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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,333 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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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep rich amber beer with a fluffy head of off-white foam

S: hearty malt and zesty yeast with citrusy hops

T: followed the nose - semi-sweet malt flavors capped off with some crisp, fresh-tasting hops and zesty/spicy notes; the citrus leans toward ruby red grapefruit; reminded me of a crisp red ale in some ways

M: light, refreshing, clean-finishing, frisky carbonation and a great finish

O: a really nice beer - crafted with excellence with nothing more than water, hop, yeast, and barley, but it had a very distinct and autumnal/holiday character.

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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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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Orange with a big fluffy head. Lacing was strong and sat on the glass for a long time after the liquid was finished.

Smelled hoppy, but not overwhelming. Citrus and grass scents.

Tasted of wet/fresh hops with a strong malt backing. Very nice balance of floral, citrus, malt.

Easy to drink, not bitter at all.

Price + quality + balance = a strong overall beer. Readily available? Count me in.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange in color. Great clarity. Three fingers of rocky, off-white head build atop the glass. Retention is excellent. Sticky webs of lacing cement themselves onto the glass.

S: Citrus notes of clementine and mandarin orange. Lemon rind and perhaps subtle hints of lime leaf. Soft aromas of pine needles and mint leaves. Pleasant grainy malt base. A touch brothy with scents of barley soup.

T: Citrus notes of clementine and lemon rind at the start. Grapefruit pith and rind as the bitterness builds. The hops shift again into tastes of tobacco and garden herbs as the bitterness reaches its apex. Slight cracked pepper. Fresh hop oils. Malt base of toasted grain. Slight broth. Finishes with a lingering minty, herbal, and citrus rind bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy. Very soft, soothing sort of texture to it. Moderate carbonation.

O: An interesting choice Sierra Nevada has made, to have an IPA for a winter seasonal in lieu of some of the more traditional winter styles (porter, winter warmer, etc). But why not? It's a damn good beer and it sells very well. There's a great deal of complexity coming from the hop profile, and that fresh hop taste is what sets it apart.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Bottled on: October 1, 2012

Poured into a glass mug. Pours copper with a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. A lot of lacing gets left behind as the head recedes. There are plentiful tiny bubbles rising in the beer. There's a nice citrus and pine hop aroma accompanied by caramel malt. There's some grain the smell as well. The flavors of this IPA are well-balanced. There's a strong malt backbone, but the hops also shine through. It's bready with some sweetness. The citrus and pine aromas come through soon after that and leave a mild lingering aftertaste. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and this is very drinkable. This is an excellent beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Oct 8, 2012.

A: Pours a clear ruby orange with a dense 2 finger cream white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing as the head dissipates.

S: Fresh hop aroma with a carmely malt backing. Citrus and pine come through real nice and strong. Little bit of alcohol on the nose.

T: Real balanced mix of fresh hops and carmel malts. Almost a breadiness too it with loads of hop on top. Again, citrus, pine and lemon linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a real clean finish. An even and smooth feel. Real easy to drink.

Overall always a winter beer I look forward to. Nice change of pace from the other winter warmers and stouts. Sierra Nevada knows their hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,333 ratings
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