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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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4.15/5
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10,297 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:
#1,438
Reviews:
3,491
Ratings:
10,297
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
384
Gots:
1,997
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 10,297 |  Reviews: 3,491
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%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

12oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 9.99/ 6 pk. Bottled 9/24/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark orange with about one and a half finger beige head that retains a nice layer and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of orange, pine, grapefruit and grass.

Tastes of piney and tropical hops with biscuit, mild pepper and citrus rind.

Slick medium feel with tingly moderate carbonation. Long dry bitter finish.

I don't seem to like this quite as mich as many folks do but I'm certainly down with at least a six pack each season. It's not mind blowing but it's a well crafted and all around good IPA.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,297 ratings
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