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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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8,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,572
Reviews: 3,226
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 262
Gots: 758 | 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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Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle. This is one bitter beer, copper in color with thick foam on top. Beer smells strong of hops and pine needles. The beer tastes piney, a bit citrusy and fairly maltl.ke. The mouthfeel is fairly sudsy. Overall I'd say its fairly drinkable for a bitter beer and a quaility beer for those who enjoy bitters.

hdofu, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of abrand
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. I have drank this brew many times but never completed a review of it. To me this beer is much better fresh than with a couple months under it.

The Celebration Ale pours an orange to amber color with a nice bubbly head atop that leaves some good lacing. Aromas are sweet with malts, toffee, and caremel. I am also picking up some meaty notes that I haven't sniffed before with this brew. Taste brings out some citrus notes and is very smooth. Not overpowering in any way. Also plenty of malts and pines. Not much hops for being an IPA. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and sort of watery. Drinkability is very high for this brew. Kind of a mixture of several different styles and with that it is truly unique. This is my session beer for the winter months.

abrand, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of ricke
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-02-11. Served in pint glass.

Presentation: 350 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2009-10-17).

Appearance: Amber colored with copper and red hues, semi-clear. A rather aggressive pour into a pint glass creates a 3 finger airy head that has a strange, light cappuccino color (it actually looks dirty). Good head retention, some lacings.

Smell: A big hop fruity hop aroma, primarily of red and yellow grapefruits, lemon and surprisingly distinct strawberries - dominates. An earthy hop aroma of pine-needles is there as well. Behind all of this, is a faint note or reasonably sweet malts. A quite refreshing smell.

Taste: At first, some malt flavors appear, but they quickly leave room for a massive taste of hops. They mostly echoes the smell - grapefruits, sharp citric notes and strawberries - but the earthy notes of pine are bigger and accompanied by grass, mint and some tobacco. Although the malts are most noticeable in the beginning, they appear in the middle as well but they get constantly overrun by the hop flavors. The finish is semi-dry, a bit perfumy, contains sharp hops and has a seemingly endless bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, quite lively carbonation. It's kind of sharp, but the foam residues smooth things out.

Drinkability: I really liked this beer, but I think I was expecting a little more from it, especially considering its hyped status. Although I like its unbalanced character and big hop flavors (the strawberry presence, both in the smell and in the taste, is really great), the bitterness is a bit too to much and overpowers both the hop and malt flavors.

ricke, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of jcb7472
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

jcb7472, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Thedaver4220
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a Maudite tulip

Celebration pours a ruby/golden color with about a 1 1/2 finger head. Great lacing all the way down on this one as well. Grapefruit nose with some malt on end. It's all malty sweetness up front then the bitterness comes in. It's very easy drinking and a great beer all around. This beer reminds you why Sierra Nevada is the granddaddy of craft beer.

Thedaver4220, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of dragomni
5/5  rDev +20.2%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +20.2%

mquinn919, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of danipp
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

danipp, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of PTEdelman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

PTEdelman, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Invictus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Invictus, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of kplooki
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kplooki, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Metaltildeath
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Metaltildeath, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of seanwhite
5/5  rDev +20.2%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Medium dark amber with some red hues, really good color, awesome off white head, almost butter like, and foamy like shaving cream, remains on top all the way through this glass like a dollop of sour cream on top and leaves good lace

S: Big hop presence, major grapefruit, appears to be slight malty breadiness, just enough to provide some contrast and backbone

T: Again big hops dominate, especially grapefruit, but not overly intense like some, good bitterness, balanced by slight breadiness, but very slight, does not cover hops at all, a little one dimensional as the flavors don't develop too much, but what it does provide is amazing

M: Semi light, but not thin at all, bitterness creates some dryness, but doesn't really linger

D: Good, nice bold flavors and easy mouthfeel won't let me stop drinking this

Notes: This is my first Sierra Nevada and it is awesome. I have been getting bogged down by spiced and sweet winter ales, and this is exactly what I needed, a blast of hops in a Christmas wrapper. I can't wait to try their other beers.

dpodratsky3, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of cj8311
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

cj8311, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of devilben02
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, foamy tan head sits atop a cloudy orange-amber liquid. The aroma is filled with hops, with a piney, earthy, and slightly spicy character. The flavor also introduces a nice citrus bite, and a toffee malt sweetness brings a nice balance. The hop bitterness builds a bit as I drink, but this one is certainly not a big, bad hop bomb. It does have a great, complex flavor and is easier to drink than many IPAs. Overall, this drinks like an amplified version of the Pale Ale and is a welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup every fall. I will gladly pick it up again.

devilben02, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of mklinger
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mklinger, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of pmccallum86
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red color with a huge thick head that leaves an ungodly amount of lacing as it dissipates.

