Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
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10,220 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,220
Reviews:
3,467
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
376
Gots:
1,946
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 10,220 |  Reviews: 3,467
Photo of mastodonj
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 12 oz bottle into a diconic

Massive light beige head; frothy!
Reddish dark amber color;

I had written "fresh hop" for the smell before I had actually read the bottle which says on the neck "fresh hop ale" . Doh!
Definitely lives up to its subtitle.

The fresh hoppiness is highlighted with citrusy flavors and smells. Balanced with a hint of malt.
Plenty of hop bitterness and tartness with the winter warmer level of
alcohol.
Very clean finish and mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good AIPA but, for me, not "out there" enough to be a great winter seasonal.

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Photo of Otisimaas
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of birchholz
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of areich6
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hedonismbott
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of maggierenfro
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of claspada
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 bottle, one year later courtesy of guezer.

Aromas of sweet pine resin mixed with some citrus. Pale malt lends a slight biscuity dryness, but the hops are really the star of this show.

The taste begins with mildly sweet and grain, but then quickly pushed aside by the hop bite. Strong bitterness combined with pine and citrus, earthy tones and a little hop spice.

The mouthfeel and finish wasn't the driest but was still very clean and massively bitter.

Not the most refreshing beer but with the the right body and carbonation for an IPA. Not stellar but worth a go once a year.

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Photo of MNJR
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I buy this every winter/holiday season without fail. It's always a pleasure to bring this one home. This year I'm enjoying it, but something seems a bit different. There's a piney/Listerine type hops flavor going on that I don't expect. Color is a nice golden hued amber, head is proper, lacing thin but stays intact. Smell is warm and inviting, hops being #1 in the nose. Flavor is a rich IPA with great tangerine/grapefruit notes and grainy carbonation. But, there is that pine sap antiseptic quality nudging through. The mouthfeel is a bit thick for my liking, and while the flavor is good, after one or two it gums up your tasting apparatus a bit. A very good beer, but I think this year (2011) it could be better, or maybe I remember it differently than it actually is.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of JohannBock
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wasn't sure I was going to able to try this this season. Happy to have had the chance.

A: Poured into a mug. A really nice orange red color, almost copper. Pours a nice 2 finger head with some nice retention.

S: Up front gives a nice piney smell. Followed up by some toasty malts.

T: Really nice. A nice 3 part taste here. Bitter hops up front, followed by some sweet and toasty malts, finished by piney and maybe some orange rind tasting hops.

M: Nice long finish with some prickly carbonation.

O: Really nice beer. Super happy I got to try it. It is one of the better IPA's I've had and at it's price you really can't beat it. Almost wish it was around all of the time. Definitely something I'll drink again.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of stckhndlr
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. Good thick foamy 2 finger off white head set on top of a copper amber body. A little haze to it, not totally clear. Some nice cling to the side of the glass as you drink.

S- Good hoppy notes with a hint of some malty pine and a touch of maple perhaps?

T- Big hops in there up front. At 65 IBUs it really does shine. The caramel malt comes through towards the finish with the hop bitterness lingering in the finish. Picking up a bit of the alcohol in the finish as well but it's very minimal.

M- Just a perfect feel to this beer. Carbonation is right and it has a smooth finish and clean feel to it.

O- If you are a hop head and want the right kind of ale for the holidays, this is the one you need to pick up. Great beer.

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Photo of hiku7
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to reddish copper. Some haze. Stable off-white one-finger head. Moderate lacing.

Orange citrus aroma, plus substantial piney notes. Some grassiness in the hop aroma too, but not dank. A bit of spiciness. Malt provides some initial sweetness to the aroma. No noticeable yeast aroma or esters.

Flavor is sweet malt, some caramel, and a substantial up front hop bitterness that carries throughout each taste, but is never too sharp. The hop flavor is reminiscent of mandarin oranges.

Medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation, and a moderately dry finish due to the big hop taste.

Overall, this is a big, hoppy, sweet (though not too sweet) and delicious IPA that I look forward to every year.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of chilly460
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is a pleasant hazy golden brown color. Huge billowing head that stuck around like a scoop of ice cream on the top of a float, impressive. Great lacing.

S - I get a different hop profile than expected here, more dank and earthy hops. Like rotting grass, but not in an unpleasant way.

T - Strong earthy, hops, somewhat astringent. Pretty one dimensional, but the flavor profile is strong.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O - The dank earthy hops just aren't my preference, beer is solid but one dimensional.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Label stamped 1305117 38. Whatever that mean.

Appearance - Cloudy amber body. Barely offwhite head with patchy lacing and low decent retention.

Smell - Fruity malt and spicy hop.

Taste - Smooth malt and moderately bitter hop barrage. Fades away quickly into a balanced sticky bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Sticky. Coats the tongue. Low effervescence, but some slight bitter bite. Warming.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit beer. Would probably even make a decent session.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Thick off-white head, with a reddish honey amber color. Smells of grapefruit and hops.
Intense hoppy flavor with a bit of malt and pine. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
Although the ABV ist quite that high, you do notice it. Overall, its a very good IPA..a bit bitter, but still nice. Its a great brew for a cold day.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,220 ratings.
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