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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BA SCORE
4.15/5
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10,280 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,434
Reviews:
3,487
Ratings:
10,280
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
1,991
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 10,280 |  Reviews: 3,487
Photo of johnhansen
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had several times and enjoyed enough to wish to say something positive about this beer here.
The appearance was a strong burnt dark orange to malted brown color with a cap of a little white foamy head that swiftly died off. Some lace, somewhat stringy and sliding off fairly quick.
The aroma had that strong smooth West coast styled malt bill flowing over a clean crisp bright citrusy to sprucy needle-like hoppiness. It has always smelled like that to me for as long as I can remember.
The flavor was an awesome balance of the sweet clean malts to the bitter and bright citrusy and piney hoppiness. Mainly a malty aftertaste with a touch of those sprucy to citrusy hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected. Nice crisp semi-sweet malty to sweet hoppy and semi-bitter finish (the same as always).
Overall, what's not to love about this beer. It's got over 10k amount of reviews and sits at 4.15 out of 5 on BA at the moment. Of course, I come back to this every year and seems like it doesn't even need me to talk about it to anyone as it has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.

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Photo of GoodBeerFan2006
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review though I've followed Beeradvocate since 2011. Don't expect eloquence or flowery, descriptive language in this review.
A: Beautiful reddish amber with a two finger khaki head and nice lacing.
S: Describing smell is a weakness of mine. So I'll pass. It's nice, just can't describe it.
T: Awesome-- nice hop bitterness comes through. It reminds me of grapefruit rind and pine. Malty sweetness balances this out, but the finish is a nice hoppiness that's calling for me to have another sip.
F: Medium body, nice finish.
Overall: Perhaps my favorite IPA, seasonal, and beer of all time. It's solid year in and year out.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich amber with a large head, The aroma features pine, cannabis, resin, orange peel, cinnamon, and caramel. The flavor starts somewhat sweet, with orange peel and clementine flesh, the it dried out with bitter pine, cedar, cannabis, and an oily, resinous finish. The mouthfeel is full with lush carbonation. Overall I see why this is a classic - it does have exquisite balance, and a host of classic, bitter flavors.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevin_RRCville
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrRB
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting and quite enjoyable fresh hop ale. Beguiling reddish color and moderate tan head. Aromas of fresh fruit and grass dominate. The palate is assertively bitter yet refreshing. Just lacks the depth of a truly excellent beer. [fresh 12 oz. bottle into a goblet glass]

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Photo of Dada100
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JulesG
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I look forward to this excellent seasonal brew every year. I had a pint at the SN brewery several weeks ago in Falls River, NC. Slightly piney and definitely hop-forward taste. If you like fresh hop IPAs, you will love the Celebration Ale!

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

Copper colored brew with a decent off white receeding head. Scent of a citrus and malt IPA. Decent piney and citric flavor with some blending malt. Quite tasty. If you like SN beers you will like this one for sure.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer. Very clean for all the spices and caramel. Aroma is mostly caramel taste is malty with piney hops cutting through but the caramel is what makes it. Full mouthfeel. Very satisfying.

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Photo of DW78715816
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ncravey
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Piney citrusy smooth ipa almost like a darker hopsicutioner. Very good beer.

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Photo of MarlPMills
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable pine and citrus hop infusion into a well balanced hop formula.

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Photo of JamesRiner
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gardner254
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ayyshane
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Str8 zinger

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sparx1100
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled ~5 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a tawny body with a three-finger off-white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Great retention and lacing. Some fine hop particulate floating around
S -- Barely getting any aromatics at all, surprisingly. Just a bit of floral, grass, metallic herbaceousness, and citrus peel
T -- Black tea, orange peel, fresh pine resin, caramel malt, grass, tobacco leaf, earth, grapefruit pith, and biley hop oils
F -- Standard drinking IPA

67/100

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,280 ratings
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