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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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7,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,757
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 194
Gots: 439 | FT: 3
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)
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Photo of AmericanGothic


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a slightly haze, golden orange color with one finger of ecru head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Earthy, resinous pine, a little mango also.

T: Mellow pine, powdery biscuit underneath. Gentle pine bitterness on the finish. Earthiness from the smell carries over into the flavor, but no mango here. Finish becomes spicy over time-- cinnamon?

M: Light, fluffy and creamy, a bit astringent.

O: Interesting flavor profile, intense and subtle at the same time, kind of hard to imagine without experiencing it. It is good and I will buy it again.

11-05-2011 00:33:42 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

2010 Celebration. An iconic representation of craft beer

A- a clear reddish amber with a great head of foam that has fantastic lacing along the sides. The carbonation dances throughout the glass with the head of foam is completely rocky

S- the hops are no doubt the main feature of celebration. Pine and tropic themes at the same time. The malt is established with some caramel too. There is even an abundance of pineapple right at the end. Freshness is the key to this!

T- the same hops dominate the taste of the brew. Very bitter in the beginning and very bitter in the end. In between is some grapefruit and earthy elements to keep the bitterness in check. Some sweetness is involved as the malt component as well. The alcohol does happen to take a swing at you as well

M- very creamy and smooth. It's good

D- Celebration is smooth fresh drinakable stuff. The bitterness keeps it lively and not absolutely slam dunk drinkable. Still very good!

10-29-2010 22:52:23 | More by lovindahops
Photo of schoolboy


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

If ratings could be a bit more granular some of those 4's might be 4.25's. I was able to get a bunch of this for half price. I remembered it as a bit dark and more of an english or scottish ale taste. Since I like those better now than I did a few years ago, I like this brew better now. So after drinking a few from the first case (they are a nice strong session brew for me), I went back and bought three more cases. 96 of these! But a bunch are gone already.

I still think it is too dark and bitter for the style, but who says the style has to be a certain way. It's a great quality brew. And I have a ton of it!

03-04-2012 19:15:24 | More by schoolboy
Photo of bigdeuce


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Another beauty from Sierra Nevada. Only drawback is it should be a year round brew not winter. It's a definite IPA with smooth initial contact and beautiful hoppy washdown. Also has some characteristics of an ESB but definitely more bitter. Great tracing down the glass, smooth spicy start, hoppy bitter finish.

I try to rate the beer not by what a beer company "says" it is as I do more the style it really is, and this one is no winter brew but an excellent APA/IPA(whichever you choose).

11-24-2005 16:15:32 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of russwbeck


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Deep red, almost mahogany pour with a full, thick white head. Beautiful retention and lacing.

S: Hops, hops, and yes a few more hops. Dark malty character in the background though.

T: Hops dominate the malts, but I still get the roastiness at the finish of the drink. Bitter and dry as an aftertaste.

MF: Medium bodied and good carbonation tie this together nicely.

D: Great beer. Look forward to it every season.

11-18-2010 03:43:46 | More by russwbeck
Photo of elgiacomo


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz bottled Sept 28, 2010.

Pours amber/orange/copper with a very nice haze and dark bits of sediment and a huge foamy and rocky off white head that leaves rings of clumpy lacing down the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma is pine, citrus, grass, floral hops, some caramel and bready malt, moderate to good strength.

Excellent flavor of resinous fresh hops, citrus, pine and grass, good caramel malt backbone in the middle with a moderate sweetness to offer balance to the good bitterness on the finish. Lingering sweet/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, medium carbonation, very easy drinking.

What an excellent IPA, great, great stuff. Hope to be able to try a fresher batch sometime this season as our East Coast distributors took their sweet time getting round one on the shelves this year.


Original Review Nov 27, 2009

2009 bottle. Pours dark amber/copper/red with a nice pillowy & rocky off-white head. Leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is floral hops.

Flavor is very hoppy, more pine/floral/grassy than citrus. Some caramel malts. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable!

Appearance 4, Smell 3, Taste 3.5, Mouthfeel 3, Drinkability 3.5, Score 3.45

01-11-2010 04:50:31 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of theboozecruise


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

It pours a copper color, bubbly with a formidable head on it. Great retention and lacing on this one, really a nice looking beer.

The aroma is a nice blend of holiday spice and hops. I definitely think it's the hoppiest Christmas beer I've tried recently.

The taste is more of the same, spices and hops in a really nice harmony with each other.

A really easy to drink tasty brew.

12-23-2011 03:04:07 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of willjschmidt


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (2007 edition) into a pint glass.

A: Copper color with a nice white head, good lacing, excellent head retention.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with tons of pine.

T: Very bitter hoppy flavors on the tongue. Not very balanced at all and leans heavily towards pine in the citrus-pine hop balance equation. It's got a slight sweetness to it, a good about of bitterness, some light floral accents, and some herbal features as well.

M: Creamy and oily mouthfeel from all the hops.

D: A warming and very good IPA for the holiday season. Definitely recommended. I used it to "celebrate" Repeal Day.

