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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
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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: 10,329 |  Reviews: 3,495
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: After a vigorous pour I got 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Great retention, that head stuck around for a while. Nice caramel color with some great lacing. It's a bit hazy. Certainly an attractive beer but not top of the class.

S: A really nice piney punch hit me first. It's very floral and is so inviting. Caramel maltiness is present too and immediately displays the backbone that this beer has.

T: Tons of pine followed by a really rich caramel malt. This beer has a really great balance struck with the rich malts. The bitterness isn't overwhelming in the slightest. The hops have a really floral finish. The alcohol is tough to notice.

M: Light to medium body. Nice creaminess with great carbonation.

O: It's always stunning to me how different fresh hopped beers are to dry hopped beers. I know it's an extreme case but I had a torpedo (great!) recently and the two beers have such a different profile. This beer is much more subtle and really drives home the malt balance. Great winter beer and always stellar

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of deaconoflove
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Deep Amber color w/ nice fine off white head...lingering with lacing as well.
Sm. Immediate red grapefruit hops and some faint maltiness in the background.
Ta. Same again. Grapefuit is primary with a little faint malt in the back corner...it all fades and blends into a long lingering and fairly strong bitterness that hangs on and on.
Mf. Creamy from the carbonation, not too thin.
Dr. Very good, but one IPA is enough for me.

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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%

Photo of jman892
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking beer, pours a somewhat hazy amber color, nice fluffy off white head of 1.5 fingers. Good, thick lacing

S - Smells like christmas with piney hops dominating, but a sweeter malt lingering lending a balance

T - Taste follows the nose as the bitter piney hops are apparent right up front. A little bit of juiciness rounds it off

M - Average body with a dry mouthfeel

O- Nice IPA, always have a 6er of this around the holidays, but would be fine in the summer as well if I could find it then

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jsulko
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pourecd into a tulip glass

Dark amber color. Head is slightly off white with good retention.

Strong fresh hops smell, more towards pine than citrus.

Taste is smooth with the piney hops coming through in the flavors with a distinctive hops bitterness on the finish.

A great winter beer that is one of my favorite styles.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of beyah
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into my vintage PBR goblet, deep amber with one finger of off white head. Head retention is decent lacing is excellent

Smell - WOW! The smell! Fresh piney hops, there is a trace of other hops smell, and a bit of malt in the backgound.

Taste - Piney hops up front and a subtle malt with a bready underpinning, this is one nice IPA. Let it warm up closer to room temp, the flavor improves.

Mouthfeel - Decnt mouthfeel not overly slick or thin, and a clean bitter finish. The correct carbonation for an IPA.

Overall - A solid IPA from SN, with a generous amount of alcohol and hops. It is what a good IPA should be, I'll pick this one up again.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of devinoconnor
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, what a delightful winter Christmas ale!

Pours a light brown, dark orange color with ample amount of frothy head. Smell is hoppy on the nose.

Taste is where this becomes a classic. Wonderful bountiful hops mixed with some spice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Great "IPA" that has those winter ale contexts but without the overwhelming spice.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,329 ratings
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