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 Broden
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright copper color into a standard pint. Off white head is nice and fluffy and lingers throughout. Impressive lacing develops as the beer goes down.

S- Beautiful balanced nose of malt and hops. No over the top hop aroma but a nice balance of all of the components.

T- A variety of fruits meet a nice bread flavor. This is all finished with a nice piney flavor and an oily resin as it goes down. A slight hint of alcohol right at the end.

M- Light body, perfect for the style. Finishes quite dry.

O- This is an excellent IPA and balance seems to be the name of the game with this one. Malt, and Hops work together to make this an excellent beer.

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Photo of k3bright
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear, perfectly clear. Amber/copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and has insane retention. Nice sheets and notches of lacing. A bit darker than I would expect from the style, but everything else is about as solid as it gets.

Smell: Nice balance of orange zest and caramel malt sweetness. Mildly bready malts coupled with some pine resin and slick, oily pine. Some nice building herbal notes as well. Leafy, herbal, slightly raw, and fresh hops. It's big, but not aggressive, or huge. Nice overall balance. Mild fruitiness.

Taste: Raw and fresh. Mild herbal spiciness. Pine needles and resin. Oily, slick, and juicy. Orange zest and some grapefruit flesh. Biscuity malts with some cracker-like maltiness in the back. Nice moderate bitterness cleanses some of the leafier/earthier hop notes. Toasted edge fused with some overall malt sweetness. Distinct touches of Sierra Nevada yeast round it all out.

Mouthfeel: This is creamy. Nice moderate carbonation on a medium body. Some dryness.

Overall: Winter is coming!

I drink it by the case. It's not the most aggressive, or the most nuanced, but it's fresh, clean, and so drinkable it's insane. Bonus points awarded for making an entire beer season better.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
2012 vintage, no born on date

A: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber with 2.5 fingers width of light khaki colored head. Good retention and leaves a bunch of really cool zig zag lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Aroma is a mixture of citrus, pine, and spicy hops. Orange, some sweet caramel malts. Very nice.

T: Maltier than the nose implies. Ton of caramel malt up front. Piney bitterness on the finish. Some sweet citrus in the form of orange and pineapple. Hop flavors come out more as it warms. Nice balance.

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated, which I usually dont like but it works well here. Medium bodied, a quick drying finish that leaves you longing for the next sip. Drinkability is just absurd, you can practically chug this.

O: This is a beer Ive had a number of times and I will certainly continue to have. Honestly, there is nothing mind blowing about it, but its really solid from start to finish, and something about that extra bit of sweetness and spice give the flavor profile a very "holiday season" feel. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of johnkale
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Edition - good to reunite with an old friend

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint

A - hazy red/amber, two fingers of slightly rocky head dissipates to a cap that sticks around, as does lacing on the glass

S - biscuity malt mixes with a little caramel and a lot of grapefruit, pine resin, lemon pith, very bright aromas

T - first taste is sweet, with grapefruit and tangerine along with some earthier bitterness, finish is orange pith and some pine cone, fairly dry at the end, nice transition as it goes down. There's a little alcohol warmth thrown in too, which surprised me considering the ABV, hints of toffee show up initially as it warms but the grapefruit really asserts itself, not Squirt grapefruit sodaesque, but 'it's morning and I'm eating this grapefruit even though it's really not that sweet and part of me likes that and part of me would rather have Golden Grahams' grapefruit. You know what I mean.

M - very nice carbonation, medium-light body, coarse in the finish with some hop oil

O - one of my first favorite beers (nflmvp gave me a sixer for my 21st), unless they do something horrible to it it will remain a perennial favorite

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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%

Photo of Chadillac
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance: Pours a beautiful reddish color, slightly off white head. Just a good looking beer. Not many that look like this.

Smell: Having trouble getting a good nose on this. Definitely getting some sweet bready malts. Much more subtle on the hops this year. Not getting much hoppy notes in the aroma. Get a little sweet fruit when I give the glass a swirl.

Taste: Taste just like it smells, I was dissapointed with the taste. The piney taste is gone this year, sweet malty taste at the front of the toungue and leaves you with that classic IPA bitter aftertaste. Delicious but not the same.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Medium bodied. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: Great beer but unfortunetely different this year. They either used less hops or substituted some. Either way still an american classic and a great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PrivateEquity
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice head. Solid, thick lacing. Amber, copper color.

S - Minty citrus hops. Big nose.

T - Just the right amount of hoppiness. Very drinkable.

M - Solid body for AIPA. Balanced dry finish.

O - Great seasonal AIPA. I will be drinking a lot of these over the holidays. Might make it my house beer for the winter. Crazy drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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