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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: 292
Gots: 1,223 | 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
Photo of ChestSplitter
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Got this after reading all the good reviews and discussion on this site. Gonna have to write a contrarian review. This beer is hops, hops, and more hops. It's not wickedly bitter, doesn't finish like dish soap, actually smells pretty good, but there's just nothing else here but hops. If you are a "hop-head" who spends the rest of the year drinking bitter IPAs then you may find this a great "holiday" version of that. It has a great hop profile, and I think I'd enjoy it more as a summer beer. But for me "Christmas" ales bring to mind malts and spices and toasty warming goodness, and I found none of that here.

Photo of sunofneurot
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JohnG190
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-orange with a thick white head. Head dissipates slowly leaving nice soapy lacing. Aroma is all about hops. Citrus, spice, floral, pine, a lot going in in the nose. Taste is bitter, grapefruit pith, pine resin, with slight sweet malt notes in the background. Finishes dry and bitter. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very satisfying fresh hop IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of dedbeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of powpig2002
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of hit728
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DoomVM
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of tweezer159
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Bones10
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Hammer35
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy amber color with good carbonation, lacing and excellent head retention.

Smell: Light pine and citrus notes.

Taste: Fresh, citrusy flavor. Refreshing and hoppy. Not overpowering but certainly not lacking flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely carbonated. Smooth and bordering on the thicker side.

Overall: An excellent seasonal! I love IPAs and had never tried this before reading on this site that it was a can't miss every year for so many of you. I then hounded my local beer shops until one got it in and I can honestly say it really is a can't miss seasonal. Sierra Nevada always delivers and this will definitely be on my list every year from now on!

Photo of Mersh
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BrownNut
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz to tulip.

A - Amber, slightly cloudy. Really nicely textured off white head, a little wet island of which lingers to the last sip. Moderate lacing.

S - Clean hop smell.

T - a rumor of fruit, a whisper of caramel, a moderate bitterness both up front and in the aftertaste, which lingers.

M - Just slightly dry

O - Another winner from Sierra Nevada. Solid and well done. Reflects the usual top craftsmanship from SN.

updated to 2013 version

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ElderBeagle
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since there are a million reviews I will not go into details. This is the perfect example of a balanced beer. Both the malts and hops are in perfect harmony, neither one tries to overwhelm you. The carbonation is there but there is no prickly burn, its just right. I understand why this is so highly regarded now. It is the most balanced beer I have ever come across.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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