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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

3,402 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 3,402
Hads: 9,925
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 19.76%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,727 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 3,402 | Hads: 9,925
Photo of MonicaAJC
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a few weeks of trying several ales which others raved about and I found "meh," I tried SN's Celebration. Now I remember why it is good to experiment. This one is a winner.

If you love a hoppy IPA, this has just the right balance. I really like that there is, IMHO, little or no malt sweetness to ruin the fresh hop bonanza.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love every beer I've ever had from SN. I didn't think they could top all the other varieties are be tried, and I've tried quite a few. But this might be my favorite SN brew.

Very dark copper. One of the darkest I've seen for this style. The head and lacing were works of art.

Hoppy, malty, rich, complex, spicey finish. Oh so good on a winter night.

A true treat.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber with two finger off white head, great retention and lacing. Sweet malt n pine/grass aroma. Very fresh taste with piney hops that come to the front and last beyond the sip. Good balance by some caramel but the hops dominate like they should. Full creamy mouthfeel. This brew is so good when fresh, piney n clean n soft.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a clear, cedar color with an incredibly fluffy, white 2 1/2 finger head. Good head retention with lacing notable.

S - Very simple yet beautiful blend of aromas. 100% dominated by the aroma of pine and citrus scented hops -- the aromas imitate the sensation of hiking in the woods without the effort! Clean and refreshing.

T - Although there is very little to describe the beer regarding complexity and subtleties of flavorings, it is by far one of the freshest and cleaning tasting beers I've had. Dominated by pine and citrus hops; identical to the nose.

M - Crisp, sharp and enjoyable. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste to the mouth; very enjoyable all in all. Perfect mouthfeel in regards of an IPA with a medium-full body. Very drinkable all in all.

O - An exemplary IPA that states sometimes simpler is better. Very straightforward and very enjoyable beer; if you enjoy IPA's, you'l love this beer.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I don't really understand the hype over this one. It's a fine beer but to be getting scores in the 90's doesn't make much sense. I guess I just don't prefer the "first hops of the growing season" as Sierra Nevada says. Thought the aroma and flavor profile of torpedo was much more to my liking.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is a clear dark amber, with a nice dark ivory head. Some nice lacing. Aroma is lots of pine with a bit of bread and orange. Taste is nice malt up front with a bitter, piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is good. Beer is quite substantial, but not too heavy. Overall, a tasty, chunky beer. Bitter, flavorful, nicely balanced. A good winter IPA.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle the 2015 one.
Very good Fresh Hopped IPA ,smooth drinking with a good hop kick.
Better than all the Fresh Hopped IPA's from British Columbia this year.

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Photo of scottsoileau
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer with notes of heavy pine and some citrus. Very smooth taste of pine, pine and a little more pine with a little citrus. Highly drinkable. Enjoyed this very much

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great-looking IPA with a slightly cloudy Amber color, red hues, and big, persistent head with lacing. Tastes lightly fruity with pine and comfortable bitterness. Flavor is smooth and nice, but not too prominent or complex. A good IPA, goes well with the Christmas season.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good holiday IPA. It is very resiny, but not super bitter. Like licking a pine tree in a good way? I could have a few of these and not get bored with them. Well done SN.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured in a charmay goblet.Smell is citrus and pine.Taste is very good with a heavy citrus taste.Overall I would say I like it very much.The price was nice at about 8 dollars a six pack.I would buy it again.Give it a try.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Times Supermarket $7.49 6 pack. Slightly cloudy amber color, Medium mouthfeel, slightly malty taste, smooth and not bitter, overall ok. I was expecting more of a stronger taste being that it is a winter release, but it seemed to be nothing special.

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Photo of Strike00
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: a clear medium amber. With an off-white head and decent lacing.
S: not as much smell as I was expecting. It is piney and hoppy however.
T: Taste is full of pine hops and malt. A little bit of citrus as well.
F: High carbonation seems to suit this beer well.

O: Very good Fresh hop IPA that is more piney than fruity. Would love to try it fresh as the one I had was 6 weeks old.

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another good brew from Sierra Nevada (it seems that is a common statement about their brews). My 6 pack was packaged on 10/19/2015 and I just purchased it on 12/4/15. Some hop aroma may have been lost since I am drinking it almost 2 months after bottling day. But nonetheless, the aroma is piney and malty. It smells pretty dang good. A little weaker than I expected. But the taste is great: malty, bread, and decently hoppy. A little citrus, but quite a bit of pine, which I love. The finish is fairly dry. Carbonation is pretty high, but good. Overall, this is a great beer. The bitterness is perfect for the style. And you can really taste the freshness of this years just-harvested hops.

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Photo of wizmasta
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced. But those of us hopheads who feel "balanced" is a just euphamism for malty, I can't recommend. A perfectly fine beer but not for New England haze hunters.

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Photo of stevoj
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Albertsons. Surprised its taken me this long to get to this one. And a bit disappointing to boot. I guess was expecting a bit more from SN for a seasonal. A touch more bitterness and bite than the norm. Still good, but I was hoping for a bit more "Wow!"

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper body, few lazy bubbles rise. Very pale tan rocky dense head with lots of 3D lace. Aroma is mostly citrus and malt: orange and grapefruit with equal parts caramel and bread. Flavor, too, is perfectly evenly balanced, with citrus notes being immediately balanced by bread, crisp bitterness being immediately balanced by sweet caramel and malt. Full body, smooth.
Incredibly balanced brew here. I don't care much for the huge grapefruit-y citric hops, but I can't deny the appeal to those who do, nor the perfect execution of the balancing malt. Big flavor, big aroma, great feel, sexy appearance. High score is mostly based on style, but if I were to rate subjectively it'd land just below 4.0.

