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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,280 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: 10,280 |  Reviews: 3,487
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, amber in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is pine, cherry, and toasted malt. Sweet with slight bitterness, medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A holiday classic that I look forward to each year. Great beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Great, thick, white head! Best head ive seen on a brew hands down! Pillowly and fluffy. Just awesome. Great lacing as well. The body of the beer is a light orangish with ample yeast particles floating about the bottom of he glass. Perfect look.

S- Fresh hops, tomato plant, basil, thyme, herbs, and pine as it warms. Note: I am aware that there are no actual herbs or spices added to this beer, this is just my impression.

T- Hops, herbal, piney with a slight caramel.

M- Medium bodied.

O- An absolute must try. One of my favorite beers of all time, hands down. Near flawless.

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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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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
No freshness date on bottle other than '2011' as year.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a >2cm head of cream-colored foam made up of fairly small bubbles. This gives the head a very dense, pillowy appeal to it. Head descends gradually, but never fading completely (remains a 0.5cm cap on the body) leaving enormous amounts of lacing. Body is orange amber in color, slightly hazy

Aroma is notably hoppy, pulling in strong pine and juniper, along with noticeable grapefruit and orange. Slightly sweet and cracker-like from malt, but appropriately overshadowed by hops. Good, but not exceptional.

Taste opens with Interesting combination of hop flavors, ranging from a burnt or toasted hop, pine, juniper, to very light grapefruit and orange citrus. Some hop bitterness, but nothing too crushing. Malt backbone is never too far away, giving off adequate caramel sweetness for balance. Aftertaste of mild pine resin and hop bitterness. Fairly complex and enjoyable.

Beer is medium-bodied with enough carbonation to foam this up a bit on the palate. Feels somewhat creamy on the palate. Dry finish, slightly astringent.

An extremely tempered and pleasing IPA. The pine hop flavors seem appropriate for the time of year, though this would be excellent at any point one wanted a very hop-forward beer.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle says 2011, so i have to assume that its this fresh batch to get it out before the holidays.
Pour is a dark amber color, some bubbles and thin lacing around, dark for an IPA, but i guess that is what a holiday ipa is i assume.
Aroma is less aromatic then i expected, does not jump out at you, and has some standard C hop aromas amid some biscuit. less then exciting, sub par for an ipa.
Flavors are more citrus, the carbonation makes it brighter, and the obligatory pine is noted, more balanced then other IPAs, i would say this is more balanced then most "east coast" ipas, really borders the Pale Ale territory, which is what i always thought this beer was.

I remember liking this beer more when i was just getting into craft, either my palate has matured past C hops as a preferance or i got a lame batch.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,280 ratings
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