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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

7,694 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 7,694
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 413 | 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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degochapa

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I struggled a little bit with this one.

It may be due to my really liking the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Brew so much. I had both that night and really liked the Harvest over the Celebration.

A- Nice colors involved, poured with solid head.

S- Smell was much to similar to their amber

T- Good taste, still.. to close to their amber.

M- Held nice on the tongue.

D- I would choose their brew over the majority of other brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:58:34 | More by degochapa
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Celebration pours an copper amber color, slightly hazy with a 4 cm off-white head with a sea foam consistency. Great lacing sticks all over the glass.

Smell: Quite a bitter hop aroma, some citrus but mostly floral. Caramel malt in the background. A bit of sticky pine as well.

Taste: It starts out with a nice soft malt flavor, just a bit sweet. Bitter hops step in, with some sticky pine, grapefruit, and floral hop flavors stepping in. The bitterness really builds, and by the finish is quite strong, lingering well after the sip has finished.

Mouthfeel: Overall there is a great creamy smoothness, and it is a touch grainy. It never really gets to a juicy level before finishing a little bit dry.

Drinkability: The bitterness in the end lingers a bit, but this is an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 07:51:53 | More by KickInTheChalice
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1759Girl

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> Hazy, dark amber. Very lively. Huge vanilla head with good retention, some lacing.

Smell>hops, clove, burnt sugar

Taste> sweet, crisp start, nice, smooth. Cascade hop resiny hang at the finish that lasts for days, seriously.

Mouf> Easy, average.

Drinkability> Not as good as Celebration last year nor the AMAZING 2007, but still great.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 05:43:23 | More by 1759Girl
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper amber color with about a finger and a half of beige head that slowly subsides and leaves some nice lacing.

Lots of pine and citrus from the hops show up in the aroma.

Hops definitely come through in the taste with notes of grapefruit, pine and also some subtle caramel notes. Mostly hoppy with a very faint malt presence.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. At first, I found this to be a little too bitter but I quickly warmed up to it. I would definitely drink these again but I probably wouldn't care to have too many in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:38:15 | More by Vengeance526
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PatronWizard

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Walked into some obscure liquor store and seen this laying around. From 2007 even. How could I resist. Grabbed the sixer. Winter ale in august, poured and...

Nice shade of copper. Righteous head of white foam, great retention, very nice first impression.

Nice smell - its got hops oh goody. Smells like 2/3 of an IPA.

Surprisingly bitter in a good way. I must say that I am pleasantly surprised with this little fellow. Tastes like a real craft beer.

Overall: worth the time

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 02:58:35 | More by PatronWizard
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a stiff pour yields two big fingers of billowy off white head that settles after the first sip leaving small sudsy island and a thick foamy ring. Good amount lace spots all around the glass. Perfectly clear copper orange in color.

S- good amount of pine and grapefruit from the hops with a nice spice and some wet veg to it as well. Some brown sugar cinnamon toast comes to mind.

T- piney up front with the bitter grapefruit and a touch of orange just behind. Significant layers of spice interwoven in the hops. Good malt backing coming off with a lots of toasted bread and some brown sugar. Long bitter finish.

M- less then medium in body with a just right carb. dry almost tannic finish.

D- this is a solid ipa and a great one for the winter. Good spice and toast that lends well to the season.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 00:08:43 | More by oglmcdgl
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jb413

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy ruby red with a big two-finger frothy white head that retains wonderfully throughout. Some fine lacing as well.

S - Big, fresh hop nose consisting of piney, floral, grapefruit, and some herbal. Perhaps some faint underlying lighly toasted malt. Smells good.

T - Mildly sweet in the front but quickly moves into a pleasantly strong bitterness with a lot of the notes from the nose, most notably piney, grapefruit, even a hint of spicy. Big hop flavor.

MF - Medium-full in body, but not heavy. Pretty drinkable, ample carbonation, and smooth mouthfeel. Nice bitter dry finish.

O - A nice IPA for winter, that sort of works. Smells, tastes, feels nice. A good change of pace from the maltier cold-weather brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 03:59:36 | More by jb413
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle aggressively into Duvel tulip. Wow, huge 4 finger fluffy white head that leaves tons of lacing. Clear dark amber color.

