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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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9,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,294
Reviews: 3,344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 293
Gots: 1,219 | 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: 9,294 | Reviews: 3,344
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3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A : looks great! So excited to see the latest, freshest batch out. The 2010, 2011,and especially the 2012 batch were amazing. Huge, fluffy head, proper carbonation, deep amber/ copper color.

S: Mostly California/American ale yeast with some subtle hop aroma . Little, if no malt detected. Overwhelmingly yeasty while expecting so much fresh hop smell. Smells like Sierra Nevada.

T: some mild citrus hops, followed by medium sweet malts and a present back if tongue bitterness. There is a lot of balance here. Hops are hiding behind clean California yeast aroma. Drinks like a slightly bigger Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This batch is particularly homogenous, having down played hops with an increase in balance. Can't taste fresh hops due to yeast/co2 aroma.

M: great drinking ale. Co2 is spot on, final gravity is perfect to balance sweet, bitter and alcohol. I enjoyed 12 oz quicker than expected. It is smooth, balanced and undistinguished.

O: 2013 aims to be an underwhelming, balanced IPA, a stark contrast to years previous. This beer lacked hop aroma, hop taste, notable character, and had an overly yeasty smell- It smells faintly like a macro. I had claimed this in years past as an amazing, highly recommended beer, but was disappointed this year. Perhaps SN is spreading their operation too thin? I loved their beer camp series, but it perhaps detracted from overall quality control on their most infamous craft beer. Better luck next year , old friend.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a globe glass...

On the pour, a hazy dark amber/copper color, nice carbonation and about 1 1/2 finger, off-white foamy head. Head backed off to thick lacing, a foam cap and nice sticky foam on the sides of the glass.

On the nose, piney hops, bready and maybe come citrus. Not quite the aromatics I was expecting.

Tasting was delightful. Hops, hops, and then a little citrus, some pine and the malt backbone. Nicely balanced from start to finish.

Nice medium body, right amount of carbonation and sooo smooth. Nice dry finish with the hoppy, piney aftertaste.

Great holiday brew and Sierra Nevada never disappoints me. Makes me wish I still lived near Chico. I highly recommend trying this.


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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale -
a – 4.00 – Great looking IPA. Nice thick film of white bubbles that leaves a nice lacing on the glass on top of a crystal clear amber-orange almost red beer.
S – 3.75 – Fresh citrusy hop smell. Some pine, some floral notes. Little bit of spice maybe? There's definitely something extra there that I'm not getting.
T – 3.75 – Citrusy hop smell. Grapefruit, orange, floral notes. Pine. Again I think there's some extra spices in here but I can't tell what. It's nicely balanced.
M – 3.75 - this is definitely a medium bodied IPA, being a little bigger bodied than the rest. Alc is completely covered. Aftertaste is a piney, florally hop flavor, with some bitterness.
O – 3.75 – It's not the best IPA I've had, nor the best winter ale. But it's good. More on the floral side of IPAs.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-couldy copper color with a orange tint and a off white head that leaves a heavy lacing on the glass
S-hops with a cirtus background and a slight pine smell
T-malts held off the hops until a few seconds into the aftertaste, then the hops hits you strong and fades back to the malt that leaves your mouth dry with a slight malt sweetness
M-medium body and high carbonation that give you a smooth and creamy feel
O-this was a very balanced beer. It gave you strong hops at times and a malt sweetness, and was creamy and smooth. Very interesting

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of watermelon
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a red brown color with a thick creamy head. Excellent lacing as well as hed retention.

S: Very hoppy smell. Citrus and pine. A few other pleasant scents that I could not quite pick up.

T: follows the nose lots of hops, but also fairly well balanced. I want to say carmel malts.

M: Nice carbonation with a bit of bitter twang on the tongue. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy for the style, and the body is full.

O: I picked this up in a build your own sixpack Im glad I did, I probably wont buy this again just because Im not a huge fan of IPAs to begin with and I like torpedo better. If your an IPA defiantly pick this up.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just put a 1/6 barrel in my kegorator! I've had this from the bottle several times and was thrilled to find a keg at Total Wine dated 10/21/13! SN makes awesome beer and this one ranks among the best of the IPA style. HOPS are very distinct and balanced with no after taste.
Appearance is amber with lots of lacing. I love you SN!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the 2013 vintage, bottled September 19 (262nd day) of this year, poured into a plastic cup and consumed in the hotel room in Iowa City today, 10/7/2013. I've had last year's vintage but never properly reviewed it.. previously gave it a 4.25 back on 1/2/2013.

Review #284.

Pours a dark amber body, clear looking with a fantastic, substantial offwhite head that's probably about 2cm with really, really good retention and lacing. Really, the head reminds me of the top of a latte, haha. This is a beautiful beer that is archetypical of the Sierra Nevada pale ale family.

Smells fairly tame. Chico yeast spice with a fair bit of bready maltiness. Can't really get the hops here outside of a bit of pineyness (if thats a word..)

Now this tastes great. Nice malty backbone, bready and biscuity, accompanied by a nice resinous hop flavour remniscent of grassiness, earthiness and pine. No citrus here. Its actually quite sweet and bitter all in one; with the bitterness mounting on the back-end. Its hoppy as heck.

Solid mouthfeel; medium bodied, well-carbonated, smooth and creamy. A bit too bitter for me, but that doesn't take away from the beer. Its refreshing, not quite poundable but quite drinkable.

Very nice fresh hop ale. IMO the hoppiness in this beer is what fresh hop ales should be. I'm looking at you, Founders and Three Floyds. Very balanced despite the massive hop bitterness on the back end; jam-packed full of malt and hop flavours and bitterness. It might be a bit too bitter for its own good, but hey- at the price it sells for, why wouldn't you have some every winter?

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4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

picked this up while shopping at trader joe's. was really really impressed.

appearance; beautiful ,clear, reddish brown, sticky head that settles into nice lacing, evident bubbles.

smell; complex, delicious hop smell. undertones of grass, pine and grapefruit.

taste; strong hops, but the taste is a complex harmony of bitterness, smoothness and full body.

mouthfeel. refreshing with a dry finish. carbonation is a tad strong.

overall; bought two bottles. will go back for a six pack. very impressed, definitely warming and great for the cold but would love it all year.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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