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Photo of slusk
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours a clear light ruby. Head dissipates to a thin tan.

S: Fresh floral hops, mostly pine. light caramel with some orange peel and a bit of bread crust.

T: Piney hops with moderate caramel sweetness. finishes fairly dry.

F: medium full body, velvety. moderate carbonation.

O: an outstanding brew with a big fresh hop flavor. Not overly bitter and balanced well with the caramel sweetness. Love the drier finish. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of colingaiser
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass (after my Broncos beat the undefeated Patriots)

L: A beautiful beer ... nice transparent amber/gold with a thick, frothy head and gorgeous lacing ... super inviting

S: As advertised, it has a "fresh" aroma ... orange peel, pine, caramel, honey, a little fresh-baked bread

T: Just delicious ... a solid malty, caramel-esque base with notes of fresh-squeezed citrus juice and pine ... finished with pleasantly bitter notes of grapefruit and lemon peel ... refreshing and dynamic

M: Medium mouthfeel and fairly light on the carbonation, but that just helps highlight the awesome flavor profile

O: An incredibly tasty, malt-forward IPA that has become a winter classic for good reason

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful red-orange with a fluffy, off-white, thick foam head. Smells like sweet caramely malts, mild sweet citrus and light pine. Taste is full forward with fresh pine, light citrus, and sweet caramely malt. Feel is light-medium, slightly creamy and slick. Overall a delicious, sweet malty IPA with a pure, fresh pine needle bitterness to cut through and balance out the sweetness. Perfectly balanced and simply well made. Really great beer!

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: incredibly fresh, incredibly green (in a good way), herbaceous, resiny, grassy hop character. Apricot, peach, strawberry (?), pine, and grapefruit make for an incredible hop bouquet. A touch of candied orange peel here too as well as just a bit of nice, warm malty sweetness to support it all.

Pours a deep red-orange amber color. Hints of darker brown. A nearly white, tight, dense, frothy head sticks around and leaves beautiful sticky lacing. Nearly perfectly clear, with a bit of haze, presumably from the hops.

A hop-forward palate brings a very resiny, sticky, piney, citrusy hop character. Pine, grapefruit, orange rind, and a bit of spruce greens prevail. It is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and a very middle-of-the road, slightly sticky mouthfeel. The malt body comes in at the very end with just a touch of dark caramel and a bit of biscuit, but mostly stays out of the way. I get the tiniest bit of roast here as well - chocolate malt for color perhaps?

Overall this is a phenomenal beer. This year's is a bit more balanced in years past, but the complexity is through the roof. It goes down easy, but leaves you satisfied and wanting to crack another and another. Love the sticky lips. Beautiful.

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Photo of morrisseywilde
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is just not Christmas/Holiday time until I get a 12 pack of this. My second favorite SN after Hop Hunter, and maybe my first due to the limited release and those fresh hops. A beautiful orange copper color with a small head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, melon. Taste is crackery, pine, plum, plenty of hops for any hophead with just the right malt balance. Love that this is a winter beer that is not heavy or too malty. ABV is just right. Mouthfeel is thinner but substantial, refreshing yet with some heft to it. This is one of my favorite beers that I always come back to, and I always associate it with a special time of year. Comes with that amazing Sierra Nevada value. First rate classic IPA full of fresh flavors and a beautiful color, with a label that just puts you in that holiday spirit like a Bing Crosby song.

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Photo of hman43
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a cooper color with slight hazing with a large off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: It has a malt aroma of nuts and caramel. The hops are piney and citrusy with floral being prominent.

Taste: It has flavors of nuts and a hint of caramel with the pine and floral flavors taking over the majority of the flavor sensation. The are hints of dark fruits as well.

Feel: It is medium bodied in texture with a bitter knock on the palate that is long lasting, but enjoyable.

Overall: it is a medium bodies IPA with the malt more reminiscent of an English IPA. It has complex hops flavors with a long lasting bitter finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another staple in the fall/winter. Pours brown but with ample clarity to it, and some deep red. Very professional looking beer. Aroma, c hops, centennial, chinook.

Taste, solid winter warmer type of ipa. Cornerstone. Bang at least a case of this every winter.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/07/15. DFH Tulip.

A: Remarkably dark for an IPA. Looks like an amber ale. Pours a hazy amber with just under 1 finger khaki head that fades to pretty much nothing. Moderate carbonation. On a second pour, retention was much better. Lacing was good, but not great.

S: Grapefruit and sugar. Very sweet nose, some resin and pine. Smells like a malty IPA, but not really getting much complexity.

T: Initially a dry and malty arrival, with some pine. Mid palate fills out with resin and slight sweetness, closing out with a very firm and lingering resiny bitterness. Bitterness really lingers. Very traditional resin/pine hop character; not much in the line of tropicals or citrus on the palate for me.

M: Heavier side of mid-weight, but with little viscosity. Lighter carbonation.

O: I first had this been knowing nothing about it, and drank it from a nearly-three-month old bottle. I thought it was an okay, hoppy brown ale. Now knowing that it is a holiday IPA (and having it a lot fresher) I can see why it has the cult following it does. It comes off to me as a low-alcohol DIPA. But I am a fan of maltier beers, so I like it and would certainly buy it again. Just not an annual must-have beer for me.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,402 ratings.