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Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:31:07 PM »
Seeing this in the store makes me happy every year.   

For whatever reason, it always tastes different than I remember from the previous year, but it's always great.
It's too close to home
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 05:36:25 PM »
Sierra Nevada has said that they use the same amount of the hops every year, but seasonal changes will result in differences in the beer. Edit- they might account for different alpha for bittering, but the oils will be different in the later additions.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2016, 05:44:42 PM »
I'm sure my memory of what something tasted like a year ago is also totally wrong. 

I really love this beer.  I used to brew a Celebrationesque IPA every so often, maybe I should dust it off while I have some of the real stuff to compare it to.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2016, 05:53:29 PM »
I'm gonna buy like I have every year. For whatever reason, last year's was the 'worst' Celebration I've ever had. I spaced out the 12 bottles over a 2 week period and found them all lacking in malt and hop character as compared to previous recollections, but good (and Lord knows I've bought enough over the years). Gonna get some this weekend.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2016, 06:33:33 PM »
You know you're a beer geek when you say "this year's Celebration isn't as good as last year's."  It's one of he most consistent beers I've ever had.  Let's face it, over the course of a year, how accurate is your memory gonna be?  I know how I'd answer that!  And even if you store some from the year before, it will have changed so you won't be able to compare.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2016, 06:36:43 PM »
You know you're a beer geek when you say "this year's Celebration isn't as good as last year's."  It's one of he most consistent beers I've ever had.  Let's face it, over the course of a year, how accurate is your memory gonna be?  I know how I'd answer that!  And even if you store some from the year before, it will have changed so you won't be able to compare.


Guilty as charged ;D  In my defense, I'll say that I agree with it being extremely consistent year to year (one of my all time faves) - until last year.   :)
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2016, 06:53:20 PM »
Guilty as charged ;D  In my defense, I'll say that I agree with it being extremely consistent year to year (one of my all time faves) - until last year.   :)

;)  That wasn't necessarily aimed at you....
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2016, 09:01:36 PM »
Yeah, this is one beer that I never get tired of.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2016, 10:14:04 PM »
Finished a 6 pack a couple of weeks ago. I enjoyed this year's offering more than the past couple of years.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2016, 12:31:43 AM »
See, now I thought this year's was a bit lackluster. But then again, I pounded through the 12 pack in no time even though it was about 6 wks old from packaging. The freshest I could find locally unfortunately.

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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2016, 08:20:08 PM »
You know you're a beer geek when you say "this year's Celebration isn't as good as last year's."  It's one of he most consistent beers I've ever had.  Let's face it, over the course of a year, how accurate is your memory gonna be?  I know how I'd answer that!  And even if you store some from the year before, it will have changed so you won't be able to compare.

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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2016, 05:02:51 PM »
I had it on draft recently and did not care for it much at all. I even double checked the tap to see if the barkeep could have mistakenly poured a different beer. I am sure I will hit it several more times before it goes bye bye, but what I had wasn't nearly as good as last year. Perhaps it was mishandled, perhaps tap line issues, perhaps a difference between East vs West coast breweries. At any rate, if I hit it again and the experience is the same I won't be hitting it anymore this year.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2016, 02:22:00 PM »
So I had it last night in the same city, but a different venue and it was a completely different beer. My guess is they had the draft lines mixed up because even old and abused the two beers had little similarity. It was great so if I go back to the first place tonight I might ask for a taste before I snag a pint.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2016, 10:34:56 PM »
Sitting with a pint of this right now.  On tap at my local beer shop.   Not the time for a full review so I will just say that it is delicious and I find it basically the same beer as previous years.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2016, 04:40:15 AM »
I look forward to it every year. The label is just so christmasy. I like it, but I'd be happy if I could get their stout on a regular basis.

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