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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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7,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,893
Reviews: 3,157
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 219
Gots: 482 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

milkbone_underwear, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

erikl48, Dec 15, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 9.99/ 6 pk. Bottled 9/24/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark orange with about one and a half finger beige head that retains a nice layer and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of orange, pine, grapefruit and grass.

Tastes of piney and tropical hops with biscuit, mild pepper and citrus rind.

Slick medium feel with tingly moderate carbonation. Long dry bitter finish.

I don't seem to like this quite as mich as many folks do but I'm certainly down with at least a six pack each season. It's not mind blowing but it's a well crafted and all around good IPA.

ThickNStout, Dec 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

jacothom, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

2GOOFY, Dec 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

chrishensley, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RobinLee, Dec 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

rudy0908, Dec 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

huskerfan76, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jspaner, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

granmount, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bushwack, Dec 15, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 scores: (4.0/3.5/3.0/3.0/3.0)

I always felt I never gave this one a fair shake, so here goes nothing. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with middling clarity. The head is a nice two finger light cream color with excellent texturing. Ultimately, the head settles down to one finger, and leaves impressive patchwork lacing on the glass.

S: There are the typical floral, piny, and vaguely citrusy hops I expect from most SN IPAs, but here the hops also seem to take on a spruce character that I find rather enticing. Centennial hops are very aromatically evident with lemongrass notes. Concentration will yield a bit of sweet, graham cracker-like maltiness.

T: Last year, I found this too bitter, but this year, I'd say it's bang on in terms of balancing between hops and malts. Similar to the aroma, Centennial hops seem to be in the forefront, opening the flavor profile with lemongrass and pine. Both the midtaste and finish are pleasantly malty, with only a slightly bitter aftertaste. At times, this really does evoke a Christmas tree in liquid form - and that's a good thing. Only real problem are vague distractions of dish soap here and there.

M: A bit on the heavy side in terms of texture, with a rather clean and dry finish. Carbonation is on the lower side of medium. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary in terms of a typical IPA, but it matches the flavor profile well.

O: I'm glad I gave this a second chance, because now I can see what the fuss is about. While by no means my favorite IPA, it's a damn fine Christmas-time staple. Probably my second favorite vessel for Centennial hops behind Bell's Two Hearted.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

freditoj, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

SadMachine, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nerck93, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Mtooman, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Great to look at. Sparkling copper and clean. Good, thick offwhite head. Excellent head retention.
S: Hoppy and citrous, but not overwhelming. Nothing jarring.
T: Hops and citrus from aroma present. Bitter and dry, but not harshly so. Somewhat fruity finish. Can't put my finger on what, but melon is the first thing that comes to mind.
M: Pretty full mouthfeel. A bit more carbination than I'd like. Goes down smooth and very clean.
O: Good , solid IPA. Doesn't get too ridiculous with the hopping. Well balanced. Great for sitting next to the firplace and relaxing after work.

fauxpunker, Dec 14, 2012
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,893 ratings.