Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #245
Ranked #4,214
4.15 | pDev: 11.33%
Mar 12, 2022
Nov 02, 2001
Notes: Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

We first brewed Celebration IPA in the winter of 1981. Each year, we use only the first fresh hops of the growing season to create this complex and robust ale. Layered pine and citrus hop aromas balance delicately against rich, malt sweetness to shape this bold wintertime classic.
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3.25 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 13, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by grru98

Really good beer

Feb 07, 2022
4.25 by Bum4ever from California on Jan 03, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by andyayers from Ohio

An annual pleasure. The best part for me is the fresh hop smell the you open one.

Jan 03, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

2021 edition. Can into pint glass. Canned 10/12/2021.

L: golden red, moderate to large head
S: Loads of fresh hops, though less now that the can is a couple of months old.
T: Mostly hop bitterness, maybe a little malt sweetness
F: This year's edition is smooth and very crushable.
O: It's a solid IPA and worth the purchase every year when it drops. 2021 was an especially good year for it. It doesn't quite live up to the hype for my taste though.

Dec 31, 2021
4.03 by CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio on Dec 30, 2021
4 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Dec 28, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Kiiz

Good look and medium/heavy feel. I was hoping the taste would be 50/50 hop malt but definitely hop forward probably 75/25 hop to malt. Not my thing but I see why it’s rated so highly.

Edit: couple hours and a few more brews later and this grew on me. Def not my first choice but dang it’s good.

Dec 28, 2021
4.25 by Connybumbum from Colorado on Dec 27, 2021
4.1 by Resistance88 from California on Dec 20, 2021
4.15 by pwillson from Illinois on Dec 19, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

had 2021 version / of all the years i've had of their winter beer this is the mildest not much sp[ice flavor enjoyable but expected more

Dec 19, 2021
4.27 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Dec 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lagrluvr

Lives up to the reputation every year, deep amber orange with lively bubbles, khaki head that lives on, and leaves lacing for the duration of the glass, with hoppy piney citrusy aromas from hop heaven....taste follows the introduction perfectly, with a malt body that balances the hops; such a classic full flavored, balanced ale- this is rich and very well made, obviously. get some when you see it

Dec 16, 2021
3.29 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Dec 13, 2021
3.64 by bankboy66 from New Jersey on Dec 11, 2021
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2.82/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Brickie28 from Connecticut

I had to look twice after tasting it to see the freshness date.
Maybe I bought a bad batch, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Dec 11, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Canned 10/12/21 and poured into a Sam Adams glass

L: Slightly hazy black tea color. Off white head with good retention.
S: Orange peel, caramel malt.
T: Taste is much bolder than the smell. Strong hop bitterness balanced by malt sweetness.
F: Medium bodied. Sticky, bitter finish.
O: An old school IPA from a brewery that doesn’t make bad beer.

Dec 10, 2021
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by THE_VANDAL from Arkansas

Not much to add that hasn't already been said. If you're looking for a true celebration of hops, this is the one to search for. Just enough bite from the hops, just enough grain to smooth, and just enough sweetness to complete the package. As close as an American IPA comes, to excellence in balance. As far as I'm concerned, this drink sets the bar to judge other IPAs.

Dec 08, 2021
4.25 by hester7 from Texas on Dec 05, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Mugman8 from New York

Great looking brew on the pour -- red hue and a big pillowy head and thick rings of lace. Aroma is very hoppy and slightly dank. Taste is complex -- bitter, hoppy resin start with malty middle with some citrus sweet mixed in. This is a really nice holiday brew that most hop heads and IPA lovers will like. ABV is what you would expect, but it isn't boozy. A well-crafted American IPA.

Dec 04, 2021
4 by FrankCastle from California on Dec 04, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Poured from a 12oz can
On the pour the color is dark for an IPA, almost red, but still in the amber range decent head looks frothy with some bigger bubbles, fair retention. Very light lacing that doesnt love to stick around.

The smell hits as soon as you start pouring. Strong piny hops are strong in this one, definitely a wesr coast/traditional american feel on the nose. Malt is largely overshadowed in the smell, but on the back there is a hint of resinous citrus.

