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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

7,669 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 7,669
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 192
Gots: 404 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001)
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weizenbob

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As Celebration is somehow the only beer in the Sierra Nevada lineup not available in my hometown, this 12 ounce bottle was purchased at Sweeney’s in Williamsburg, MI ($9.99/6-pack). It is bottle dated October 4, 2011. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A standard pour (horizontal bottle, 45 degree glass) yields two fingers of foamy ivory head. As with Sierra Nevada’s year-round IPA, Torpedo, the head retention is fantastic. It settles around a finger tall and refuses to go away. Sticky lacing clings to the glass replacing the slowly receding head. The beer is amber in color. It is only mildly translucent. The hue is darker than most, but the head makes this a beauty of a glass of beer.

A lovely aroma wafts effortlessly from the glass. Hops burst forth with citrus and mild pine. It is Sierra Nevada we’re talking about so there is no doubt that this has been generously dry hopped. The aroma is also somewhat sweet, though not malty, with remnants of lemon rind and honey.

The flavor leans in favor of hops over malt, but the balance is well within the parameters of good taste. Grapefruit bitterness bites assertively though not overwhelmingly. Sweet tangerine carries the middle. The finish is laced in more hops as resinous pine flavors coat the mouth and tongue. Their impression is felt long after the sip has been swallowed. Malts are present enough to stand up to the onslaught of hops while adding little distinction of their own in the flavor, save for some honey-like sweetness that peeks through. This is a hop lover’s delight.

With its generous hop bite, this is not the easiest drinking beer on the block; but as an IPA it is quite drinkable for its potency. The mouthfeel is creamy, making this beer feel heavier than its medium body would imply. Carbonation is low but adds a little sting to the hoppy punch. The feel does nothing to detract from this beer’s general excellence.

Celebration has a lot going for it. It is from Sierra Nevada so it has some of the best distribution around. It is from Sierra Nevada so it is reasonably priced. It looks and smells great and tastes and feels good. I will not say that this is the best IPA I’ve poured, but I can say without a doubt that it is the best value of any IPA that I have purchased. That is certainly something.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about Celebration. Beer for beer, Sierra Nevada may be the finest brewery in the country (or maybe that crown still goes to Founders).

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 22:41:13 | More by weizenbob
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,669 ratings.