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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