Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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Type: American IPA
  • Brewed by: Sierra Nevada
  • Availability: Winter
  • Additional beer information
  • Region Available: England , Finland , Ireland , USA
  • Aroma: Hoppy
  • Aroma Description: Bread - Dark
  • Serve at Temperature: Cold
  • Container: Mugs
  • Website: http://www.sierranevada.com/
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  • 110 
  • 4.2/5 
  • 6.80% 
  • 1229/3686 
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Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration® Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home.

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  • Dec 17, 2011
    kaj-ii (778)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
    3.4
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    [Best served in a Shaker glass]

    The pour was a clear dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) off white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really good lacing.

    The aroma had a moderate dose of pine hops, a generous portion of grain and barley malts and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus and some nice wintery spices (clove and coriander I believe).

    The taste was mildly bitter with a note of caramel and just a little orange at first then became moderately bitterer and a bit hoppy with notes of grapefruit and a big dose of spices at the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with a nice strong hop presence and a touch of spice.

    Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body and a bit dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

    Overall a nice full tasting hoppy ale that had everything it needed to make a wonderful Winter Seasonal.

    Serving type: Bottle
  • Jan 21, 2011
    oldcorbzziwig (13)Rank: Beer NoviceGroup: Ease Beer Team
    4.8
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    2010 Celebration. Poured from 12 fl oz bottle into Ommegang 10 year anniversary tulip. "Celebration Ale is a special ale for the holidays." Oops, I guess I'm a little behind. Do MLK and Presidents' Day count?

    Appearance: Nice thick head, looks like you could balance a stack of coins on top. Cloudy amber color, definitely some sediment and "quiet" carbonation activity.

    Smell: Hello! A citrusy hop surprise. I feel like this one's got a lot more aroma than some of my other recent IPA tastings. Could it be that seasonals are generally fresher by nature or is this due to the advertised "fresh hops?"

    Taste: Full of flavor. This IPA is more on the citrusy, as opposed to the piney, side. I like it a lot - it's got a spicy kick on the tongue!

    Mouthfeel: It's pretty smooth and coats the entire mouth...

    Interlude: Yikes, I guess I liked this so much, I ran out before I finished the review, a first! Time to crack into #2 (holding the bottle up to the light, there is a ton of sediment swimming around)...

    Mouthfeel (cont): Mouth feels good.

    Drinkability: I could move through a few of these pretty easily. And SN always seems to be priced right for the job.

    Overall: I like this better than Torpedo, but now I'm anxious to try these back to back. No doubt in my mind why Celebration gets the praise it does - and deserves!
  • Nov 8, 2010
    mrreeve (14)Rank: Beer NoviceGroup: IPA Lovers
    3.1
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    I tried Celebration by Sierra Nevada this weekend. A pretty good IPA. More of a traditional IPA not the West Coast style I prefer. It's worth trying for sure.
  • Jul 1, 2010
    David_Berggren (5)Rank: Beer Novice
    4.9
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    I really couldnt get enough of this beer. Excellant. It felt like this beer was a continuation of the harvest series. I highly recommend this. Its an orgiastic feast for the sences.
  • Mar 20, 2010
    Davidskings (10)Rank: Beer Novice
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    This beer is great lots of hops and i look forward to it ever year when it comes out loaded with flavor and a ABV of 6.8 u cant go wrong