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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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9,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,295
Reviews: 3,344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 293
Gots: 1,223 | 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: 9,295 | Reviews: 3,344
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3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This IPA poured a radiant copper with an inch of thick foam. The off white froth laced tremendously with a deep layering as the pint move slowly downward.

The scent is very citrusy with lots of lemon rind, touches of grapefruit and then a floral earthiness. I think the earthy scent may be some of the more vegetative rind but it is followed by a malty tea leaf.

I get a lot of pine on the palate and then a caramel malt sweetness. The flavors move to a lemony citrus but then end abruptly to a metallic tinnieness. I wish the flavors would hold on a little longer before resorting to the piney, tinny, metallic hop flavor that plagues so many IPA's. That flavor lends to feel with a dry astringency that leaves a long after taste.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger cream head from a good pour; excellent retention and fantastic lacing. Brew is heavily caramel-colored, with a bit of orange or red highlight. Solid stream of carbonation.

Sweet malts and bright, mostly unspecified hops rise to the nose. Caramel and banana are balanced against floral hops with a hint of citrus and very muted pine.

Flavor mostly follows the nose, as well as incorporating a very SN-like profile (think Torpedo). Caramel is much more muted than you might fear from the appearance; juicy, green hops are definitely the forefront, but they're not overpowering. Fresh pine with a pleasing sweetness.

Mild carbonation sting; dry body with a pleasantly thin and wet aftertaste and coating; fairly light on feel. Pine sap and resin aftertaste that is neither unpleasant nor outstanding.

I don't quite get the hype. Celebration is certainly an excellent and drinkable IPA. That said, I don't really find it to be any tastier than Hoptimum or even Torpedo - the latter of which is available year-round. If you see it on the shelves, absolutely go buy it and try it, and enjoy drinking it all season long - I just didn't have my mind blown.

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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a red, amber color very clear with a 1.5 finger white head.
Aroma is piney and hoppy with a hint of spice.
Flavor mirrors the aroma with that spicy hoppy taste.
Very nice bubbles and mouthfeel.
Well balanced beer and not overly bitter
Perfect cold weather ale.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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