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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Just finally found this in my neck of the woods.

Appearance - Poured two fingers of thick pillowy yellow head, color of the beer is a hazy apricot amber, really a gorgeous beer. Nice thick lacing left in the glass.

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit, touch of pineapple sweetness. Smells very nice.

Taste - Whoah, this beer is all about the hops! Very eye opening and refreshing. Here are the flavors - citrus peel, grapefruit, grassy floral hops, a touch of dry biscuit, and pine long into the finish. There are no spices here folks - NONE.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, smooth foamy carb with some crisp edges, drying and bitter on the finish.

Overall - Surprised to find such a nice hop missile during the winter months! I would LOVE to enjoy this on a hot summer day. I don't get the spices mentioned by other reviewers at all, NONE. This is a straight up IPA folks, NOT a winter warmer. I also got very little sweetness here, would have preferred a bit more to balance, otherwise an excellent IPA.

Photo of Dubber55
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled sometime early in October 2011

A slightly hazy golden color with 1 finger of off white head

The smell is obviously wet, danky, eathy hops- a strong, powerful minty hop aroma initially- then I get plenty of pine, grass, grapefruit, and some booze. There is some toasted bread in the background.

Strong spicy hop bitterness initially- some of the flavors include mint, pine, booze, grapefruit. In the background there is a light malt backbone with a decent amount of toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is solidly medium with some light carbonation. Pretty smooth.

The hop bitterness is kind of abrasive as well as the alcohol considering this beer is only around 7%. Doesnt really seem to be that complex either. The toasted bread provides a little bit of balance. Not really my thing but a solid IPA

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer last year in the summer and it was still a really hoppy and good tasting ale, so I am interested to see what it is like when it is much fresher, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a short brown 12ox bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks good, it has a pretty fitting holiday theme to it. It poured a nice slightly hazy orangish amber color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This is one damn good looking beer.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the hops. I pick up a nice 50/50 mixture of citrus and floral/piny hops with the citrus hops sticking out slightly more with some nice grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, and mango aromas. The malt base of this beer is still apparent in the aroma and imparts a nice caramel and biscuit like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma.

T- The taste of this beer is more balanced then the aroma was. It starts off with that nicely done malt base that has a medium amount of sweetness and imparts some nice caramel, biscuit, and a slight brown bread flavor. After that comes the hops which impart a nice and fresh hop flavor that is mainly floral with some piny, citrus, and spicy hop flavors that make for a really nice mixture that isn't too dominating and still lets the malt backbone come through. The finish has a light amount of medium bitterness and it has a biscuity aftertaste with a little bit of floral hops.

M- Really smooth, medium bodied, and it had a high amount of medium carbonation that really worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel is exactly what a good IPA should be like.

Overall I thought this was one damn good American IPA, that somehow manages to set itself apart from all the other IPA's with a flavor that really works for the winter time and is a nice departure from the typical Winter Warmer seasonals. This beer had great drinkability, it had very good balance which isn't that common in American IPA's and it wasn't that bitter, I could definitely drink three or four of these in a sitting and it also goes very well with a nice holiday dinner. What I liked most about this beer was pretty much everything, the aroma, taste, look, and mouthfeel were all spot on in my opinion. There wasn't anything that I didn't like or would change about this beer, it's great just the way it is. I will for sure be buying this beer again and I like the fact that it comes in twelve packs, it makes for a good beer to keep on hand for holiday partys. I highly recommend this beer, especially if you are tired of the large amount of heavily spiced winter seasonals. I can't say enough good things about this beer, so far this is one of my favorite Sierra Nevada sesonals, and a great American IPA. Great job guys this is one classic winter beer that I don't see going out of style anytime soon.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of robmorris31
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Ale! One of the most versatile seasonal Winter Ales on the market! The 2011 version is a little hoppier (is that a word, lol?) than the previous years, but this is due to the climate changes experienced on the California coast this past year.

Pairings are great with spicy food: wings, chili

Its bitter finish is perfect for quelling a fire.

The 6.8% ABV is pretty bold but worth the extra time to sober-up.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Hazy Dark Amber, probably one of the most unfiltered IPAs I have ever seen. Not too much as far as head goes.

Smell - There's your typical piney hop and citrus smell but it's surprisngly subtle. There's a stronger than usual caramel smell, which gives it more of a sweeter aroma than most IPAs.

Taste - Much like the smell the piney hops aren't that strong but it does have somewhat of a bite on the back of the palette, same goes for the citrus flavor as well. However, the caramel and spicy flavors (which wasn't present in the smell), give this IPA more of a distinct, sweeter taste. There's also some yeast flavoring in here, something which you don't really see in IPAs. The aftertaste is also a combination of a sweet yeasty flavor and a subtle hoppy flavors. I also get a warm feeling from this beer, much like a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty thick for an IPA, thanks in part to the slight sediment. There's also a decent amount of carbonation, but it goes along very well with the flavor.

Overall - This is an excellent seasonal IPA. With it's unique sweet and subtle hoppy flavors along it's spiciness, all this makes it an outstanding IPA. This isn't the hoppiest IPA around, but it still makes it a damn good one to drink!

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Burnt orange to tangelo gradient with a touch of flame and amber in the highlights. Soapy beige foam recedes from three fingers to one leaving thick webs of lacing in its wake. Subsequent gulps leave behind a stream of sandy fast running foam. Good retention.

Light pine notes and orange zest in the nose along with pink peppercorn and caramel malt. Very aromatic with a great deal of subtlety.

Lovely malt and spice notes lend the flavor profile a winter warmer feel at first. Fresh hops contribute a not-quite-moderate bitterness throughout but deliver fully on flavor. The impact is not immediate, but the spicy/fruity freshness builds and develops complexity (for example: vanilla?) long into the medium-dry finish. Malt supports throughout but seems less intrusive than in many of their other beers.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, well carbonated.

The 2011 vintage, still quite fresh, is drinking very well...quite an enjoyable example of the style.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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 Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium copper color with a fluffy one finger head that's retaining quite well...actually, very well. After a solid couple of minutes it's still at a 1/4 inch thick and slowly shrinking. Not a lot of lacing.

S- A sweet hop smell that's accompanied by some spice reminiscent of cinnamon, a touch of honey and maybe some clove and nutmeg.

T- Nice blast of citric hops upfront that, along with the spiciness, overpower the malts for the most part. Tastes like SN's Pale Ale with more umph across the board and some spice added. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Some cereal grain sweetness comes in the aftertaste after multiple sips.

M- High carbonation makes this one memorable and sensational.

O- I know there's a huge following for this beer and, though I've had it before and liked it, I never understood why it was so sought after. Now I know. Excellent.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,295 ratings.