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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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9,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,253
Reviews: 3,333
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,190 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.
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Photo of Beric
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 22 November 2014

Appearance: Pours a nice copper red color with a soapy one finger white head. Looks awesome. Leaves great lacing.

Smell: My biggest take from the smell is how clean it is- the smell is just nice crisp citrus hoppiness without being too overpowering on a similarly crisp and clean maltiness.

Taste: I finally understand why people go nuts for this IPA. It's truly quite world class, easily one of the best I've had. The biggest impression I get from this beer is how balanced it is for the style- everything compliments each other. The malts provide a nice core to the beer and enough sweetness to balance out the hops, while the hops provide a strong assertion of bitter citrus fruit and some herbal spiciness. Really marvelous.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with good carbonation. I'd like to see the carbonation turned down half a notch in this one. This beer on cask would be godly.

Overall: An incredible beer, and one that I intend on drinking much more of before the holiday season is up. World class. Highly recommended.

Photo of AJacob81
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Natellis123
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, California
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Foggy ruby amber, thiiiick head that eventually settles to a nice cap, excellent thick lacing - Beautiful

Slight tropical fruit aroma, herbal hops, bready and grassy.

Grapefruit pulp, caramel malts, hints of lemon, bread.

Very bubbly, medium bodied, extremely hoppy. Good balance of bitter from season fresh hops to malty sweetness. Finishes dry with notes of grain.

Hits all aspects of the american IPA. Earthy, herbal, citrusy - All while remaining drinkable, bitter, sweet, and delicious. Can it not be winter forever??

Photo of cratez
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz (355ml) bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI. Pours a slightly hazed copper bronze with a thick ring of cream coloured head. Globs of stringy lace cling to the tulip. Subdued nose is floral hops, Clementine, citrus zest, and fruity, toffee-like aromas. Taste is orange peel, pine, caramel, bright and juicy tangerine, and a spicy, citric hop bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is silky, medium-bodied, oily texture mid-palate, crisp and tangy bite from the hops with a firmly bitter finish.

Big, satisfying flavours on this holiday IPA but I'm not detecting the cinnamon taste that others have noted. And that makes sense to me since Celebration doesn't have any spices added to it. High drinkability as I could easily pack back a sixer over an evening or two, but because this isn't available around here I'll be limiting myself to one bottle per night. I look forward to savouring the rest of my half case over the next two weeks.

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

Pours a dark amber with two finger so of head into a normal pint glass. Lots of lacing left over. The smell is a ton of flowery hops that smell absolutely heavenly. The last celebration I had was over six months old and was very tasty, but nothing like this. As hoppy as any IPA I could want, but with some malty backboneto follow it up, this is an absolutely fantastic beer all around. Maybe not the best beer for someone who is not a hop fan, and definitely not the samew type of winter seasonal we get in the midwest. This is fantastic and always worth it.

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

2010 version, hot off the truck.

A-Pours a veiled peach copper amber with a creamy eggshell head with AMAZING lacing.

S-A whole lotta C hop going on here, and it is all good. Carmel malts are present in quantity to balance it all out.

T-Pungent mouthpuckering citrus hops are balanced by robust caramel malts in a medley of IPA. Astringent grapefruit rind finish that goes on forever and ever. This is a robust full flavored IPA that takes full advantage of both hop and malt.

M-Full bodied for an IPA with balanced carbonation.

D-I rank this up there with Racer 5 as one of the best IPAs on the planet, but with a higher malt bill than racer and more body. This one never lets me down...

Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little darker than a normal IPA, looks like you mixed orange juice and ginger ale. A thin, but fluffy white head that sticks to the glass as it dissipates.

Has a flowery, citrusy smell, and seemed to have a scent of hard candy as well.

A big taste of citrus greets you with each sip. A little bit of pine is present as well.

The malts do a good job of masking the bitterness. It's still there, but it's gentle makes each drink enjoyable.

Like all things Sierra Nevada, this is a keeper. Good flavors, good alcohol, just a shame it's a seasonal.

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

I had the good fortune of finding a sixer of this at Kappy's. Ran about $8. Had an deep amber color with a decent head. The twist off makes it way too easy. The taste was hoppy, but not over powering. The label said 2003, but I don't think the taste changes much year to year. Bitter sweet, this is a fantastic beer. If only store 24 carried it!

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

Sierra Celebration pours a medium amber color, is semi foggy with a long lasting frothy head. The aroma is light airy and hoppy. The taste it a little sweet, but has a nice crisp hoppiness to it. The overall mouthfeel is fine being a creamy, smooth, medium bodied beer. This is a pretty good beer that i could drink again and again.

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


A- pours with an impressive white foamy head that lasts well into the pour, somewhat hazy copper color with lots of lacing. Some of the best lacing I've seen.

S- Strong citrus and piney hops, with a bit of sweet malt as well. Grapefruit juice and fresh mint cuts through as well, very pleasant.

T- Sharp hop kick from the get go, notes of pine, citrus, herbal, very complex. As strong as the hops are the malt still has a noticeable presence. Finishes bready and bitter .

M- medium body, low-med carbonation, silky mouthfeel and smooth finish.

O- This is a very good seasonal. I'm not the biggest hop head but this is definitely one of my favorite IPA's. I'm proud to bring this to any Christmas party during the holiday season.

