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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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9,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,195
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,129 | FT: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Great, thick, white head! Best head ive seen on a brew hands down! Pillowly and fluffy. Just awesome. Great lacing as well. The body of the beer is a light orangish with ample yeast particles floating about the bottom of he glass. Perfect look.

S- Fresh hops, tomato plant, basil, thyme, herbs, and pine as it warms. Note: I am aware that there are no actual herbs or spices added to this beer, this is just my impression.

T- Hops, herbal, piney with a slight caramel.

M- Medium bodied.

O- An absolute must try. One of my favorite beers of all time, hands down. Near flawless.

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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 falloutsnow
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
No freshness date on bottle other than '2011' as year.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a >2cm head of cream-colored foam made up of fairly small bubbles. This gives the head a very dense, pillowy appeal to it. Head descends gradually, but never fading completely (remains a 0.5cm cap on the body) leaving enormous amounts of lacing. Body is orange amber in color, slightly hazy

Aroma is notably hoppy, pulling in strong pine and juniper, along with noticeable grapefruit and orange. Slightly sweet and cracker-like from malt, but appropriately overshadowed by hops. Good, but not exceptional.

Taste opens with Interesting combination of hop flavors, ranging from a burnt or toasted hop, pine, juniper, to very light grapefruit and orange citrus. Some hop bitterness, but nothing too crushing. Malt backbone is never too far away, giving off adequate caramel sweetness for balance. Aftertaste of mild pine resin and hop bitterness. Fairly complex and enjoyable.

Beer is medium-bodied with enough carbonation to foam this up a bit on the palate. Feels somewhat creamy on the palate. Dry finish, slightly astringent.

An extremely tempered and pleasing IPA. The pine hop flavors seem appropriate for the time of year, though this would be excellent at any point one wanted a very hop-forward beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.53/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle says 2011, so i have to assume that its this fresh batch to get it out before the holidays.
Pour is a dark amber color, some bubbles and thin lacing around, dark for an IPA, but i guess that is what a holiday ipa is i assume.
Aroma is less aromatic then i expected, does not jump out at you, and has some standard C hop aromas amid some biscuit. less then exciting, sub par for an ipa.
Flavors are more citrus, the carbonation makes it brighter, and the obligatory pine is noted, more balanced then other IPAs, i would say this is more balanced then most "east coast" ipas, really borders the Pale Ale territory, which is what i always thought this beer was.

I remember liking this beer more when i was just getting into craft, either my palate has matured past C hops as a preferance or i got a lame batch.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of blakelive784
2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - presents a hazy, burnt orange/copper color with a 1.5 finger white head. Retention is poor and there's hardly any lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, floral perfume and citrus notes built on a caramel malt foundation. Standard fare, I'd say.

T - Grapefruit and pine from the standard centennial/cascade hops combo open (typical Sierra Nevada) and stay throughout its entirety. Bitter from open to finish, with some caramel malt buried somewhere under there. Completely imbalanced (even with the style in mind).

M - Coarse on the open, but smooth and wet finish. Light bodied.

D - I'm not a fan of this one at all. It's a mediocre beer at best. Sierra Nevada is capable of far more.

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Jimmys
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 release 12oz bottle into tulip.

A: a hazed orange with a big off-white head. OK retention and good lacing.

S: an obviously apparent american hop character. bubblegum and grapefruit. the malt is there too. a sort of caramel sweetness that plays nicely with the hop aromas.

T: terrifically floral and citrus while having a solid amount of bitterness as well. this one is mostly all about the hops. while tasty i wouldnt hate a bit stronger of grain flavor.

M: a little more than moderate carbonation on a medium body. works well.

D: another great hoppy brew from SN. shame this only comes out during the winter, but it does add to the craze and makes it that much more exciting when it does finally hit the shelves.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,195 ratings.