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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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9,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,264
Reviews: 3,336
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 290
Gots: 1,199 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.67/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Photo of output01x
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TaySuth
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -15.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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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  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of FattyJLE
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

S - Citrus peel, pine, grassy with some malt sweetness.

A - Relatively clear, deep amber with a 2 inch, pillow-like, off-white head with excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

T - Strong earthy bitterness upfront but not overpowering. Hop flavors are a combination of earthy/piney/peppery with a slight caramel malt backbone. A hint of booze emerges as it warms. Pine lingers on the palate with a relatively dry finish.

M - Medium carbonation. Moderate body.

O - Definitely a drinkable session IPA. Hop flavor dominates with very little malt character, but no distinguishable flaws. A solid IPA, but nothing overly spectacular.

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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  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of dansmcd
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,264 ratings.