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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

9,193 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,193
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,127 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of wsr602
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lovely, deep amber. Aroma is mild, of hops: citrus and pine. Tastes and feels great, with upfront hops ending on a real piquant note. A little maltiness backing it all up. Quickly warming with high alcohol. Would make a great beer to have around for day-to-day consumption during these winter months.

Photo of SlamKing
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Edition:

It's a good beer no doubt, but I was a little disappointed by the lack of hoppy flavor. There isn't a whole lot of what I would expect from an IPA. Tastes maltier, which I would expect from a winter beer, but not enough pine to balance it out. Could use a little more carbonation. Good stuff overall. I would drink it again.

Gave it a 4, maybe I'll change my mind next season.

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BobJude
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Charlie9614
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of fgarcia1687
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for a Christmas Eve night by the fire.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big IPA fan but I found a lot to like about this. There was a ton of aroma and flavor from the hops, not just bitter. Some christmas tree-like pine notes made this a great holiday selection.

Photo of bmac093
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JodyPowers
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great balanced beer. Very drinkable and smooth. Makes me miss the holidays already.

Photo of tedvr
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JsBeers
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GFM
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inviting clear amber color; healthy head (a bit more than I would have expected); lacing present; I smelled more toasted grain than hops but overall lacked any prominent aromatics; balanced, but I found the hops to yield too much to an earthy maltiness. Overall: good but not great and nothing that made the flavor stand out to me. I recalled enjoying it more in years past. I will revisit next season. (8.5)

Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OntheLambic
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MtnSoup
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was a bit underwhelmed by this beer - I remember liking the 2013 and 2012 versions more, which is strange as I've seen the opposite from many reviewers of the 2014 version (which I what convinced me to buy it again). Balanced, but I was hoping for slightly more hop.

Photo of LordofWord
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Very nice IPA but don't get the fuss.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cholansky1
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goodspeed83
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snilsen13
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is SN's best seasonal IMO. I look forward to it and buy a box every season, sometimes it hits the spot so perfectly I buy more, other times I don't. It floats from being superb to being very good. You never lose.

I think 2012 and 2013 were better than 2014, just based on how much I bought. That's not saying it isn't quite good, just that opinions vary.

Photo of CodyMiller
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_reynolds
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,193 ratings.