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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

7,683 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 7,683
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 407 | 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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and moderate amounts of small yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a two finger tall light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering most of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there is a decent amount of malts (with a very light amount of caramel notes) but the main flavor in this beer is that of the citrus/grapefruit hops with some lighter notes of pine/resin hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink and very well balanced - the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts are really in harmony. Very enjoyable and one I look forward to each holiday season. Definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:40:22 | More by dbrauneis
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-28-2012 02:14:53 | More by wyatt13
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours out a cloudy amber in color. There were particles on the bottom and yeast in the bottom of the bottle like a typical Sierra Nevada brew. Three fingers of a straw colored head. There was good retention and draping lacing.

S: Piney and grassy.

T: Pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and grass. A nice malt backbone gives it great balance.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. It is a little bit oily but is very crisp and refreshing.

O: A truly great beer. It kicks like a real IPA, but is super refreshing to make it a good session beer. It also seems to have a bigger malt character which isn't as prominent in other Sierra Nevada brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:01:45 | More by mpedara429
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-28-2012 00:43:33 | More by BigTrubble
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BobDag30

New York

3/5  rDev -27.9%

11-28-2012 00:11:09 | More by BobDag30
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Bighorn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-28-2012 00:05:02 | More by Bighorn
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rolive

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-27-2012 20:11:44 | More by rolive
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sbry

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-27-2012 20:11:14 | More by sbry
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BTHU

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-27-2012 20:09:26 | More by BTHU
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ipahead

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-27-2012 15:18:51 | More by ipahead
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keywestgourmet

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-27-2012 04:28:34 | More by keywestgourmet
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-27-2012 04:06:33 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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M27

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-27-2012 02:58:45 | More by M27
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mkennedy119

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-27-2012 02:41:38 | More by mkennedy119
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jniagar1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-27-2012 01:42:01 | More by jniagar1
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades slowly over time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some biscuit malt, hop, and a spice. The spice is light overall with the hop aromas are of a pine and grapefruit citrus in nature.

Taste – The taste starts with a bready and roasted flavor. A light sweetness of fruit and caramel is present upfront, which fades as the taste advances further. Spice and hop flavors soon come to the tongue. The spice flavors are the light just as the nose would have suggested and with the loss of some of the sweetness and the new presence of a pine and grapefruit hop flavors, bring a bitter spiced and bready flavor to linger on the tongue at the very end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in thickness with a carbonation level that is quite average. Not bad for the roasted and spiced flavors of the brew with the moderate carbonation level maintaining a good drinkability.

Overall – A decent brew. A little bitter for a winter brew, as the bitterness and the spice don’t meld perfectly, but overall not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 01:16:41 | More by Darkmagus82
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-27-2012 00:50:20 | More by ChrisMon02
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JD4003


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-26-2012 23:41:49 | More by JD4003
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LiquorsInc

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-26-2012 20:04:32 | More by LiquorsInc
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear bronze-golden amber with 2 finger egg shell bubbly head with good retention and great sticky lacing

S - pungent grapefruit hops with plenty great piney notes and caramel malts and a touch of booze.

T - one of the great widely distributed seasonal beers, a truly classic winter ipa experience. Loaded with a blast of citrus and piney wet hops balance with bold sweet caramel sugary malts that stick to the top of my palate. The pine favors promenade as the beer warms and the booze is present but not overwhelming and help to take the bite off the earthy bitter finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit chalky.

O - a great year for celebration, I love picking this one up every year, going to age a few and see how it mellows in the spring. This is a must grab for any hops lover. I wonder if this beer actual does vary from year to year or is it me who changes with the seasons?

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 18:55:56 | More by williamjbauer
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-26-2012 17:22:29 | More by SenorHops
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DaveU31

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-26-2012 16:52:52 | More by DaveU31
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into hfs sniffer

A: orangey brown amber color translucent with a inch tan head

S:pretty floral scent but there isn't much else there and there's a hint of alc

T:follows the nose a light floral hoppy taste that is well balanced with the bitterness

M:light and very drinkable though somewhat watery

O:soild fresh and drinkable ipa but not strong enough flavors

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 14:19:26 | More by Pinknuggets
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-26-2012 14:13:01 | More by comfortablynirm
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esdeebrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-26-2012 05:49:07 | More by esdeebrew
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,683 ratings.