Celebration

American IPA Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4.5

Celebration, an American IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Celebration is an American IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a clear copper and is topped by a thick stack of dense, off-white foam that shows excellent retention. Patches of lace and residue cling to the sides while the head reduces.

Aroma

The aroma is faint but offers a pleasant scent of pine.

Flavor

A mild hopping of pine and citrus lead the palate and is mellowed by a malty backbone of toasty bread and caramel. Tasting crests towards a tangy bite of pine and citrus that’s mellowed by a mild sweetness of tropical fruit and more caramel. A hint of grapefruit lingers on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel

The feel is lively with a medium body and moderately-high carbonation. Finishes somewhat dryly.

Overall

Celebration lives up to its name as its vibrant hoppy palate is one worth celebrating. Its fresh flavors of pine and citrus have enough bite to appease the hopheads while its malt nicely balances the tasting. Year after year, this is a brew worthy enjoying.

A Long Time Brewing

Sierra Nevada has been brewing their seasonal Celebration IPA every year since 1981. Personally, I’ve been enjoying this brew for a number of years and always look forward to seeing it on store shelves in mid-Autumn.

Recommended Pairings

Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their Celebration IPA: fish and chips, roasted turkey and dressing, and grilled vegetables; cheeses of Parmigiano Reggiano and Manchego.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.