Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,238 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Fantastic! Had it on-tap at a local lounge and it did not disappoint. The color was a amber/copper and it had a citrus/pine smell to it with some warm malt sweetness. It was bitter but not overpowering, many different hop flavors with a malt caramel backbone. A very drinkable IPA; very smooth, not too overwhelming. Perfect for the festive season.

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

2011 Bottle, poured into a pint

A: Pours a wonderful orange honey with thick off white head. Leaves lacing. Vigorous pour produced a 3 finger head that turned into what looked like a biscuit floating on top. Wonderful.

S: Citrus hops right off the top with some malt background. Smells sweeter as well.

T: The taste is less sweet than the nose. Still the citrus hops are right at the front and the slightest malt evens the beer out. Finishes coating your tongue with kind of piney resin.

M: Good carbonation, coating on the finish.

D: Yeah, this has got a good taste and goes down easy and makes you want to drink more.

O: I can definitely look forward to picking this up around the holidays. It's a nice change from the winter warmers or spiced beers. Hoppy and fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice, deep golden orange. A thick, off-white 2 finger head develops with good retention. Lacing is thin, but shows great stick.

Smell - Sweet malt, and a fresh hop undertone.

Taste - Just like it smells. Begins with sweet malts upfront, subtle candied sugar sweetness, lightly toasted biscuit, then gives way to a beautifully bitter citrus hop that stays within a consistent range through to the finish. Orange pith lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, bubbly carbonation.

Overall - One of Sierra's better offerings. The bitterness can get a bit overwhelming at times, due to it's long linger time. Taking a few minutes to reset brings you back to the beauty in this beer. Despite this minor nitpick, this is a very good beer.

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3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

On tap at Uptown Brewing Co. in Denver on 1/28/2010. Poured into an Uptown pint glass.

A - Deep amber/cooper color with a nice 2 finger head with decent retention and lacing throughout the glass.

S - I was not impressed with the aroma of the beer, or lack thereof. Very mild citrus hop aroma but really not much at all.

T/M - The beer actually starts with sweeter tones of roasted malts before transitioning to a earthy/piney/citrus palette which blends fairly well with the malts. The beer finishes with a slight astringent bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Drinkable beer but I'd prefer a Torpedo.

Overall, its been years since I had a Celebration Ale so I looked forward to this beer. I found it slightly above average. It will probably be years before I reach for another.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-28-2011 21:06:50

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Celebration is a holiday tradition in our house. I always look forward to getting this beer during the holiday season. It's subtle head perfectly laces the glass. This well carbonated, medium bodied beer create an easy drinking true Sierra classic.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,238 ratings
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