupy winter fare from others. Malt backbone is solid and creamy, but hops are front, center, and back. Many thanks go to nvsblman for this trade. Hopefully next year this beer will be on the shelves in Georgia. When I see it in the stores, I’m going to be celebrating for sure.
It is now fall of 2004 and by the grace of God, HB 645 is now the law of the land in the State of Georgia. I just picked up a Sierra Nevada Celebration off the shelf from Green’s. When pouring it in the glass I notice something that was missing last year. This year’s version is cloudy. The bottle conditioned release is much less bubbly than the force carbonated 2003 version. The mouthfeel also seems more soft this year, and the spiciness has gone down a notch. Still a classic IPA.
Got a 2003 bottle as part of Cellar Meat BIF 18 from pentathlete. After a year and a half, the hops had faded, and the beer could be considered balanced. The taste had taken on shades of an Old Ale at this age, with some chewy sweet malt. The hops lurked in the back as a peppery wispy presence. I much prefer the assertive fresh taste, but still much to like here.
beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Dark amber with with frothy white head that sticks to glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and malt. Upon first sip, hops hit you and malt comes through. Full-bodied and strong, this is one of the very best beers I’ve ever had. One of the best IPAs. Makes the holiday season worthwhile. racer2k (4) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2005 does not count
This is Sierra Nevada Brewing’s finest Ale ever! Robust hoppy bite with a tangy citrus and grapefruit finish that never washes the hoppy platform flavor away. They need to brew this all year round. Why not celebrate all year round? TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Celebration Ale is an American IPA by style, though the brewery doesn’t call it that. Hop heads, and beer geeks across America go nuts when this beer is released. This beer is without a doubt, one of the finest examples of AIPA. It is said that the Victory Brewing Company of Dowingtown, PA modeled thier Hop Devil IPA after SN Celebration. Having sampled both beers a number of times, both on draught, and in bottles, I can tell you from first hand experience, that is for the most part, the case. These beers are quite similar, and both are exceptional in my opinion. Celebration Ale, not only has a great hop character, but a really good caramel/crystal malt base as well. And this is why I think Celebration is so special, it is a phenomenal showcase of PNW hops. A great AIPA isn’t about just sandpapering your tongue with hop bitterness. Great AIPA’s showcase great hop aroma, flavor, and character, but have enough malt character so this beer is NOT one dimensional. Celebration Ale is one of the prototypes for AIPA. This beer is a classic in the beer world.
SN Celebration Ale pours to a bright amber color, with a nice white head, and a good carbonation. The nose? HELLO. HOPS! HOPS! HOPS! The nose just explodes with vibrant, citric, piney, PNW hop variety aromas. A blend is used every year, and SN loves to play with this. The palate is a rock solid malt base. Really good biscuit pale malt flavors pair with some really good sweet caramel malt flavors. This beer finishes with good sweet malt up front, then ends with a long, dry, citric, bitter hop bite, that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. This beer is an IPA to the core, it weighs in at 6.8% abv and just screams PNW hop aroma and flavor.
This is a classic, and a must try for all beer lovers. AIPA at its best, a bench mark of the style. Match this beer with spicy fare such as Thai, Mexican, Indian, or screaming hot Buffalo wings. This beer is an awesome aperitif, a great beer to get the juices flowing. I love this beer, and you should too! Seek this one out folks.
jberneti (6) - USA - FEB 6, 2006 does not count
This beer is ridiculous...as in ridiculously good. Refreshing spicy, bitter, wood-y and fruity tastes compete for your attention. Go to your local beer-selling establishment, purchase a case, and hurry home and drink it! holymackerel (6) - USA - JUN 21, 2006 does not count
A supped up version of the regular Pale Ale. Very delicious, my favorite seasonal. Xtra Hops....... Delightful red color, a must have in your cellar.... Great label, and good in cold weather, like on a ski trip...