Nice piney hop aroma. Citrus notes with a slightly sweet malt smell.

Taste follows the aroma with some great citrusy, piney hop flavors. Good balance of sweetness that does not diminish the bitter hops.

Rock solid IPA. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:48:25 | More by FanofHefe
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Pahn

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Moderately careful pour yields a 1/4 inch white head that dissipates immediately to a ring around the glass. Beer is opaque amber brown. Minimal spotty lacing.

Smell: Mild citrus and grassy hops, with some cake-like sweetness.

Taste: Sharp citrus hops (grapefruit, with some hints of orange and lemon), some sweetness, with a clean finish. Nice flavor; sharp, but not too bitter. As the beer warms, a vague maltiness appears in the background, ultimately becoming a strong, tingly, bready finish. The hops stay strong, but the citrus notes sort of blend together and become a balanced, sweet and fruity flavor. Hop / malt balance is very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, juicy but never watery, with lively carbonation. Good vessel for the bright, hoppy flavor. As the beer warms and the maltiness comes out, feel gets a bit creamy.

Drinkability: I can see why this beer is a standby for a lot of people on BA. Alcohol isn't very present, and the flavor is solid and pleasant.

Celebration Ale is a solid, well-balanced IPA (a little on the sweet side, but not cloying). Would be perfect for a long Winter outing at a bar with friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 06:50:49 | More by Pahn
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A gorgous amber with a monster frothy head. Lacing clings all over the glass. The lacing's disregard for gravity is uncanny. This is one hell of a pretty beer.

S - Pine and citrus hops with a slight malt and floral character - crisp, clean and clear.

T - Pine hops dominate but the citrus ones are well meshed. Very elaborate. Slightly malty with a nice bitter finish.

M - Smooth, refreshing, nothing special, nothing bad.

D - Outstanding. This goes down well. ABV is deceptively high. The hops completely mask it. 6.8 is higher than I ever would have expected from this delightful brew. Works fabulously as a session beer. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2005 21:29:03 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark honey with small particles floating around. It has one finger tan head with very good retention

S - Strong smelling beer. More malty aroma than I anticipated. Light hops in the back. Slightly earthy smelling.

T- Very tasty! Not overly bitter. Flavors of apples and pears. Slight citrus. Very nice malty backbone. Good balanced beer

M - A mEdium body beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable

O - Great solid beer. Very tasty with a unique flavor. I look forawrd to its release next year!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 15:56:52 | More by Goosehunter75
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 23:13:29 | More by Popsinc
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 18:55:56 | More by williamjbauer
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light golden orange body that is crystal clear. There is a good strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin creamy white head.

S- The smell of green hops with a pineapple note and a hint of grass is supported by a lightly toasted and caramel malt note.

T- The grapefruit hops come through and appear a bit more bitter with the slight sweetness of the malt. This really makes the hops stand out nicely. This beer finishes with a green bitter hops flavor and a note of spicy in the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture.

D- The hops are really enhanced by the malt but this beer is still very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2006 20:41:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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SetarconeX

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year since I first tried this, I'd forgotten how tasty it was. Fairly average looking reddish brown color, with an aggressive head. Doesn't look like much, but it smells quite nice. Lightly malty and sweet. Tastes, however, quite hoppy, though not the sort of crazy over the top hops that other beers might go for.

The slight sweetness in the brew makes this far more drinkable than many other IPAs out there. Very much worth stocking up on for the season.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 04:43:54 | More by SetarconeX
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not bad beer...
these guys sure don't want you to know what kind of hops they use....they hide them well...or should i say blend them well.

brownish orange color with not much head....but its a nice head....with big fat bubbles

smell is of some kind of hops...it really bugs me to not know what kind of hops...not really piny not really citrusy...strong hop aroma nonetheless

the taste is of hops for sure...kinda citrus hops....the malt character is def there too.

creamy mouthfeel...with damn good lacing

decent drinkability....although the abv % will catch up to you sooner rather than later....

