12 Beers of Christmas 2013 – Day 1 – Celebration Ale 2013

Yep! It’s back! I’m back (well, kinda)! It’s the BetterBeerBlog annual 12 Beers of Christmas beer review series. As you may or may not know, I love the Holidays. People seem to hate on this time of year as they feel it has gotten too commercialized. While that’s certainly arguable, we must not forget the sentiments behind the holiday… an excuse to brew up tasty craft beers!

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Celebration Ale 2013, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, 6.8% ABV

Celebration Ale 2013 main label.

Celebration Ale 2013 main label.

Celebration Ale 2013 from Sierra Nevada pours out a brilliantly clear, light brown color with orange/amber highlights and an off-white head. The aroma has resiny, slightly lemony citrus character. The flavor has resiny/piney and lemony citrus hop flavor. There’s a light caramel malt flavor for balance. I also pick up a very soft alcohol note. This a medium/medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.


Close up of the neck label on Celebration 2013.

This is a very well balanced IPA. Even by today’s West coast IPA standards, this IPA seems tame by comparison. While many craft breweries choose to brew up spiced ales or high alcohol, malt forward beers, Sierra Nevada chooses to stick to the formula that has made this beer a welcome holiday success since 1981; and I continue to look forward to this beer year after year.


Celebration 2013 in a glass. Yum!

It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, I know. In my eternal naiveté, I thought I would have enough energy to work my job(s), blog, exercise, spend time with family, continue to work on opening my business, and lead an otherwise fulfilling life. How silly of me. Something had to give and it was the blog.

So consider this 12 Beers of Christmas 2014 my attempt at jumping back into the blogging world. I’m starting off in the shallow end, wading in slowly and into familiar territory. I hope that I haven’t lost too many of you, dear readers, in the many months of silence.

Cheers! Mabuhay! Happy Holidays!

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