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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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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:
10,284
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
1,989
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 10,284 |  Reviews: 3,487
Photo of ajchocholousek
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: incredibly fresh, incredibly green (in a good way), herbaceous, resiny, grassy hop character. Apricot, peach, strawberry (?), pine, and grapefruit make for an incredible hop bouquet. A touch of candied orange peel here too as well as just a bit of nice, warm malty sweetness to support it all.

Pours a deep red-orange amber color. Hints of darker brown. A nearly white, tight, dense, frothy head sticks around and leaves beautiful sticky lacing. Nearly perfectly clear, with a bit of haze, presumably from the hops.

A hop-forward palate brings a very resiny, sticky, piney, citrusy hop character. Pine, grapefruit, orange rind, and a bit of spruce greens prevail. It is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and a very middle-of-the road, slightly sticky mouthfeel. The malt body comes in at the very end with just a touch of dark caramel and a bit of biscuit, but mostly stays out of the way. I get the tiniest bit of roast here as well - chocolate malt for color perhaps?

Overall this is a phenomenal beer. This year's is a bit more balanced in years past, but the complexity is through the roof. It goes down easy, but leaves you satisfied and wanting to crack another and another. Love the sticky lips. Beautiful.

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Photo of vince_arch_beer
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tastybeer
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Giant head and giant lacing. Amber red and fairly clear. Tantalizingly inviting. Smells of grapefruit, faint pear and apricot hops over sweet malt background. Taste is all out grapefruit hops with mouth watering dry bitterness. Nice carbonation, bitterness, and good mouth. Always a drinkable beer for me.

A hop celebration.

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Photo of Zottens1
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Topher78
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my trusty sniffer and got about 2 fingers width of an off white head. The beer poured a rather unremarkable chill hazed Orange/Red and left decent lacing. Upon first whiff I could smell numerous citrus aromas coming from the Cascade and Centennial hops that are generously used in this brew. In addition to hopping the beer when first brewed, Sierra Nevada dry hops Celebration after the first stage of fermentation is complete giving the beer it's bold aroma. The first sip of Celebration is reminiscent to shaking hands with an old friend; warm, inviting and friendly. This brew finishes clean with a slightly bitter side to it from the Chinook hops used in the brewing. Overall this beer is what a great Christmas season beer should be.

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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 Jordan-b-miller
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Photo of Ktru42
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerman21
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I can tell you i've had celebration quite a bit but have yet to write a reveiw. Well here i go.

Apearence- blood orange in color with a impressive head that disapates to a thin lace. very sticky.

Smell- Dare i say it smells like a beer brewed by SN brewery. In all seriousness the smell was of floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste- Bitter, peppery and sweet grapefruit. Some malty background fade in and out give this beer a good balance. Almost a minty pine needle flavor as well pretty freaking good.

Mouthful- flavor lingers beer has a great bite to it. if your a hop head you'll love this beer. Have a sip of it and you'll still be tasteing it for five minutes or more.

Drinkability- good not great for me but i can knock back a few.

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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the 09 batch. This was literally FRESH. Hops were very present. Very nice head and lacing. Poured a color similar to honey. This is a very spicy IPA; extremely bitter. You can definitely tell this is a SN beer. It went down almost too smooth. I really like this batch, great on a cold night.

This is a classic.

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Photo of dciBA
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always look forward to the release of celebration ale. This is the beer that got me into hops and is still one of my favorites. Pours a pleasant orange/light amber into my SN hop tulip glass. The quarter inch of head stays around thanks to the hop etching in the bottom. Tons of nice thick lacing.

Smell is almost all hops. Taste is similar, mostly citrusy hops, some pine as well. Just enough malt to make this one very tasty well balanced IPA. Bitter as you'd expect but not overpowering. Very smooth taste/mouthfeel. If it wasn't for the slightly high ABV I could drink a bunch of these, and I just might anyways.

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Photo of Chanceaus
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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

On draft at Olympic. Served in pint glass. keg tapped yesterday. Glad to finally try this. Nice flavorful hops that aren't very bitter. Well done beer by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark hazy amber with a two-finger foamy head. Heavy lacing.

S - Lots of citrus and pine. Alo a nice amount of floral hops.

T - Just like the smell. Lots of citrus (mostly grapefruit) and pine. There is a good amount of malty sweetness. The finish is bitter earthy hops.

M - Medium body with mediumm carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sicky.

O - A fantastic IPA. Deserves all the hype it gets. A true holiday classic.

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Photo of Beerfan41506
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of drew42e
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber and is fairly dark for an IPA these days. Aroma is not terribly strong but getting some grapefruit and pine. Not sure why but expected this to be a lot maltier, this has strong grapefruit/citrus flavor and very balance malts. Slight bitterness on finish, fresh hops noticeable. This is a very nice beer and while i was expecting more of a spicy holiday ale this is an IPA I will look forward to drinking and seek out. One of my favorites from Sierra

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Photo of rjd722
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: What a classic. Pours a beautiful deep reddish-amber with a slightly tan rocky foam head.

Aroma: Light biscuit, floral and slight citrus hops accompanied by pine.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat malty upfront, but quickly yields to the robust hoppy bitterness you would expect from a longstanding IPA favorite. There is a pleasant level of spiciness throughout, it's just right for this variety of seasonal beer - definitely not overdone.

Feel: The bitterness from the hops lingers for a while, but doesn't make this beer any less drinkable; nice carbonation and very smooth.

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Photo of ms11781
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a reddish orange color with a 2+ finger, creamy, off-white head. Quickly ends up being a half finger head that sticks around for the duration and leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells of earthy, piny hops with a hint of malt sweetness, but not much. The occasional citrus note pops up now and then, but for the most part the earthiness and pine dominate.

Taste is grapefruit and piny up front. Little malt sweetness. Tons of hops. Bitter at the end with a citrus taste that sticks around on the tongue.

Medium body on this one, perhaps even a bit heavier. Same with the carbonation. A bit more than medium but not close to high at all.

Drinks very easy for a beer this hoppy with the body it has on it. Gives me the feeling that on some nights 2-3 could be the limit and on others a decent amount more.

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Photo of TheSchwartz
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Durham at Pompieri

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

A Classic IPA. This years batch is very good. It can be a little cloudy, but that's fine. The hops have great character, very citrusy flavor. I find this beer is best drank around 45 to 48 degrees. Any colder and the hop flavor seems to get masked a little bit. This is a beer I look forward to every year and it never disappoints

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

An outstanding seasonal beer. Pours to two fingers tan head with nice retention and a dark amber hue. Powerful aromas of pine, citrus and malted hops. Creamy in the mouth. Tastes of pine, citrus, even mint maybe and malted hops. Little bitter. Goes down with a little fight. Finishes with pine, citrus and those powerful malted hops with a bitter aftertaste. Great winter beer. Goes well with holiday appetizers. Mix in a water here and there to avoid the hophead hangover.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,284 ratings
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