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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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9,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,259
Reviews: 3,335
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,196 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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!

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A : looks great! So excited to see the latest, freshest batch out. The 2010, 2011,and especially the 2012 batch were amazing. Huge, fluffy head, proper carbonation, deep amber/ copper color.

S: Mostly California/American ale yeast with some subtle hop aroma . Little, if no malt detected. Overwhelmingly yeasty while expecting so much fresh hop smell. Smells like Sierra Nevada.

T: some mild citrus hops, followed by medium sweet malts and a present back if tongue bitterness. There is a lot of balance here. Hops are hiding behind clean California yeast aroma. Drinks like a slightly bigger Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This batch is particularly homogenous, having down played hops with an increase in balance. Can't taste fresh hops due to yeast/co2 aroma.

M: great drinking ale. Co2 is spot on, final gravity is perfect to balance sweet, bitter and alcohol. I enjoyed 12 oz quicker than expected. It is smooth, balanced and undistinguished.

O: 2013 aims to be an underwhelming, balanced IPA, a stark contrast to years previous. This beer lacked hop aroma, hop taste, notable character, and had an overly yeasty smell- It smells faintly like a macro. I had claimed this in years past as an amazing, highly recommended beer, but was disappointed this year. Perhaps SN is spreading their operation too thin? I loved their beer camp series, but it perhaps detracted from overall quality control on their most infamous craft beer. Better luck next year , old friend.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,259 ratings.