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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
10,338 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,443
Reviews:
3,499
Ratings:
10,338
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
387
Gots:
2,022
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,338 |  Reviews: 3,499
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. '100317' is stamped on bottle.
Body is dark amber, pillowy off white head, and lots of lacing.
Aroma is caramel malt, pine, and citrus.
Taste is chewy malt, with pine and citrus hops. A little sweet, and a touch of bitterness at the end.
Medium mouth feel.
Very well balanced, with good looks, and very enjoyable tastes.

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Photo of Grackos
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TBDave
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. Looks beautiful. Tons of flavor, but not too fruity like a lot of IPAs. Gives off a wintery vibe. Has a decent kick. Perfect for a Christmas party. I’m definitely getting more.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's ruby red, foamy cream head screams Christmas and snow. Although a bit watered down it is still tastey with flavors of pine, malt, citrus, and cherry.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lorihall1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnhansen
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had several times and enjoyed enough to wish to say something positive about this beer here.
The appearance was a strong burnt dark orange to malted brown color with a cap of a little white foamy head that swiftly died off. Some lace, somewhat stringy and sliding off fairly quick.
The aroma had that strong smooth West coast styled malt bill flowing over a clean crisp bright citrusy to sprucy needle-like hoppiness. It has always smelled like that to me for as long as I can remember.
The flavor was an awesome balance of the sweet clean malts to the bitter and bright citrusy and piney hoppiness. Mainly a malty aftertaste with a touch of those sprucy to citrusy hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected. Nice crisp semi-sweet malty to sweet hoppy and semi-bitter finish (the same as always).
Overall, what's not to love about this beer. It's got over 10k amount of reviews and sits at 4.15 out of 5 on BA at the moment. Of course, I come back to this every year and seems like it doesn't even need me to talk about it to anyone as it has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.

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Photo of GoodBeerFan2006
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review though I've followed Beeradvocate since 2011. Don't expect eloquence or flowery, descriptive language in this review.
A: Beautiful reddish amber with a two finger khaki head and nice lacing.
S: Describing smell is a weakness of mine. So I'll pass. It's nice, just can't describe it.
T: Awesome-- nice hop bitterness comes through. It reminds me of grapefruit rind and pine. Malty sweetness balances this out, but the finish is a nice hoppiness that's calling for me to have another sip.
F: Medium body, nice finish.
Overall: Perhaps my favorite IPA, seasonal, and beer of all time. It's solid year in and year out.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich amber with a large head, The aroma features pine, cannabis, resin, orange peel, cinnamon, and caramel. The flavor starts somewhat sweet, with orange peel and clementine flesh, the it dried out with bitter pine, cedar, cannabis, and an oily, resinous finish. The mouthfeel is full with lush carbonation. Overall I see why this is a classic - it does have exquisite balance, and a host of classic, bitter flavors.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevin_RRCville
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrRB
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting and quite enjoyable fresh hop ale. Beguiling reddish color and moderate tan head. Aromas of fresh fruit and grass dominate. The palate is assertively bitter yet refreshing. Just lacks the depth of a truly excellent beer. [fresh 12 oz. bottle into a goblet glass]

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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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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,338 ratings
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