Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,224 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

A: Rich copper, with a thick, Cream-colored head.
S: Citrus up front, withthe pine following right behind, mingling slightly with the citrus, for a pleasant, hoppy aroma that I can only describe as California. Usual "Beer"taste smell somewhat present, but masked. Alcohol not very apparent in the aroma.
T: Pine leads the flavor charge, followed closely by citrus, in a reversal of the aroma, decent malt presence makes this a very enjoyable brew, a bit more balanced than the Torpedo made by the same brewery.
M: A bit on the lighter side, considering the amount of flavor and alcohol in this beer. Could be deceptive to those not accustomed to IPAs
O: Easy to see why they release this brew during the winter time. Gave a very nice warmth throughout my body, while keeping my palate entertained with its rich, hoppy flavors. Cpuld have a heavier mouthfeel, though

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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

A: A dark copper with a big foamy tan head. Head sticks to the side of the glass and remains until the end.

S: First initial smell is of grapefruit followed by pine, hops, and caramel. Very earthy.

T: Caramel, bitterness of grapefruit, mixed with the sweetness of pineapple. Love the fresh hops taste.

M: Yum!

O: Creamy and well carbonated. Dry finish.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-red amber color with a decent white head and good lacing

S-malty, citrus, pine, earthy and hints of floral

T-caramel malt, citrus, pine, grass, earthy notes with a nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid IPA with good flavors, a bit more malty than I prefer

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada “Celebration” Fresh Hop Holiday Ale:
Pour = Perfect tarnished copper hue, very translucent which allows you to see the jet stream of bubbles streaming off the bottom of the glass. A giant fluffy cloudlike head, leaving a ton of lace style bubbles along the sides of my glass
Smell = Just a ton of big citrus smells, I get a lot of pineapple at first followed by some bitter, yet bright grapefruit. When you take a nice big whiff you get the candy like sweet caramel in the back. Smells fresh and alive.
Taste = Balance is all I can say, no one flavor really pops out or overpowers, it is just a very nice blend of grapefruit, pinapple, some other tropical fruits mixed with nice soft caramel flavors, followed on the back end by a little peppery bite. The carbonation gives you a little tingle on the tongue that wakes up your tastebuds, and then a very dry and bitter finish leaving you wanting to take another sip.
Overall = A very sought after, yet pretty available Winter Seasonal. It breaks the mold from most winter seasonals’ by not being a complete malt bomb (which are awesome at this time of the year as well). Just a nice “fresh hop” IPA with just the right amount of maltiness to taste right when it is sub 40 degrees outside.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,224 ratings.
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