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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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9,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,191
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,128 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a medium head that dissipates in a minute or so. Laces well. Nice hop resin nose. Light / medium body with a balance of hop flavor and bitterness tilted to the bitter side. Hop flavor is of pine and grapefruit - quite nice. Less bitter than Torpedo, but more than Flipside. Hop flavor is less than Flipside. Finishes with a slight hop flavor and lingering bitterness. If hop flavor is your preference, go with Flipside. If bitterness is your bag, go with Torpedo. This one falls in between the two. These 3 SN brews can give you a good contrast of IPAs.

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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada has always been a solid brew to me and this one did not disappoint! Very smooth in the middle with notes of barley that give it a great roasted taste, but dose not mask the hops and a great finish. Also pour quite nice into a glass and form a nice head.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of crc1935
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Edition - 2013
Distribution - bottle (6-pack)
Glass - Duvel tulip

A - Dense, fluffy head - approximately 1/2' in height. Great retention. Body has deep amber color with ongoing carbonation. Sinewy lace that eventually resembles residual sea foam.

S - Malty with notes of caramel. Slight scent of alcohol, despite low ABV (6.8%).

T - Slightly bitter with a smooth finish. Well-balanced combination of malts and hops.

M - Very light with a bit of stickiness.

Sierra continues to impress me. They brew gimmick-less beers with solid taste and appreciation for tradition. Additionally, this seasonal is widely available at a reasonable price.

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4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saw this on the shelves at my local grocery store - knew it was coming - but I'm always so happy to see it each year!

Appearance: Nice amber with a solid 2-3 finger head that goes down to about 1 finger after a bit, but stays for the entirety of drinking. Strong lacing. A few streams of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass throughout drinking. Irrelevant, but will mention: the bottle design is nice enough...evokes feelings of being warm and cozy during the holidays.

Smell: FRESH hops (not resiny or dank) steal the show, with grapefruit citrus and biscuity malt co-starring, and seemingly slightly more than years past (based on my memory of it).

Taste: Delicious. If you let it get a bit warm and take a big gulp, on exhaling you will get a hit of alcohol. Best not to let this one warm up too much - but in the cold weather, and considering how good it tastes, that shouldn't be an issue...

Mouthfeel: Feels smoother than I remember it, ie. slightly less carbonated sharpness on swallowing. It's still plenty carbonated and finishes crisp though. Also less resin-y aftertaste lining my mouth than I remember in previous years...these are improvements that take this beer to borderline 100/100 status IMO.

Overall: Basically the best beer you can get AT THIS PRICE POINT*. Big asterisk. But for $8.50/sixer, and $17/12er, look at your other options and there is no contest. Fresh hop ale, indeed...it tastes so damn fresh, it's unreal. Never had an IPA that tasted this fresh, though my batch was probably bottled ~1 week ago.

A seasonal favorite - probably drink about 3 cases of this from Nov-Jan, and my family/guests drink an additional 2-3 as well. Highly recommend. My favorite beer from SN, easily.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2013 bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - orange with swirling carbonation; huge, fluffy, foamy cream colored head; rings of sticky lacing! Great looking beer!
Smell - grassy, pine hops; biscuit and cracker malts; faint citrus.
Taste - very balanced hops and malts, flavorful and tasty!
Feel - nice bitterness from the hops, well balanced malt back bone, easy drinking IPA!
Overall - not surprised by this tremendous offering from Sierra Nevada! A great beer at a great price!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,191 ratings.