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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

7,773 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 7,773
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 196
Gots: 445 | 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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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-02-2014 14:53:47 | More by jadler16
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fehrminator

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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tpgraham

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-18-2013 14:21:17 | More by tpgraham
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sansho

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-09-2012 18:03:19 | More by sansho
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ReverendJon

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-01-2013 04:33:24 | More by ReverendJon
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2013 18:22:26 | More by JG-90
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sachie23

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-30-2013 16:14:33 | More by sachie23
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Sierra Nevada, I’m ready to be blown away – of all the harvest ales, I’ve heard this is the best. It’ll take a lot to beat out Founders, though…

Brewed a month-and-a-half ago (according to the batch code, this was bottled on September 25, 2011).

A: Classic, gorgeous IPA presence: the body is a shining burnt-orange, almost crystal clear. Something unusual, though, is that there looks to be some sediment in there, possibly whole-hop residue (here’s hoping). At any rate, they ride lazily around the swift stream of rising bubbles in the center of my glass, adding a unique haze. And then there’s that Sierra Nevada head: a thick off-white cream that leaves textbook lacing all over the glass. Great retention, thick foam, rich-looking body – doesn’t get any better than this.

S: Odd; the hops aren’t exploding off the nose as I expected. Still, they’re pungent, sporting an incredible kick of cherry/sour-apple candy, lemon juice, pine. I’m digging the grain undercarriage, as well; earthy aromas of lightly toasted malt and crisp wheats. There’s even a hint of autumn spices, rose, and herbs. It’s not what I was expecting, but still nice; the scents are quite segregated.

T: If hop-bread existed, this would be its bottled form; very tasty. Instead of being a messy hop-bomb, this one starts with a lovable bread presence, smoothing out with just enough sour/bitter intensity to remind me of rye (my favorite). It really is stunning how bready it is (an unexpected treat, really), and I love how it reminds me of the true soul of an IPA as a rustic, farm-fresh bitter. With the good, there’s the bad, though, because the first taste before that bread takes over is an odd, buttery lemon-grain taste. Fortunately, there’s more than enough in this palate to distract, such as those ever-important IPA bitters. Overall, I’d describe them as earthy and salty-sweet, but with just a mild dryness; all the hop flavor, with just a hint of the crazy sting. The aftertaste is dry and grainy, slightly herbal (like green tea), and with a light mineral water taste – what a great British feel. Now this is a superb incarnation of an IPA palate; excellent.

M: Creamy and mouth-coating for the breads, prickly for the hops – an effective combination. Sometimes it feels like a nice English bitter, sometimes like a good ol’ American IPA. Man, even the mouthfeel is complex and unexpected!

O: What a beer; this truly is the best harvest beer I’ve had. Complexity, bitterness, and a great range of textures make this beer feel truly alive. One of the best IPAs I’ve had in a long time.

11-11-2011 05:06:41 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Ohio

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Illinois

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Lexluthor33

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours an Orange amber with some reddish highlights. A respectable head and a rocky,foamy lace.
The aroma is splendid floral hops,citrus hints and malts.
The taste is bitter-sweet hops,malts with some caramel flavor.
The feel is light-heavy and it's easy to drink.Medium carbonation with an oily feel and a dry finish.
A bit watery in the final gulps,and that was the only flaw.

Notes: The well masked alcohol made up for some water in the finish. Balance was off just a bit,but that was not enough to stop this beer. It was a celebration indeed. Drinkability is fine,but not for sessions.
Then again,a cold night would beg to differ.

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Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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New York

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Georgia

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Georgia

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,773 ratings.