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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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7,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 7386
Reviews: 3152
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%

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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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Celebration – Fresh Hop IPA (6.8%) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (California)

App: Copper and gold brown with a little bit of haze and a really nice two finger white head that persists. Lots of sticky lacing coating the insides of the glass when the head finally collapses a little.

Smell: Mild, berry like tartness forefront in the nose complimented by light, toffee like malts. Hops isn't as prevalent as with some IPAs. But as this is fresh hopped, it's not unexpected.

Taste: Leafy green hops pungency dominates every aspect of this brew. Malt is definitely strong enough to hold up, as the hops never slap you out of your chair, but there's something about fresh hops that make them seem more complicated without necessarily being stronger. Foretaste is all hops, with a little bit of alcohol taste in the aftertaste. Could maybe use just the slightest more maltiness.

Mouth: Rounded body, with enough malt to hold up to the hops assertiveness. Well carbonated and easy drinking for the initiated.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. 12/18/13

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 00:51:38 | More by ZoomanCru
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4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass.

A - Beautiful orange color when poured. Nice, thick head that dissipated slowly with lacing on the glass throughout enjoying this beer.

S - Can distinctly smell the citrus hops and pine

T - Rich, sweet malt. Explosion of citrus with a hint of pine. Slightly bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Feels light on the tongue. Finishes a bit dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Even though it's their winter seasonal, it doesn't taste like it. I could enjoy this IPA on a hot day after mowing the lawn/going for a walk. The store near me has them on sale and I plan to pick up several more cases before they run out!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 16:42:41 | More by RingoBro
Photo of Mongrel


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say that hasn't already been said? A true classic beer that holds up great even in this age of intense IPA one-ups-manship.

Pours a beautiful amber-orange with a finger of soft off-white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell is dominated by fresh pine. There's also a hint of dank, swampy hops, a little lemon and pear, but mostly just tons of pine. Very fitting for the holidays.

Flavor is fruitier than I recall, with lemon, lime, orange peel and a touch of tropical fruit. Pine is also prevalent. Obviously a hoppy brew, but there's also a warm, soft sweet side where you get just a hint of holiday pie spices like nutmeg, vanilla and brown sugar. Soft peach also mingles about. Beautifully balanced and evocative of the holidays in a way you don't expect an IPA to be.

Mouthfeel is full and soft, yet a little prickly with carbonation. Nearly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:34:06 | More by Mongrel
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New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another awesome brew from the folks at Sierra Nevada. It pours a beautiful clear orange color with a nice inch or so of head that has nice retention and lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. The nose is a wonderful bouquet of hops, pine, and some sweet fruitiness. The taste is nice and hoppy the way I like it with plenty of pine and citrus notes and a great maltyness to bring the whole thing together. Mouth feel is medium light with strong carbonation and the taste lingers in your mouth for a while like a good ipa should. Overall this brew was a delight. You can find it at any decent liquor store and its pretty cheap so there's no reason not to try some before.its gone.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:34:17 | More by Steved9mm
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

And the American judge gives it 4.25's across the board.

Like Michael Phelps jumping into a Beijing pool, splash! Just clean and smooth. Delicate malt, a wedding bouquet of floral aromas and flavors... piney like the state of Colorado... When Raul drinks this, he feels a mile high.


Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:02:42 | More by RaulMondesi
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip; copper-orange, clear, with periodic big bubbles feeding a thick, fluffy white head. Head holds firm for a minute or two, then collapses into a chunky cap of foam that leaves spotty lacing as it breaks.
Smells awesome, as soon as I opened the bottle I was already whiffing hops. Powerful hop aroma consists of dank herbal hops, along with pine and lighter citrus and other fruits.
Taste is sweet malt balanced with a hefty dose of hops; pine and citrus rind, along with lesser flavors of earthy herbalness. Bitterness finishes it off in the aftertaste with some lingering malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, finishes wet and sticky.
Overall, another solid beer, and another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada. It's a quality beer that isn't full of itself, unassuming and delicious, as SN always is.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:57:59 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my fourth Sierra Nevada, had it poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Legit winter beer. Usually the winter beers are full of sugar and spice, but this one is just crisp and refreshing. You can smell the forest when you stick your nose in the glass, it's glorious. Lots of head just piles up as the glass fills. Pick up a case of these every Christmas just like decorating the tree or buying presents. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:34:23 | More by MarkQ617
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - beautiful beer, bright orange with a big 4 finger white head and plenty of lacing on the glass during the drink.

S - Pine and orange dominate on a background of subtle crusty notes.

T - Piney hops, citrus, and a solid malty sweet backbone stands up to it all and keeps the bitterness moderate and enjoyable, some spice on the finish.