Taste is very strong and a classic bitter american IPA but the hop nuance still shines through beyond the bitter. The malt is much more present in flavor and imparts an amber malty sweetness carrying it along nicely. As a malt head myself I appreciate that. The alcohol is detectable bit not in a boozy way per se, more in addition to the hoppy bitterness. The bitterness does tend to stick around for a bit after a sip.

The feel is quite heavy I must say but it certainly warms you up as it should, as a winter seasonal. I can see this being a favorite for the ipa crowd for sure.

Overall a bit hoopy for my taste but I could see that coming, however the hop flavors are of very high quality and the piny hops are a nice touch for an interesting take on seasonal holiday beers.

Nov 30, 2021
4.33 by Winzlow from Florida on Nov 27, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Pineroom from New Jersey

A perfectly poured pint from the tap in the Pine Room.

Well done winter release from Sierra. Hoppy but not too hoppy, Bitter,but no too bitter, and an ABV that gets the job done without leaving a mark.

A really good IPA perfect for the holidays with family or friends.

Per the rules...kinda cloudy kinda not, smells like you'd expect, a nice fore shadowing before the beer hits your mouth...mouthfeel? Not too thin or creamy....a beer as you would expect a beer to feel.

Nov 25, 2021
5 by IrishChocolate from Texas on Nov 24, 2021
4.25 by jkilleen from New York on Nov 24, 2021
4.75 by JmpJckFlsh from Maine on Nov 23, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by dave_j_mke from Wisconsin

2021 Review
Canned: 10/06/21

L: Pours a light amber with a big, white head that thang hangs out for a while. A good amount of lacing sticks around for the whole can.

S: Grapefruit, pine, malt, and sweet orange. .

T: Grapefruit, pine resin, good malt sweetness, and a nice bitter finish. Bitter orange lingers well after the swallow.

F: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky followed by bitter hop. It calls for a second sip.

O: Old school IPA. Great citrus-forward hop profile with a solid malt body. The prickly, lively carbonation dances on your tongue and helps dry out the heavy malt. The alcohol heat is just right and seems to kick in right at the end of the beer.

Nov 23, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Canned 10/12/21; drank 11/22/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Strawberry, orange peel, fresh soap & faint pine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fruit punch, dry pine, mild caramel & faint fresh soap flavors.

Balanced but still very hop forward. I was blown away. This is a classic for a reason.

Nov 23, 2021
4.34 by Spade from Pennsylvania on Nov 22, 2021
4.04 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Nov 21, 2021
3.89 by ChuckTom from Arizona on Nov 21, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by 40ontarget from Colorado

Cloudy copper amber color with a finger of white head. The nose is sticky pine sap, orange peel, with caramel ever present in the background. The first taste is pithy grapefruit, followed by a shot of resinous bitter. There is also a sweetness almost like the corn sweetness in bourbon. The finish is apple pie spice and a lingering bitter that hangs around awhile. The finish is good and dry and a bit creamy. Everything here plays so well together...no rough edges, nothing overpowers, just smooth transitions. Ahhhh...

Nov 18, 2021
4.1 by infuturity from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jameswaldo from New York

Poured a 12-oz can, bottled a month ago, in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Big firm head a light shade of brown, slightly hazy brew brownish orange, SRM color 12.
Not much smell through the head, but as head subsides slowly, I get good grassy fresh hop aroma.
Tastes real good, with a blossoming aftertaste revealing gentle bitter hanging on nicely and a mouth-watering need for more.
Carbonation is just right, mouthfeel rich but clear and crisp; lacing beautiful, gladness results.
Definitely a fine IPA to keep in the fridge!

Nov 14, 2021
4.03 by cabsandking from Ohio on Nov 13, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jaasoares from Virginia

Pours a hazy tan color with a dirty beige head which lingers. The color is almost like a hazy dark brown ale. Nose and taste are hoppy with plenty of bitter resinous notes. There’s a mild caramel like sweetness in the taste. Very solid American style ipa.

Nov 13, 2021
Celebration from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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