Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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9,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,031
Reviews: 3,286
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 276
Gots: 1,004 | 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%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find this at my local market in a build your own six pack display. It pours a very nice rosy-tinged amber, just slightly cloudy and with a great deal of visible carbonation. A half inch eggshell head fell to about an eighth of an inch that hung around with quality lacing. The nose is very pleasant with a hop-forward profile that's very grassy/herbal. The initial taste of this beer is something special, with a very well-balanced flavor of malt and herbal hops. I thought that this one was going to end on a clean note, but it has a slightly piney hop bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a bit. It's not an unpleasant bitterness at all, but it's a little more pronounced than I would have liked. The mouthfeel is creamy and nice throughout the foretaste, but--again--that acidic bitterness at the end is a bit of a detraction to me.

Now that I'm nearing the end of the glass here, I'm actually enjoying this beer more than in that initial taste. I'm a huge fan of American IPAs, and this one can certainly hold its own. As with other Sierra Nevada offerings I've enjoyed, I can taste the quality of the ingredients--especially the hops. Though I wish it finished a bit cleaner, the bitterness at the back does provide some added complexity. Well worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an amazing brew. I really have not had wet hops before and most definitely did not expect this beer to smell as great as it did. When I began to pour this brew into my Tulip it hit me quick at just how fresh this brew was. It also hit me that even before I took a sip I did not buy enough. Wow great hop taste great malt backbone and they both equally are so smooth. A must for anyone who loves SN truly a beer worth traveling long distances for. Damn now I have to wait a whole year for it. Great brew.


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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mattfungus
2.58/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is way too bitter for me. I used it to make things like mgd and coors tolerable.

Its abv is over 100 in my mind and though the hops are good, when they are this strong its just too bitter. The closest thing I can compare it to is biting into the side of an aspen tree, you'd like it but you wouldn't want to do it again from your mouth puckering and your teeth hurting.

Hinterlands ipa is similar, but this is still pushing the envelope even farther. You might as well pop five aspirins in your mouth and spit them back out without drinking any water.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger head that nearly spills over the edges of the glass. The head is creamy off white in color that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, clumpy coating and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent copper amber with a decent amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Thick, messy lacing clings randomly to the glass throughout consumption.

The nose is very aromatic and can be appreciated by people on the other side of the room during the pour. Notes of orange and lemon peel, pine, and just a bit of bready malt give the nose an oily, resinous character.

Oily orange peel starts each sip along with biscuit and bitter pine. As the beer is swallowed, the flavors meld together as the pine bitterness becomes a bit stronger and gains an almost grassy characteristic. The bitterness remains after each sip as an aftertaste that clings both to the entirety of the tongue and most corners of the mouth.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer lies somewhere between sipper and gulper. The body is full enough to allow all the flavors to truly come out. It is also slightly sticky and a bit coating but never in a bad way. The carbonation is somewhat fizzy but does not detract from the flavors nor the experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2.5 finger creamy head that hangs around for quite a while. Great lacing. Beautiful dark amber color.

Smell: Very creamy with hints of strong, bittering hops. Also some vanilla and citrus.

Taste: Very bitter in a great way. A lot of citrus and pine flavor. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and a solid but not too heavy body.

Overall: An excellent beer with a very desirable, pleasant bitterness.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,031 ratings.