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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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9,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,197
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,130 | 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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Photo of Tones-
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saw this on the shelves at my local grocery store - knew it was coming - but I'm always so happy to see it each year!

Appearance: Nice amber with a solid 2-3 finger head that goes down to about 1 finger after a bit, but stays for the entirety of drinking. Strong lacing. A few streams of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass throughout drinking. Irrelevant, but will mention: the bottle design is nice enough...evokes feelings of being warm and cozy during the holidays.

Smell: FRESH hops (not resiny or dank) steal the show, with grapefruit citrus and biscuity malt co-starring, and seemingly slightly more than years past (based on my memory of it).

Taste: Delicious. If you let it get a bit warm and take a big gulp, on exhaling you will get a hit of alcohol. Best not to let this one warm up too much - but in the cold weather, and considering how good it tastes, that shouldn't be an issue...

Mouthfeel: Feels smoother than I remember it, ie. slightly less carbonated sharpness on swallowing. It's still plenty carbonated and finishes crisp though. Also less resin-y aftertaste lining my mouth than I remember in previous years...these are improvements that take this beer to borderline 100/100 status IMO.

Overall: Basically the best beer you can get AT THIS PRICE POINT*. Big asterisk. But for $8.50/sixer, and $17/12er, look at your other options and there is no contest. Fresh hop ale, indeed...it tastes so damn fresh, it's unreal. Never had an IPA that tasted this fresh, though my batch was probably bottled ~1 week ago.

A seasonal favorite - probably drink about 3 cases of this from Nov-Jan, and my family/guests drink an additional 2-3 as well. Highly recommend. My favorite beer from SN, easily.

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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2013 bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - orange with swirling carbonation; huge, fluffy, foamy cream colored head; rings of sticky lacing! Great looking beer!
Smell - grassy, pine hops; biscuit and cracker malts; faint citrus.
Taste - very balanced hops and malts, flavorful and tasty!
Feel - nice bitterness from the hops, well balanced malt back bone, easy drinking IPA!
Overall - not surprised by this tremendous offering from Sierra Nevada! A great beer at a great price!

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,197 ratings.