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Celebration Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA
6.80 % ABV

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. 

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Review by younger35 on 11/07/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2010
Picked up a sixer of this because every dude on The Beer Spot drinks the shit out of it and I’ve never had a bottle. Pretty reasonably priced too, just like most Sierra Nevada brewski’s. Drank from my Port Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice clear yellowish orange with a frothy one finger bright white head. A nice cap and collar is left along with loads of thick web like lacing.
Smell- Nice light hoppiness that smells pretty fresh but isn’t overly fruity or citrusy. It’s sort of earthy and piney with a definite Noble Hop like profile (even though it says whole American Hops on the label). The lightest touch of sweetness from the malts mixes with the hops and gives an almost floral like scent.
Taste- Starts with a light bitterness upfront that’s fairly earthy and grassy with just a touch of citrus. Definite notes of grapefruit and light pineapple that really linger. A touch of toasted malt adds a super light bit of sweetness to counteract. A bit of grapefruit and a touch of pine on the finish.
Mouthfeel- Pretty sharp carbonation and a surprisingly full bodied IPA.
Drinkability- Very drinkable beer and I’m assuming that’s why it’s such a hit. Not my favorite IPA by any means but it’s definitely tasty and goes down way too easy. Glad I tried; it definitely won’t be my last sixer.

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by beer 30 on 11/06/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 18 4 9 0
2010 version. Love this stuff. This type of IPA is my type of IPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 12/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
Picked this up at Smokin Joes outside J'ville, AL. I think I paid $9 for a sixer. This is the last bottle of the sixer because the other 5 were just so easily drinkable. Served up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Off the pour, I am getting a light amber in color. Has a bit too much in the yellow and orange hues department to be amber I suppose. Held to the light it absolutely has a more orange appearance. Pretty clear body, maybe just a bit of haze, may be a stretch to call it haze. The pout got me about 3 fingers of white head, was a bit vigorous I suppose. The head creates a good amount of lace all over the glass, keeping a thick webbing all the way down. Nicely done for sure.

S: Forgive me, I have a bit of a sinus infection so my description the smell and taste may be a bit off. As far as the smell, I am getting a good amount of piney hop aroma. The resin is pretty potent. Behind that I am getting some grapefruit hints as well. Malts are light but present, biscuity. It is pretty fragant, and the aromas go very well together, meshing.

T: Yet again, we start off with the hops. A hearty helping of pine resin is pretty present. Dig it very much. Grapefruit is has a nice mix and balance to the hop profile. Malts mingle with these hops but I wouldn't say they balance, absolutely stays on the hoppy area. There is just enough of a Christmas baking spice presence to let me know its there, but its not enough to let me know what it is or overpower anything going on here. This is an IPA flavor with a touch of Christmas cheer.

M: Light side of medium in body. Carbonation isa touch high, maybe a bit too bubbly for my total liking but it doesn't kill the experience. Light alcohol heat on the throat. Resin does sit on the palate a bit. Aftertaste is pine and grapefruit.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. This is the first time I have had the chance to have it here in Alabama, and I am more than please. So easily drinkable. Not the most complex beer but the flavors are very well crafted in my opinion. I would be more than happy to see this beer as a year around because it is so easy drinking and pleasing. Dig on it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
12oz. Bottle
$14.99 12-Pack
Binny's Willowbrook

2006 Bottling

Celebration Ale is a clear copper concotion with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles rising throughout. There's a creamy white 1+ finger head atop the body that fades to a half finger cap. Leaves spotty lacing with each drink that slowly falls back to the body.

The smell is . There's very lightly toasted grains way in the background along with a caramel sweetness. What comes to the front is a strong hop presence. Big pine and earthy qualities. There is a small splash of grapefruit juice on top of it all. This is one that makes my mouth water.

The caramel sweetness sets the stage for the big hop flavors. Caramel upfront quickly just so you know it's there is taken over by the big hop flavors that were in the nose. Pine leads the way at first. Mid-palate through the finish turns to unsweetened grapefruit. there's a very solid hop bitterness that lingers till the next drink. This bitterness is more reminiscent of pine again. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Coats the tongue slightly but goes down easily. Carbonation is just enough to keep things pushing through.

This is an easy one to put back. I It gives you a tongue beating but not enough to ruin future tastings. The body makes this extremely easy to handle.

This is a top notch IPA. Something to look forward to every winter.
I like the assertive hoppiness. Celebration Ale is my kind of IPA. It's close to the top of my list, very close.

Reviewed: 12/15/06

Price: $14.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 11/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
Well since my old review for Celebration was nuked I figured why the hell not do another! This is my 76th bottle of the '09 version, can't seem to get enough. Served in a Surly Pint glass.

Pours a beautiful amber coppery-orange color with great clarity and glow. A beautiful 3+ finger puffy, foamy tannish head has insane retention and leaves big chunky lacing patches all over the glass.

