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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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9,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,256
Reviews: 3,335
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,196 | 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 muletrane
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Slightly hazy amber/copper colour. 2 fingers of off white fluffy head. Dissapates slowly

S: Biscuity malt and piney hop notes. Hints of citrus as well

T: Very similar to the nose. Biscuity malts up front and all hops on the back end. Nice lingering piney hop bitterness.

M: Moderate body/carbonation. Crisp and clean. Very pleasant.

This a solid IPA that I'll revisit year after year until I croak. I always look forward to this release and this year did not dissapoint.

Photo of Popsinc
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice clear, amber pour with quite a generous pancake head. The nose is nicely hopped and has plenty of fruitiness kickin around as well...peach and apricot i'd have to say. The taste is big and hoppy right off the bat with underlying fruitiness and a nice malt backbone. Underlying caramel sweetness. This beer offers bold, up front taste and well balanced body. A very, very light and smooth mouthfeel make this one an easy drinker...dangerous with the 6.8% abv. The finish is of a lovely hop bitterness as the light fruity notes disapate towards the end. Great stuff!

Photo of bishopdc0
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a beautiful golden amber color. This is not what I expected from a winter seasonal. This is in fact an IPA. It has an aroma of cascade hops. There is only slight head retention and lacing. It is malty to start and finishes bitter. The bitterness lingers and gets stronger. This is a very drinkable but very flavorful beer.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear bronze-golden amber with 2 finger egg shell bubbly head with good retention and great sticky lacing

S - pungent grapefruit hops with plenty great piney notes and caramel malts and a touch of booze.

T - one of the great widely distributed seasonal beers, a truly classic winter ipa experience. Loaded with a blast of citrus and piney wet hops balance with bold sweet caramel sugary malts that stick to the top of my palate. The pine favors promenade as the beer warms and the booze is present but not overwhelming and help to take the bite off the earthy bitter finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit chalky.

O - a great year for celebration, I love picking this one up every year, going to age a few and see how it mellows in the spring. This is a must grab for any hops lover. I wonder if this beer actual does vary from year to year or is it me who changes with the seasons?

Photo of mhbach97
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of goldbot
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage, 12 oz. bottle.

A: Poured with a generous, cream colored head. Great head retention with lots of lacing. The beer was a nice tan to copper color and rather hazy.

S: The hops give off a great floral and citrus aroma. There also a very pleasing pine tree smell, definitely apt for a Christmas beer.

T: Good bitterness from the hops; the pine tree carries over to the taste of the beer, and blends well with the lingering tastes of citrus. The finish is rather dry with nice bitterness. Barely a hint of alcohol.

F: The hops give a medium body, with good carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer. The bitter hops blend pretty well with the pine and citrus notes, making for a great balanced beer. I wouldn't hesitate to drink a few more if it wasn't for work in the morning.

I bought a six pack of this beer and have cellared four of them. I plan to try one in six months, then hopefully break out the others for a little gift next Christmas.

Photo of Levin0013
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass:

A: Amber golden color with a strong thick head.

S: Spicey citrus scents. Hoppy.

T: Tastes like it smells. Well balanced. Hoppy yet it has a decent malt backbone.

M: Well carbonated, medium bodied.

D: Enjoyable and not too harsh, practically sessionable.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Piney resinous hop aroma. Malt sweetness. Mild esters. Smells like hops just out of the bag.

Appearance - Amber with a nice copper hue. Hazy from the hops. Frothy offwhite head poured two fingerwidths and dissipated to one fingerwidth. Good lacing and head retention. A lot of visible carbonation.

Taste - Immediate piney hop flavor. This is followed by some malt backbone and a smooth bitterness. Like in any good IPA the bitterness dominates, however, it's smooth, not assulting. Also, the bitterness doesn't coverup the hop flavor. I don't know if this beer is dry hopped, but it tastes like it is. The malt really takes a back seat. There is just enough malt to keep the beer somewhat balanced instead of being a total hop bomb.

Mouth Feel - Medium/thing body. High carbonation, but very smooth. No carbonic bite. A smooth bitterness through out. The bitterness lingers.

Overall Impression - The is a good IPA. I can immagine that this would be great pared with some good Italian. The hops would cut right through. This beer is on the verge of just being an assulting hop bomb, but there is some malt and flavor to save it. It's not my favorite IPA, but it's worth buy each year. Try it if you haven't.

Photo of anchordrinker
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours orange-amber with white head that dissipates for the most part. Nice lacing develops after every sip.

S- All I get here is piney and citrusy aromas

T- Sharp citric and herbal flavors give way to bready flavors near the end.

M- Medium-bodied with good carbo. Also, there is some warmth from the alcohol which I might usually object to, but with this brew it really works.

D- Like I said above, some warmth from the alcohol, but to me it really does not get in the way of drinkability at all. Very drinkable/sessionable stuff.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a rich, dark orange colour that's almost brownish. Not what you might expect from a Sierra Nevada ale on first whiff. There are some nice hop notes there, but the typical lemon/grapefruit aromas are a bit muted and the rich malt notes tend to be more up front. Similar situation taste-wise. It's much more malt-forward, with a hearty backbone of earthy hops. Nicely balanced. Great winter beer.

Photo of Cresant
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated 2006 into an IPA glass. The body was clear and golden. One finger of head quickly turned to white wisps of lace.

Smell was citrus hops. Fresh and pungent. Piney with hints of b.o. Nice.

Taste was pleasantly parching bitterness. Easily quaffable. I enjoyed the 2006 more than the 2005, I'm guessing the freshness improved the taste for me.

Mouthfeel was zesty and slightly oily. A very solid IPA.

