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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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9,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,186
Reviews: 3,322
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 284
Gots: 1,122 | 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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Photo of legalpete19340
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Came to the bar looking a clear copper color with more than one finger of thick chalky head. It sticks to everything and laces the glass like a beer should.

S: Its all hops. Big angry herbal hops with a good fistful of pine thrown in the back. A hint of saltine crackers in the back.

T: Immediately it hits with a malt fist: caramel, grain and toasted bread. But then the hops. Its like all the herbal hops rush to smack the palate and then ring it to near death with a biting bitterness with hints of lemon, citrus and pine causing almost a pucker at the end. Is that some black pepper? The finish is quite dry and chalky with the mouth ringing from a hop smack. The alcohol hides out but gives a nice warm after a few sips.

M: Medium with a thin profile as it flows.

O: Truly a great beer. Its the standard for winter drinking. A huge hop smack that is quite unique in its delivery.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably my favorite from Sierra Nevada currently. This is one of the best beers I have tried from Sierra Nevada.

There is a very fruity aroma with hints of pine and the hop taste explodes in your mouth. A great fresh hop ale for the holiday season.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of joex444
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of garyford
1/5  rDev -75.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DocAJ
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jwmarcum
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Doughbodyboy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer really surprised me. its' looks were slightly decieving. i wasn't expecting such a drinkable IPA. it has a golden amber hue with a fair amount of foggyness. the smell is unmistakably that of an IPA. it has that tartness to it that becons a sip. upon putting it to my lips the foam had a creamy taste that flooded in with some citrus and tangy tastes that quickly fleeted into a lasting hop bitterness. once in my mouth the carbonation was bouncing on my tounge enthusiastically. this one of my new favorite american IPAs. it's a shame it's only around for the holidays. cheers!

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Cramerican
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lilnicky068
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AndyTaylor
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hopheadipaman
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Rhynes2
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is overstocked at my local shop and so I was able to buy an entire case of this stuff for $18.50. Pretty happy about that. Anyway, I poured this one into a pint glass and started reviewing. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice 1/4 inch white head. Hops are the focus of this beer and it has a nice citrus flavor. I can taste sweet orange peel flavors and balanced with a nice hop spiciness. Malts are in the background but still there and slightly sweet. It's a great IPA and I'll be buying this brew again for sure.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drewone
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 on label, pour into snifter

Deep orange color, hazy, lots of small floaties. Nice thick head, thin layer remains for a while, foam lacing sticks to glass.

Hoppy piney, but not hit you over the head. Woodsy and some sweetness too.

Malt sweetness and hops spiciness work well together, perhaps a bit sweet. Satisfying bitter finish/aftertaste.

Creamy mouth feel, smooth but with ends with a tang. Nice amount of carbonation.

Solid, holds up well.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,186 ratings.