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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,338 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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Ratings: 10,338 |  Reviews: 3,499
Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of dwtyler
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sam_bliss
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful! You need to see it for yourself, I won't even try to describe.

S- Strong pine hops and sweet malts. Its hard to get a good smell because its too tempting just to put it in my mouth.

T- Tastes like a christmas tree that has caramel cones hanging from its branches. Subtle spices permeate the hoppy goodness.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation. Feels great cold but I'd like to try it room temperature or warm as well; I bet the flavors would shine through better that way.

D- I could drink it all night, but after a few one of my stature feels a bit tipsy, owing to the high alcohol content. This is made for cold winter nights after long days of cross-country skiing.

I love winter beer and I love IPAs. This combines the two categories right in the frosty heart of December. And it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Please go out and try (buy) this beer if you like ale.

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Photo of gregu2
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Bigben0328
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of dhannes
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack for a small get together. Drank out of bottle, so no valid data on appearance and smell.

T=Very herbal and floral...strong hops flavoring...too strong for the average beer drinker IMHO.

M=Nice light body and modest carbonation...tang makes it impossible to chug.

O=I'm not an IPA fan, and this was way too hoppy for my liking.

12/1/12 update: I tried another bottle of this and liked it much better this time--changed taste to 4.0.

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Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.65/5  rDev -12%

Photo of APBTMarcel
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of vic21234
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, 2012 bottling. I always look forward to this release.

A- Pours a dark orange/ copper color. It is clear. A heavy two fingers worth of head slowly fades to some nice froth along the sides of the glass.

S- This is a great smelling beer. Tons of pine and citrus, as well as floral notes from the hops. A slight sweetness is there as well.

T- Great stuff. Starts off clean with the hops shining through. The piney resin from the hops is most notable. Some citrus is there as well but not as prominent as the pine. Finishes with a sweet maltiness.

M- Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, refreshing, bitter, dry finish.

Celebration Ale is loved by many on this website for a reason. Great stuff, and not one to pass up during the holiday season. This is one of my favorite food beers too.

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Photo of zoolou
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

The bottle has a date of 278, which is October 4th 2012.

A - poured out a clear golden amberish-brown, with a two finger off white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing. Highly carbonated with bubbles streaming off the bottom.

S - Nice dose of hops here with a sweet pine, citrus, grapefruit, berryish, spiciness, bready, and caramel. Not real strong on the nose for this one.

T - The taste is hops forward flavor with citrus rind, lemon peel, sweet malt, spicy, a minty aftertaste of hops. Pleasantly balanced even though the hops are taking over the flavor the sweet malts of caramel and toffee play off of them very well. Hops build on your palate. Can not taste the alcohol but it definitely warms you up.

M - Beautiful full body chewy mouth feel with a nice crispness on the finish; you get the best of both worlds here.

O - This one lives up to its name, it is worth celebrating especially if you like a nice wet hoped Ale. Definitely will be a go to for me every year just to celebrate this brew. I think I found a new favorite late fall/winter beer, Cheers!

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4.4/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottling

Deep amber with slight haze and a frothy, three-finger head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is not as pungent as I remember from last years, but still there are plentiful grassy, piney, and peppery hops, as well as a grapefruit note from the cascade. The malt comes through in the nose as well, a nice base-malt sweetness and burnt sugar from the english caramel malt. Light fruity esters. In the flavor the hops present themselves with more force, they start off with a large bitterness bite and then very bright, spicy, citrus and pine flavor that lingers through a very noticable english caramel presence in the malt bill. There are also some very clean esters toward the finish. The finish is dry and accentuates the hop flavor, and the carbonation plays nicely with the bitterness. This one really opens up as it warms, do not serve to cold.

Overall, this is a great winter-time seasonal, very unique and has a superb hop profile that really isn't like anything else on the shelves. It is a triumph of balance, the malt give great flavor but is not to sweet, the hops are impressive but do not overwhelm, and it ends up being incredibly drinkable for the amount of flavor it produces. Hopefully available till the day I die.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a copper brown color with a three finger head, good carbonation and thick lacing which stays on the glass until the end.

The smell is strong citrus and piney hops. Grapefruit, orange and pine dominate. A little brown sugar and carmel are present as well.

The taste starts with sweet malts then quickly moves to pine, orange, grapefruit with mint and another strong dose of pine hops coming in on the backend. The pine and orange, along with strong hop bitterness, reamain on the tongue at after the finish. The alcohol does not leak through into the taste but does leave a warming effect after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just a little bit of grittyness left in the mouth after swallowing.

This is almost the perfect IPA for winter. It has plenty of hop bitterness and taste along with a warming effect. I could see myself hunkering down with a case of these on a cold winter night.

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Photo of metalgdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kynap55
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 12oz bottle poured into a Grey Sail pint glass.

Appearance- Kind of hazy amber with fluffy one finger head that dissipated relatively quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smell- Absolutely incredible. Fruity plum and apple with floral and piney hops. Alcohol is present as well.

Taste- Piney, floral hops with some flavors of apple and alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Very nice carbonation with a nice resinous mouth feel.

Overall- One of my favorite seasonals. Great IPA with some nice alcohol warmth to warm you up in the cold NH winter.

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Photo of DarthTremens
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of robmoak
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wingnutz27
1/5  rDev -75.9%

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear light amber with a beige head and great lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ pine and earthy hop with background notes of citrus peel.

Flavor: Intense hop character of pine, spruce, and grass. Bitterness is low. Malt character is low, but comes across a bit toasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, refreshing.

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Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HopsandPots
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle poured into a 16 oz plastic cup

A- Reddish golden amber with good solid head and even lacing

S- Smells piney and sweet.

T- Tastes resiny, piney, and a bit medicinal. The malt finish is not nearly as sweet as it was last year and the hops aren't as bright.

M- A smooth viscosity. Goes down really easily.

Overall- Solid beer, but from how it was last year I am a bit disappointed. The sweetness and vibrant taste of the hops are not there. At least not to the bar that they have set previously.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,338 ratings
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