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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

7,997 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,997
Reviews: 3,166
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 228
Gots: 510 | 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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

inventsituations, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

oldbassman, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

jessy3, Nov 19, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Lush, rusty and looking like trees in the fall. Very nice.
smell: subdued hops, a hint of spice. Not too complex out of the fridge. Let's see what happens at it warms.
taste: Very tasty, again not too complex just of the fridge. I do like the mellowness of the whole cone American hops.
overall: Very tasty IPA. I had high expectations from this. Very tasty but didn't quite meet the bar I expected after reading so much praise. Still, a fine brew.
Did not change much as it warmed.

12/12/11 edit: revisited this after all the enthusiasm shown here on ba. Still seems to be a good, well done ipa , but at least IMHO, not a superstar ( while fully respected that many others hold in high regard).

cindyjeffsmith, Nov 19, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be my first review of a Sierra Nevada brew, but it's far from my first tasting. I find that Sierra Nevada is consistently one of the best breweries out there, despite their scale of production.

A: Healthy two fingered head, which dissipates quickly, but the remaining wisp has excellent retention. The lacing is an elaborate drapery of white foam. And the liquid is of a medium dark amber hue.

S: This is very perfume-y on the nose, with lemon, flowers, and I even sniff some nectarines.

T: I perceive most everything on the nose, sans nectarines, combined with some resiny pine sap, an herbal burst of spicy, herbal hops, and a slight malt backbone, though hidden, of caramel and dark bread. The flavors seem more palatable when the beer warms up a bit - sip and appreciate.

M: The beer is medium level carbonated, and the aggressive hops scathe the palate. Beer finishes dry.

O: This seasonal IPA is a cause for Celebration (now I'm a hack writer!) indeed. It's more hoppy than Torpedo, Sierra Nevada's year round IPA, but some claim that this IPA can even be AGED! So if you want a sweeter IPA, I'd experiment with that. But for me, it's all about the first hops of the growing season: the fresher the better!

fox227, Nov 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jlogan7, Nov 19, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #89
Served On: 11/19/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.8%
Date/ Code: 2011 Release

What better way to kick off the winter season than with a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Found a 12 pack of the 2011 release at my usual beer store for $13.99!

Look: It poured a hazy organish copper with a finger of off-white fluffy head. There was a slow but constant stream of carbonation bubbles rising.

Smell: Fresh cut pine tree with some ripe grapefruit and a super clean citrus that is common with Sierra Nevada. The aroma was just as I remembered it from last year’s release.

Taste: First was a strong ripe grapefruit and pine note that quickly faded into a nice bitter middle. The finish was somewhat dry with a malty bread note blended with the hop bitterness and spice. This is a very complex – but balanced IPA.

I’m not going to lie; I have always loved this beer. Think of this one as a Torpedo with a little less ABV and more balance with higher drinkability. I do remember some of last year’s batch having a little more bitterness and not quite as much of the maltiness. Regardless, yet another great seasonal from SN.

CraftBeerTastic, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

VikeMan, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CelticAleMan, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Towering, 3-finger head, off-white. Outstanding retention and heavy, sticky lacing. Wow. It's a kind of deep honey color, and a slightly hazy. Damn fine looking brew.

Citrus, some grass, and a bit of carmel malt in the nose. Crisp and clean smelling.

Like the nose, it leads with hops. Citrus, mainly lemon zest, and maybe a touch of mint. Great caramel malt backing. Very well balanced.

Super crisp and super clean. Moderately dry throughout. Great carbonation, and a medium body. Super drinkable for a slightly higher ABV IPA.

Overall this is a great seasonal IPA from one of the original American craft breweries. Super well balanced with a crisp and clean hop profile. Recommended to any fan of IPAs. Cheers!

Humulus85, Nov 19, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours deep copper orange with a one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, pine resin, lightly toasted bread, and citric hops. The hops and malt are well balanced, neither really overpowering the other.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malts, fresh baked bread, and some sticky pine resin. It is fairly well balanced but the sweetness is beginning to creep up. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly sticky, feel that makes it ever so easy to drink.

O - This one remains one of my go to fall beers. The balance of sweetness to bitterness is spot on and it goes down easy. One of the rare IPA's that gets better with age.

orangesol, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass the brew pours an amber color that just looks like fall. A good head is formed when poured down the center of the glass. The nose is malty. The mouthfeel is light but satisfying. Good intergration of both hops and malt with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Certainly not a hops bomb but a very good ale and worthy of purchase.

Nuke77, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

sculls65, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

d0ggnate, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

jstewart1130, Nov 19, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

One of my seasonal favorites, and one I always look forward to. It pours a really nice amber color with a nice big soft billowy head on top, looks like christmas spices. The nose has nice wet fresh hops with those christmas spices with a touch of malt at the end that links everything together. Nice bitter hops, pine flavors with holiday spicing and a firm but approachable malt backbone. Nice body, not too full but not thin by any means, it's nice and wet from the fresh hops at the start, but has a nice dry finish.

Verdict: A true holiday ale from California, nicely spiced but hop forward and pleasant. Not a hop monster, but a really well balanced ale that embodies the holidays, but stays true to the west coast style.

kevanb, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Arvo, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: golden copper hue. great retention on lacing. bubbles visibly floating to the surface.

s: nice blend of citrusy and piney hops. Some caramel maltiness as well.

t: Bitterness up front followed by maltiness. Piney hops are the dominant flavor

m: medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

o: Simply stated this is a great IPA and a great value. I look forward to this release each year and it has yet to disappoint me.

Jaycase, Nov 19, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear and vibrant amber colored beer with tons of visible carbonation from the bottom. Huge sticky two finger off-white head on top that leaves a bunch of lacing as it dissapates. Excellent retention as it takes forever to dissapate. Just a gorgeous beer. The aroma is decievingly nice as soft earthy hop tones come up. Lots of citrus and resin from the hops as well. A big bready maltiness follows it all up and rounds it out.

Bready and almost sweet malt is the first flavor to come out, as well as set the baseline for the piney, citrusy and resiny hops to play around on the palate. The hops are sneaky, as they leave their piney and citrus tastes to be detected first, but leave the bitterness until the finish and the linger. I believe this is where the malts intervene, bringing an superb balance to some very strong hop flavors. The bitterness in the back is sharp and resiny and begs for another sip as it lingers on way into the aftertaste. It also lends a dryness in the end to a pretty creamy and smooth frontside. Through it all is the slightest twinge of booze, felt in the tingle of the tongue.

This is a beer that I have looked forward to having again since last year, the first time I had it. This beer is great due to the taste obviously, but also the price point and it is available everywhere this time of year. Classic beer and one to enjoy this season as well as next.

chodinheaven, Nov 19, 2011
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,997 ratings.