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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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7,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,757
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 194
Gots: 439 | 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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Photo of kagent777


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

According to the Sierra Nevada bottle date decoder (pretty cool) this was bottled on Oct 13th, line 1 at 9:13 AM. Almost two months, and the first I see of it in the Utah system. Woohoo, Utah, wer'e number 1! /sarc

Poured into my perfect pint. Huge smells coming off of this one even before I stick my nose in it.

Appearance: Glorious billowy, three finger off white head on top of a slightly hazy amber liquid. Very nice! Lace all the way down.

Smell: Huge pine and citrus hop smells. I am sure there are malts in there, but the hops kind of rule here.

Taste: A nice charge of bitterness really takes hold of the tongue with pine and orange flavors. I am having a hard time picking out the malt, but I can "feel" it back there.

Mouthfeel: No problems. Carbonation is smooth and middling, while the body is rich and almost thick. Flavors coat the mouth easily and do not let up during the long finish.

Overall: A perfect mix of good looks, and wonderful taste that I am happy to see return, if a little late, each year.

12-13-2012 02:23:35 | More by kagent777
Photo of ZCoale

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-13-2012 02:11:10 | More by ZCoale
Photo of Schwerzpunkt

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance: Crystal clear. Almost a cross between orange and amber. Head was thick, pillowy, and quite large. Off-white in color, it disappeared rapidly, leaving ample, film-like lacing on the sides of the glass, aswell as a thin blanket on top of the beer.

Smell: A well-balanced mix of malts and hops. Piny aroma was clearly evident and quite strong, however, notes of sweet caramel and toffee, aswell as a slightly bready aroma from the malts also shone and helped to even things out.

Taste: Much like the smell, the flavor of this beer was well-balanced. Hoppy bitterness and a strng flavor of pine were the stars of the show here, yet they were balanced nicely by a strong malt backbone. As with the aroma, there were notes of sweet caramel and toffee as well as a biscuity, bready flavor.

Mouthfeel: This was the most impressive part of the beer for me. It was perfectly medium-bodied, with just the right amount of moderate carbonation. This beer had just the right amount of substance that it was not either too watery or too heavy/syrupy. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

Overall: It was a good beer. Well balanced, refreshing, moderate in just about every area. However, on the downside, the only area it really stood out in for me, was the mouthfeel. It's stuck in the limbo of being good, but nothing special. Nothing really jumped out or wowed me. In my opinion its overhyped and would not be touted so highly if it were a year round brew.

12-13-2012 01:22:46 | More by Schwerzpunkt
Photo of Kaymord

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-12-2012 22:52:02 | More by Kaymord
Photo of hlatimer266


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2012 19:28:32 | More by hlatimer266
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-12-2012 19:19:04 | More by DerekCarruth
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2012 19:17:23 | More by voodoo
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2012 15:04:08 | More by dhespelt
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2012 13:51:05 | More by jnance34
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-12-2012 07:20:10 | More by katahdin01
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-12-2012 05:58:40 | More by ebenicr
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2012 03:45:29 | More by sd123
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2012 03:22:42 | More by BeerBum
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-12-2012 01:55:57 | More by MrJuengling
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2012 00:26:27 | More by NickSMpls
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-11-2012 23:52:51 | More by MtnBiker
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-11-2012 21:57:47 | More by doublepneumonia
Photo of Ethanol4one

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7%

I like this little jack in the box ale that pops up each winter about the time everyone is rushing around buying stuff on black Friday. Very hoppy on the nose approach, and it fulfills the promise on the bitter hop aftertaste, mixed with a little spice, but nothing heavy like the spruce or pumpkin ales I make in my buckets for the season.

Smooth, slightly malt, less attenuated than many IPAs now. Don't know that hops, but would venture Citra. I could wiki it, but that would be cheating. However I encourage you to look it up. The hops are kind of cheesy, but in a good way, like licking your fingers after that brand of corn chips w/ cheese everyone seems to enjoy.

Excellent to mix with stouts for your spur of the moment, home made Black and Tans.

12-11-2012 21:12:05 | More by Ethanol4one
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-11-2012 19:48:41 | More by Torch20
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1/5  rDev -76%

12-11-2012 17:06:39 | More by scottsayler
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-11-2012 14:07:39 | More by skullsplitter
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-11-2012 14:06:47 | More by jonbeer89
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

2012 bottle poured into a snifter. The pour is deep orange with a big, firm white head. The aroma is sharp pine. The beer is a very nice mix of pine and citrus, lIngering citrus on the finish. A very easy drinking IPA, good carbonation. A very well made IPA, deserves all the hype it recieves.

12-11-2012 13:11:54 | More by bonkers
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-11-2012 06:20:24 | More by vanillacokaine
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-11-2012 05:01:19 | More by cuy50
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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