Yep, the guy at the store either got taken, or he was hoping to take you ! It's really good, but a year past and I would pass.
Wow...I totally disagree.
I hope you bought some of that 2012. Celebration is my favorite commercial IPA, bar none. I always pick some up when it first comes out and I love it...but I also love it when it's from the previous year and usually pick some of that up as well whenever I see it.
Celebration is really top notch even when it's a year old.
No question it changes with age, but most definitely not in a bad way.
I wasn't saying it would be undrinkable, just that I wouldn't spend the $$ on year old Celebration, especially when I can get this year's. I've at one time had almost a decade of SN Bigfoot cellared for vertical tasting ( and many other beers, for that matter). But I guess that's where we part thinking - drinking IPA fresh vs aged. I found a bottle of last year's Celebration in the back of the fridge 4 or 5 months after I bought it, still plenty drinkable, but nowhere near as good as fresh IMO. IPA is about
HOPS, and they fade quickly in a standard IPA - undeniably !! But I respect your right to drink it as you like it.