Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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9,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,031
Reviews: 3,286
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 276
Gots: 1,004 | FT: 2
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 tylergoov
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of KDawg
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange color with a small and short lasting head

Excellent aromas, but slightly muted, of malts, caramel, blood oranges and some hops as well.

medium/full bodied with a very good feel. The flavors aren't as muted with flavors of malts, blood oranges and some spices as well

A very good IPA. Certainly not overly hoppy and I was expecting more of a resiny quality. Far from an indictment though as this was very enjoyable and I liked the more malty side to it

Photo of MmmIPA
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

I picked up a single bottle of this and plan on buying a case sometime soon.I really enjoyed last years and look forward to trying this years.I have three 06's left and im gonna do a vertical in a few years if i can hold off on the 06's Oh well heres my review.Drank from a tulip glass.

Very clear amber carbonated body with a nice one finger white head.The head is very thick and looks like its going to leave stunning lacing.

Sweet malts,some funky assness,spicey hops.

First sip is some spicey hops then bitterness with some malt rounded out along the front of your tongue.

The CO2 is a bit harsh, just a bit.If that was toned down this beer would be better but the beer is already stunning.The mouthfeel is awesome.Just perfect.

What else could be said about this beer that hasnt been said? Its almost a perfect beer in my eyes and its a shame its only sold during the hopidays.SN,Just a note.Can the Pale Ale and make this a staple in your every day line of brews.

Photo of pburland23
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a beautiful deep, coppery red with an thick, fluffy head that creates some amazing lacing.

The aroma is absolutely dominated by hops...piney hops. It's an wonderful characteristic of a winter seasonal. Cracking open a bottle of Celebration is like bringing your Christmas tree into the house.

The taste is also very heavy on hops. It's bittern and there is not a lot of malt to balance the beer out, but who cares? The hops bitterness is delightful through and through.

The mouthfeel is full, a little sticky at points. Very satisfying. For an IPA, the drinkability is amazing. Despite the ABV, I could see myself polishing off several of these this holiday season.

In the end, Celebration is a wonderful IPA and seasonal offering from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of weezarc
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Buttermilk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MarshMan71
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BWH999
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Svendozen
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of famous_mortimur
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Neorebel
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Burnt orange with a touch of gold. Hazy, translucent. Med/small head but retains itself well atop the beer. Looks a bit like cider.

Smell: Grapefruit & lemon dominating - not overly strong however.

Taste: Very balanced, nothing too forward. Moderately spicy. Pleasant hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Very full, frothy, warming. Sharp finish.

Overall: Well crafted brew. Interesting to age. I opened '08 and '09 bottles this year and found that fruity 'cranberry' and 'apple pie' esters come out quite a bit, feels more 'boozy' and obviously more malty... I look forward to this one every year!

Photo of iceball585
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber/copper color, semi-clear, thin lacy head that lowered to a ring around the glass, lots of carbonation bubbles rising, also mild sediment floating throughout

S- Mostly spices, hops, flowery, slight pine smell

T- Flowery hops, spices (black pepper), grapefruit, fairly bitter

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, bitter, slight oily finish

D- Worth trying but slightly too spicey to drink more than one

This is one holiday beer that is worth trying. I wouldn't say this is one of my favorites but still good none the less.

Photo of gkunkle
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with an off white head over an inch tall thanks to an aggressive pour. Carbonation is visible. Head recedes to about 1/4 of an inch and leaves die nice rings of lacing in my glass. Smell is primarily of sweet citrus, more of an orange smell than the usual grapefruit, with a secondary scent of pine coming in also. The taste hi lights both of these flavors as well as the hops. In the taste I get the malt first followed by the pine then the citrus, the aftertaste contains both the pine and citrus, but is dominated by the pine taste. Mouthfeel is average for an IPA, carbonation is assertive. Overall, great beer. I can say though that there are better fresh hop IPAs. This is one of the reasons I love Sierra Nevada. This beer is worth buying a 12 pack.

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

Looks beautiful - dark golden orange with plenty of off white foam. Sticky with decent retention.

Smells very good - hop forward - a blend of earthy and citrus hops with some malt underneath.

Taste is pretty good - lots of bitter hops with some malty cereal flavors underneath. Not as much fresh hop flavor or citrus as I expected given the nose.

Mouthfeel is nice - creamy, light/medium body

Very drinkable - wish there was a bit more citrus to balance out the bitter.

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,031 ratings.