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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

7,602 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 7,602
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 188
Gots: 390 | 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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Antonius08

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-03-2012 01:16:43 | More by Antonius08
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-03-2012 00:20:36 | More by jbertsch
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jbarra101

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-02-2012 23:34:21 | More by jbarra101
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CalbeDacks

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-02-2012 23:30:11 | More by CalbeDacks
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JasonL

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good IPA. I am a very big SN fan and this one didn't disappoint me. Celebration reminds me of SN Torpedo but has a fresher hops complexity so I find it a little more bitter than Torpedo but I find I love the hops bitterness. The taste lingers in your mouth for quite a while but its a good flavor so I don't mind it at all. It is a strong beer at 6.8% so it does creep up on you and can hit you hard but its a slow sipper so I know when to stop and take it easy. Overall this is a great winter brew or, for a matter of fact, its good all year round. Enjoy!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:29:51 | More by JasonL
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Lipsntoes

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-02-2012 22:56:56 | More by Lipsntoes
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rev3rb

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Line Up Front: I really like this IPA from Sierra Nevada and I look forward to it every year. It is a very balanced IPA that makes it incredibly drinkable.

Decanted 12oz bottle into a Guinness goblet.

Apperance: Nice deep golden color that has a good head and light lacing around the glass.

Smell: Wonderful floral and citrus hop aroma that doesn't overwhelm the nose.

Taste: I think the hop and malts really balance each other out. Very nice citrus and some pine hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very balanced and smooth on the palate. The carbonation is quite appropriate for this beer.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and consider this a great IPA. It's very nice clean and crisp with a pleasant mild aftertaste. I consider this IPA very balanced in every category and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 22:34:53 | More by rev3rb
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-02-2012 22:28:45 | More by SpongeRuiner
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brick2181

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-02-2012 21:24:29 | More by brick2181
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fatboy91

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-02-2012 20:14:11 | More by fatboy91
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AnthonyVincent

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-02-2012 17:47:43 | More by AnthonyVincent
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scootsmal

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-02-2012 16:12:59 | More by scootsmal
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Melonie

New York

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

12-02-2012 12:56:27 | More by Melonie
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Celebration

Appearance: Sierra Nevada’s highly regarded Christmas seasonal offering pours a beautiful dark amber color with a glorious two-and-a-half fingers of a creamy, large-bubbled head sitting atop the festive-looking liquid. This crown takes quite a long time to dissipate into a nice, heady crust. The glass is also filled with sediment. This is one of the cloudiest beers out there that this drinker has beheld, sediment-wise. The lacing on this one is also out of this world. There are no alcohol legs to speak of, and a steady stream of mild carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass, maintaining the crust. As with all Sierra Nevada beers, the appearance on this one is at the top of its game.

Aroma: There is lots of biscuity, bready, toasty malt here, which forces the hops to play second fiddle. There is plenty of earthiness to the nose as well. Of course, being a Sierra Nevada offering, this beer has a degree of hoppiness to it. Here, it is all pine, all day. Sure, there are some citrus and grapefruit notes here and there, and perhaps it is the trees on the label, but pine is the dominant smell. Yeast is notable as well, an oddity that is usually not present in Sierra Nevada beers. Unfortunately, there is that unpleasant metallic aroma that usually appears in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, that causes one to recoil. Still, this one smells really great overall.

Taste: The hops come through a lot more in the mouth than they did in the nose, and this is a wonderful thing. There are piney notes and grapefruit notes primarily, and the hops of course give a bitterness. This is backed up by a more than formidable maltiness, mostly in the form of delicious caramel, but the taste is opposite the nose in that the hops overpower here, but coming from Sierra Nevada, that is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Sadly, this is where this beer falls slightly short. There is nothing really wrong or offensive about the mouthfeel, but it is almost painfully average. It errs just a bit on the watery and thin side, but the carbonation is pleasing and exactly where it should be. The hops give a minimal astringency, and there is just a touch of creaminess/syrupyness, which is very odd considering the medium-thin initial mouthfeel.

Overall: This is one of the great, widely available seasonals. It is definitely outside the norm of winter seasonals, but it is deliciously drinkable, nicely warming, sweet, bitter, just everything one can look for in a good beer, and everything one expects from a Sierra Nevada beer. The mouthfeel holds it back from true greatness, but really the beer tastes great, smells delicious, and looks fantastic. Buy yourself a case of this and go into hibernation for the winter; you will thank me (and everyone else who will inevitably recommend this brew) later. 16.5/20

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:16:10 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-02-2012 05:10:23 | More by BYOFB
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frozenjogurt

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-02-2012 04:10:22 | More by frozenjogurt
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PatriotsRule

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop masterpiece
A: Super heady light amber with lacing that sticks around
S: Hops and pine, roasted nuts and a respectable malt presence
T: Hops hops and more hops. Pinecones, citrus and maple syrup.
M: Crisp and clean, refreshing and smooth. Hoppy aftertaste is strong
O: A quality bottle-conditioned fresh hop ale. compare with the Northern Hemisphere Harvest.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:16:06 | More by PatriotsRule
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BrettD

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-02-2012 03:08:10 | More by BrettD
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Jamiee

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-02-2012 02:15:00 | More by Jamiee
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twenteone

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-02-2012 02:07:48 | More by twenteone
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Zanico

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-02-2012 01:20:22 | More by Zanico
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djkman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-01-2012 23:07:44 | More by djkman
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-01-2012 21:56:12 | More by Archemedies
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ruckus232

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly transparent amber color with a little head leaving decent lacing on the sides

Smell: Almost sweet and earthy scent

Taste: Hoppy bitterness to begin with and finishing off somewhat milder. Not too bitter but still keeps a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:03:02 | More by ruckus232
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Megahertz

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle dated October 30, consumed on December 1.

A - Deep red to brown, hazy, with a very large pillowy head. Was hoping for more clarity, but that's cool.

S - Caramel with piney hops. Tangerine zest notes come out as it warms.

T - Surprising crisp initial bitterness quickly transitions to a warming honeyed bread crust maltiness. A very subtle allspice-like (phenolic?) note in the background. The hops take over again in the back giving a distinct refreshing orange zest & pine on top of a very dry, almost roasty finishing note.

M - Light medium body with appropriate carbonation.

O - A fresh hop ale with a strong melanoidin and subtle roasted character. Yeasty notes are present that are very surprising in a Sierra Nevada brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 19:44:57 | More by Megahertz
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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