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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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7,831 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,831
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 200
Gots: 464 | 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:
Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001)
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

zahara15, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

illiniipa, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

cvp684, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

houhkx, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of andrewjraab
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition purchased from copper vine in Granville.

A - dark amber / copper brown. Huge and creamy off white head that sticks the entire way down.

S - Citrus, piney, malts, faint spices, malty, caramel.

T- This brew is an amazing journey of the taste buds. Big juicey hops, citrus flavor, balanced with a nice sweet and malt flavor and finishes with a semi dry hoppy finish.

O - I had no expectations for this beer as I just bought it as a one off to fill a mixed sixer and all I have to say is WOW. I love when I'm surprised by a beer and this brew blew me away. I'm going to purchase a case amid make this a staple for the holiday season. A must have.

andrewjraab, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

outoffocus, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a big 4-finger tan frothy head. Excellent retention and tremendous lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. Sierra Nevada never gets this part wrong.

S – Some caramel malt and lots of hops with grapefruit, pineapple, and mango aromas.

T – Starts off sweet with toasty and caramel malt but rapidly shifts to strong hop bitterness with grapefruit and tropical fruit notes at first and then spicy and piney flavors more towards the finish. For an ordinary IPA (not a DIPA), this is packed with hops, but it becomes more balanced as it warms.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a very bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness and spice linger very nicely. There’s maybe a little bit of warmth from the alcohol, but that may just be the hop spice.

O – This is a great IPA. You get the same blast of hops that you would get from a DIPA without the ABV. I was expecting this one to be a bit more balanced due to the darker color, but the sweet malts come out more as the beer warms. I’m glad that Sierra Nevada puts out an IPA in the winter time; it’s a nice switch from the much darker and heavier beers that tend to go hand-in-hand with the colder months. This is a very tasty and drinkable brew that has enough hop bite to warm you up.

BlackBelt5112203, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Jules11788
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 release. Poured from the bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pours an orange-honey color with a two finger-width head that lingers; fairly sticky lacing

S: Smell is slightly citrus-y, with a helping of earthy/grassy hops, though the nose is very faint and honestly quite boring.

T: Taste is very mellow with a slight citrus-y character and notes of grassy hops. Finishes slightly bitter with a little maltiness and a nice peppery/spice flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M: Not too thick, and not too thin. The mouthfeel on this beer is great, with the right amount of carbonation and a slight creaminess on the tongue.

O: This is a solid brew, though it doesn't really live up to all the hype that it gets on the site. Its hop profile is pretty bland for an IPA, and the only real saving grace is the nice bitter/peppery finish that lingers in the mouth afterwards. I'll get a few sixers during the holidays, but it's nothing I'd really go out of my way for.

Jules11788, Dec 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

sailorsaint, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Desongo, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

milwaukee512, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bradwalrus, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RES, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

rawfish, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

casapy, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of johnso98
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first time I had celebration was in a growler. I liked the balance MUCH better that way than from the bottle, but I have this bottle now, so here it goes:

The label claims that this beer is a "fresh hop" IPA with a hint of pine. From the initial smell, the citrus hops are noticeable. In the bottled version, the pine makes all the difference in the taste - think about the character of oak barrel beers. As for the growler, the color and taste is clearer and the sweet malts are much more pronounced. Toward the bottom of the bottle, the hoppy taste is less noticable and the other flavors tend to stick out a bit more.

For an IPA, the mouthfeel is average, but that's not a bad thing. It is true to the style.

The taste is complex enough to try this time of year. I'd recommend getting it on tap somewhere; but if you like IPAs, the bottle is just fine. In this price range, Sierra Nevada is hard to beat.

johnso98, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Orange, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

phishfoolme, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebration pours a dark golden brown with almost an inch of head that is cream in color, with sturdy froth. There is ample, and steady carbonation that rises vigorously throughout the clean rich hues of the ale. As you drink, the head contributes to heavy lacing that sticks to the glass; marking libations.

I can detect a hop spice that is piney, and faint toasted malt notes.

Sweet malty IPA! This medium bodied ale comes on with instant carbonation that directly imparts hop spice of sweet pine and subtle citrus fruit. It leaves a crisp clean mouth without losing the resonating flavors the brew imparts. Makes me think of an imperial style with more carbonation, and malt flavor. The peppery bitters rise in the finale, and the subtle malts maintain balance throughout, There is a nice resiny citrus hop spice that lingers on the pallet afterwards. It is balanced throughout by the toasty malts.

In my humble opinion, Sierra Nevada rarely goes wrong, and their Celebration Ale is no exception. I look forward to this brew every year, and I am always satisfied with a nice lightly roasted IPA for the winter time.

BenjaminBlondbeard, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

grumpygerman, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mebummer, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

stabbingcontest, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep golden to almost light amber color. Thick, dense head of about 2 fingers and slightly off white color. Retention and lacing is phenomenal. Slight haze with some evidence of the bottle conditioning.

S- Pretty straight forward with big pine notes. Reminds me of SN Hoptimum scent, with both using whole cones. Pine notes are present throughout, with other, more floral hops peeking in a little bit.

T- Flavor is pretty much the same as the scent. Also very similar to Hoptimum. Starts with a big bang of hops bitterness, but quickly adds in a solid malt flavor. Malt is definitely secondary, but is present with hints of caramel and lighter malts. Ends with a slight hops bite that linger on the tongue.

M- Pretty much standard IPA here. High carbonation, no detectable alcohol heat, and medium body. Hop profile might make extended drinking problematic, but overall a very sessionable beer.

Overall, a very enjoyable seasonal IPA. Whole cone hops give it a distinct flavor similar to SN Hoptimum. It's a shame this is just a seasonal, as it is a good everyday IPA. Price is very reasonable and even better for the quality of the brew.

boilermakerbrew, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

blinker97, Dec 03, 2012
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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