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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale


One more winter seasonal to add to the list. This is Sierra Nevada’s winter release, but unlike most, it’s not a winter warmer, but an IPA. It’s made with Two-Row Pale, and English Caramel malts with Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial hops.

American India Pale Ale. 6.8% ABV. 65 IBUs. California.

Very coppery in color, not super thick head, goes away pretty quick, but the lacing is nice.

This nose is actually pretty closed up. I’m really just getting some piney hops on here, and a little bit of caramel malts.

Medium bodied, actually fairly thick IPA, but good carbonation.

Very, very hoppy. I get a ton of pineyness from this beer, especially on the initial attack. There are some nice citrus components, and almost a cherry flavor on the mid-palate with lemons. The backend is pretty bitter. Don’t get too many malts on the palate because the hops overwhelm a bit.

This is a very solid beer, and I like it, but I’m not understanding the A- score on BA. I’m going 88 points.

  1. MikeChance
    January 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Sierra Nevada Celebration has been outstanding in the past. I felt it was a 94-96 point beer in 2007 and 2008. It was a little off in 2009 so I agree with your lower score (maybe 89-90 for me). I wonder if BA gives it a better score because of it’s past history.

    • atattooedtale
      February 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm

      The BA score could totally reflect past vintages. It seems like only a few beers have vintage specific scores. But that’s a good point, and something that should be kept in mind when checking out scores. Unfortunately, this is the first time I tried this beer, so I can’t speak for the past vintages.

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