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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

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

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

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Ratings: 10,280 |  Reviews: 3,487
Photo of goalie35
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ClePaul
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sierra Nevada Celebration

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 93/100

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Photo of papposilenus
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz. Bottle, dated 11/03/15. Obviously, I forgot to look at the date.

Pours a deep medium-hazy copper with a scant finger of creamy head, decent retention and gobs of lacing.

Smells like apple juice... apple juice? Apparently so. Otherwise, the nose is very faint - some yeast, honey, something vaguely floral.

Tastes better than expected after three months. From the nose, I had expected sweet malts but what I get is undifferentiated bitterness at the start, with black pepper and balsam following and, finally, the apple juice taste which, I guess, must be the underlying malt shouldering through the fading hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, mouth coating and amply carbonated.

Overall, should I even be rating an elderly IPA? Well, yes. Ultimately SN is accountable for it's chosen distribution channel and the fact that I will never, apparently, get to try one of their beers before it's died of old age. I bought this bottle as part of a mixed sixer with five Smuttys that had all been bottled within the past two weeks.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark honey with small particles floating around. It has one finger tan head with very good retention

S - Strong smelling beer. More malty aroma than I anticipated. Light hops in the back. Slightly earthy smelling.

T- Very tasty! Not overly bitter. Flavors of apples and pears. Slight citrus. Very nice malty backbone. Good balanced beer

M - A mEdium body beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable

O - Great solid beer. Very tasty with a unique flavor. I look forawrd to its release next year!

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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is 2 fingers thick and off-white, with solid lacing, and a clear reddish brown body.

I smell a nice blend of the pine and citrus hops mentioned on the label.

Tastes pretty much just like the elements described above, with a very small malt sweetness. Very drinkable!

The mouthfeel I'm picking up is clean and smooth. No lingering hop oils.

Overall, I'll award Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. with a very solid 4.5. Definitely pick this up during the season.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a resilient, thick tan head that leaves great lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus; the hops are strong with this one. Some sweet malt notes are also evident, but masked by the citric hops. The grapefruit is less apparent in the taste, which is more pure hop bitterness. Some piney notes, backed up by a bit of biscuity malt.

Overall, a nice IPA, but the bitterness/lack of malty notes leaves balance a bit lacking.

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Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a respectable head that reduced to a skin. The aroma was typically citrus hops. The taste was also citrus hops with a bitter after taste. No significant malt taste was there. The feel was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Nothing particularly special about Celebration, at least in it's 2009 incarnation.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer because its a little bit of a twist on an IPA, which is great for the winter time. For me, the spiciness that it brings to the table, in contrast with the hops adds for a great wintery feel for this beer. I couldn't imagine drinking it at any other time of the year.

For its ABV, its pretty sessionable and great for those chilly winter days. The spiciness not only exists on the palate, but also in the aroma. For IPA lovers, this is a great alternative to your standard hop blast.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: October 1, 2012

Poured into a glass mug. Pours copper with a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. A lot of lacing gets left behind as the head recedes. There are plentiful tiny bubbles rising in the beer. There's a nice citrus and pine hop aroma accompanied by caramel malt. There's some grain the smell as well. The flavors of this IPA are well-balanced. There's a strong malt backbone, but the hops also shine through. It's bready with some sweetness. The citrus and pine aromas come through soon after that and leave a mild lingering aftertaste. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and this is very drinkable. This is an excellent beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber, well-laced white head from which a good part never disappears. Rich citrus (grapefruit) aroma with notes reminiscent of the Christmas tree (piney, resinous, herbal). Good hop character, finish is moderately bitter, just hoppy enough I found. Medium body, good balance. just a hint of caramel malt. And for years I thought this was a Christmas ale...Idiot. The label has been tricking me.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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