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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,280 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: 10,280 |  Reviews: 3,487
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

12oz bottle poured into a chilled Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber color with a big white heading with decent sticky lacing. Retention is very good and sticks to the glass throughout.

S: A very nice pine, citrus smell. More hoppy than malty.

T: A lovely bitter hoppy taste that lingers on the palate nicely.

M: Smooth and a very drinkable IPA. Medium bodied and decent carbonation.

O: I look forward to December each year to be able to get me some Celebration.

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Photo of sinkfloridasink
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark Copper. More depth then your standard IPA. Great carbonation visibility.
S - Hops and dry fruit. both warm and soothing. no booze.
T - Hop forward, dry fruits finish. Spice and vanilla are detectable.
M - Creamy as a milk stout. Thick but drinkable, coats the mouth like pork fat. pleasant.
O - Very fine IPA, best from sierra. Worth the wait for winter time.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 2011 Vintage. 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass.

A: SRM is amber. Clear filtered. Head is off white/light cream, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Fresh hop additions are balanced and fragrant. Can pick out the cascade, which smells fantastic. Light malt base with hints of caramel.

T: Balanced and thoughtful hop additions on the forefront. A nice rounded base of malt. Alcohol is barely noticable. Aftertaste is slight bitterness from hops.

M: Hops stimulate palate yet are very much metered and blend well. Malt gives a bit of creaminess. Finishes semi-wet.

O: Mosdef a celebration of ingredients. Harmonious hop balance, smooth malt base. Easy to drink and a touch higher ABV than normal, giving extra holiday cheer. A holiday classic that I buy every year.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

A: Appearance is dark red color with a head that will overflow if you are not careful.
S: Smells like an IPA which to me is a evergreen smell.
T: Taste, this is the IPA that made me like IPA's. It must be the balance between hops and malt. It is a well hopped ale, but not too bitter that it is not too much. It is drinable.
M: Mouthfeel is smooth.
O: Overall, this is a world class beer. One that pulled me into tasting more IPA's. I may have had a different path into craft beer. I found most IPA's too bitter to enjoy, this is the beer that changed my mind. Now I enjoy most IPA's that are well made. I believe a balance of malt and hops is key.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vicsju1991
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - hazy amber colour, huge white head that stays fro a while, good lacing
S - citrusy deliciousness
T - grapefruit, pine with a nice malty backbone
M - creamy and smooth and drinkable
O - my favorite winter seasonal, and one of my fav IPAs

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Photo of rmehughes
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of crobinso
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%

Photo of viaingo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Type: American IPA
Color:Amber red hue
Body: Lightly carbonated,
Head: Short white head. Did not last but was delicious!
Taste: Malty with hops. Bitterness was not over the top. Citricy.
Aroma: Citricy, hoppy, pines.

Overall this is a great variation of a classic IPA. The bitterness does not put you on your ass and the finish is very crisp and smooth. This is definitely a beer that is drinkable all night.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


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

I thought I had given this a negative review after I had bought some a few months ago. I got the wrong impression. I had thought it unbalanced, with too much hops and not enough malt. I bought a 12-er to bring with me to X-mas "celebration(s)" at my fiancee's family's house and am enjoying the S$%& out of it. Great beer! Huge hops, still not much malt flavor but no complaints here. Something was off with my palate last time I had it.. hadn't been eating enough maybe? Anyway, as the Bros. rate this, "world class." I loved it in the past and will continue to look for it. If only I could locate some Bigfoot in Indianapolis, as I used to back in the early 00s. Thanks SN. Glad I didn't review this and mislead any hopheads or beer fans in general. Important: no spices or other bullshit to ruin this beer despite its' winter seasonal status. Buy it, drink it, catch a buzz if you're a BA willing to entertain such notions.

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Photo of mempath
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured first into a tulip to check out the color...beautiful deep tawny golden almost amber held before infant solstitial morning light. the rest of the bottle put into a large yule stein (why not)..as it goes down, big dollop islands of pancake batter still remain. truly a celebration of the brewer craft! nose is not the hoppiest i've ever smelled, but it's strong enough to mask anything else. deep pine herbal menthol that shifts to taste seamlessly...nice complex flavors, of course, familiar territory, but the proof is in the pudding and live tasting. nice malt strength held as long as it could below as the hop character slowly overtook from the top. pretty dry finish that leads you to the next taste (and as said by another reviewer today, dangerously sessionable). for such a wallop of taste, the mouthfeel isn't as luscious as i'd like (like, say, Nugget Nectar). overall, a true celebration of this Yule/Solstice season of light, however you recognize it. i'll pick up a few more before they disappear. there is a similarity between this and Torpedo...i still prefer the year round Torpedo, but just by a hair

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this on Christmas day to Celebrate...Christmas.

Pours orange red with nice head. Drinking this one from a Cigar City snifter (courtesy mulder1010) but the beer looks really nice out of a shaker, with massive foamy head.

Smell is House Sierra Nevada but with substantial pine. There's a decent amount of yeastiness in the nose and taste.

Taste has generous and prominent bittering hops. Apart from that it's a pleasant melding of hop, malt and yeast.

Mouthfeel is really nice on this beer, brings a nice thick creaminess.

Prefer this one to Torpedo. For an Australian comparison I would go with Bridge Road Bling, because of the yeast presence and the strong presence of bittering hops in the taste. A well made beer, and this stuff is dangerously sessionable.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Appearance: Burnt orange with a touch of gold. Hazy, translucent. Med/small head but retains itself well atop the beer. Looks a bit like cider.

Smell: Grapefruit & lemon dominating - not overly strong however.

Taste: Very balanced, nothing too forward. Moderately spicy. Pleasant hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Very full, frothy, warming. Sharp finish.

Overall: Well crafted brew. Interesting to age. I opened '08 and '09 bottles this year and found that fruity 'cranberry' and 'apple pie' esters come out quite a bit, feels more 'boozy' and obviously more malty... I look forward to this one every year!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- cloudy orange with 2" off-white creamy head and lots of lacing.

S- lots of citrus and pine hops

T- lightly toasted sweet malts, citrus and pine hop bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation.

O- solid ipa wish this was year round. I would buy this over pale ale every time.

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

12oz bottle. Felt like pouring it into a snifter. Why not?

Hazy sienna orange with a bit of fluff. Latching onto the glass in cirrus cloud whisks. Elegantly displayed.

Heap of grapefruit/tangerine hop aroma wafting from the mouth of the glass. Strong toasty malt presence amplified by a charming sweetness.

Nice malt/hops interplay for a sub 7% beer. Lots of juicy citrus. A little lemon in the limelight. Toasted bread, juniper berry, hints of caramel and light sandalwood dustiness. Bittering and benevolent. Some of the hop character is floral and leafy with mouth-watering tang. Less fruity in the finish. Well executed and full-flavored.

Fuller richness to the mouthfeel than one might expect. Luscious character and fittingly sudsy carbonation. Feels superb.

A go-to every year. One of the best winter IPAs on the market.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,280 ratings
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