Celebration is an American IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. that’s hoppy with pine and citrus; balanced by caramel, toasty bread and tropical fruit.

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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 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Celebration by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Celebration by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

What You Need to Know

Celebration was the first IPA produced by Sierra Nevada nearly four decades ago. And it just so happened to also be one of the first American IPAs ever created. This is one of those classic brews that helped ignite the modern craft beer revolution and served as inspiration for a future generation of craft brewers. With that kind of legacy, Celebration must be pretty good. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

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.

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Aroma

The aroma isn’t particularly strong but does offer 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.

Label art for the Celebration by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Label art for the Celebration by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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.

What Makes Celebration So Good?

Since 1981, Sierra Nevada has been brewing their Celebration IPA. They modified their recipe in 1983 and it hasn’t changed since. The secret behind this great tasting brew is that Sierra Nevada uses the freshest hops available from the year’s harvest. Bales of hops are loaded onto a truck at the farm and are driven straight to Chico where they’re brewed within 24 hours. The result is a brew that tastes incredibly fresh. 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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