Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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: 10,234 |  Reviews: 3,468
Photo of rev3rb
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Line Up Front: I really like this IPA from Sierra Nevada and I look forward to it every year. It is a very balanced IPA that makes it incredibly drinkable.

Decanted 12oz bottle into a Guinness goblet.

Apperance: Nice deep golden color that has a good head and light lacing around the glass.

Smell: Wonderful floral and citrus hop aroma that doesn't overwhelm the nose.

Taste: I think the hop and malts really balance each other out. Very nice citrus and some pine hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very balanced and smooth on the palate. The carbonation is quite appropriate for this beer.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and consider this a great IPA. It's very nice clean and crisp with a pleasant mild aftertaste. I consider this IPA very balanced in every category and extremely drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Celebration

Appearance: Sierra Nevada’s highly regarded Christmas seasonal offering pours a beautiful dark amber color with a glorious two-and-a-half fingers of a creamy, large-bubbled head sitting atop the festive-looking liquid. This crown takes quite a long time to dissipate into a nice, heady crust. The glass is also filled with sediment. This is one of the cloudiest beers out there that this drinker has beheld, sediment-wise. The lacing on this one is also out of this world. There are no alcohol legs to speak of, and a steady stream of mild carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass, maintaining the crust. As with all Sierra Nevada beers, the appearance on this one is at the top of its game.

Aroma: There is lots of biscuity, bready, toasty malt here, which forces the hops to play second fiddle. There is plenty of earthiness to the nose as well. Of course, being a Sierra Nevada offering, this beer has a degree of hoppiness to it. Here, it is all pine, all day. Sure, there are some citrus and grapefruit notes here and there, and perhaps it is the trees on the label, but pine is the dominant smell. Yeast is notable as well, an oddity that is usually not present in Sierra Nevada beers. Unfortunately, there is that unpleasant metallic aroma that usually appears in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, that causes one to recoil. Still, this one smells really great overall.

Taste: The hops come through a lot more in the mouth than they did in the nose, and this is a wonderful thing. There are piney notes and grapefruit notes primarily, and the hops of course give a bitterness. This is backed up by a more than formidable maltiness, mostly in the form of delicious caramel, but the taste is opposite the nose in that the hops overpower here, but coming from Sierra Nevada, that is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Sadly, this is where this beer falls slightly short. There is nothing really wrong or offensive about the mouthfeel, but it is almost painfully average. It errs just a bit on the watery and thin side, but the carbonation is pleasing and exactly where it should be. The hops give a minimal astringency, and there is just a touch of creaminess/syrupyness, which is very odd considering the medium-thin initial mouthfeel.

Overall: This is one of the great, widely available seasonals. It is definitely outside the norm of winter seasonals, but it is deliciously drinkable, nicely warming, sweet, bitter, just everything one can look for in a good beer, and everything one expects from a Sierra Nevada beer. The mouthfeel holds it back from true greatness, but really the beer tastes great, smells delicious, and looks fantastic. Buy yourself a case of this and go into hibernation for the winter; you will thank me (and everyone else who will inevitably recommend this brew) later. 16.5/20

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop masterpiece
A: Super heady light amber with lacing that sticks around
S: Hops and pine, roasted nuts and a respectable malt presence
T: Hops hops and more hops. Pinecones, citrus and maple syrup.
M: Crisp and clean, refreshing and smooth. Hoppy aftertaste is strong
O: A quality bottle-conditioned fresh hop ale. compare with the Northern Hemisphere Harvest.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly transparent amber color with a little head leaving decent lacing on the sides

Smell: Almost sweet and earthy scent

Taste: Hoppy bitterness to begin with and finishing off somewhat milder. Not too bitter but still keeps a lot of flavor.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle dated October 30, consumed on December 1.

A - Deep red to brown, hazy, with a very large pillowy head. Was hoping for more clarity, but that's cool.

S - Caramel with piney hops. Tangerine zest notes come out as it warms.

T - Surprising crisp initial bitterness quickly transitions to a warming honeyed bread crust maltiness. A very subtle allspice-like (phenolic?) note in the background. The hops take over again in the back giving a distinct refreshing orange zest & pine on top of a very dry, almost roasty finishing note.

M - Light medium body with appropriate carbonation.

O - A fresh hop ale with a strong melanoidin and subtle roasted character. Yeasty notes are present that are very surprising in a Sierra Nevada brew.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88.8% out of 100 with 10,234 ratings
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