DBB – Sierra Nevada, 2008 Celebration Ale

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Sierra Nevada – 2008 Celebration Ale

6.8 abv (Mmm, makes me fell all warm and fuzzy inside)

There are many signs that pop up late in the year to tell that it’s almost Christmas, Holiday music playing in the local Walmart, decorations everywhere, insane deals at all the retailers, but my favorite sign is the multitude of holiday beers that line the shelves at my local liquor store. To show my excitement I’m going to review a few of them. The first being Sierra Nevada’s 2008 Celebration Ale.

There are basically two types of holiday beers, the first are made with traditionally winter spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, the second are winter warmers. Winter warmers have a high alcohol content that makes you fell all warm and fuzzy inside with every swallow. I’d describe Celebration Ale as an amped up version of their pale ale. It’s an IPA that smells of nice and flowery hops to start out, then you take a sip and it’s malty with a slight hint (very slight) of those spices I talked about earlier and then the dry hops hit you. According to their Site:

“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.”

Also According to their site:

“In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.”