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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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9,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,254
Reviews: 3,333
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,192 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - about 2 inches of pure white head at first. very fluffy. eventually settles to a lump film. a lot of clumpy lacing. some what cloudy, dark amber.

S - very hop heavy. lots of floral-y, bitter hops. some citrus and pine. some caramel or brown sugar sweetness, very faint though. there are some malts in there somewhere.

T/M - taste, like the nose, is very hop-heavy. more piney bitterness. some subdued malts on the back end. light brown sugar, caramel and spicy notes. lighter on the palate than expected, cleaner too. doesn't leave as much of the bitter aftertaste like most IPAs. mild carbonation.

Overall - I think I like the previous year's brew better than this. the body and flavor is a little watery. also I think that Celebration would be better as another style, maybe something with a little warmer feel to it. still a fine beer though.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of fdkayti
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A huge creamy white head is balanced atop a clear copper colored beer. Head is sloooowly dissipating into rocky craters and lacing is more than evident.

S- Strong, spicy pine notes right up front. Some citrus comes through along with a mellow sweetness. Very fresh.

T- Follows the nose, almost to a T. Mostly pine, with a moderate bitter kick. Very fresh tasting with a sweet caramel malty finish.

MF- Moderately creamy with adequate carbonation. I feel as though something could be amped up in this area, but I can't pinpoint exactly what it is.

O/D- A delightful offering by Sierra Nevada. This beer reminded me how good a simple IPA can be, and how happy it makes me. Drinkable and refreshing. Thanks, boyfriend.

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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%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light copper color with massive three finger head.

S - Sweet pine, grapefruit, pine, spice.

T - Starts out with a sweet, spicy malty taste followed by a wave of piney bitter hops. Carmel toffee on the finish.

M - Medium with average carbonation.

O - Very good holiday IPA that's affordable and easily accessible. Classic seasonal by SN.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nsabo
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two points:
1) Sierra Nevada, you have have a reputation for tradition, why brew an IPA (something I can find anytime of the year) instead of a winter warmer (something I can only find once a year)?

2) It is difficult to review this without referencing their Torpedo IPA, sorry for those who aren't familiar with it.

SN brews always have a noticeable "fresh" taste about them, this beer is by far the freshest. Like Torpedo, this tastes more like a wet, sweet malty English IPA than a drier, hopped-up American IPA. Hops are still prevalent, though: very floral, piney with tart grapefruit and wet, but not sticky, finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but surprisingly not very heavy, almost like it’s on nitro.
I enjoy Torpedo, this just tastes like a fresher, hoppier, smoother version. Not a radical departure, though, and probably the only seasonal IPA this time of year.

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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

A Pours a clear dark amber color topped off with a thick billowy white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S Lots of citrus with some pine and a sweet note of something I can't seem to identify.

T Lots more citrus mostly grapefruit with some pine and a bit of malt. But mostly hops.

M Medium body maybe a touch on the lighter side but not overly so.

Overall this is a pretty good beer but honestly I don't see what all the fuss is about. I guess I would drink it again though.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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 9,254 ratings.