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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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7,822 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,822
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 199
Gots: 463 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Looks nice. A nice amber with an inch of head.

S - Mostly hoppy with a bit of citrus and spice.

T - Pretty smooth IPA. A bit of bitterness and a nice hop bite. Slight citrus that finishes with a bit of pine.

M - Very smooth and medium bodied. ABV is well concealed.

D - Well I did like it in the bottle and it drinks dry hopped on tap so it does change drastically. A nice seasonal that is a nice spin on a winter beer,

DrDemento456, Nov 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

pathman, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ackeeper, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Modernrickk, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Yoda22, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of tar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 bottle. Pours a nice clear amber capped by a medium to thin head of slightly off-white bubbles. As the head diminishes and the beer is consumed a nice curtain of lacing lines the walls of the glass. A full aroma of hops--floral and citrusy with a bit of spiciness, greet the nose. Great fruity hop taste, with some good bitterness in the finish. Some sweetness and breadlike flavors come through as well, particularly as it warms, but really are hidden behind the hops. A great tasting and relatively easy drinking beer which I look forward to each year. A definite favorite. (I'm finally transfering my review from my own files, and just re-reading my notes is causing me to look forward several months for its next release)

tar, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of psuKinger
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into standard shaker pint glass. No freshness date that I can see on the bottle.

A: Pours a nice, moderately sized white frothy head with "pancake batter bubbles" in the middle. The beer is a very deep orange, but glimmers in the light so I can see the carbonation rising.

S: Smell is of sweet hop oils, like an IPA slightly past it's prime.

T: Big flavors of citrus and grapefruit punch through early, but are followed by mild "Christmas" flavors of cinnamin. Maybe a little coriander?

Far from my first encounter with SN Celebration, this beer always drinks so smooth for an IPA. Just a smooth, approachable IPA with a reasonable amount of citrus/grapefruit.

M: A smooth brew that falls apart lightly in the mouth, it has appropriate carbonation and finishes with a good hoppy dry finish.

D: Another great one from Sierra Nevada, this is quite drinkable. As far as Christmas Beers goes, it's not a *typical one* because it's base style is an IPA. But I love IPA, and I would drink this year-round if they brewed it year-round. It's excellent.

psuKinger, Dec 29, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GStein, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MaxOhle, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

javierthebob, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MikeLenehan, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Alron, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods in on North Central in Phoenix. 2011 vintage, 12oz bottle into a chalice.

Poured a hazy, rust red/brown with a few fingers of offwhite head with some good density to it. Excellent 'whipped cream'-like retention, and laces sheets. Nose has a great wet hop character, raw and resinous citrus of orange and grapefruit character, some tropical notes and a general herbal/grassiness that I always seem to find in fresh hopped ales. Some sweet caramel breads behind the hops. Taste is bitter right off the bat, with some substantial citrus rind, pine, berries and floral/herbal hop notes again. Sweet caramell-y bready malts again that are secondary to the juicy and chewy hops. Medium full mouthfeel with a solid bitterness that hangs around long into the finish in a grassy fashion. A touch of alcohol and sweetness, with medium carbonation. Great flavours and complexity, I'm certainly curious as to how this ages.

liamt07, Jan 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BrewmanCapote, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sawilliams204, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BuxMontBeerLover, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

clubarsky91, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FLBeerGuy, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bpop23, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of arguemaniac
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, orange-amber color with a frothy orange-tinged white head. Massive citrus hop aroma. While the palate is also dominated by hops, it’s a little more complex and includes not only citrus (grapefruit, to be exact) hop flavor, but to a lesser extent pine and floral hops as well. There is some very mild caramel and grain too, but those sweet, malty flavors are pretty much eclipsed by the robust hop profile. Mouthfeel is smooth with very active carbonation.

While IPA’s are, in my opinion, inherently unbalanced, that would be my only complaint about this beer. Otherwise, it’s outstanding! Highly recommended!

arguemaniac, Dec 10, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Japple, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

eet_fuk, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

fehrminator, Aug 01, 2012
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,822 ratings.