Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Topher78
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my trusty sniffer and got about 2 fingers width of an off white head. The beer poured a rather unremarkable chill hazed Orange/Red and left decent lacing. Upon first whiff I could smell numerous citrus aromas coming from the Cascade and Centennial hops that are generously used in this brew. In addition to hopping the beer when first brewed, Sierra Nevada dry hops Celebration after the first stage of fermentation is complete giving the beer it's bold aroma. The first sip of Celebration is reminiscent to shaking hands with an old friend; warm, inviting and friendly. This brew finishes clean with a slightly bitter side to it from the Chinook hops used in the brewing. Overall this beer is what a great Christmas season beer should be.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition:

Appearance: Pours an amber orange with a few red hues at the curves of my 12oz snifter. Beautiful eggshell white, frothy head. Very good. Brilliant head.

Nose: Big citrusy dry hops on the front closely followed by some caramel malts. Gets deep into the sinuses. Sticky grapefruit peel, pine, cedar woodiness, and a spicy hop character...probably the wet hops. Large floral hop presence! Very good. Pretty complex.

Mouth/Taste: A pretty big citrus hop bitterness balanced by a very fresh caramel hop. Citrus, grapefruit peel, cedar wood, floral hops, and a semi-dry finish. EDiT: Later i noticed a certain funk that i had not previously noticed. Frothy and semi- dry in the mouth but not overpowering. Masterful balance.

Overall: SN is one of the world's best breweries. Almost always 85-90 material at the least. Not a big beer, but a quality session beer for the holidays. recommended, though not sure f 'll see out again. Not something i'd buy by the case but i'll buy another six next year probably. but thats probably more due to the fact of style preference more than a hit to the brew. "A" beer material. The summary of this one is a fruity wet hops balanced masterfully with a fresh caramel malt. Dunno what the hell this has to do with the holidays, but whatever...its a really good brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Clear copper color with a thin sandy colored head. Nice rings of lacing down the glass.

S: Some nice citrus hops, caramel malts, grapefruit and a slight herbal note. Hints of wet blanket and tropical fruit.

T: Caramel malts with a slightly burnt note, sharp green hop resin, some grapefruit pith and a nice pine hop bitterness.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

2011 Vintage- Very fresh

Pour: Dark hour/amber syrupy pour with big lacing and a large white frothy head.

Nose: Citrus hops, dank resin, alcohol, big caramel malt, pine, cedar, and toast.

Taste: Big citrus hops, very piney, nice bitterness matched with great caramel malt, some spice, cedar, and an alcohol finish that lingers on your tongue with toast/cereal aftertaste and more cedar like spice.

Mouthfeel: Inbetween syrup and water...pretty great.

Overall: This was my first (and quickly second) SNCA. Fantastic winter this price I'll buy it all winter.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a thick head. Wonderful head retention and lacing.

The smell is amazing. Citrus and pine from the hops along with maybe a hint of malt.

The taste is where it all comes together. Wonderfully balanced with just the right amount of hop flavor and bitterness. The malt is able to shine through as well. The finish is slightly sticky with the alcohol becoming slightly noticeable.

This is a very good beer and one of my favorite ipa's. Wish it was available year round.

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Photo of gunner214
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle - Enjoyed in a Great Lakes tumbler...

Its always a "Hoppy Xmas" with Celebration Ale...I purchase a case every year!

Beautiful creamy inch or so head...lingers for a while...and leaves nice lacing trails.

Nice citrus tropical aroma with a bit of carmel malt.

Beautifully balanced. Nice hop bitterness with complex citrus, herbal, and minty hop flavors. Definitely on the spicy side which makes this great for a winters eve during the holidays (even though its in the 60s today in Philly : )

Mouthfeel is great...medium bodied with a dryness that makes it feel on the lighter side...easy drinking.

Overall a great 2011 celebration ale. Perhaps a bit more balanced and mintier than previous annual releases...maybe the growing season produced more mint and spice in the hops.

Easy to drink 3 of these in a sitting to brighten one's holiday spirit. The abv is well hidden and the bitterness of this IPA is not overpowering but very well balanced.

Get some Celebration while it lasts.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Pours into a pint glass a hazy, glowing amber color. A super creamy cap of off-white head develops with some real staying power. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is big on grapefruit up front with a minty hop tinge. Rich caramel notes round out the nose.

Taste is all about the hops...citric, piney, spicy and a bit earthy. Grapefruit, lemon rind, mint and herbal tea flavors with a mildly sweet caramel malt backbone.

Very nice mouthfeel...smooth and crisp with a medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation paired with a tad bit of stickiness to balance out the creaminess on the palette.

Too bad this is only a winter seasonal...a very nice IPA.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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