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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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9,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,257
Reviews: 3,335
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,196 | 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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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting this beer well chilled, poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: When poured into the glass the carbonation is put to work, creating big and thick foamy head that stays for a long time. The color is amberish, and pretty turbid.

S: There are load of fresh and fruity hoppy tones attacking you when approaching this beer. The smell is very tempting!

T: The taste is just as the smell loaded with hops giving you lots of bitter tones. Contrary the smell where fruitiness could be picked up, there are nowhere to be found in this bitter taste.

M: The carbonation that was put to work when poured this beer into the glass is ready for round#2, now giving you a sizzling feel combined with the loads of hoppy bitterness creating a great feel!

O: A very fresh hoppy IPA that delivers exactly what it is promising!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage poured into a snifter:

What a peculiar pick from the cellar. This thing pours an imposing amber gold with a finger of slightly off white head that dissipates within a minute. Wonderful lacing. The nose is dominated by sweet and vinegar malts - heavy caramel and milk chocolate with a touch of something special. I cannot believe how well this holds up after over five years. Instead of getting funky and offset, this beer goes in such a unique direction. It makes me appreciate the malty complexities involved in the original recipe. A delight on the tongue.

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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a brownish-copper with little head. Spice and hops abound in the nose. Spicy malt is definitively upfront with a strong hop bitterness on the finish.

Is this a winter warmer, a strong ale or an IPA? I am not sure - I just know that it is darn tasty.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If ratings could be a bit more granular some of those 4's might be 4.25's. I was able to get a bunch of this for half price. I remembered it as a bit dark and more of an english or scottish ale taste. Since I like those better now than I did a few years ago, I like this brew better now. So after drinking a few from the first case (they are a nice strong session brew for me), I went back and bought three more cases. 96 of these! But a bunch are gone already.

I still think it is too dark and bitter for the style, but who says the style has to be a certain way. It's a great quality brew. And I have a ton of it!

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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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,257 ratings.