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 00:51:52 | More by nickthegun12
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zimm421

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark burnt orange to amber color, and is slightly cloudy. Has a nice thick, white, foamy head that leaves good lacing on the glass

S - Smell isn't overpowering, and there doesn't seem to be a lot going on, but there are hints of hops with a little bit of pine scent involved

T - A great tasting beer with hops dominating the flavor, just like the nose. Not very similar to the other holiday brews I had this season, but definitely a great one.

M - Full bodied and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation

D - Fairly easy to drink, but too many too fast will catch up to you and make it under appreciated.

Overall, one of my favorite holiday beers I had this year, and something I will probably get for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:00:11 | More by zimm421
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle marked 2005 to my pint glass. The liquid comes up copper with lots of red and orange hues. The head is 2 finger of fluffy white goodness, it fades to a fine small lace before almost disappearing altogether.

The smell is sharp hops, very to the point.

The taste is very good typical of an IPA, Very strong sour bitter hops, grapefruit & lime, over power a very rich malt that does well it's self. The finish is all bitter hops. This beer does very well as it warms yet adds nothing new.

Mouthfeel is very good. Rich smooth creamy, very nice full body.

Drinkability is good, a very delicious beer here, indeed. MK

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 06:08:11 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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jhoban19

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, 2009 edition, just picked up a sixer today.

A: this is one inviting brew. brilliant orange/copper color with loads of tiny bubbles that create a bit of haze. solid white foam that lingers and then settles into beautiful ring present all the way down to the last sip. the lacing sticks to the glass and stays right where it landed- no movement what so ever. just a wonderful looking beer.

S: nice balance of sweet bready malts and citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit and pine, with a bit of orange. detecting some subtle hints of dark fruit but I can't quite put my finger on what it is. not quite cherries, not quite raisin... luckily I have 5 more in the 6 pack to try and figure it out!

T: more of the same- nice balance of citrus/pine hops and the sweet malt. excellent hop bitterness and toasty malt on the back end.

M: crisp and a bit dry on the finish, with a bit of fizzy carbonation that tickles the tonsils. medium bodied with just enough alcohol to make you take notice. hop bitterness really lingers throughout the entire pint.

D: I look forward to Celebration Ale every year. the 2009 version is a well crafted IPA and I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the 6 pack. it's not quite as smooth as I was hoping it to be, but a damn fine IPA that doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:26:13 | More by jhoban19
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Budweiser signature glass on 11/19/10.

The head pours a 3 finger dense creamy foam. Sweeet. Ilove this kind of head. The thing won't die down and it clings to the glasss wonderfully. The beer itself is a clear light amber and looks fantastic.

The nose is hops, hops and hops. Can't really get much more out of it.

The taste is much more balanced than the nose. The crystal malt is bold and rich. The hops have good flavor and aren't overpowering. Very easy to sip down and it has good weight in my mouth. Definitely a good IPA, but it's not a life changer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:35:43 | More by UTCengOwl
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale was around 9 months old, so a lot of the hops would have faded. I wanted to try it and this was all that was available. It's still a quality beer, but the flavours are more subtle than intended. I'll try to try a fresh bottle at Christmas and update this!

A: Orange colour and a 2 cm head that lasts. 5

S: Piney hops over a nice malty base. Some faded fruit notes. 4

T: Malty and slightly sweet with some notes of fruit (pear? weird). Quite nice. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

EDIT: I had a fresh bottle and the hoppy flavour and bitterness were much stronger. Still, far from my favourite IPA. Bitter grass flavour.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:54:59 | More by vandemonian
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BeerisfoodLLC

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 01:18:26 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
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Hullabaloo2

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 06:20:25 | More by Hullabaloo2
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 2007 offering, 12 ounces. It's not printed very clearly but the code stamped on the label is 7 278 B19 4 2.

I've had this beer a few times before. I've always found it, as I do now, to be an IPA of great quality. A sticky, billowy head. A strong floral, grapefruit aroma. Pleasantly bitter with a strong caramel foundation. Warming and fulfilling. It's not your standard "holiday beer" but it certainly does the job.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 04:47:31 | More by edskirk3
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came an amber orange with a thin film of head. Smells primarily of different citrus fruits and dry piney hops. Tastes like a SN's pale ale with some cinnamon, a honey sweet malt and orange zest with a grapefruit rind finish. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2005 21:22:53 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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