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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,325 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: 10,325 |  Reviews: 3,495
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gave me a big white head above a clear red honey golden colored beer.

The aroma is hops, a sweet citrus, with a slight malt background.

The taste is a dry hops taste with some sweet citrus in it with a slight caramel malt background.

A citrusy dry aftertaste finishes off a pretty decent beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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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  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange with three fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit aromas with some sweeter citrus notes underneath. Pine and grass aromas follow, giving it an earthy finish.

T: Pine and grass dominate the flavor with some grapefruit and rind notes mixed in. Lightly bitter finish, but it doesn't linger too long.

M: Body is on the light side of medium with medium carbonation. It is slightly on the watery side, but not too bad.

O: A pretty good beer, and a great bargain. Definitely one of the better fresh hop ales with lots of grass, pine, and earthy flavors.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JoLight
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the 2011 version.

It's a dark honey color, slightly amber but not quite. The head is about three shades off white. It retains very well and leaves a shit-load of lacing.

The aroma consists mainly of a strong hop-forward smell. There's the slightest bit of barley malt, some slight citrus notes (grape fruit rhine), that sweet gummy bear/candy smell, slightly pineapple. But I mostly get a piney hoppiness, but more like a magnolia pinecone, and not a pine tree pinecone. And mixed with that is sort of a Fraser Fur Christmas tree tartness.

The taste is hop-forward. mostly piney hops. No real citrus, or at least not as much as I suspected. It's also not nearly as sweet as one might suspect from the aroma. The barley malt is there, but the hops hide it to an almost unbalanced extent, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is on the wet side of dry. It's crisp. It's refreshing, and not too filling.

It struck me at first as being identical to the Torpedo. But as I became more familiar with it, this beer has much less malt presence, and is not as sweet. Also, the citrus is less present, but not by much though. However, if you aren't very experienced in taste and aroma nuances, you probably won't be able to tell the difference between this and the Torpedo, except maybe that the Torpedo is much sweeter and maltier.

Anywho, good brew.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy sunset orange with 2 fingers of frothy eggshell white head. Solid retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma produced big pine hop notes with citrus hops in the background.

Pine hop dominated taste. Grapefruit and maybe a little bit of lime zest makes up the rest of this beer. This one is definitely hop dominated. Not a whole lot of subtle background flavors.

Medium bodied and very carbonated. Maybe a little too carbonated in my opinion... Drying hop aftertaste, hop dragon breath coats every inch of your mouth.

Overall, this is a solid as hell six pack. A very great, widely available IPA for the holiday season. Maybe a tad overcarbonated... but other than that, an exceptional IPA.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into an Imperial Pint glass

A- Burnt orange to copper with a frothy white head, considerable lacing.

S-Sweet pine and citrus...grapefruit, lime.

T-Smooth, with sweet and lush (fresh) hops. The citrus is a lingering flavor with moderate bitterness. The citrus almost reminds me of the lime on the Tostitos lime corn chips, which isn't exactly lime.

M-Almost sticky, and definitely not dry, medium to full bodied.

O-Delicious, one of the best straight IPAs I've had.

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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe

A: Rich copper with a perfect pillowy one finger head.

S: Citrusy/fruity hops and floral notes...mostly grapefruit, orange peel and grape juice. Add to that a touch of grass.

T: A sublime balance of pine resin and zesty grapefruit. That gives way to light-biscuity malt and a tongue tingling punch of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body, above average carbonation. Dryer than SNPA, but not nearly as parching as Torpedo.

O: I’m not going to lie..this is a beer that I always look forward to and drink in quantity during the holiday season. I could pretty much write this review from memory. Long live Celebration!

PS - Could hardly taste the nutmeg and cinnamon this year! :)

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,325 ratings
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