Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008
pourn: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008

pourn: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008

Glass: Shaker, Tulip
Purchased at: Oaktree buy rite, South Plainfield, NJ
Price: $16.99 for two 6 packs.
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6.8 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: quiet opening, active carbonation, nice pour

Aroma 8 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Impression:  nice

Malt Aroma: rye toast, peanut oil
Hops Aroma
: dry earth, grass, basil, grapefruit
Other Aroma
: pine

Notes: A great active aroma. Very mindful of a strong IPA.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color dark

Clarity: cloudy, bottle conditioned

Head Retention: average

Lace: intricate

Notes: Beautiful beer. Deep red orange hues with a white head and lace.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain bread toast nut
Hops Flavor: curry, cardamom, grapefruit
Other: orange, grapefruit, pine

Notes: Sawdust and blood. Like an accident happened, but in a good way. How do they make such a commercial beer so very good?

Palate 5 out of 5


Sensation: creamy drying

Body: full

Carbonation: average


Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: Perhaps the best aspect of this very good beer. Leaves you wanting more.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: An amazing beer for the brewer and price. Just fantastic.

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Enjoying Sierra Nevada Celebration 2008 tonight. Very dry, quite hoppy. Very red. Crisp. Like a terrycloth towel. Pine aroma, grapefruit. Very nice. Clinging white lace and a small white filmy head. golden, amber, and red hues. A bit of rye in the finish. Very nice for such an affordable beer. Surface tension is beautiful. Nice medium finish is bitter and quite burnt. Well done.

Comment by lemasney

You are right on target with the Celebration. Sierra Nevada created a very well crafted beer with this IPA. In fact, probably my all-time favorite IPA. I only wish it was available year round. I have tried the Torpedo and I still prefer the Celebration for some reason.

Comment by hoppyipa

I’ve had a chance recently to do a side by side tasting, and the difference is there, but subtle. Celebration seems to have more syrup, smoke, and scotch qualities. Torpedo is really just straight up about hop bitterness. Both are delicious. Cheers to SN for putting truly great, affordable beers in everyone’s hand.

Comment by lemasney

I found the Sierra Nevada “Bigfoot Ale” a very nice barley wine.

Comment by cmblake6

I just had a bottle of the 2009 Celebration ale, it was delicious. I agree with your assessment. The one issue I have is that your bottle cost $16.99? Or is that for a six-pack? I paid $3.99 for a 24 oz bottle. Either way I feel you’re being over charged. Just saying.

Comment by Julian

It was for a 12 pack, I believe. Definitely not a bad price.

Comment by lemasney

The characterization of Celebration Ale as a terrycloth towel is inspiring — I never thought of it that way yet must agree. Although it’s called an IPA, I disagree. It doesn’t have that sharp hoppiness that overwhelms the malt. It’s my favorite of all Sierra Nevada brews.
Where does that $16.99 price above come from? A case costs much more and a six pack costs much less, at least in Flair Beverage in Manhattan.

Comment by M J

I edited the post to indicate that it was for a 12 pack. SN brews are about $30 a case in this area.

Comment by lemasney

Breakfast, lunch or dinner…this is a good beer.

Comment by Tim

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