1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

8,984 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,984
Reviews: 3,276
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 276
Gots: 967 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 8,984 | Reviews: 3,276 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of stafford2
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of rogueleonardi
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of hopwave
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Celebration is a holiday tradition in our house. I always look forward to getting this beer during the holiday season. It's subtle head perfectly laces the glass. This well carbonated, medium bodied beer create an easy drinking true Sierra classic.

Photo of jskennedy
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of elfcounsul
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Kuges
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of canadianghetto
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ricksrealm
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of dandmc24
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of LordBleull
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ridgeline23
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of MichaelBurns
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JOEnobody001
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of madman45
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of B33R501
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an icon for good reason. enjoyed at chaps norristown last nite $2.50 / pint, can you beat that? still drinking great 3 months old. really pairs well with last nites dinner french onion soup and hot wings. 1/2 price craft and 1/2 price wings, what a happy hour.

pours beautiful amber great head that sticks around, smells citrus hops with that great malt background. this beer is all about balance. taste follows, spot on bitterness with that bitter orange peel finish, so fresh, drinkable, hopheads delight.

one of the two best single ipas in the world.
port high tide would be the other.

Photo of woodycorn44
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of gkob
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my review from a bottle I had a while ago:

I had this beer as part of a special that were offering at my local beer store. Two very large bottles for $5.00. It says winter beer on the bottle but I would agree that it's more of an IPA than anything else.

Good golden/amber color. Excellent head, great aroma and good IPA flavor.


The draft is pretty much the same. A very good beer that I would order any time I see it.

Photo of brentusaurus
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MTNboy
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a copper color like a new penny. Orange-red body. Rocky head and great lace.

Smell: Very herbal and pasture like with a bread like finish.

Taste: The hops hit you first as one might expect from Sierra. There are bitter citrus tones followed by some pine and grass. At the end you get some very mild malt.

Mouthfeel: A little bit sticky and medium. The carbonation has some bit to it.

Overall: Not my type of holiday beer but being objective I would say that it was pretty good.

Photo of JmBrkr
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of sugarbrew
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange-amber with a thick, off-white head.

Smell: Great, earthy spruce hop aroma. It smells almost like a Russian River IPA.

Taste: Extremely balanced but robustly hoppy. Fresh, with piney hops in the foreground, and wet, skunky hops lingering in the background. Nice, sweet biscuitty malt prevents the beer from going over the top.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy for an IPA. Deeply satisfying to sip and perfect for the style.

Overall: I really have to hand it to Sierra Nevada. They're not the hippest or most experimental brewery out there, but this beer is a testament to their skill. It tastes like a classic beer, something you'd sip on in Milwaukee on a blustery winter night, watching football at a bar, alone, but happy.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,984 ratings.