The smell is super hopped with pine needles and grapefruit pith aromas, but still balanced wonderfully with toasted caramel/toffee and medium cereal grain maltiness. The hops rule but are sweetened just wonderfully in the aroma.

Taste is a dead match to the smell; lots of hoppiness in the form of pine sap/needles and backing grapefruit pith with fairly assertive dry bitterness. The malt base adds caramel/toffee sweetness but has a nice toasty dryness to it as well which keeps the beer on the dry side overall.

Mouthfeel is solidly medium with perfect soft carbonation. Starts sticky and coating but quickly turns oily and slick with a dry bite of bitterness at the very end of the sip. No alcohol heat to be found anywhere and the finish is so damn refreshing with a great bite. Maybe a bit more bitterness would suit my hop-centric taste in IPAs.

I seriously have a big problem, I can't stop drinking this beer and have bought way too much already this season. There's not a better winter seasonal IPA out there for the price and Celebration will forever and always be a mainstay in my fridge during these fucked up brutal winters in the Chi. Can't recommend it enough,

Price: $8.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 02/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2008
Color is a golden orange with a off-white head about a finger high, top is lumpy with some big bubbles: settles to a nice even skimming with some nice clingy, patchy light lace.
Smell is a nice floral, lightly citrusy sharp hop, super clean and fresh. Big caramel backing to it.
Taste is very smooth and bright with brightly floral and piney hops thats a little bit spicy and bitter as well.
Feel is a lighter-medium body with a very crispy sweet dryness that starts in the middle and settles down through the finish and has a great evenly smoothed out bite with a very subtle but potent alcohol warming, which only now I'm starting to feel. Wow, some damn good stuff.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by thickfreakness on 01/10/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
2008 bottle.

Pours a nice amber red color with a beige-yellow head.

Grapefruit, pine and caramel.

Just a smack in the mouth of grapefruit and pine. A great malt backbone to match with the big bitterness presented here.

Medium body, medium carb, nice and dry finish.

Such a great beer! I've gone through about 1.5 cases plus whatever I've had on draft this winter.

Price: $1.10 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 12/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 5 9 2008
Pours a medium golden with a slight bit of haze. Small off-white head slowly settles and leaves a small bit of lacing on the walls of the glass.

Wonderful caramel malt aroma with smooth touch of light toffee. Fruity hops bring plenty of grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Hint of orange and then a nice bitterness. Some sticky pine at the end.

Bitter hops are abundant. Lots of wonderful bitterness with a nice fruity flavor coming in. Grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of orange. Malt backbone does a good job of balancing things with a nice smooth caramel body. Bitterness overtakes again and sticky bitter pine comes through in the aftertaste.

One of my favorites every year. Killer IPA at an awesome price.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mar on 12/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2008
Nice dark amber pour with a good size white head. Very hoppy scent with notes of citrus, pine and flowers. Flavor is fresh hops and a nice bitter finish that hits the spot.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 08/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2005
Color is dark amber with a lot of floaties. Almost a Double IPA color. Smell is hoppy, floral, with some citrus. All the good stuff that an IPA is supposed to be. Smell is a bit muted though. Taste is bitter hops to start, with a slight spicy and very very slight malt addition. Feel is still a bit thick and slightly oily.

Overall, this one stands the test of time with any other bottle. This is my last 2005 bottle, so I am now looking forward to the later years.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Duckboy on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 0
Poured into a pint glass. Off white but small head, good retention. High on the hops especially for a more wintry beer, with a strong undertone of spice. Hops and spice on the taste, with a slight bitter finish. Thick and crisp brew. Excellent choice for a winter beer, and one that would balance against the maltier ones available.

Price: $1.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2003
Originally reviewed 07/28/06

2003 bottle from the cellar.

A - Nice dark amber translucent color. Off white, soapy, two finger head.

S - Sweet, very hoppy, and spicy. Sometimes I forget how much I love this beer.

T - Bitter and hoppy up front. Really tastes like a barleywine now. Spicy and hoppy, but with a good malt balance. Hops did not fade with age much.

M - Just thick enough and the carbonation was still spot on, even with over 2 years on it.

D - What a great beer. Not many IPAs can age well, but this is one. Wish I had more that the 3 more bottles of 2003 downstairs.

Served In: Bottle

Review by WYB on 12/06/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 0
Big hops, love the aroma. Nice amber color, full head. Beautiful beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 0
Hops, hops, hops. Very good brew. This is my first Celebration, and will not be the last. Pours a very full golden amber color. Nice head that wasnt too full. The smell is borderline perfect, very hoppy. The taste and everything else are also neer perfect. Full of hops and alcohol flavor, with a nice smooth finish.

Served In: Pint Glass

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