Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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9,021 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,021
Reviews: 3,285
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 275
Gots: 996 | 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 +20.5%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Actively effervescent blood orange colour beneath two fingers of eggshell coloured soapy head with excellent retention. Thick sticky lace rings.

S - Resinous US hop aromas of pine and grapefruit with a solid caramel malt backbone. Well balanced.

T - Follows the nose but I dont get quite the same complexity. A solid hop flavour and bitterness matched by the wintery honeyed malt profile.

M - Fairly oily medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Another top value offering from SN.

Photo of aBeeraWeek
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You just need to take a quick whiff to instantly recognise that this is not your usual spiced winter’s seasonal ale. You will be hit with a refreshing burst of melon passionfruit and citrus, which can be most closely related to grapefruit.

The taste is equally powerful – bold and bitter from the outset. The citrus still continues but takes on more of a lemon taste. The aftertaste is less bold and you are left with a more floral hop bitterness that is nicely balanced with sweet caramels and honeys – now we are getting closer to a traditional winter offering.

The feel in the mouth is medium to full bodied and carbonation is light enough not to distract from the wonderful flavours.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pours with a solid, thick, and bubbly off-white head. The beer is a dark rich amber and is filled with fine bubbles (about the same size as Champagne). The lacing on the glass is fantastic – it is fine and crystal like and has the appearance of falling like snow. How fitting for a holiday season offering.

As this beer has plenty of body and hoppy bitterness you need to be careful with the food to match with. You need something with enough punch to carry the flavour, but at the same time not be a filling main course. I would suggest an entree sized wild game selection. Venison is particularly well suited to the Celebration Ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Celebration is one of the best parts of the holidays. I am a big hophead, and this fresh hopped ale really hits the spot. I usually go through two or three six packs, and typically I don't drink more than a six pack of anything in a given year.

This is one of the best wet hopped ales out there. It smells great. You get the citrus and pine.

It tastes amazing as well. The balance is perfect.

Celebration is one of the best IPA's available. It is probably too late to pick up a six pack, but these bottles still taste great.

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2/5  rDev -51.8%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SN snifter 12 oz bottle

A; orange amber color, with 2.5 fingers of vigorous foamy, bubbly head as expected from this bottle conditioned beer. the head dissipates slowly but sticks to the sides of the glass as it goes, leaving cobwebs of lacing on the sides.

S: piney and citrus notes hit you on this one. some sweet fruitiness from the ale yeast and I'm detecting a hint of alcohol in it, very similar smell to bigfoot when combined with the sheer hoppiness in the brew

T: huge pine, tropical, and citrus notes on this one, with a sweet malty finish. this is one of my favorite IPA's. I love hop bombs but this one for being so balanced is a really great beer.

M: tons of carbonation here, and a nice dry finish keeps this insanely drinkable

O: love having this come around every year as it's one of my all time favorite beers. I love sierra nevada.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,021 ratings.