This beer is what I expect from Sierra Nevada, much better than the Floral IPA in my previous review. Celabration is a seasonal beer from Sierra Nevada available after the hop harvest and typically appears on sheves towards the end of the year and is sold in 6-packs of 12-oz bottles.
Appearance is a nice red color with a thick tan head. The head may be a bit larger than normal as this Bier Cellar mason jar glass tends to expand the head on beer. Plentiful aroma of citrus hops, some floral and a bit of spice, very pleasant smell that draws you into the beer. Taste is a solid American IPA with plenty of hops but still well balanced with some sweet malts. Finish has a nice mix of sweet and bitterness.
Overall this is a very nice IPA although it is a bit on the bitter side which I don’t really mind.
Pros: Solid taste, appearance
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Festive fresh hop holiday fun. The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada.