Monday, December 20, 2010

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Beer Review

This is one of Sierra Nevada's oldest recipes, but does it evoke the holiday spirit? Find out whether this American IPA is the one you should take to your holiday party.

Partial Transcript: "On tap -- Celebration Ale

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are talking about Celebration Ale from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. The founder, Ken Grossman, is an AVID hiker and named the company after his favorite place to hike -- the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The brewery brewed it's first beer in 1980 and the following year, 1981, they started brewing Celebration Ale. This is Sierra Nevada's winter seasonal beer. It is an American IPA with 6.8 % ABV and 65 bitterness units.

This ale is brewed with fresh hops from the first hop harvest of the season and they use whole cone hops, rather than hop pellets, to achieve more subtle flavors.

They don't add any spices to this holiday beer. Any perceived spiciness is derived from fermenting the malt and sugars.

Q&A -- Do you think of an IPA as a traditional holiday beer? Does this beer warm the soul on a cold day?

Celebration Ale gets a (???) on the BBA scale. Which beer is going to get you through the holiday season? Let us know in the comment section.

Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."


  1. great review! very entertaining... IPAs are quickly becoming my new favorite type of beer. i commented on your palo santo marron review, and in it i mentioned that i was going to try dogfish heads 60 an 90 min IPAs soon. well, i have tried the 90 min, and wow, i loved that stuff.

    im finding that i really enjoy hoppier, bitter beers. it sounds like this sierra nevada might be worth trying. another beer that you guys have reviewed that i am looking forward to trying is the bells two hearted ale. any more IPA suggestions? thanks...

    you guys have a merry christmas and an HOPPY new year! im sure thats the first time youve heard that, right? later...


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