Style– American IPA
ABV – 6.8%
Appearance – This beer pours an amber color, with a medium white head, which disappears rather quickly leaving a small amount of lacey white foam behind.
Aroma – Sticking your nose deep into this glass of craft beer you pick up a lot of hops, a little bit of pine and some orange citrus scent.
Taste – The hops are the absolute star and shine right from the get go of this craft beer. While the hops continue to linger, you are hit with a bit of caramel sweetness and the orange citrus present in the nose, both of which help to balance out the bitter hops. You can pick up a hint of alcohol on the back, but not too much.
Overall – An extremely smooth and satisfying seasonal craft beer offering from Sierra Nevada. Their year round Pale Ale is also very solid, but the intense hopiness in the Celebration IPA speaks more to my palette as a hop head. While the hops are pronounced through out, the sweet malts and citrus real give this craft beer balance. I look forward to seeing the bright red packaging in my local craft beer store each winter, and each year this beer continues to shine.