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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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9,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,186
Reviews: 3,322
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 284
Gots: 1,120 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on day 281 of 2013, aka about October 7th.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear amber with an inch and a half offwhite head which receded to very heavy surface foam and more solid lacing all aroung than I can recall seeing from any beer pour.

s: Have a cold right now but passages not very blocked, still can't really detect much here.

t: Nice malt/hops balance, hops linger at the sides of the tongue with sharp but not extreme bitterness.

m: Moderate, good body, medium carbonation evident.

o: Very good rich yet drinkable brew. Would like to try this side by side with Flipside and Torpedo though, seems like I enjoyed those more. And with all the new DIPAs and Wet Hops out this one seems blandish by comparison. Some of us may be getting spoiled. Or maybe the aforementioned cold is making more of a difference than I allowed.

UPDATE 11/27/13: Had a second bottle from the same purchase and really enjoying what seems like a perfect balance between plenty of hops and a mild but substantial malt base. Probably the best of its type for the price out there. Still not much aroma, but the hops include a bit of the fresh hops vegetal aftertaste which sets good fresh hops apart. Raised my taste score to 4.25 and overall score as well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of the season and did not disappoint. Forgot it was a fresh hop.

Beautiful dark orange pour with light head. Not super pungent on the aroma but the taste was just spectacular. I had forgotten that subtle spice taste that evolves amongst the fresh hops that are as bright as ever. As balanced and integrated as could be imagined without compromising the desires of every hophead.

Cannot wait to decorate the tree with a Christmas flick on and fire in the background. SN has exceeded expectations with quality and value. Without a doubt, the best Christmas Seasonal.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into a can-shaped glass. A beer like this needs that wide-mouth.

I feel like a record on repeat, but I always start of Sierra Nevada reviews by commenting how marvelous the head is. Here it is fluffy, billowing, pale cream in color and three fingers thick. This looks even better over the dark amber body with a slight cloudiness. 4.5

I also usually comment on the big floral bouquet that SN beers have and there's that here, but piney hops are even more prominent and resinous. There's an oily and earthy hop aroma there that seems thicker than your average hops. Toasty malts lie beneath all of this. 4.25

It's tougher to nail down the hops on the tongue. They're not nearly as piney, though still resinous and earthy. Fruitier notes like pineapple become apparent with a few swishes around the tongue. There's even some faint orange juice. Biscuity, toasted malt notes provide a bit of variation about mid-palate. 4

Celebration is such an easy-sipping beer despite the fact it's got a stiff bitterness towards the finish. It's medium-bodied, low-carbonation and creamy before the semi-dry, bitter finish. 4.25

This beer drinks as easy as any session IPA but packs so much more flavor and body. It's a splendid beer. 4.25

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,186 ratings.