What they say: 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.
What The Thirsty Beagle says: I couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but after several sips, the comparison I was searching for to explain the taste of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale hit me: Pine trees. That may not sound like a recipe for success, but trust me, the subtle hint of pine in this beer distinguishes it from many beers you’ll try. And not in a bad way. Actually, the pine is just one of many flavors you can distinguish in this beer from sip to sip. I thought it had a subtle citrus taste, as well. No surprise that it would be lively in flavor, since it goes through three rounds of hopping. As a result, the beer does have a certain dry bitterness to it, but again, I found it quite interesting to taste. Taking a step back, at first sniff, this seems like an aromatic and refreshing beer, and the taste and aftertaste back that up. I thought this beer was especially easy to drink and unheavy, if you will. The dark honey color is pleasing as well. Celebration Ale is a California beer brewed at 6.0 abv. I would recommend this for your holiday party — Sierra Nevada suggests you pair it with rich meats like prime rib or lamb.
Score: 4 out of 5 beagles.