The smell is of pine cones. Lots of pine hop aromas with some caramel malt scents also detectable.

The taste it cause for celebration (see what I did there). Big hop flavors smack you in the tongue, mostly pine maybe some grapefruit as well. Balanced nicely with a smooth malt profile, kind of caramel and bready, real nice.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, nice full bodied beer.

Very nice drinkability, perfect beer for a hop lovers holidays.

pmccallum86, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Leschber
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Leschber, Monday at 04:26 AM
Photo of MrBuckHigh
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

MrBuckHigh, May 08, 2013
Photo of hermit990
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on date: October 11, 2013. Review date: December 19, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper-orange color. About two fingers of a slightly off-white head with large bubbles. Good amount of carbonation streaming to the top of the glass. Amazing lacing striped down the side of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of hop aroma at the front. Citrus notes: grapefruit, orange peel. Slight pine/earthiness. A bit of a sweet, bready character on the finish.

Taste: Big bitter note upfront. Fades nicely into some citrus character. Lots of grapefruit and orange, following up with some pine flavor. Finishes malty, a nice breadiness and carbonation cleanses the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body on this one, sticks to the mouth a bit before finishing very dry. Carbonation scrubs the palate well, getting you ready for the next drink.

Overall: A very well crafted, classic brew from Sierra Nevada. Hits the spot during the winter season as a change of pace from the typical winter warmers. Very easy to find and affordable ($8.99 a six pack, in my area). Excellent stuff, definitely would recommend.

hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fairly agressive pour yielded a moderate 2 finger head that dwindled down rather quickly. Great lacing.

Smell: Definate hops comming through. this is a good combination of a winter/ipa style beer. Its got more balls than the regualar SN IPA, and its also go some different aromas. I get some citrus from the hops, a sticky sugary aroma too. Some malt comming through and a little bit of grapfruit.

Taste: This is similar to the IPA. Where the SN IPA flourishes with its pinpoint flavors, this beer fails. Its a little confused, but in a good way. I get some dark malty flavors and some light citrusy flavors. Big grapefruit juice component on the front end with sweet sticky on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Good feel, its got some nice bubbles. carbonated well for the style, nice rounded feel after swallowing.

Drinkability: Nice beer. Its got some great flavors packed in there. Its abv is pretty high for a session beer but i can see where a lot of people would want to put a few of these puppies away.

Augustiner719, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of mnrider
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz. brown bottle. 2009 on label.

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color. With a nice large fluffy off white head. Leaves an excellent amount of sticky lacing.

S: Smells of pine, a bit of citrus and other strong hops. Very aromatic.

T/M: Hops are very strong in this one. Actually tastes almost exactly as it smells. Carbonation is up there. Finishes a tad bit bitter. Still very enjoyable.

D: Excellent IPA. Very tasty and an all around great beer. I'll be enjoying this one all winter long.


mnrider, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of chickenflea
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I like Sierra Nevada. A high quality brewery with a number of good offerings. But I always approach seasonals with a degree of skepticism. They tend to be seasonal because you wouldn't want to drink this beer all year round. Not with this tasty brew.
Very aromatic with citrusy and some bread notes. Some maltiness comes through too.
A very beautiful beer with a tremendous white head and medium amber color. Initially sweet but the hops kick in right away with a beautiful medium bitterness that lingers for a long time. Very smooth in your mouth. Creamy for an ale this hoppy. Very drinkable. After trying a bottle that my brother gave me, I bought a 12-pack. I look forward to one almost every day now. It doesn't grow old. Excellent

chickenflea, Jan 14, 2010
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,572 ratings.