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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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8,954 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,954
Reviews: 3,262
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 278
Gots: 947 | FT: 3
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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Photo of HopsYeast
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-pours a amber color with orange hue to it with a 1 finger creamy pale head that holds then slowly dissipates leaving a generous amount of lacing behind.

s-each sniff offers something different and exciting. first you get sweet cherries with spices and a very subtle hint of hops. next sniff is loaded with hops, and a different load of spices. complex aroma! almost smell pepper hidden in there. weird but awesome.

t-taste offers the same type of pattern as the smell. different flavors with each sip. hit with malts at first, but then it switches to hops. there are warm spices and dark fruits in each sip that are evident in each sip. very well balanced.

m-almost perfect. has a very nice level of carbonation with a pleasant body. leaves a nice tingle on the tongue with the carbonation, and then sits on the palate.

o-wow. this is a very complex offering by sierra nevada. easy to drink through the whole winter with the right amount of complexity and body to match any event.

Photo of Sixofsigmas
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ R&R Public House. Served in an Ayinger nonic.

A: Brass-like golden/straw pour with a clear body and light visible carbonation...there is an ample off-white head that leaves behind some decent lace.

S: Big hoppy pine notes on the nose, followed by some spicy notes and a dry biscuity malt character...there is a little sweetness on the nose but its pretty much all bitter piney hops.

T: Follows the nose with some light fruit notes and tons of piney, grapefruity hops...malt undertones of slight caramel and toasted grain bread. Dry. Again, hints of those spices.

MF: Light-to-medium body...mouthfeel dominated by that aforementioned dryness. A touch of prickly carbonation.

O: Good, a little smoother than the bottled version but much hoppier this year compared to 2010, which is fine by me.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber red color with a bit of haze. Nice off white sticky head and nice lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. West coast in aroma for sure. Nice malty aroma too. Slight bit of boozyness. Smells great.

Taste is solid. Great IPA. Nice and hoppy flavor and bitterness but a nice maltyness. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is chewy and higher carb.

Overall I look forward to when this beer comes out every year. Nice to see grocery stores starting to carry it.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BeatBama
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle dated Sept 29, 2011 (date code), Beer temp 46 degrees F

Poured a 1/2" head with good lacing on pint glass.

Appearance: bronze amber, slightly hazy

Aroma: citrus and herbal hops, some piney grapefruit to my nose

Taste: excellent bitter bite of hops, with an excessive edge on hops vs. malt... typical. The grapefruit I smelled, made it to my tongue, as well. Man, this is a fantastic beer.

If I could make it stay fresh until summer, I would certainly enjoy it then, too. I may cellar a bottle to see what it tastes like in July.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of coachdonovan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly fresh 10/4/11 bottle poured into a tulip. Auburn with a slight haze under a white puffy head. Strong aroma led by citrus and pine along with some hop resin and caramel malts. I can tell this isn't a "bright" IPA as I get more pine than floral. Fresh hops give a strong punch of bitterness to the taste buds, but sweetness does come around from the caramel malts. No problem with abv although the hops are enough to burn me out- I couldn't drink this all night.

This isn't a traditional winter beer, but it makes a lot of sense to sell a harvest ale in November. It's always been one of my favorites, and there is a warm & fuzzy feeling when I see these bottles in the stores or in my fridge.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,954 ratings.