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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint
A: Moderate pour yields 1.25 finger of tight orange-tan head with great retention. Clear copper liquid has maybe the slightest haze to it.
S: Caramel, toasted marshmallow, orange/creamsicle, citrus hops. Juicy and sweet, slight esters. Solid and multi-dimensional
T: Hops bite in the finish and the start. Piney and grapefruit hop character. Some savory-ness. Alstroms say tobacco - I kind of get that. So solid. A bit maltier and more caramelized than I like my AIPAs, but not over the top. Good for the season.
M: Bitter through and through. Almost chewy. Almost punishingly bitter in the late finish.
O: Glad to keep buying 6 of these each year! I'll have another! Not the best AIPA, but a great beer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in large ale glass.

A: brownish orange color; one-finger head, strong carb action; good lacing
S: sweet, luscious hop aroma; grass; very appealing
T: strong hop profile; the fresh hops are very detectable; one might be fooled in thinking this is a green beer; medium sweetness; very savory

The label implies something like a winter warmer, but it's really a nice, acerbic hop bomb. I'm buying a case!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of socon67
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

A - Orange\amber pour with a beige foam that laces the glass well. Foam pours high and settles fast.

S - Fresh pine, graprefruit, and bitter hops. This is a classic west coast amber that almost makes theleap into an IPA.

T - Tangy citrus fruits is the first flavor that stand out. There are some notes of spice before settling in with some strong bitter notes.

M - Balance on this is incredible and manages to temper the hop profile with some good old west coast malt. This is a joy to drink and while the flavor profile is storn it just seems to be mellow enough to enjoy.

O - Not sure if I'd pick this as my first choice for a Chirstmas beer. However this is a well made beer that I'd like to get more often.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waited a year to try this one as I saw it last season but didn't get a chance to try it. Poured a finger head with an amber color. Good lacing on the glass. Smelled mostly malty with slight hops. The tongue begins with a hint of malts then moves into centennial hops which is fine with me. A nice bitter/grapefruit finish. Has an average mouthfeel which is good for the style. Overall it was worth the wait and an interesting IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this beer for years and never had it on tap, so when I seen it at TJ Smiths I jumped at it.
And it's just like the bottled version.
It had the same ruby copper amber color but had gentile carbonation and a smallish head.
Aroma were the same loads of fresh hops and sutle malts.
Taste was quite hoppy and bold and bitter with a good dose of malts to rein in the hops a bit.
Drank refreshingly smooth with a clean dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste.
One of my top 5 favorite beers still after all these years.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

A - poured into a pint glass and got a huge head with only a normal pour. Head is beautiful, frothy, leaving sticky lace as it subsides. The head and lacing is a huge plus for this ipa. Doesn't look like something that came out of a 12 pack that was affordable and easy to obtain. Thank you Sierra Nevada! Oh yeah, and the color is good too, very clear, a shade past amber into brown, or amber with brown hints. Who cares. It looks delicious.

S - bottle nose consisted of beautiful grapefruit, lemon, and pine hop character with brown sugar in the background.... After pour it is more of the same, intense inviting citrus and pine hops with slight malt and brown sugar background.

T - very hop forward piney, floral, citrus, and resin... Hints of spicyness, probably another character attributed to the hops instead of a spice addition. Im glad this winter seasonal doesn't load random spices into it trying to be christmas in a cup, its just a really well crafted ipa. Caramel malts are present along with an ever so slight brown sugar taste making me feel like this is indeed more of a winter seasonal ipa.

M - medium somewhat sticky, carbonation was on par for ipa, very easy drinking. Very dangerously sessionable.

Overall - overall a great ipa, massive hop nose and flavor with a medium body that is drinkable in the colder months. I will certainly return next year for the celebration!

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

12oz bottle, many thanks to DoktorZee for fulfilling a longtime beer want of mine for Christmas 2012.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of rocky, chunky off-white head, which leaves some decent fuzzy cogwheel lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of somewhat musty citrus rind and pine tips, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, a touch of toffee, and softly sassy grassy hops. The taste is more orange and grapefruit pithy fruitiness, a wee bit of lemongrass, some leafy spruce resin, and a somewhat overmatched bready, almost crackery malt, the caramel morphing into a echo of lingering expectation.

The carbonation is averagely competent, being all that I want it to be, the body a sturdy, just reconstructed medium weight, and smooth with that tacit acknowledgement of hoppy interlopers. It finishes off-dry, sure, but in a general, brown sugar sense, as the various hoppy notes play on and on and on.

I may have just given off an air of hop fatigue, but that's just not the case. What is true, however, is my weariness of late of brewers who claim an all-satisfying balance in their big-ass bitter offerings, in the hope of worldwide acceptance, I suppose, when nothing of the sort is actually on offer. So, to summarize, this is indeed a pretty stellar IPA, but there's nothing particularly wintery, in terms of malt-upsizing, about it. Glad to have finally made its acquaintance, though, certainly.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

2012 bottle.

Pours a deep caramel orange with about two to three fingers of white fluffy head. Receded to leave some appealing lacing.

Smells of bready malts, citrus hops, maybe some light pine way in the back.

Tastes sweet breadiness, followed by caramel, then earthy, citrus hops. Finished with a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and easy drinking. Medium to low carbonation. Leaves just the right amount of sticky coating that I like in my IPAs.

Nice offering from SN here. Reasonably priced and sessionable. Nothing too extreme, just a well balanced and very tasty beer.


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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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