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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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9,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,264
Reviews: 3,336
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 290
Gots: 1,197 | 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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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Leinenkugel's pint glass. Pours a clear red with a two finger head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves great lacing. Very pungent piney notes mixed in with mango and pineapple on the nose with slight grapefruit in the background. Taste is very bitter, slight juicy tropical fruits detected in the middle. Drinks very easy, and I could slug quite a few of these. The bitterness lasts a long while.

Overall: A must buy every year.

Photo of Dix90
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A red-brown amber body that cascades into an off white head with a hint of beige.

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops shine through with a background of spiciness. Followed by the sweetness of malts and the strong wintertime spices like candied caramels. Cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg. A hint of the burning sensation of alcohol ends it warmly.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Very sweet and spicy up front evened off by strong American hop boldness that cuts out with a tinge of alcohol and a dry finish. Very good

Mouthfeel: smooth and full but still light. Very pleasant and appropriate for the flavors

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Armando_Perez
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Picked up a sixtel of this one. Pours medium copper color with 2 finger head, light and fluffy and great lacing.

Smell is lemon citrus with some orange and grapefruit backing it up. Certainly seems like it'll be more citrus hop forward than other brew I've had from SN.

taste definitely confirms my suspicion and is hop forward all the way. I get the lemon and grapefruit and a bit bitterness but not like torpedo. Halfway thru the pint, the hops step back as my palate adjusts and the caramel like maltiness akin to SN makes itself known

Well carbonated and carries a sticky syrup feel all the way thru. Refreshing but not very dry. Right time of the year for this IPA.

Pleased with this offering from SN. Online there other beers but not my favorites because their caramel maltiness isn't always what I'm looking for in an IPA but this one has the hip profile I'm looking for and is balanced nicely. Looking forward to having a few of these putting toys together this Xmas eve. Hope my sixtel lasts til then. If not, I guess I'll have to pick up another

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MikePags
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent tasting beer, but not a session unless you are committed. 2013 celebration restored my faith in this beer, which had fallen off over the past two years. (2006 was the best in my mind). Glad they appear to have gotten it right again and I can once again count this as one of my all time favorite beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Got this after reading all the good reviews and discussion on this site. Gonna have to write a contrarian review. This beer is hops, hops, and more hops. It's not wickedly bitter, doesn't finish like dish soap, actually smells pretty good, but there's just nothing else here but hops. If you are a "hop-head" who spends the rest of the year drinking bitter IPAs then you may find this a great "holiday" version of that. It has a great hop profile, and I think I'd enjoy it more as a summer beer. But for me "Christmas" ales bring to mind malts and spices and toasty warming goodness, and I found none of that here.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JohnG190
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-orange with a thick white head. Head dissipates slowly leaving nice soapy lacing. Aroma is all about hops. Citrus, spice, floral, pine, a lot going in in the nose. Taste is bitter, grapefruit pith, pine resin, with slight sweet malt notes in the background. Finishes dry and bitter. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very satisfying fresh hop IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,264 ratings.