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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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8,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,986
Reviews: 3,276
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 276
Gots: 971 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the stubby 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass the beer was a bright ruby color with lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass to feed a one finger head. The head is thick and nearly pure white and it sticks around throughout the sample with some decent lacing as well.

The nose is piney and hoppy with doughy and bready undertones.

The hops hit the palate first and coat the tounge with a thick blanket of bitternes that's very balanced and not overly agressive. A drying efffect from the hoppiness is balanced with a nice semi-frim malty base that shines through with a doughy character. Hops have a slight edge on the balance and the prickly carbonation helps to clear that palate with each sip.

Medium body with ample carbonation.

This is always a steady and sound choice for winter seasonals. Balance is quite good, but the hops make enough of a presence to intimate its style.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep copper, brilliant clarity, large off white head, leaves big puffy clouds clinging to the bottom of the glass.

S - pine and bitter grapefruit. simple, but elegant. very clean.

T - more pine right off the bat, but balanced with some mild carmel sweetness. Finish is long, lingering bitter grapefruit and pine.

M - medium body, medium carbonation, alcohol is hidden, dry puckering finish

D - a joy to drink, wish I had year round access to a fresh supply!

Perfectly executed, as to be expected from Sierra Nevada. These guys know to use hops. I know my descriptions aren't overly detailed, and don't do it justice, but this beer is so well done. Simple, yet refined. I once heard someone say that this beer is essentially the proto-type for American IPA and I'd have to agree. I've had bigger and hoppier, but I'm not sure I've had better.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish copper with a two-finger white head. Lacing is off the charts and the retention is great as well. Really awesome looking beer. Hoppy aroma, mainly pine and citrus. Hops off the bat. Pine leads the way as the bitter hops lead. Very small grapefruit notes balance out the hop profile a bit. Despite the hops, sweet, thick, caramel and bready malt show up a bit until the end, where the bitter pine hops take over again. Very fresh vibe to this beer which is nice about a seasonal IPA. Guaranteed freshness, unless you're seeing it out of season...

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada 2002 Celebration Ale pours a turbid dark copper from a 12oz brown twist off cap bottle. Head was off the scale as it went over the side of the glass and when it was through with it’s jaunt, left huge amounts of foam all over the sides, both inside and out side of the glass.

Major floral hop in the nose and five star general floral and bittering hops in the palate. To say that Sierra Nevada 2002 Celebration Ale is well hoped would be doing it an injustice. The 6.8% alcohol by volume then takes over the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach, with a plesant after glow. Aftertaste is a persistant plesent bitter, that lasts and lasts.

Sierra Nevada 2002 Celebration Ale is a real hops treat for sure.

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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was an orange color, with a thick, two-finger off-white head. Heavy lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was heavy pine hops along with some citrus notes.

Taste was toffee and caramel up front, maybe a pinch of cinnamon and spice, followed by a very, long, hoppy bitter finish.

Delicious IPA. I look forward to this one every year. Excellent seasonal brew.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,986 ratings.