This is my second-to-last belated winter seasonal review.
Celebration Ale is the winter seasonal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. This “cold weather” brew has a beautiful snowy landscape on the label and a 6.8% ABV.
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.
CA pours a nice golden/copper color. The head is massive and foamy, with lacing come on thick. Sediment and carbonation are also present.
The nose is full of piney hops (Chinook?) and grapefruit (Cascade?) scents. This smells like your typical Pacific Northwest pale ale, which is odd for a winter seasonal.
This is one hoppy winter warmer! The taste is similar to the standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but with a molasses-like sweetness that comes out as the beer warms up. Definitely different.
Mouthfeel is medium in thickness, but kinda oily. This is most likely due to the massive amount of hops that were used (Celebration Ale has 65 IBUs).
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is not what I expected from a winter seasonal. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a badly made beer, but it just doesn’t scream Christmas. It’s definitely another well made beer from Sierra Nevada, but probably not one I’ll be picking up next holiday season.
Overall: 4 out of 10
As a PALE ALE: 5.5 out of 10