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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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7,822 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,822
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 199
Gots: 463 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

allstar255, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BanditoJunkie, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Bernerdawg
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with an inch of tan head

Piney hops, malt, sugary yeast

Dry hops. Strong malt backbone. Some spiciness, almost peppery with a tart resin finish

Full. Chewy. Smoother and less carbonated than I thought it'd be.

Well balanced. Bitterness lingers long after the sip. As it warmed the malt grew more prevalent; astrigency shifted mostly to the aftertaste. A rich, well balanced IPA with a bockiness perfect for the winter months.

Bernerdawg, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Buster
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Buster, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

abcdefghijkyle, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HoistinBrews, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerBucks, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bdn72, Dec 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

rderedin, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of teromous
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber color, good carbonation, slightly hazy, white fluffy head, mild lacing.

S: Lots of hop flavors come through. Mostly pine comes through to me. I get a bit of yeast smell.

T: I get a biscuit flavor which is met with a pine-like flavor right after. It is fairly bready and grainy tasting, which works well with the hop flavor. It's not a slam in the face of hops, but it is right where it needs to be.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit chewy if that makes sense. It is brightly carbonated, medium bodied, and bitter enough. It feels a bit overcarbonated for my tastes, but that is a personal preference.

O: Overall I think that if a person is into IPA's or hoppy beers, this is a good celebratory beer for them! It would go well with anything from meats and cheeses on crackers, to a dinner with ham.

teromous, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of ubenumber2
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourd from 12 oz bottle into pint glass , nice 2 inch off white head with good lacing nice amber color with more than ordinary carbonation.

Very nice hoppy smell
The hops really come through in the taste and the malt comes through slightly

Really nice beer , will pick up a few six packs before it disapears off the shelf

ubenumber2, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Dusty6467
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: warm, amber, cloudy body, 2 finger head with excellent retention

S: hoppy, pine, sweet, not overwhelming on any attributes

T: awww nice, hits with some hops, a little spice... then malty carmel... then the dry hops and faint yeast finish it out for a very well balanced taste

M: good body, clean but very full

O: This is certainly one of my favorite beers out there. They don't mention on the package that it's pitched with yeast which gives it a great taste similar to a belgian IPA. For the price, it's the best value I've been able to find (paid $13 for a 12 pack). Pick it up around the holidays - worth a try!

Dusty6467, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

aleslover, Dec 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Hellpop65, Dec 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

liquorpig, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of nUgZ
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a 2 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops, some malts, and an almost minty aroma as well. Pretty subdued compared to a lot of the IPA's I enjoy.

T: Just like the smell, I get a good bit of citrus and pine hops along with some nice malt balance. It's a little spicy too. Nice and bitter.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: I'm pretty impressed with this beer. This is the first time I've had a Celebration, but I like it. It's not as hoppy as my favorite IPA's, but that's not really the idea. I'm glad I bought a 6 pack.

nUgZ, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sgttibbs, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Fahz, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of DannyHartman
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice thick 3" cream-colored head appears atop a little hazy golden/orangish brew that has lots of bubbles throughout the drink.... There's lots of retention that leaves tons of lacing.

I take a whiff and get lots of citrus like that of grapefruit with piney hops.... It's also a bit spicy with the slightest sweetness like that of caramel.

The taste is similar with a bunch of citrus, spices, hoppiness, and some sweet malts.

I'd say this I a medium-bodied brew with tons of carbonation.... It has a crisp spiciness with a slight creaminess going down.... The finish is a bit dry.

Overall, I love this beer.... Sierra Nevada did an excellent job with this year's "Celebration".... Well balanced and tasty.

DannyHartman, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

blknikon, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

cantstandya65, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

SFC21, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Travcofarms, Dec 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

OCdrummer7271, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium amber. Big foamy tan head. Fades slowly with top notch head retention. Nice lacework to boot.

S: Some decent pine with citrus and some spiciness that I can't quite place.

T: Pine primarily with some sweet orange marmalade and a hint of resin. Bit of caramel and then turns bitter in the middle and into the finish. Pine carries through the aftertaste with the tiniest bit of resin. Some spice lingers in the aftertaste, almost peppery sometimes but mainly pine.

M: Medium bodied, pretty standard fare.

O: Quite a decent IPA. Nice combination of pine and citrus. Not a ton of malt, making this one quite hoppy and fairly bitter for a 6.8% brew. I enjoyed it.

Dope, Dec 07, 2012
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,822 ratings.