Photo of weller1js
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a brownish amber, light carbonation, slight foam dissipates, healthy ring of bubbly lacing.

smell: piney yet mellow hops predominate, mild citrus undertones.

taste: dry, piney hop flavor persists throughout, consistent and fresh, leaving a light bitter aftertaste.

drinkability: very vibrant and well-hopped, has a good abv, and with a pleasant consistency.

Photo of OSUbrewman
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very hoppy offering from Sierra Nevada just in time for the holiday season! A dark copper with a sizable head (2 fingers), the flowery hops were extremely pleasant in the nose. Also detectable was pumpkin and cinnamon. Nice hops balance in the taste, with some hints of honey and ginger. A fine and quite drinkable AIPA for a seasonal offering. I will come back to this brew several more times before the end of the season.

Photo of bifrostguard
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a translucent copper color with a tall off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Hops. Floral, citrus and some spice.

T - Delicious. Hops are up front and lasting till the bitter end. Pine dominates over citrus. A strong malt backbone accompanies the bitter flavor. Well balanced.

M - Drying and smooth. Medium bodied.

D - This one never seems to tire on the taste buds. I've had ones that I like more, but could easily stick with this one all night.

Photo of schroederm
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a goblet:

Really great webby lacing and a decent head over an attractive dark amber hue. Head looks a bit sticky and holds on tight to the class. The nose involves common IPA aromas of lemon and grapefruit, with a bit of clove in there. The taste is quite floral with an extremely pleasant bitter aftertaste. The body is unfortunately thin, but is well carbonated. The brew is not overwhelming to the palate through its subtle use of fruit flavor and good level of bitter, making it both delicious and drinkable.

Overall: I reviewed this beer when it was at least 4 months old, but the argument has been made that this IPA holds up well to aging. This is definitely a beer to stock up on: great value for an exceptional IPA.

Photo of carolinahophead
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is 2013 edition..
Pours a brown gold straw color , nice head with abundant lacing.
Citrus , grass and white spice aromas
Medium body with enough carbonation. Balance bitterness along with hops and the malts working together .
The hops are more full bodied this time. Its a bold ipa.
Overall, its a brew that people can't wait to get and is always well made.
Thanks Sierra for this seasonal and that its a fresh hop ale .

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, drinkable beer. Medium, dark amber with cloud. Thick head on pour that dissipates at a normal rate for a decent beer. Lingering foam after head dissipation with remainder on side of glass.

Mild aroma with hops present. Low fruit and pleasant. Citrus, warm. Tart taste, hops very present on taste. Some malt but definitely not "malty". Aftertaste is bitter as advertised and a little flat.

Very drinkable. Smooth and pleasing.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a clear amber with a decent bubbly head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing.

Smells strongly of floral hops and toasty grain.

Nice toasted bread flavors, a little alcohol warmth, and big floral hop bite. Some sweetness in the malt/sugar/caramel, but the hop bitterness fights through this.

Decent carbonation and clean finish, an overall drinker. Trying this on tap was the result of a waitress screw up (wrong beer, right result). A good effort from these guys.

Photo of RJLarse
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of these at a local craft beer store to review. It’s getting a little late for the seasonal ales, so it might have been marked down. I poured this beer into a pint tumbler.

Pours a shiny copper color and is slightly cloudy but translucent. The pour generates three fingers plus of foamy off-white head with a bit of a yellow tinge. The head is extremely resilient. In fact there is foam in the bottom of the glass after the last swallow.

The smell is pungent and acerbic. The beer has a citrus smell and a sharp distinct aroma of hops.

The taste is also sour and citrusy, like grape fruit. This is a very hoppy tasting beer. The aftertaste lingers briefly and is also mildly sour.

Mouth feel is light, crisp and mildly carbonated. The beer is refreshing and festive in the mouth.

This is a very drinkable beer, with a distinct and festive character. It’s not a typical winter beer, but it’s light and lively and would certainly spice up a holiday party. Celebration Ale would be good year ‘round.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color, not much of a head really and some decent lacing. Nice hop pressence in the nose. The taste is more of the same however, there is a decent malt pressence as well. Very good mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. Pretty solid IPA.

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

Ahh Celebration. An old friend.

Pours a dark lightly cloudy orange color with a lovely pale khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Excellent lacing like most Sierra Nevada brews.

Smells great with floral notes dominating. Some definite citrus notes. Pine represented as well. Well rounded hop aroma.

Tastes great, just like I remember, with grapefruit dominating the flavor profile. Malt takes a backseat, of course, but is very present with a light, caramel-like sweetness.

Body is very much as expected. Not too heavy, not too light. In the Goldilocks zone for IPAs.

A fantastic beer that I look forward to every year. Like most beers from Sierra Nevada it's all about balance and craftsmanship which is very evident. A welcome relief from all the over spiced holiday beers. Well done!

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of BWED
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Copper/amber. Head is light tan, thick (two finger) and dense/lumpy. Great retention and lacing. Really beautiful.

S- Fresh pine, very slight citrus. Sweet bready malt character. A little brown sugar.

T- Malt is a little more toasty and grainy. Citrus comes through slightly more, but the pine is overwhelmingly the main hop character.

M- Body is medium light. Dry biter finish.

O- More bitter than I like, and I think I'd still like to drink this one in warmer weather, but nevertheless, a really great beer. Looks great and the hop aroma is fantastic.

Photo of drseamus
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mahars.

Pours a nice red amber body with a nice white head. The nose is pretty floral and hoppy. A good citrus and sweetness. Taste is quite similar with a good bitterness up front and a nice caramel malt undertone. Bitterness lasts into the aftertaste. Fairly low carbonation. Good beer on tap but I'd like a touch more hop flavor to balance the bitteness.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,256 ratings.