The Brewski Report Reviews Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale
File Date: 3.19.11
File Name: The Forgotten File
The Beer: Celebration Ale
Type: American IPA
Stats: 6.8% ABV
Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.sierranevada.com
State/Country of Origin: CA, USA
Brewer Info: [In 1978] Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi cobbled a brewery together from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler, and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, they created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada mountains. Finally, on November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Brewer Brand Hype: The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration® Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration® Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home.
Label: Special beers made for the winter season have been a brewer’s tradition for centuries. To honor this heritage, we present this unique offering. Celebration Ale.
The Brewski Review: Although 65 on the International Bitterness Units (IBU) seems high, It’s really not. But it sure seemed like it. It made me pucker up. Actually, I don’t like my beer too bitter. Maybe I need to become better acquainted with bitter beers so I can tolorate their hoppiness. My younger days of drinking mild American Adjunct lagers in college and years thereafter has put me in a bad position. Had I started down my drinking path requesting an IPA everytime I stepped up to the bar I’d probably like nothing less. So, I’m somewhat jaded. The only thing I can say is ‘it is what it is’. There are probably many that like this beer. I truely can’t say it’s a bad beer, it’s just not something I would enjoy drinking every day. So, if you like hoppy beers, give this one a try next holiday season. Oh yeah, you may note that the bottle says 2009. I’m a little untimely on this report. The report was half finished then it was misplaced and forgotten about. So, I thought I’d blow a little dust off the file folder and report out on it just the same. I’m sure my opinion hasn’t changed. I’ve just gotten a little older that’s all.
Drinkability: No. I’ll pass.
Appearance: Dark, cloudy medium amber color
The Buds: Hoppy and bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 Rating