M - Medium body, low end of medium carbonation level, lingering bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

O - While I'll agree nothing really screams "holiday" from this beer I find it to be a welcomed change of pace from the spiced beers of the season.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:10:54 | More by HopBomb515
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3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serious carbonation going on here. I've got an inch thick head of off white foam. Good lacing. Copper brown in color and I can see it is unfiltered due to microscopic sediment within the beer. I get a whiff of pine like hops and light grains. I get a prominent pine like hop and citrus hop flavor at the front of the palate followed by a cereal grain backbone. The hops dominate and it is different to have the citrus and pine hops blended. The mouthfeel is a bit chalky and seems to pair well with the long fading bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:13:52 | More by Franziskaner
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sturdy offering that isn't necessarily a 'holiday' brew; despite the label and its seasonal offering. An above-average IPA that would be delicious on a hot summer day after a long run down a rattlesnake-infested trail in the mountains... I digress. Soft, piney notes with a balanced hop taste... I think.

Bought a box to store for enjoyment throughout the year. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:07:40 | More by ANIMOUL
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New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really beautiful, bright orange color, clear and a nice head on top. Great looking beer!

Smell is nice herbal hops; a bit of citrus, a bit of pine... Solid smell, but not huge. The taste is really crisp, refreshing and balanced, but the hops are right there and very nice! Mouthfeel is good. Overall, a very impressive IPA for being so easy to get! I'd drink this anytime!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:18:28 | More by dougfur
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The original American IPA and the beer that turned me on to Sierra Nevada. I remember being at a house party some six years ago,finding a forgotten soldier and opening my palate to its hoppy orchestra.

A: Deep ambery-red filtered brilliance

S: Warm notes of rye vodka play with herbal and pine melodies.

T: Malty sweetness, is quickly taken over by waves of spicy notes of pine, tangerine, and thyme. Extremely deep bass line of resinous hop oils play on your tongue, having a grapefruit zest like bitterness and aftertaste. A comforting warmth emerges from within with each consecutive breath. A very clean yeast with minimal esters. The crystal malts never get a chance to expose any caramel flavors and are used mainly to add a balanced residual sweetness to the mix.

M: Medium bodied, with just enough carbonation to keep it tasting light on it's feet. Definitely not syrupy.

Definitely more Cohumulone than many modern AIPAs, with a longer, more bitter aftertaste. Spicy herbal notes being more predominate. Undoubtedly inspired Surly Furious, Town Hall's Masala Mama, and Green Flash's West Coast IPA. I can never have enough 12 packs of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:35:22 | More by Miketwolf21
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3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always in my rotation around the holidays. Just a solid IPA. Nice color in the glass and smells of fresh picked hops. Readily available and super cheap too (paid around $7.99 for a six pack). Would recommend if you are on the fence about it. What to you have to lose?

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 03:49:21 | More by dav3290
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5







Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 21:34:09 | More by STEELERFAN2390
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on 9/7. Consumed on 12/7. Review written from notes.

A - Transparent with no cloudiness or sediment. Heavy carbonation yielding greater than a finger of lasting billowy off-white foam. Heavy irregular lacing.

S - Moderately ffragrant. Scent of pine and tropical fruits comess through clearly.

T - Grapefruit and lemon with a strong malt backbone. Lasting dry grapefruit bitterness.

M - High carbonation with a nice tingle throughout mouth. Crisp and rather easy to drink. Some slight foaming.

O - Very good quality as expected from Sierra Nevada. Not phenomenal, but each aspect is very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 14:13:24 | More by Duane_Opfer
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New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Classic IPA. This years batch is very good. It can be a little cloudy, but that's fine. The hops have great character, very citrusy flavor. I find this beer is best drank around 45 to 48 degrees. Any colder and the hop flavor seems to get masked a little bit. This is a beer I look forward to every year and it never disappoints

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 14:28:35 | More by HomersTomaco
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10.13.2013, poured into a turbinator.

A: Hazy deep ruddy copper. Nice two finger soapy head that reduced to a 3mm full profile disk. Is on the verge of having legs, but cannot cling. Tight bubbles.

S: Subtle piney hops. Bitter citrus and astringent agents present a complex nose. Gentle caramel malts. Nice. I love fresh the hop in this.

T: Piney hop bite, followed by smooth bready/malty notes. Some bitter citrus on side of tongue. Yeast is hinting at minor esters. Very slight.

M: Medium filling. Creamy due to tight carbonation. Piney aroma on outbreath.
Spicy hop bite on finish. Balanced a bit by malts.

O: Great example of American IPA. Classic American piney hops, good medium roasted malts and nice body. Look forward to it yearly and make sure I get some of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:08:06 | More by Scrapss
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3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise style glass at fridge temperature. Sipped on this while the cold wind blew outside. I’m hoping this will help me welcome in the holidays and winter weather.

Appearance: Pours two and a half fingers of creamy, off white head. An almost mahogany/cherry colored body. The body was also slightly cloudy from the sediment in the bottle. A good amount of lacing was left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Pine, ammonia, spicy herbal and earthy hops up front. Some citrus and tangerine slice follows. Sweet malts poke out at the end. Smells nice and fresh.

Taste: Follows the nose with herbal, piney, and spicy like hops. After that a more citrus like hop note comes through. Then the malts come into play with a doughy, boozy maltiness. Nice finish of grains and crusty bread.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, full mouthfeel. Some warmth did come through.

