1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

7,386 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7386
Reviews: 3152
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 7,386 | Reviews: 3,152 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a vintage 2010 date on the label.

What an impressive head, very few beers show a thick lacing like Celebration does. Brassy amber color shows a bright clarity. Sharp citric and minty hop notes in the nose with some toasted grain in the back, a pretty big aroma. Medium bodied with a deep crispness. Hop bitterness is pretty sharp as it easily cuts through the malt from sip to sip. Hop flavors range from tobacco to mint, grapefruit peel to green tea. Toasted grain and a mild caramel maltiness lay deep beneath the hop character. Warming alcohol pokes through with a quick fume and clean fruitiness. Finishes bitter with a quick kiss of malt. This is the typical veteran hophead's first pick for winter seasonals and a great pick at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 02:10:34 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd
Todd

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Balanced? No way. But who gives a rat's ass? 2001 is something to kick the Winter into gear, with its incredible raw hopped character and warming alcohol. A beer to look forward to, regardless. I do recall previous years being more pronounced in the malt dept. and more balanced. But hey, whatever. Drink a few of these and nothing will really matter.

To give this year's a perfect 5 is a little extreme. Everything was great overall, the drinkability ... like crack. I'm off to the pawn shop ...

Notes from 2000:

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist cap bottle. Lovely little X-mas scene on the label. Bottled on date, on neck of bottle.

Appearance: Rich, deep amber/copper. Excellent slightly off-white head ... very creamy, sticky and retains like its fighting for its life.

Smell: There's an absolutely incredible aroma on this beer! A nose full of big herbal hops and fruity esters. Some yeast aromas are also present, but very minimal.

Taste: Dreamy. So smooth. So rich. So fortified with malt goodness. So hoppy. At first there's a creamy feel on the palate, that then opens up to toasty, sweet malt flavours. A bold herbal hop runs rampid on the palate with a semi-prickly, puckering, lemon-rind quality. After a few more mouthfulls the brew begins to warm the body, and you can really feel the alcohol kick in. Finishes a bit dry with grain/husk flavours, and some breadiness as it warms.

Notes: At 6.8% this is one hell of a Winter seasonal! Warms the body and soul. A brew for hop heads too. One of the best Winter Seasonals that I have ever had, and one of the best Strong Ales. Drink with caution as this brew will kick your ass.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2001 18:33:41 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-20-2014 01:07:04 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of AHeaston8
AHeaston8

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-18-2014 18:47:05 | More by AHeaston8
Photo of poskok
poskok

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-18-2014 14:08:24 | More by poskok
Photo of Russf3181
Russf3181

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-18-2014 01:15:53 | More by Russf3181
Photo of Gumstump
Gumstump

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-17-2014 16:01:02 | More by Gumstump
Photo of GoBlue12
GoBlue12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-16-2014 20:45:44 | More by GoBlue12
Photo of ramrod666
ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-16-2014 19:24:07 | More by ramrod666
Photo of tylergoov
tylergoov

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-14-2014 22:53:15 | More by tylergoov
Photo of EdTheEdge
EdTheEdge

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-13-2014 20:50:05 | More by EdTheEdge
Photo of Noelito76
Noelito76

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-12-2014 12:12:31 | More by Noelito76
Photo of ccurrid
ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-12-2014 05:04:18 | More by ccurrid
Photo of brokerjoe
brokerjoe

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-11-2014 21:13:06 | More by brokerjoe
Photo of mikeherrera
mikeherrera

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-11-2014 20:09:34 | More by mikeherrera
Photo of HopkingGonzalo
HopkingGonzalo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-11-2014 05:40:00 | More by HopkingGonzalo
Photo of HOPHEADNATIONMATT
HOPHEADNATIONMATT

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

04-11-2014 00:06:16 | More by HOPHEADNATIONMATT
Photo of Tegman
Tegman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-10-2014 22:53:37 | More by Tegman
Photo of tp05lg
tp05lg

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-10-2014 21:37:24 | More by tp05lg
Photo of ambruns1979
ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-10-2014 09:22:00 | More by ambruns1979
Photo of John_Rendleman
John_Rendleman

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-10-2014 02:15:20 | More by John_Rendleman
Photo of harpus
harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-09-2014 19:57:01 | More by harpus
Photo of DaveOrlowski
DaveOrlowski

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-09-2014 15:16:12 | More by DaveOrlowski
Photo of Mikexw
Mikexw

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-08-2014 18:58:00 | More by Mikexw
Photo of eelyj
eelyj

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-08-2014 01:12:33 | More by eelyj
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,386 ratings.