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.
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.
The aroma isn’t particularly strong but does offer a pleasant scent of pine.
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.
The feel is lively with a medium body and moderately-high carbonation. Finishes somewhat dryly.
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.
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.