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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

2011 Celebration Ale into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold with a lovely pillowy head of 2-3 fingers worth that grips the sides of the glass like a vice. Lacing goes all the way down the glass.

Aroma is a fresh pine forest in winter with a blanket of snow and a touch of citrus fruit from hops.

This beer has a fantastic, strong malt foundation that is capped by the fresh hops, providing great balance and a transition from bread-biscuit malt taste to wonderful fresh resinous bitter pine flavors. The malts also kick off some caramel flavors. Kind of like SNPA on steroids. The hops provide all kinds of interesting flavors, to include pine, slight citrus, pineapple, and tobacco.

Mouthfeel is rich from the malts and slick from the hop oils. Overall goes down very smoothly with a nice amount of carbonation.

In conclusion, this is a delightful holiday brew. Very festive and provides an added punch for cold winter days. Not a spiced beer, so again, sets itself apart from many other holiday offerings. Without a doubt a go-to winter seasonal brew. Go-to? What the heck, it's awesome fresh-hop glory!

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Photo of BrianOhio
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A semi aggressive pour will give you a 2-3 finger head with good retention and lacing. Hazy pale orange in the glass.

Aroma is a nice mix of citrus/pineapple, mixed with some pine notes typical in an IPA style.

I've often felt the packaging is rather misleading on this one, as you're expecting a Christmas warmer, and you (happily in my case) experience one of the better fresh hop ales out there. Bright citrus is balanced with a not too harsh pine finish - fresh is the best way to describe it, and it's not a bruiser.

In the fresh hop space, this is one of the best out there in my opinion. And the price makes it one of the best values in a quality beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Pours a solid orange with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of bready, biscuit, cracker malt and pine hop character.

Taste is up front cracker malt with some pine hop that fades into some grapefruit character and ends on a bitter and sweet kick with a lasting malt/hop finish...hard to describe but that's what makes this beer so great.

Lighter to medium body with medium carbonation work well for the style. The alcohol is well hidden.

A great IPA that mixes pine hop and bready, cracker malt perfectly. There is a unique quality to this beer that doesn't quite sink in until halfway through the beer....I look forward to this every year of course.

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

Pours a hazy amber gold with off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smells of citrus hops with a bit of pine. The taste is heavier on pine, but you still get citrus and spice. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Bravo to Sierra Nevada for going way outside of the box on a winter seasonal. This is an annual holiday staple in my fridge.

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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 sweemzander
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. 2011 vintage. I cant believe I have never tried this yet, but better late than never!

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color. Produced a great fluffy tan to orange colored head with great retention and tons of lace.

(S)- A nice dry pine up front with some nice citrus and subtle caramel malt.

(T)- Same as the smell only backwards: The citrus and caramel malt up front with the dry pine on the finish. Simple, but tastes good.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and a great balance of malt and hops without one overpowering the other.

(D)- A solid IPA, though maybe not as "Holiday" or "Festive" for this time of the year as other beers out there, but it is a solid example for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,228 ratings.
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