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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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7,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,986
Reviews: 3,165
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 227
Gots: 507 | FT: 2
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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Photo of SicemWT
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

SicemWT, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

cfadams17, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This winter seasonal had about a half-inch white foamy head, atop a medium-colored amber body. It left good retention on the glass.
Hoppy nose, and definitely some mild spice, but the taste is what really impressed me. Dry hop-bitterness to begin, wheat, malt and spice faded into a rather pleasant sweet, warming aftertaste. Balanced very well, it was clean and refreshing while being a good winter warmer. Overall a very good brew.

sinistrsam, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of wnh
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. 2009 vintage.

Pours a bright, rich, clear and crisp amber with a huge foamy, sticky, rocky off-white head that deposits large chunks of lacing on the way down. Beautiful.

Hops up front on the nose; oily resin, orange pith, and just a kiss of citrus zest. Strong-ish sweet caramel backbone, which I was able to pick out more easily after recently sampling a 2003 vintage. Entry is an interesting back-and-forth between quite strongly bitter, resinous hops and sweet, rich caramel. Mid-palate is full of herbal, almost minty, hops. Finishes dry with a faint cracker-like malt and lingering hoppy bitterness. Oily on the palate; medium bodied and quite firm.

Quite an enjoyable beer, even if it is just another IPA from Sierra Nevada.

wnh, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Swervine44
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Swervine44, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

akinsja, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of kp29
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

kp29, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pelicanrocks, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Bouder32
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Bouder32, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

BH712, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DenverBigRed, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ifixufly, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of curasowa
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle. Poured an slightly cloudy, copper color with 1 finger of head that faded slowly with nice lacing. Great floral hops aroma with hints of citrus mixing in. Full bodied flavor with an immediate smack in the face of hoppiness without too much bitterness. Slight hints of sweetness before lingering a bit with a slight bitter finish.

One of my favorite seasonal beers - this one is awesome!

curasowa, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of PartyBear
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy ruby red, with a creamy white head.

S - Complex smell. Hoppy, with a hint of chocolate. It also has a fruity quality, possibly melon, and lemon. I also got the impression of honey.

T - Lemon zest and grapefruit. Perfumy, with a bitter aftertaste.

M - Managed to pull of a light yet oily feel in the mouth.

D - This is a very interesting beer, there is a lot going on. It has complex flavours and aromas, and it's the sort of beer that could taste slightly different each time you drink it.

PartyBear, Jul 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jdhasse, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

smogfood, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pat316, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

SwG237, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

saxclar123, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

xungmound98, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TGanyone, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of SpecialK088
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a New belgum ballon glass.

A-Slightly hazy copper color nice low head that laces well as you drink it.

S-Classic IPA with notes of spices, one of the best smelling beers ever, SN does hops so well.

T-As a hop head that enjoys the winter warmers this is heavenly for me. Amazing hop charecter IPA calssic flavors all here and a nice warming smpice middle that blends well with the IPA finish.

M-Nice medium body, very complex and well balanced.

D-I could drink this all year.

SpecialK088, Nov 16, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

mikerieder, Oct 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of DelMontiac
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 12oz bottle was poured into heavy pint glass.

The look of Celebration is exactly how I remember - crystal clear, copper, 2 fingers of white froth that withers quickly to a thin blanket which stays with you to the last drop. This creates remarkable lacing and each sip is marked on the side of the glass.

The aroma is floral and citrus hops with a sweet maltiness and a bisquit tinge.

Celebration gives you floral/citrus hopiness up front, sweet bisquity maltiness in the middle, and nice bitter hopiness on the finish. Great balance.

The feel of Celebration is comfortably in the middle of the spectrum and slightly dry. A great place to be.

Celebration is highly drinkable considering all it's positive attributes. It's a mild IPA, one that won't have you belching a pine or spruce forrest all night long. Very good. This is why we run to the store upon its arrival so we don't miss out.

DelMontiac, Jan 03, 2011
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,986 ratings.