12-06-2007 04:53:09 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of icefisherman


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poored a nice orangeish red color with a huge offwhite head that disipated to a light cover with in minutes. Smells of hops spicey hops and an undescribable winter/x-mas spice blend? Taste of hops more spicy hops almost no malt to speek of. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth very good drinkability as well would deffinatly buy it again

02-10-2009 02:44:02 | More by icefisherman
Photo of droomyster


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold/light copper with a big and sticky tan head. Lively aromas of predominantly orange citrus and caramelly malts, with a bit of resin in there as well. The flavors are positively jumping with hops, with some malty action on the mid- and back-palate to provide some stability. A bold holiday ale that doesn't stoop or pander in any way.

12-21-2010 04:41:52 | More by droomyster
Photo of DouggiePhresh

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a light brown into my Sierra Nevada pint. A profound pillow for a 2+ finger, soapy head. Very good looking.

Smells of hops and slightly alcoholic.

When I went to taste this beer, the head was so light that I did not even feel it on my lips until I got to the liquid. The first thing I taste is hops, followed by malt. I cant quite put my finger on something else I sense in the finish (nutmeg, ginger?)

It feels rather creamy, with tight carbonation. Highly drinkable (I will be finishing the 4 that I have!)

12-16-2006 01:11:07 | More by DouggiePhresh
Photo of mckeowbc


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Poured into a pint glass this beer forms a nice dense head that settles down to around a finger thick with a good amount of lacing. The color is a deep amber and is almost completely clear.
S - As with most of Sierra Nevada's beers the smell is almost completely dominated by Cascade hops, not that this is a bad thing. The clean floral smell of Cascade is one of my favorite scents.
T - The taste of hops hits you initially, it's strong but not as much as some of Sierra Nevada's other offerings. The hop bite is slightly muted by the higher malt content of the beer. After the hop taste subsides you are left with a slightly sour fruity finish reminicent of grapefruit.
M - The high hop content and relatively high carbonation of this beer give it a bit of a rough mouthfeel. The beer is down your throat before the tingling on you tongue subsides.
D - I find it very easy to finish a bottle of this beer but would question whether I'd have a second in one sitting. It's very enjoyable, but the sour taste wears on me a bit and leaves me wanting me to spread these out a bit over the Christmas season. But I still by a six pack of this every year when it hits stores.

12-31-2009 23:59:42 | More by mckeowbc
Photo of doubleshovels


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

This is one of those GREAT with food brews. Pours clean and tastes crisp, with a stand-up creamy white head. The hops are distinct on the tongue and beg to be backed up with a plate of seafood nachos or a zesty Jamaican burger and sweet potato fries. This beer is joyously missing the residual sugars which bog down many the winter season ales.

12-02-2006 23:44:51 | More by doubleshovels
Photo of matttttYCE


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Moderate pour into a standard pint glass. Head is high, around two fingers, creamy, and slightly off-white. The beer's color is golden-amber and slightly hazy. The head lasts quite a while and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with lots of pine, spicy hops, minty hops, some citrus, as well as caramel malt and a sturdy, biscuit-like malt backbone.

The taste is much like the taste with plenty of hoppiness, bitterness, and malt backbone to balance it all out. There's pine, spicy hops, mint, citrus/orange, maybe slight grapefruit, as well as some bread and biscuit. Great full flavored taste.

The consistency is smooth and velvety, the carbonation is creamy, the body is medium, and the finish is fairly quick and wet on the mouth. Nice mouthfeel as well.

Overall this a very good beer and another one that I look forward to every year. A great beer as a great way to celebrate - the changing of the seasons, friends and family, good health, the life a long time feline friend. To whatever you may celebrate, may your glass, as well your heart, always be filled with happiness. Cheers!

11-23-2011 02:27:38 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of rodlavers


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottled 2012

Poured into a Half Acre snifter. Pours a dark amber/brown color, with a frothy and bubbly tan head...slight haze, but relatively translucent. Head dissipates, leaving a thin layer of bubbly white head. Fresh earthy aroma, with fresh hop, malt and some sweetness character. Taste is super fresh; extremely balanced between hop, spice and bitter profiles, nothing dominates, very pleasant. Mouthfeel is enjoyable, smooth, not too bitter, with a light sense on the finish. Overall very enjoyable beer. Looking forward to several of these for Thanksgiving. Cheers.

11-20-2012 21:26:32 | More by rodlavers
Photo of Mdog


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

2005 bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-gold with a lot of particles in suspension.

Smell: Pine, then some caramel sweetness.

Taste: Bitter citrus throughout with a little malt for balance.

Mouthfeel: For some reason this seems a little thinner than it should be.

Drinkability: A tasty beer, good for transitioning into the heavier fall and winter beers after drinking lighter stuff through the summer.

This is a pretty solid beer, but the mouthfeel really seemed thin for an IPA. It might be due to the age, but this was in my fridge and not my "cellar" so I don't think it went bad. It's still a good beer, but I feel it's better when it's fresher.

