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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,263 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,263
Reviews: 3,336
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 290
Gots: 1,197 | 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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of znichols
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, i've been on a Sierra Nevada fix lately.

A- Nearly white, one inch head sits on top of a glorious, pumpkin gut colored ale. Head dissipates rather quickly but leaves a fair amount of lacing. Slightly hazy body. Looks great.

S- Wow, interesting. Piney hops, sweet biscuits, brown sugar, its all in there. Just a hint of booze as well. The aroma packs a whallop.

T- This is a great tasting beer. As expected, its sweet with this almost cinnamon sugar toast flavor that pairs nicely with the fresh spicey, piney hops. Delicate bitterness dances on the tongue and leaves a brown sugar aftertaste. Little to no alcohol present.

M- Good body, pretty slick across the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Its a pretty typical mouthfeel for an IPA.

O-This is another great brew from SN. Unlike most of their mainliners, this one really packs a flavor punch. Loads of fresh, spicey hops and sweet caramel malt really give ya a solid sock in the mouth (in a good way). This is a real palette pleaser for IPA fans. Worth seeking out. I might even throw one in the cellar for 6 months.

Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sixer mixer from Oades

A & S: 3 fingers! of thick foamy off-white (almost yellow) head. Piney hops and spices. A lots bits of bready tones. Specs of lacing all the way down the glass. Clear orange(mostly)-red colored beer.

T & M: great bitterness in the finish. Some biscuit malts in the mid taste. Smooth medium body, low amounts of carbonation bit still some sting. The power of the taste is really back based, not much taste right away. Floral and citrus hops in the start

O: This beer is pretty darn good overall but there is something missing/ that needs to be added to make it special.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ctfixer
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Roosters Beak Augusta, GA

Sierra pulls off a great balancing act, managing to produce a warming, holiday brew while staying true to their signature west coast hoppy style.

A: This ale pours a beautiful rusty, orange color with just a slight haziness and a creamy off-white head. Beautiful.

S: Pine, spicy hops, and grapefruit dominate. Makes you want to taste it for sure.

T: The taste is of spicy, fresh hops with notes of caramel, apple and citrus, especially grapefruit. For me it finishes with a slight malt base taste, although dry. Amazing!

M: Good carbonation for 6.8 with a medium thick but smooth mouthfeel

O: The richer, spicier "holiday" taste elements are all beautifully tamed and balanced with bitter hops in what is a fantastic IPA. Probably the ultimate hophead holiday beer. This is one of the best IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. Do not pass on this one!

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of sgtaxt
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great looking beer. On the light side of amber, a bit orange; just a little haze. Dense head leaves very sticky lacing that coats most of the glass.

S: A formidable scent. Strong piney hops profile supported by a darker malt tone and accented with citrus notes on the top.

T: The bitter hops make the body of this flavor. As the bitterness crescendos towards excessive, the toasted malt sweetness steps in to relieve your palate.

M: Small, fizzy bubbles give playfulness to the otherwise smooth mouthfeel. The lacing is still very sticky, clings to your mouth. The alcohol gives this beer a wonderful warmth.

O: The result is a super drinkable IPA, perfect for a chilly evening. Has a very friendly character that imparts itself upon the drinker.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of PaulAD
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I always look forward to the Holiday season to purchase this fine American IPA. It never disappoints! Perfect brown coloring, very aromatic, smooth drinking. The ABV can sneek up on you if you let it although it's hard not to turn this into a session beer. Festive tap marker - it's hard to find anything negative about this beer. Best when served on tap

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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%

Photo of gregb13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this one. To start with, it looks great in the glass; dark orange with some faint reddish notes and a great soapy head with nice lacing. Smells very fresh and citrusy (rinds) with a decent amount of pine. Taste follows perfectly. Very soft and creamy with vibrant comination (a surprise and a pleasant combination).

This was terrific like most from Sierra Nevada. Seek it out for sure.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Really good lacing.

S: Fruity, citrus hops, and caramel malt. Smells great.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Citrus and pine. Nice toasted malt finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm going down.

O: This is excellent for the winter season. Looks fantastic, has a very inviting aroma, and is warm and refreshing.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,263 ratings.