Brew Review: Sierra Nevada Celebration

by Kelli H. on December 5, 2012

Beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration
Date: 12-1-12
Location: Chico, CA
Type: Fresh Hop IPA
Availability: Seasonal
Price: $7.99/six pack
Alcohol: 6.8%
IBU’s: 65

Aroma: Sweet citrus hops

Appearance: Hazy, dark golden, tan head

Body & Texture: Bitter up front

Aftertaste: Mellow bitterness

A special ale for the holiday’s. Featuring the first hops of the season. This pioneering IPA is full of complex flavors and aromas from the generous use of whole-cone American hops”.

Overall Impression:
I was really excited to try Sierra Nevada’s Celebration. I’d seen it in the stores for a few weeks and was eager to give their seasonal a taste. While I think Celebration is an all around good beer, I don’t think it’s the best fresh hop ipa I’ve had. The aroma was nice, but really not that amazing. As for the taste, I didn’t think that it was that special. Honestly, I like their Torpedo better. It really left me wishing there was just something more seasonal about it. Maybe some spices, or just something. Don’t get me wrong, I think that Celebration is worth the money for a six pack, but I think I’d prefer Celebration more during some hot weather, or on a sunny day. I guess it just didn’t really fit my mood for a rainy day. Do I think you should try Celebration? Yes, but I don’t think it’s one to run out and buy immediately.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan {Country Cleaver} December 6, 2012 at 2:59 am

This is one of my holiday favorites!

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Made in Sonoma December 6, 2012 at 4:17 am

I’m glad you like it! Holiday beers are always so fun to try.

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Janine Ryan December 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Mmmm I like the Celebration, but agree, the Torpedo is deeeelightful!

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