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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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7,699 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,699
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 413 | 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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New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A rich, autumnal golden amber with a thick and long-lasting head.

S: Plenty of nice piney hops mingled with sweet malts.

T/M: Hoppy and bitter at the start, with a malty finish that balances out the hops. Pine, citrus, some caramel. The hops come in waves of rich, very bright and clean flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel.

O: This is an updated review, because either the Celebrations I had last year were sub-par, or I was just crazy - I've updated this from a good beer to a great one, pretty much as good as the Torpedo. It's more balanced than the Torpedo, slightly more malty and sweet, but still has fantastic, bright hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:05:23 | More by sevenarts
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: burnt orange color with tiny bubbles in the head
S: like a pine bouquet with a little malt notes
T: very piney and then backs off a little and the malts come in
MF: this beer is a little light on the body for what I usually go for but it is incredibly balanced
O: this is one of my favorite beers of all time and I have a little party in my head when I hear from someone that it is out. The only reel upside to the commercialization of Christmas is that this beer comes out earlier and earlier every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 19:00:42 | More by brewdude1982
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-25-2012 16:40:07 | More by rm9679
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

11-25-2012 06:32:22 | More by jslice99
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-25-2012 05:07:41 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking a lot of beers, but slacking on theses reviews. But I did buy this beer for review, this is the 2011 version. The 2012 just came out, which I will get and review as well.

A: This beer pours a dark orange color with a 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head, which almost overflowed out of my glass.

S: I get an initial aroma of grapefruit and pine, with some hop characteristics. Very potent smell that is complimented by some sweetness from honey and malts.

T: Very earthy taste consisting of grapefruit and pine up front. As I get into the flavor I get a dryness from the yeast and sweetness from the malts.

M: Very sweet flavor, a bit tangy, but the hop bite is not severe. Minimal carbonation, but very sessionable.

O: This is the 2011 Celebration ale, so it might have lost some of its characteristics over the course of the year, but I didnt notice. I got a very quality IPA, and from Sierra Nevada, I would expect nothing less than quality. Did not disappoint, even after aging a year. Look forward to trying the 2012!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 05:01:43 | More by SouljaSaia17
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-25-2012 04:19:21 | More by rvajohn
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

11-25-2012 03:19:16 | More by B00ZER
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-25-2012 03:17:11 | More by InVinoVeritas
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into snifter at around 40degrees

Look: pretty nice orange hue, not alot of head which was suprising, standard ipa look

Smell: alot of citrus and sweetness with some nice pine, one of the better fresh hop beers I have smelled. maybe a little carmel in there as well

Taste: pine and bitterness up front with the citrus to follow, pretty sweet tasting ipa, reminds me of torpedo but a little less piney/hoppy, pretty balanaced

Mouthfeel: a little thin but nice carbonation, standard ipa feel

Overall: I think I like this a little more then torpedo, wish it was a year round beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:39:32 | More by founder26
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-25-2012 02:16:21 | More by KevinMcDonald
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3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Keystone in Whitehall, PA

A: Nice amber color with a thick head which helped to develop the lacing throughout the beer.

S: My nose was filled with malt, not hops which was a bit surprising after reading reviews that labeled this beer a hopheads delight.

M: The feel of this beer was rather full, led by that more malty than hoppy character which I really didn't expect.

T: The taste was similar to the smell, earthy malt and earthy hops. Not what I thought it would be, but not fully disappointing.

O: Don't think I'll be going back to this one and possibly not back to any Sierra Nevada IPAs again. In my opinion, each has been overrated for my taste. I consider myself to be quite the hophead and I have been let down by this beer as well as the Torpedo in the past. From the reviews I thought I'd love this beer. From my personal taste, it wasn't what I'd hoped. Their pale ale is fine, but I've come to question if their reputation is taking precedence over people's taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 01:26:51 | More by HoppyPeteSkolnik31
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-25-2012 01:06:42 | More by runlikeakenyan
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-24-2012 23:38:11 | More by Blaze5445
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-24-2012 22:02:36 | More by samwello
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-24-2012 21:53:40 | More by thingummajiggy
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Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

***2012 Vintage***

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled Oct. 11, 2012 (lot 2285218:17).

Appearance: Half the glass is filled with a light beige foam that isn't cumbersome. Top is pockmarked, lacing all around (sometimes chunks of it). Body is a light orange. Simply gorgeous.

Smell: Hint of pineapple, sweet hops, pine, orange, very good aroma.

Taste: Pine cones, sweetish grapefruit, high on citrus fruit, good back and forth with the malt & hops.

Mouthfeel: Body is focused, uncluttered, simple yet strong, bitter yet not abrasively so.

Overall: Elegant in its simplicity. A must!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 21:40:40 | More by papat444
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-24-2012 19:24:26 | More by TheInfamousElGuapo
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-24-2012 18:56:53 | More by Resuin
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

11-24-2012 15:55:53 | More by Hines219
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-24-2012 08:49:11 | More by g_jenkins
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1/5  rDev -76%

11-24-2012 07:25:10 | More by mike77
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-24-2012 05:48:06 | More by brikelly
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-24-2012 04:13:23 | More by Envelopes
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-24-2012 04:05:21 | More by Nelliott1
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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