Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,220 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a oud beersel tulip

A: pours a clean looking brownish amber with two fingers of slightly tan head... Excellent retention and lacing... Carbonation bubbles can be seen trudging there way upward through the brew.

S: bitter herbal/floral hops, some grapefruit notes as well along with
a touch if grain and a hint if sweetness in the sturdy malt backbone.

T: much like the nose, alot of herbal and piney bitterness over a lightly grainy, light caramel malt backbone... The hops are very aggressive. There is a bit of citrus in There as well, grapefruit peel mainly. A bit of breadiness going on here as well.

M: heavy medium bodied with very nice creamy carbonation and a dry, bitter, grainy finish that leavs a long lasting after taste in your mouth... Not a huge fan of the aftertaste.

O: a good ipa, seems a little unbalanced... Deffiantly showcasing the hops, which is fine by me, but the lingering aftertaste for the best of me on this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of texasnomad
2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a rusty amber with a two-finger off-white rocky head that settled into thin smooth crust leaving lots of lacing.

All i got was hops in the bouquet - was hoping for a little more.

Piney taste was dominated by the hop bitterness.

Good light to medium-bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall this tasted like an average IPA, which means I generally liked it, but looking to taste more than just hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date Nov 7 2012. Poured a nice 3 finger head with a copper-honey color.

The aroma was light fruit- citrus- grapefruit.

A tart mouth feel. Perhaps too astringent.

The taste was strong grapefruit. Quite intense grapefruit- perhaps a bit too intense for the beer.
This taste would be more approachable in a DIPA.

Overall: a fine American IPA. Very drinkable. The aroma could be stronger. The citrus imbalance was too much for my palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012, and it's the 6th year in a row I've picked up this favorite of mine.
12oz bottle, a rocky, ivory head tops a bronze colored ale; excellent head retention & lacing is left all over the glass. The pleasant aromas of fresh, dank, piny hops coupled with caramely, bready malt fill the nose. Huge, fresh, piny hops (some pungent grapefruit in there as well) prevail through the healthy dose of malt. Notes of rye bread crust and caramel (a little burnt) try to balance out the pine, but can't stand up to it. Pine lingers & lingers on the palate while finishing dry and bitter. Medium body, smooth but resiny reminiscent of pine tar. Overall, although it's fairly one-note with not a whole lot of complexity, I love this seasonal IPA. I'm not sure why some complain about it being too piny...that's exactly the point they're trying to make.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,220 ratings.
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