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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

8,556 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,556
Reviews: 3,225
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 262
Gots: 748 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

surfrogue1, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of hermit990
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on date: October 11, 2013. Review date: December 19, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper-orange color. About two fingers of a slightly off-white head with large bubbles. Good amount of carbonation streaming to the top of the glass. Amazing lacing striped down the side of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of hop aroma at the front. Citrus notes: grapefruit, orange peel. Slight pine/earthiness. A bit of a sweet, bready character on the finish.

Taste: Big bitter note upfront. Fades nicely into some citrus character. Lots of grapefruit and orange, following up with some pine flavor. Finishes malty, a nice breadiness and carbonation cleanses the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body on this one, sticks to the mouth a bit before finishing very dry. Carbonation scrubs the palate well, getting you ready for the next drink.

Overall: A very well crafted, classic brew from Sierra Nevada. Hits the spot during the winter season as a change of pace from the typical winter warmers. Very easy to find and affordable ($8.99 a six pack, in my area). Excellent stuff, definitely would recommend.

hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Maudite tulip glass. Bottle from 2012 ~ #2326215:21.
Pours a copper with significant head.
Aroma of grassy snd grapefruit hops, slight tropical melon rind.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of rich, roasted malts, minerals, grapefruit rind, pine sap. This is a big and bold beer with a hop wallop through and through. I like to keep this as a house staple...after a warm up beer or two this one maintains a large level of flavor. Great with spicy food, ideally fresh or less than 4 months.

DenverLogan, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Chris77McGrath, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

charlesjwinkler, Mar 21, 2013
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semaj, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Daktah, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dayost, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Chucker17, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dailyminefield, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ButtMax, Mar 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

khargro2, Mar 17, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a code on the side reading 2304119:38. 2012 Sierra Nevada Celebration. Expectations are somewhat average; Sierra Nevada hasn't really blown me away with anything yet. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice two and a half fingers of fluffly doughy off-white head, with excellent retention. Very nice caramel candied orange colored body. Plenty of bubbles rushing to the top. Nice big sheets of lacing.

S - Underneath all that persisting head, the only aromas I manage to pick up are that of a toasted caramelized malt sweetness, with a bit of underlying grapefruit / pine needle hops. I almost sense a bit of vanilla sweetness, or alcohol astringency.

T - From the first sip onward, I was extremely impressed with what this beer had to offer. Sweet apple fruitiness, some bitter grapefruit hops, sweet caramelized malts. Smooth and creamy, and extremely well-balanced. Perfect level of hop bitterness paired with the malt profile.

M - Sticky green apple sweetness lingering around. Some grapefruit bitterness stick around also. Otherwise the beer is smooth and creamy, and highly drinkable by all means.

Overall, I'm glad I decided to stop sleeping on this beer and pick up a bottle. Highly balanced and tasty, and with a nice warming 6.80% abv, I think I might even like this beer better than Lagunitas Sucks, just because of how well balanced the Sierra Nevada Celebration is. I'll be sure to pick it up again in coming years. Well done, Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada Celebration ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dcg30, Mar 16, 2013
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,556 ratings.