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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

8,976 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,976
Reviews: 3,273
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 276
Gots: 964 | 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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Ratings: 8,976 | Reviews: 3,273 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peachy-tay
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jdr34
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PA-hunter
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 6.8% abv

Appearance- First off this beer pours a massive frothy head that is slow to dissipate. The color is a deep garnet color and is on the cloudy side.

Smell- Pine overules, with a the citric nature of the hops punching through. Pungent.

Taste- First, there is a sweet malt that comes through, with a toasted biscuit quality to it. This lasts for only a second, as the bitter pine-like hoppy notes begin to descend on the palate. Complex, as citrus notes mix with the pine undertones. Hints of grapefruit and mango add to the sweetness. The bitter finishes lasts until the end and lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy, and right on par for an IPA. Smooth and bitter.

Overall- An impressive IPA bursting with flavor. The use of fresh hops as advertised is apparent in the taste. If you're a hop fan, you need to try this Winter offering.

Photo of langchops
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sunsjammer
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdw275
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthVorador
2.39/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

An intense Hop BOMB. Very bitter and resinous, a hop-heads delight...but not so much for rest of us! To me it is unnecessarily bitter with a lack of the myriad fruity flavors of the hops from a GOOD IPA/DIPA, not to mention a complete lack of even the faintest hint of balance! Not SN's best effort, I'm rather disappointed...

Photo of ChiefsPaleAle
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A high quality IPA for the Holidays. A bit high on the IBU scale for my taste but still a great seasonal brew

Photo of Miket13
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a good beer, smooth, good for winter

Photo of ThatsStout
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Really hoppy, but very easy to drink.

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks amazing, but taste like a Belgian.

Photo of BSUNyikos31
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kw_pip
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

Very derivative. Hops. High malt.

Photo of Catracho5
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kark
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dbrulet
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wattersmike90
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BobbyOlson
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JerryT
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible on tap . Beautiful to behold in the glass and a wonderful aroma. I wish I had the vocabulary to describe the balance of this fine Ale. I have to give it a perfect rating.
I will look for it again at my local

Photo of Beerfull
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz into a mug

A: Pours a vibrant copper color with a rocky head of white foam. The head does not dissipate and caps the beer perfectly, leaving multiple picturesque lines of lacing running down the whole glass.

S: Mainly aromas of piney hops with some floral hop varities coming through. A bit of a faint grain or bread smell also.

T: Flavors of citrus hops that weren't there on the nose immedietly followed by pine. A light maltiness in the background that stands up fairly well to the hops.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

O: A solid winter IPA that is reasonably priced and very well balanced. Good piney/citrus hop notes without being too overpowering. I could happily drink this all winter!

Photo of CraigP83
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice amber colored beer. The first thing I noticed was when I smelled it was the hops, I think I also smelled a slight citrus odor. I usually read the labels on the beer to see if their description lines up with what I notice while tasting. The description on this label was spot on. They describe it is a complex, robust ale layered in pine, citrus and hops.

Photo of lelepat
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,976 ratings.