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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly orange amber with a light head that leaves a quality lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel malts, piney hoppiness, yeasty breadiness, some citrus (lime, grapefruit, pineapple)

T - Hop forward with a citric pineyness that give way to a decent bitter. The malt then reveals a subtle fruitiness with an almost grape-like character that leads to a malty finish with residual bitter and pine notes. Hop-tastic!

M - Good carbonation and coating.

O - A wonderful IPA. Hoppy, but not overly so, and the malts give a fruitiness that balances out the floral aspects of the hops quite well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium orange color with a good haze. One and a half finger off white head with amazing retention and lacing.

S: Big citrus hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, orange and lemon zest. Resinous and fresh. Slight caramel malts peek through.

T: Slight caramel malts upfront. Then the fresh oily citrus hops come in. A good blend of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange peel. Big piney hop notes also. Very resinous. Not super bitter in the middle but grows as it finishes.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Very slick and oily. Dry finish.

O: Very good. To bad it's not a year round brew. One of the tastier IPA's I've had. Widely distributed, so if you haven't had it go get it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Lush, rusty and looking like trees in the fall. Very nice.
smell: subdued hops, a hint of spice. Not too complex out of the fridge. Let's see what happens at it warms.
taste: Very tasty, again not too complex just of the fridge. I do like the mellowness of the whole cone American hops.
overall: Very tasty IPA. I had high expectations from this. Very tasty but didn't quite meet the bar I expected after reading so much praise. Still, a fine brew.
Did not change much as it warmed.

12/12/11 edit: revisited this after all the enthusiasm shown here on ba. Still seems to be a good, well done ipa , but at least IMHO, not a superstar ( while fully respected that many others hold in high regard).

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be my first review of a Sierra Nevada brew, but it's far from my first tasting. I find that Sierra Nevada is consistently one of the best breweries out there, despite their scale of production.

A: Healthy two fingered head, which dissipates quickly, but the remaining wisp has excellent retention. The lacing is an elaborate drapery of white foam. And the liquid is of a medium dark amber hue.

S: This is very perfume-y on the nose, with lemon, flowers, and I even sniff some nectarines.

T: I perceive most everything on the nose, sans nectarines, combined with some resiny pine sap, an herbal burst of spicy, herbal hops, and a slight malt backbone, though hidden, of caramel and dark bread. The flavors seem more palatable when the beer warms up a bit - sip and appreciate.

M: The beer is medium level carbonated, and the aggressive hops scathe the palate. Beer finishes dry.

O: This seasonal IPA is a cause for Celebration (now I'm a hack writer!) indeed. It's more hoppy than Torpedo, Sierra Nevada's year round IPA, but some claim that this IPA can even be AGED! So if you want a sweeter IPA, I'd experiment with that. But for me, it's all about the first hops of the growing season: the fresher the better!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #89
Served On: 11/19/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.8%
Date/ Code: 2011 Release

What better way to kick off the winter season than with a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Found a 12 pack of the 2011 release at my usual beer store for $13.99!

Look: It poured a hazy organish copper with a finger of off-white fluffy head. There was a slow but constant stream of carbonation bubbles rising.

Smell: Fresh cut pine tree with some ripe grapefruit and a super clean citrus that is common with Sierra Nevada. The aroma was just as I remembered it from last year’s release.

Taste: First was a strong ripe grapefruit and pine note that quickly faded into a nice bitter middle. The finish was somewhat dry with a malty bread note blended with the hop bitterness and spice. This is a very complex – but balanced IPA.

I’m not going to lie; I have always loved this beer. Think of this one as a Torpedo with a little less ABV and more balance with higher drinkability. I do remember some of last year’s batch having a little more bitterness and not quite as much of the maltiness. Regardless, yet another great seasonal from SN.

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