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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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9,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,295
Reviews: 3,344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 293
Gots: 1,222 | 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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Ratings: 9,295 | Reviews: 3,344
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a nice orangey brown colour with a big bubbly head which dissipates pretty quickly.

This has a big smell with lots of hops and malts. There are pine needles and citrus notes.

This beer is very hoppy, with a nice malt back bone coming through as the beer warms.

Feels very smooth in the mouth with medium to high carbonation.

This a very good beer, the hops are delicious and very bitter. Probably my favourite Sierra Nevada beer so far.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Pours a very vibrant translucent amber with burnt edges. A wonderful slight off-white head rises up about 2 inches and clings to the glass beautifully all the way down.

Smell: As with most Sierra Nevada brews I am overwhelmed by the citrus aroma. The grapefruit seems to play a very prevalent role in this brew as slight notes of spice and pine reveal themselves. The smell is unique in that it doesn't exactly smell of any particular Christmas scent but consistently reminds of the holiday (if that makes any sense).

Taste: I have never spent Christmas in California but this is how I imagine it to be. The citrusy hops move to the forefront which eventually gives way to the bittering hops which are big, bold and bitter. After several sips I realize that there is an overall spruce-like sweetness that is barely noticeable but keeps all of the flavors together.

Feel: I love the warming sensation of this medium bodied ale. The alcohol and carbonation work well with the hops to give the tongue a pretty good workout.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could easily work through a 6 pack on Christmas Eve while sitting around the fire.

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Classic, bright and clean wet hop nose. You're greeted with a bouquet of big citrus (grapefruit, tangerines and oranges) and subtle sweetness underneath. As it comes to temperature, other hop personalities are introduced (earthy, spicy).

A loosely knit, creamy, yellowish/buttermilk head. Just from swirling the glass, it has started its trail of lacing on the glass. It falls into the beer slowly, almost under protest. Deep amber color with some browns, reds, and golds...makes for a really good looking beer. Slightly cloudy, and given the loud nose on this one, Ill say confidently that its due to dry-hopping.

Really big hop flavor and a healthy amount of bitterness. Pine, Citrus, Earth, and Spice all come out with the first sip. Toasted malt adds a sharp sweetness to the beer. Alcohol was undetectable until this point (its down in temperature by now), and its warming, not offensive.

Medium-bodied, and appropriate to high level of carbonation. Strong, dry hop finish (the spiciness is highlighted here), which lingers for quite some time. "Crisp" comes to mind.

Very bright, exciting flavors and aromas from this one. Big hop flavor and nose, and the malty sweetness was well played. I enjoyed how each hop characteristic almost had their own introduction and time in the spotlight, but by the middle of the beer, they all came together in harmony.

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From notes on 12/17/11:
Bottled: Sept. 29, 2011 - 7:04 PST; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white fluffy, billowy head; Slightly hazy appearance; Nice, bright copper color; Nice lacing left all around the glass; Tiny sediment floating within the beer

S - Awesome hoppy smell; Smell is a combination of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits; Some smells highlight a good bit of pine, while others show more tropical fruits

T - Quite a bit of bitterness in this beer from start to finish, though it does lighten up a bit in the end; Lots of piney hops in the taste with some tropical fruits that break through the bitterness at the end of the taste; As the beer warms, toasty flavors begin to step forward

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Dry finish that leaves an oily, bitter coat on the tongue

O - I really enjoyed trying this brew again, and forgot how good it really is. The bitterness is strong in this beer, but I find that to be a great quality and even a bit warming. I didn't even have this very fresh, and the flavor was still very puckering and addictive. This is definitely one of the better IPA's out there and one to really look forward to at the end of the year.

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100th Review
A: 2 finger creamy khaki head. Extremely tight bubbles that hold head and lace perfectly. Awesome head. Orange to slight red. Slightly opaque due to bottle conditioning.

S: flowery and slight spicy hops, caramel malt sweetness, earthy.

T: sweet maltiness upfront, balanced herbal, spicy hop bitterness, biscuit and lemon/citrus with a lingering bitterness that is subtle.

M: medium bodied, sweet and dry balance. Alcohol not noticeable.

O: fantastic session beer. Ipa is simple, balanced and easy to please. The really shining point the the head on the beer. Spectacular.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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