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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,293 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: 10,293 |  Reviews: 3,491
Photo of Dada100
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JulesG
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I look forward to this excellent seasonal brew every year. I had a pint at the SN brewery several weeks ago in Falls River, NC. Slightly piney and definitely hop-forward taste. If you like fresh hop IPAs, you will love the Celebration Ale!

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew with a decent off white receeding head. Scent of a citrus and malt IPA. Decent piney and citric flavor with some blending malt. Quite tasty. If you like SN beers you will like this one for sure.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer. Very clean for all the spices and caramel. Aroma is mostly caramel taste is malty with piney hops cutting through but the caramel is what makes it. Full mouthfeel. Very satisfying.

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Photo of DW78715816
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ncravey
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Piney citrusy smooth ipa almost like a darker hopsicutioner. Very good beer.

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Photo of MarlPMills
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable pine and citrus hop infusion into a well balanced hop formula.

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Photo of JamesRiner
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gardner254
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ayyshane
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Str8 zinger

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sparx1100
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled ~5 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a tawny body with a three-finger off-white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Great retention and lacing. Some fine hop particulate floating around
S -- Barely getting any aromatics at all, surprisingly. Just a bit of floral, grass, metallic herbaceousness, and citrus peel
T -- Black tea, orange peel, fresh pine resin, caramel malt, grass, tobacco leaf, earth, grapefruit pith, and biley hop oils
F -- Standard drinking IPA


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Photo of PineappleBoss
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

worth the try :)

taste: roasted malts, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, melon

bitter hop aftertaste like torpedo

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the most refreshing winter beers without gimmicks. Delicious, dependable, and true. $40 a case in PA. I swear it taste cleaner since they started distributing from NC and it's certainly easier to get my hands on.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of CPAles
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pro45
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle packaged on 1/03/17. Pour is copper in color and the head doesn't last two long. Nose is hops, citrus, caramel malts. Taste is caramel marls hops, pine, faint citrus notes, candy sugar. Mouthfeel is more on the creamy side and goes down very smooth. Overall it's very nice. I've had this beer about three years ago and from what I can remember, that version was a little better than this years version. More aggressive hop presence.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 10/13/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.8% ABV. The beer pours bright reddish amber with sticky khaki colored head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is pine and faint citrus. The taste is nicely bitter pine with an equally nice semisweet citrus & caramel malt balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is some definite hop oil presence that adds a slickness while never going too sweet or sticky. Overall, wonderful and made better with 19 day old delivery in cans.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of california_republic
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Very generous, foamy head that stays up a long time. As it subsides, it gets pillowy like cumulus clouds and leaves behind microfoam that clings to the side of the glass with a lot of coverage. Impressive and fresh, with a brew date of 10/3/17 being consumed on 10/31/17. Color is brownish amber and is actually pretty clear, unless you tip the bottle over all the way and let in the yeast to your glass.

Smell: Simply great. Fragrant apple, orange blossom and peel, pear, and berries. An amazingly American fragrance that will not fail to impress. I don't get much pine at all, maybe a tiny bit, which probably makes it unique among the high-quality hop-bomb American IPAs these days.

Taste: The taste is where the hops come back, with your familiar iconic west coast IPA pine and citrus. I also get orange peel and a lot of bright but not sour fruit flavors, which I interpret to be berries. There's also a bit of roasted maltiness to it, but the hops take center stage much more than in Pale Ale.

Feel: There's a creamyness to it from the many small bubbles in such a fresh brew. Sweet, but still crisp. Medium herbal bitterness around the level of Pale Ale but overall brighter than Pale Ale. Malts are of the roasted kind and not the crackery kind of lagers, but the malts are very slight. The finish is probably the weaker spot of this otherwise flawless American IPA as it's not as malty as Pale Ale and not as hoppy as Torpedo or Hop Hunter. But you have to keep in mind that Celebration has been around since 1981, a year after Pale Ale and long before craft beer drinkers got accustomed to the hop bombs of today.

Overall: Most brewers use their winter seasonal to concoct pumpkin spice dark malt agglomerations without the pumpkin, but Sierra Nevada was not founded on such gimmicks. They built themselves on being the one of the first masters of American hops, and Celebration reflects their history and focus. Despite being a winter seasonal, Celebration has nothing to do with Christmas or spice and instead is instead a celebration of the start of the hop harvest, featuring the freshest hops of the year. This is well reflected in the outstanding head, aroma, taste, and texture of this beer, even compared to Sierra Nevada's year-round beers. The only glaring flaw is that the finish is surprisingly not as hop-heavy as Torpedo "Extra" IPA or even Hop Hunter, which probably reflects the fact that Celebration is a much older ale than the hop bombs that craft beer drinkers have gotten used to.

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Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Numbskull13
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

beautiful beer, look forward to this one every year. very nick malt backbone, then the hops kick in with a nice dry finish. Nice candy like taste up front and thick mouth feel. wonderful fall ipa.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,293 ratings
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