I just brewed a Sierra Nevada Celebration clone and it turned out great. I based the recipe on the Jamil show (brewing network) and several threads on the Homebrew Forum. I just tried the first pint tonight and could not
be happier with how it turned out. I have SN Celebration 2013 in bottles (recently released here in the NoVA area), and after trying these side by side, they are incredibly close. I had my wife (who is a bit of a hophead) close her eyes and take a few swigs from each glass, and she chose mine over SN! It has a little more hop kick to it (probably because it's still green), but I guarantee this keg will kick quickly (why I only made 5 gallons is beyond me). I've affectionately dubbed this beer Shenandoah Valley Winter Welcome, and the UK Pale Malt adds a different taste than what I'm used to (and again, very close to Celebration). I think the color is dead on, and the aroma is also very close (again - mine is a bit green so has a little sharper hop nose to it).
Here is my recipe from Beersmith if interested, and a side by side photograph:
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.069 SG
Estimated Color: 13.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 65.4 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 78.4 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes
Mash at 156 for 60 minutes
12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM)
1 lbs 12.0 oz Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (1.3 SRM)
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min
1.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min
1.25 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min
1.0 pkg California Ale (White Labs #WLP001)
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Dry Hop 8.0 Days
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 8.0 Days
Sparge: Batch sparge at 168.0 F
I started the fermentation out at 62 degrees, but could only keep it there for 2 days, at which time it slowly came up to about 68 degrees. I came close to the numbers, with an OG of 1.067 and FG of 1.013 for a final ABV of 7.1%.
Sierra Nevada 2013 on the left, and mine, not cleared yet because I just kegged a few days ago (and force carbed), on the right:
Getting ready to go from secondary to keg (for the love of all things good, why didn't I make more):
This was my first time using a grain bag for secondary with the dry hops, and it really kept the beer clean and made the transfer to keg easier. It was a pain to get the bag and the hops out afterward though.
If you are looking for a nice holiday IPA, this is it.