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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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9,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,297
Reviews: 3,344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,222 | 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: 9,297 | Reviews: 3,344
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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?

Photo of SteveB24
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.

Photo of DeFaz
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wow, there's some great lacing here, and the head retention is excellent.

Smell: Grass, fruit, caramel--hops and malt for sure in the smell. I'm not smelling the spices that I expected to pick up on

Taste: There's the typical IPA flavors of pine and grapefruit, but there are other fruit flavors here as well. Along for the ride is distinct roasted malts that make this a not-so-traditional IPA. There's a lot going on, and I can't put my finger on all of it, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, carbonation on the lower side but it has some crispness.

Overall: This is one of the best winter beers I have found, and at $8.99/six pack it's quite reasonably priced. There's a lot of flavor and enough to talk about to please just about any beer drinker.

Photo of Khad
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What we have here is something pretty special. Celebration Ale is a unique IPA with hops, hops and more hops. I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass. Wonderful appearance with a head that sticks around and provides excellent lacing. To the nose you get plenty of hops, there is no mistaking you are about to consume one of the great American IPAs. While the hops overpowers the scent the taste is loaded with yes....of course hops but you'll also pick up a lot of pine, small amounts of citrus and yes more hops. This IPA works great for the holidays as this might be a bit much for the warmer part of the year.

To sum it up, this is a very very complex beer with layers of flavor but not much balance...but it works here. Definitely not for the faint of heart but for the true enthusiast, Celebration Ale is a world class brew and a real treat!

Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of SerpentX
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mscudder
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tstigz
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Dracarys
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MJSawyer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jamvt
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Tilley4
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oily sticky hops pound away at the palate... had this beer loads of times, somehow haven't reviewed it... my favorite Christmas release... yes, an IPA but once I see that snowy cabin on front, I know that the holiday season is here... very drinkable despite the relentless hop assault... pine resin in a glass...

Photo of themanilow
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of fgilbert2
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle (date stamp 32821 05:56) poured into a Libby globe porter/stout glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber. Light tan thin head. Lots of lacing all over the glass - strands, fine crazed lines, islands, etc. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Citrusy, some tropical fruit, underlying sweetness, just a hint of something coppery when first poured, but this went away.

Taste: Very hoppy. Pine, citrus, malt (roasted malt bitterness, caramel notes, lingering bready - like a sweet roll - mixed in with the bitter finish). Hops pop out right up front, then the malt sweetness, then a mixed sweet and bitter finish. VERY well balanced. Hop forward, but just right. Strongly hoppy on the burp which surprised me.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation. Definitely some hop oils sticking to the teeth afterwards. Pleasant thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: I can see why this is so highly rated, as I wish I had bought a six-pack rather than just a single. This would work nicely as a replacement for my Nosferatu that I'm running out of - wonderful hops, but with a solid malt backbone to compliment it all and make it pleasurable drinking experience. I could easily have another one in a sitting. I had this with pulled pork BBQ (mustard based sauce) and green beans and it went quite well with food. I wouldn't mind having a snifter of this either though for a cold winters night. The pine and citrus hops remind me of summer on a cold evening. Great beer!

Photo of FinchSCF
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CBrown3763
1/5  rDev -75.9%

Photo of terrysjag
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of moarmare
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of tmm313
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a nice 2 finger head. Really good lacing

Smell: Sweet grapefruit with a just touch of tropical fruit and pine. Slight lemon. The smell in the background that I would usually call caramel reminds me more of maple syrup this time around.

Taste: The more you drink it, the more you appreciate it. As it sits on your tongue, it tastes like sweet grapefruit and orangey citrus. When you swallow, there is a quick transformation into bitter piney hops and a fantastic sweet malt backbone. As it warms, the malt becomes much more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation. Kind of thick, with an oily bitter finish. Lingers for a while.

Overall: This is pretty good. The first few times I drank it, I really didn't care for it very much. I guess that's one of the pros of having a six pack instead of a single; you have to give it 6 tries. I'm not saying I'm going to buy it by the case now, but I'll probably buy it every now and then over the holidays.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of zestd
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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