Overall: A nice, seasonal IPA that does its job on a cold day. The highlight for me was the fresh, hoppy nose that evoked images of handfuls of hops. However, I was surprised by some of the heat that came through despite the 6.8% abv. In short a hoppy, slightly boozy and malty IPA that’ll warm you up.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:15:21 | More by CowsandBeer
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ruby-colored beer, fairly translucent, with a thick head that feels great when it hits your mouth. Aroma is basically all hops, mostly pine/grapefruit with some floral notes. The malts just serve as a sort of chalkboard for the hops--something in the background to hold them up. Intense grapefruit flavor, strong bitterness. Foamy carbonation, thick & sudsy with a bitter finish. A better-than-average IPA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 03:39:14 | More by anarchia
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orangy-amber-red color in the light. A nice rocky off-white head appears in the amount of almost three fingers on a fairly easy pour. Lacing very present early on in the glass.

S: Can't smell much at the moment due to some congestion, but I can pick up a little bit of citrus and maybe pine.

T: An excellent presentation of citrus grapefruit and orange rind and pine flavors blending very well. Sizeable bitterness permeates. Malt body adds little balance - this seems to be about the hops. Gets surprisingly boozy when warmed up.

M: Higher level of carbonation. Slightly oily feel. Good IPA body overall. A little too warming on the alcohol as it starts to gain in temperature.

O: An excellent and well-priced IPA if you are looking for hops in the cooler months.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:55:15 | More by CMUbrew
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2009 Vintage

I had heard many rumors of folks holding onto these for years and aging them, so I decided to try it myself. Poured a deep copper color with an offwhite head or a finger. Smells of pine hops and sweet Christmas bread. I was rather surprised at the smell of hops with a brew that was 4 years old. The taste starts with some light hop bitterness, followed by the Christmas bread, honey, and dried fruits. Light hop flavor melds into sweetness on the finish. OK, but I prefer this one fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:02:29 | More by taylor714914
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4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Cedar red. Brown penny hues. Held to light shines like a glass of melted ruby. Custard white head. Pillow soft. About as thick as any head a beer can get. A work of art.

S-Quasi-dairy. Cream. Vanilla. Cinnamon. Malt creeps up. A bouquet of fruit ripens. Cranberry. Lemon/Lemongrass. Faint hops. Decent smells. Interesting. Not mind blowing. Just quality.

T-Pale Ale. But, a remix of sorts. A "red" version. Inclusions of tart flavor such as maybe pomegranate. But then, wild spices swirl in: Ginger maybe, nutmeg. Customary pine is present. Soothing low malt backbone. Medium hops. The sweet notes and spice notes when combined on the palate remind one of say gingerbread. Grapefruit. A penchant Pale Ale infused, GENTLY, with holiday spices. More pale ale than a herbed/spiced beer. Taste is paragraph worthy describing.

M-Medium body. Soft. Creamy and foamy like a float drink. A true treat.

O-With every element of what makes a great beer great standing out, this is probably the best winter drink easily. Look, smell, taste and feel all embrace one another in harmony. Standout trait is the appearance. Looks better than most dark brown/deep red brews I've seen. The head is the literal "Crowning Achievement". At first sits high and mighty atop the maroon brew. With time flattens, but never leaves. An hour later, my finished glass still had a puddle of foam relaxing on the bottom. The lacing didn't stick to said glass, it would cascade down in a smooth waterfall-foaming fashion and collect downwards. If you're like me I drink every drip if I can. That's the sign of a great beer. One should celebrate Celebration.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:59:11 | More by shacawgo24
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer with some lacing already on the glass. It is a hazy orange color with sone clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: A nice floral bouquet of citrus and pine followed by some caramel and toasted malts.

Taste: Grapefruit, tangerine, a little orange, some resiny pine, mildly sweet caramel and chewy malts, and mild hop bitterness. Everything rolls and blends well together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, a bit creamy, light to medium bodied, very drinkable, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: It is great that this is a celebration of the 2013 hop harvest and that the freshness of the beer should be enjoyed before and during the holidays. Enjoyed aim years past and many more times in the future. Such a great beer that I enjoy every year and happy to see that they carry it at the Garden when I go to Celtics games.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:41:29 | More by Flounder57
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy amberish orange with a two finger head that is leaving nice lacing.

Smell is pine, grapefruit, smells very fresh, floral, spicey hop notes, caramel malt.... nose is a litte on the muted side

Taste is spicy hops, grapefruit, pine and spruce notes, caramel malt, earthy rind flavors, almost like a spicy pepper covered lemon flavor if that makes any since??? Finishes with more piney dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation, dry finish... make that very dry finish.

A seasonal favorite that every self respecting IPA fan should have a 6 of each and every season, I know I will have more then that! Good beer, great price!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 22:33:59 | More by nickapalooza86
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3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - slightly burnt yet golden orange.
Smell - light citrus. Nice but not powerful.
Taste - surprisingly mild. Slightly piney with a mild (non-specific) citrus flavor. Malts balance out hops well but I'd like a bigger beer in one way or another.
Mouthfeel - pleasant, mild carbonation.
Overall - a good drinking IPA but there are a number of better seasonals out there. Price and availability are great pluses, however, for a beer of this quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:23:55 | More by Qbdoo
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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