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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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9,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,297
Reviews: 3,344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,222 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.
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Ratings: 9,297 | Reviews: 3,344
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber brew with 2 fingers of white head that has decent retention and also leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Piney cascade hops certainly provide the bulk of this beers aroma, though there is an underlying caramel sweetness from the malts that rounds out the smell.

T: Tastes about what you'd expect from smelling it (and from Sierra Nevada). It's go some sweet malts, but the dominant flavor comes from the resinous hops, which bring a nice amount of bitterness and bring the dry finish.

M: Light-to-moderate in terms of body, and also fairly heavy on the carbonation.

O: This beer tastes like it comes from Sierra Nevada to be sure. It tastes like a slightly less hoppy version of their pale ale. I'm not sure what makes it an "ale for the holidays." But the price was right, and it's certainly a drinkable beer. Just a solid pale ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
2011 batch.

pours a reddish / medium amber tone while yielding a 1 and 1/2" off-white head. decent retention and lacing.

relatively fragrant nose offers big citric and pine notes, a touch floral, and just the hint of sweet malt.

flavor follows the aroma with a big citric/piney presence in front, followed by caramel malt and some spice characters. finishes with a solid hoppy kick. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a damn good beer but not one i go gaga over like so many others. which is fine, taste being subjective and all that.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark orange color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, light pine hops, bready malts, and light caramel malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, spice, and bready malts. Some definite bitterness in the taste but not too much. Very nice taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with some small bitterness.

d - A very nice, easy drinking IPA. Lots of citrus hops mixing with caramel malts in the smell and taste, and not a ton of bitterness in the taste. Would certainly have again and love how cheap it is compared to some other IPAs.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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