06-22-2006 21:46:29 | More by Mdog
Photo of BeerAngel


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a very clear amber/copper color with a large off-white head. Looks very appealing! The smell is a very pungent grapefruit aroma with citrusy hops well pronounced. The taste is a reflection of the aromas and includes a very bold dry hoppy citrus including strong grapefruit notes. Whew! This medium bodied brew is one that will "wow" you and drinkability is not quite as high as like-ability...but I can say "I Love It!". Pineywoodsrooter brought this up from Houston and shared a few bottles of it with me -thanks again! Cheers!

12-16-2002 19:00:04 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Northjames

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

12 oz bottle.

The color is just about perfect for an IPA. Half inch head is thick and chunky.

Bready smell, in a very good way, faintly yeasty. I also smell some herbal hops.

There is a nice toasty aspect to the first taste. Hops are piney, herbal and dry the tongue nicely.

This is not a thick beer. The body is a nice transparent showcase for the hops.

Drinkability is good. I would have another. A very high quality IPA.

12-24-2010 22:38:56 | More by Northjames
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: Pours a copper and amber color, clearish, with a creamy thick foam with good lacing and good retention. Looks good, esp. the creamy head that it has

Aroma: Piney, and very hoppish. The hops dominate this aroma, not much else

Taste: HOPS. Sweet, spicy, whichever...but hops and more hops. Finishes nicely, with a good bitterness. Intense flavor on this one

Mouthfeel: Fairly clean finish, and nice feel.

Drinkability: Tastes good, good mouthfeel. Clean finish. All the characteristics of drinkability to me.

11-17-2008 05:10:54 | More by kshankar
Photo of tjkinate


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Sierra Nevada knows how to make IPA's

A: 1+ fingered, lightly tan creamy head that displayed good retention and lacing atop this deep orange and red bodied brew.

S: Very floral with pine and candied malts. Nothing groundbreaking, but I have no problems with that.

T: Large hop profile upfront that are tamed only slightly by the malts, but overall quite bitter.

M: Medium/light, fairly high carbonation that is followed by a slight burn.

O: Another tasty entry from one of my favorite breweries.

01-07-2012 22:54:58 | More by tjkinate
Photo of Gagnonsux


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Celebration Ale is copper in color with a foamy, creamy head. The head sticks around till the end of the glass and stays fairly foamy for most of the glass. Aroma is entirely of strong citrusy hop smell. The taste is big and hoppy. Strong bitterness in the finish, which lasts a good while after the sip is complete. This is maybe just a little too bitter for it's own good, a little more tasty hop flavor profile might kick the taste up to a 4.5 in my rating scheme. Then again, this is only my 3rd IPA, so what do I really know. Anyhow, I still very much enjoyed Celebration Ale and will be picking it up again next winter.

01-20-2005 02:07:09 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of jlh8643


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Served in an imperial pint glass at 3F's BP. A large off white, thick head sits atop a bright amber body. Floral and grapefruit hops with some "cat piss" Columbus hops greet the nose along with some carmel malt. The body is medium with the citrus hops leading the malt. The finish is full and satisfying. A great beer to drink and not too much alcohol to have more than a couple in a single sitting.

01-28-2006 01:20:47 | More by jlh8643
Photo of Daktyls


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Pours a nice amber-orange color with a big foamy two fingered head that hangs around for a while before lazily retreating to a fine lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Definitely an herbal and floral hops nose is present along with some citrus notes. Nothing too overpowering, the scents mingle with each other with none being more present then another.

T: The initial taste is somewhat sweet and malty. This is followed by the floral and herbal hoppiness from the nose and adds a nice, but not overwhelming, bitter component to the taste.

M: Mouthfeel is good with a medium body and not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Delightfully drinkable for a slightly higher ABV beer. I'll definitely be finishing the bottle and I'll certainly be sharing this one with family come holiday time.

11-13-2010 01:26:15 | More by Daktyls
Photo of rtepiak


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

a pretty orange american ipa with quite a sticky white head. nose is orange, tangerine. palate is quite nice and well balance with a nice resin hemp oil hoppy quality. quite nice and sweet citrus and rather bright summer hop. a bit of honey sweet malt finish... a bit of lemon zest. nicely balance. great beer from sierra nevada.

12-10-2009 01:51:08 | More by rtepiak
Photo of SaucyA


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%


A - 2 finger off white head protrudes from my Russian River pint glass. It's frothy, it's thick. The body is a glowing, clear rusty orange with ample carbonation. Ridiculously nice lacing.

S - Big hops. A definite west coast hop vibe mixed in with some other less nuanced hops. Really grapefruity. A slight caramel malt may be poking through.

T - Sweeter than bitter, it finishes with a nice hop bite. Definite balance is achieved, with the hop profile riding an awesome malty wave. Great all-around IPA... Plenty of "C" hops.

M - Slightly thinner body with a nice creamy, fine carbonation.

D - Killer drinkability, and a beer I'll revisit a few times this year.

Notes: What's with people thinking this is gonna be some spiced winter warmer?

11-16-2008 23:38:46 | More by SaucyA
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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