Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,228 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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a nice thick frothy head with good retention. Great lacing. This one really presents well.

S: Notes of grapefruit, hops, malt, pine, slight floral, and other citrus, maybe a hint of lemon.

T: Hops and malt, grapefruit, slight lemon, pine, some floral, hints of wheat and yeast.

M: Dry and bitter in a good way yet with a fairly mellow feel on the palate. Crisp, with some nice evident carbonation.

O: A quite tasty IPA that is both well hopped and well malted. Great balance of flavors with a profile that comes across as somewhat of a deep, earthy ale that, even as an IPA, fits well with the winter season. A superb offering at a great price, showing yet again that you can get world class beers without destroying your budget.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

A-The brew is a festive (its a celebration, right?) reddish, golden amber. My pour yielded two fingers of dense, long-lasting, light-tan head. The head left great lacing on the glass.

S-Smells of pine, with a spicy, resinous undertone are the first thing I noticed. With a little more sniffing, I picked up a touch of grapefruit and pineapple, as well as some light maltiness.

T-Taste is more lightly spiced pine and resin. The brew had a slightly sweet flavor and some caramel in the mid-palate to go with the mild bitter bite of the hops.

M-Medium bodied in the mouth with fine, smooth carbonation.

O-This was my first IPA in a while and I was glad to have it. I found it well-balanced and flavorful, but in a world of stupid-high IBU brews, this was a touch simple. Sometimes, however, simple is good. I'll gladly drink this again.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pine. Like a Christmas tree. This truth came to me drinking last year's Celebration.

There is no spice in the beer.

Citrus is limited. Grapefruit bitterness is all.

Pine. Like a Christmas tree.

Like drinking a delicious Christmas tree.

Mouthfeel is perfect, with perfect carbonation.

I look forward to it every year.


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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect holiday beer. Very well balanced, not overly spiced and very drinkable. More malty than hoppy, this is better than past Celebrations I've had in the past. Slightly sweet and caramel. Great body.
Rich copper, with a thick, Cream-colored head.
Citrus up front, with pine following.
Easy to see why they release this brew during the holiday season - its rich flavors are perfect for this time of year.

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2/5  rDev -51.8%

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

12oz. Bottle poured into a Maudite tulip

Celebration pours a ruby/golden color with about a 1 1/2 finger head. Great lacing all the way down on this one as well. Grapefruit nose with some malt on end. It's all malty sweetness up front then the bitterness comes in. It's very easy drinking and a great beer all around. This beer reminds you why Sierra Nevada is the granddaddy of craft beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,228 ratings.
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