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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: 10,283 |  Reviews: 3,487
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Moose90
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip pint
Bottled November 22nd
Tasted 1/1/13

A - Amber, bright amber, copper hue to it. Has a big head, almost overflowed the glass, maybe too much carbonation right out of the gates. Leaves solid lacing that sticks with each sip.

S - Fresh hops for sure, a little pine, spice and grapefruit. Pleasant nose. A little malt comes through but not much.

T - Lots of good, fresh hops. Lightly balanced with some caramel malt. Really solid on the hop profile. Very drinkable, little spice from the hops again.

M - Easy drinking, carbonation reduced after the strong pour. Medium mouth feel, not too light, just right.

O - One of the best. I look forward to it coming out every year. I should just buy this by the case. Always sad to see it go.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

A - Coppery and orange, with two fingers of off-white head. Perfect, billowing tight head that sticks around for what seems like forever. Great lacing, a bit dark for an ipa, but tis' the season.

S - Earthy spicy hoppy liquid bliss, this beer is nicely balanced with a bready character.

T - Piney resinous hops, which i'm used to from this brewery. Spicy malty finish, this is so well balanced, I could literally drink it all night.

M - Nice carbonation, easy drinking feel. Leaves a lingering hoppy flavour in the mouth.

O - great beer, I try my hardest to be in the states at some point when it's on shelves every single year.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WSGosset
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so we'll see how it goes...

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Bright copper color. Clear with a light head which dissipates fairly quickly

S: My beer-smelling skills may not be up to snuff yet, but I do not get an especially strong aroma here, especially when compared to some of the more floral and/or citrusy IPAs. My best description would be clean and hoppy, but not overwhelming.

T: The bittering hops are definitely up front in this beer but, as was the case with aroma, the hops are strong but not excessive. There is a nice bitter aftertaste.

M: Fairly light without being watery. Crisp with a hoppy bite.

O: This strikes me as a very solid IPA. It doesn't seem exceptionally complex, but I don't think that it needs to be. This is a very drinkable beer which does an excellent job at highlighting the flavor of fresh hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bigaltemple
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/dark copper in color. Thick, foamy, off-white head becomes a rocky cap. Tons of sticky lacing.

S - Amazing nose! Lots of floral hops upfront. Almost tropical with orange and peach coming forward. Mild sense of pine and grass. Underlying malt presence balances this out really well.

T/M - Sweet and bready malt blends with floral and earthy hops to make this extremely well balanced. Bitterness is spot on and leaves just enough of a lingering aftertaste to make you take another drink. And another, and so on... Medium body with great carbonation.

O - Always a favorite, never let down by this one. Almost always have a couple in the fridge during the holidays.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of richj1970
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: Beautiful coppery-red color with two to three fingers of fluffy white head with great retention. Tons of carbonation.

S: Citrus, pine, grass, and lots of hops.

T: Light citrus flavors, but hops really dominate overall. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness. Nice crisp flavor that refreshes the palette.

M: Thin body. Good amount of carbonation. Bitterness lingers afterwards.

O: A nice IPA that is both affordable and widely available. I will definitely pick some up again next year.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,283 ratings
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