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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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10,337 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:
#1,444
Reviews:
3,498
Ratings:
10,337
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
387
Gots:
2,022
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,337 |  Reviews: 3,498
Photo of LeRose
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage in six packs.

Poured a red coppery color with a nice frothy head that persisted. About two fingers down to a quarter inch or so.

Aroma was like the pine forest. Very resinous, a bit of grapefruit provided the citrus punch.

Flavor followed along. Hops forward with pine resin and a bit of bitterness, but not overwhelming. A touch of grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Hard time finding the malt under the hops, but there was definite sweetness present. Enjoyed the green notes of the hops, but I suspect this would be miles better on draft.

A little coating, but not cloying. So overall an enjoyable beer that was good choice to share with friends.

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Photo of LoFiDave
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thesquire
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sommersb
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-26-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Giant off-white tan head on a hazy and dark amber-colored beer. Excellent retention and very attractive rings of lace are left behind.

S: Initial aromas suggest caramel malts, and then quickly fade to a strong smell of citrus and pine hops, coupled with spicy yeast notes.

T: Taste is big and bold of piney hop bitterness. The malts hinted at in the nose are not evident in the taste. Other flavors include a citrus hop character reminiscent of grapefruits.

M: Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Finishes both dry and bitter, quite hop-forward.

O: As a celebration of hops, this beer is successful, but it left me as lacking and being a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of BTFU
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of mooseo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Rich copper with a fluffy, thick cream colored head.

S - A nice inviting aroma of sweet caramel, earthy pine, citrus, and floral hops.

T - Lots of earthy pine and grapefruit hops supported by a bready, caramel malt backbone. The hops are the true showcase here.

M - Smooth, creamy, and a bit sticky. Medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Slightly dry.

O - This is an excellent IPA - just a wonderful winter seasonal. Very balanced, flavorful, and drinkable.

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Photo of outsider
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of prisoner1572
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vbloise
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sloelco
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of purppy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jmmy3
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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

The first time I had this I think it was old...this is a solid IPA and of course a classic. There is a nice balance of of fresh, but subdued piney hops and just the right amount of malt. Cheers.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,337 ratings
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