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

12oz bottle into mug.

Hazy amber color with a billowing light tan head that lasts forever. Settles a thick foamy cap. Ringy lacing glass along the glass.

Bready malt in the background among piney citrusy hops in the foreground. Light buttery aromas are present.

Sweet malts start off and seem to play well with the citrusy hops. Medium bodied with medium carbonation gives it a spritzy feel. The finish is slightly drying from the hops.

Very refreshing beer. Good example of an American style IPA. Recommended whenever it's available.

Photo of NICKV1117
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite seasonal offerings from Sierra Nevada (or any other brew maker for that matter).

Pours a beautiful amber, clear with a decent amount of carbonation. Put a nose on it and you smell that deep pine and citrus that we have come to know from West Coast I P A. Sweet, but not too floral. The taste is similar to their fantastic Torpedo, yet with a bit more spice.

All in all, it truly compliments the joys of the season. A winner.

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

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber, one finger fine to medium white head with moderate retention and great lacing. Aroma of piney and herbal hops, sweet malt. Flavor dominated by herbal and piney hops, light grapefruit, decent sweet malt backbone, very nice. A nice IPA and great annual treat. Every year I'm surprised again how great this tastes.

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

12oz brown bottle with 2009 vintage on neck label.

A - Really nice clear golden amber color with red-ish glowing tones. Rocky two finger off white head slowly recedes to a chunky layer with chunky lace all around the glass.

S - Sharp hops with herbal (nearly minty) quality, along with biting citrus and toasty malt aroma.

T - Nice bite of pine sap and grapefruit pith with earthy green tea undertones. Caramel malt and toasted grain plays second fiddle, but makes a solid foundation.

M - Medium body and carbonation with lingering bitter, dry finish.

D - A great cold weather IPA. Drink up!

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

quite simply a solid to excellent brew all around. pours a healthy amber/gold colour with a nice sized head that hangs out for a little while then leaves a nice chunky residue on the glass. smells of hop, bread, a bit toasty with floral notes and spice and citrus fruit hints. the taste is a bold hit of hop at first, and by bold i don't mean overdone, just powerful. this brew is medium bodied with a nice bitterness coming from the hops and a sweetness following in the back along with some malt flavouring. a nice toasted bread finish completes this one. a very easy drinking brew that is smooth but aggressive and, while it's one of if not the most mainstream holiday brew, is a nice alternative to the more fruit-based holiday beers that are out there. another well made brew from sierra nevada.

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

I really enjoyed this ipa. the color itself is copper with a white medium head that leaves lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. the palate is a delicious thick hoppy flavor that makes this beer a classic ipa, i do detect a slight sweetness at the front of the sip. very nice beer.

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

Pours a clear brown/amber color. Big foamy, tan head with excellent retention. Big sticky lace.

Big floral hop aroma.

Taste is of definite hops. As it warms you pick up spices but it's mostly hops. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Full and smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of gopens44
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear, straw in color and a moderately funtime frothy head that wasn't very shy.

S - Very nice. The hop presence comes across in a very earthy manner. Very much reminded me of a soggy forest, but in a really good way.

T - Taste was fresh crisp and rich with a well balanced hop bite.

M - Again, crisp. Well carbonated and not much aftertaste.

Very pleasant beer from our friends in Chico.

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

Ah, what a delightful winter Christmas ale!

Pours a light brown, dark orange color with ample amount of frothy head. Smell is hoppy on the nose.

Taste is where this becomes a classic. Wonderful bountiful hops mixed with some spice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Great "IPA" that has those winter ale contexts but without the overwhelming spice.

Photo of devildog1633310
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hint of pine carmal hoppiness rushes over your scenes at the first whiff over the bottle. The pour is light with very little head. The calm brown color makes up for the lack of head. It has a classic winter brew taste with a heavier alcohol content which hits the pallet quickly. I found after the second or third sip the carbination was a bit high.

In closing I honestly believe that 06' has something missing from the 04' & 05' brews. I must be honest and say I don't know what's missing.

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

since most of these are from the bottle, here is one from tap.

A - Nice warm orange/amber with a thick thick head.

S - Strong citrus smell with a sweet malty smell too

T - Tastes just like how it smells. Great after taste.

M - Smooth and refreshing. Not too bubbly. I think they got it just right.

D - I could sit and drink these all day and i think I have. I wish this wasn't a seasonal but I'm glad it is so I won't get burned out on this stuff.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking a lot of beers, but slacking on theses reviews. But I did buy this beer for review, this is the 2011 version. The 2012 just came out, which I will get and review as well.

A: This beer pours a dark orange color with a 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head, which almost overflowed out of my glass.

S: I get an initial aroma of grapefruit and pine, with some hop characteristics. Very potent smell that is complimented by some sweetness from honey and malts.

T: Very earthy taste consisting of grapefruit and pine up front. As I get into the flavor I get a dryness from the yeast and sweetness from the malts.

M: Very sweet flavor, a bit tangy, but the hop bite is not severe. Minimal carbonation, but very sessionable.

O: This is the 2011 Celebration ale, so it might have lost some of its characteristics over the course of the year, but I didnt notice. I got a very quality IPA, and from Sierra Nevada, I would expect nothing less than quality. Did not disappoint, even after aging a year. Look forward to trying the 2012!

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,253 ratings.