1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,295 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,295
Reviews: 3,344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,223 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 9,295 | Reviews: 3,344
Photo of Brez07
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA pint glass

A: Pours a orange/copper hue with a 1/2 finger off-white head. This doesn't last very long. It has decent lacing [edit: had another one and the lacing was much better]

S: Obviously hops present here, but also spice (cinnamon/ginger) and some orange peel

T: Piney hops upfront, followed by gingerbread and minimal caramel. To be honest, I was not a big fan of this at first, but that may have been because it was served cold. Enjoyed this much more after it warmed up a little bit

M: Dry mouth feel. The carbonation gives it a light feel

D: Overall a good tasting IPA. Easily could put a few of these back in a sitting

Photo of Nightwish1094
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a hazy copper with a finger of off-white head. Nice sticky lacing

S - Mild citrus hops an a sweet and grainy malt background.

T - Mild citrus hop and bitterness. Grainy in the middle and finish. Probably a lot better fresher, when the citrus hops can kick a bit more.

M - Medium body and nice carbonation. Right on for an IPA.

D - Easy to drink. Fun to drink. A good IPA that is probably a lot better the fresher you get it, as usual. I prefer Torpedo, but it is close.

Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of AaronBurr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Tanger112
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of frankthetank86
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jkd03c
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of poskok
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of baiser
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber colour, nice head, good retention. Floral aroma, fruity, great hop aroma. In terms of taste, I was expecting something more unique. But it's a typical west coast, hoppy ale, which is fine by me. Taste was fruity, hopped up. Great balance between malt and hops. Juicy and flavourful. Drinkability is exceptional.

Photo of alkemy
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly dark orange/amber. Pretty cloudy. Big white head with lots of lacing. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the smell and taste. This is kind a tweener in the middle of their Pale Ale and Torpedo. There's a hint of caramel on the back end, but this is all about the hops. It's not intensely hoppy, just a nice steady dose. I tried in vain to detect any spices. I'd like to see this offered year round.

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of IceAce
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Medium Copper color with excellent clarity. Arrived with less than 1 finger of foam head but had already decorated the brim of the Libbey straight-side pint glass with an excellent sticky lace.

SMELL: Don't mean to 'dis this ale. but the collar of foam disppointed by dissapating rapidly leaving behind a disappointed taster. Thus, the quality and quantity of the aroma were slightly lacking behind the lofty expectations.

TASTE: First taste of this big brew was dominated by the aggressive hopping. Subsequent tastings provided glimpses into multiple malts...always followed by (very) sticky hops. ~ (Appearance update) Halfway through the pint the lacing on the glass is picture perfect...thus deepening the mystery of the disappearing head. (We'll blame this on the glasswasher)

MOUTHFEEL: Mouthfeel is exceptional as the tongue is simultaneously tangoing with malts, waltzing with hops, and doing the jitterbug with the just-right level of CO².

DRINKABILITY: All winter long, baby!

Photo of Redwood21
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I just had this on tap, and like a beergeek took notes. i was suprised when i got home to see how highly rated this beer was. i generally really like sn, and i like ipa's. this beer looks nice, but the problem i have is the harsh dry bitterness. its more complex than other beers etc etc, but i cant get past it. i have had bitter beers, and dry beers, but for me this was just too harsh with nothing to balance it out. Im sure i am in the minority and im willing to try it again. but my vote right now is that this is just too harsh.

Photo of SickGnar
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, coppery amber with a faint bit of haze. Big rocky head with great retention and spectacular, uber-nice lacing.

S: Sniff - not a gingerbread cookie beer! I think I know what SN's favorite "spice" is.... Grapefruit and other citrus notes, resin & pine, some herbal, a bit of floral, and even some spicey & peppery. There is a lot going on and it is quite aromatic. Caramel malt is there, but it is in the background.

T: Holy hopucopia! Like the nose but even more complex and intense. C-hops are certainly there, but so are others - a great hop profile with lots to tease out and savor. Not to say this is some hop monster - it is not. It has a good malt base that supports the hops without either balancing the alpha acids or remaining in the background. Malty sweet caramel, nutty, bready, toasty character forms the backbone with some more robustly roasted malt notes of toffee and even darker stuff. A touch grainy and faintly husky toward finish. Also a fruity note that seems to be yeast derived.

M: Slightly above medium body. Plenty of carbonation, but not fizzy - more like jubilantly effervescent. Almost sweet and sticky, but also spicy, crisp and drying in the finish.

D: Immensely drinkable, if a bit dangerous at 6.8 percent. Hops are prominent, but not in a way that overpowers other elements. Instead, the supporting parts of this brew serve to showcase the complexity, nuance, intensity, and (getting a bit hyperbolic) the glory that is Humulus Lupulus.

Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of TEAMHOLT
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of MarshMan71
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A-Pours a nice orange/copper color with a one finger head that fades quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S-Pine and citrus hops dominate with some nice caramel/malt notes. Smells very good.

T-Pine and citrus hops and a subtle malty sweetness. Not terribly complex, but very enjoyable.

M-Medium body, the carb level is a bit high for my personal preference, but its not bad. Nice dry, bitter finish.

D-Very drinkable, as are all of SN's offerings.

Another job well done by SN. These guys don't do anything badly.

Photo of genog
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage:

Pours an amber, almost burnt orange color with a cloudy body. Rocky, foamy off white almost three inch head that takes a great deal of time to die down. Some excellent lacing that lingers at the top of the glass. Smell is of pine, citrus, caramel malt with a good deal of sweetness in the aroma. Taste is hoppy and a little bit of an oily texture that lingers with some stickyness. A nice deal of warming presence.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the life of me I can't figure out why it has taken me now to review this beer. Perhaps I love it so much that I never want to review it but rather just sit back and enjoy it. Either way, a nice afternoon with 30 degree weather and much of the nation gripped in bitter cold weather warrants it.
A 12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada logotype pint glass...
Appearance is a nice copper to amber body with a white head that sits well and sticks to the glass like a dusting of snow. The aroma is pungent grapefruit along with a caramel breadiness that pairs well with the bitterness of it. The flavor matches the aroma with a bitterness sticking to the tongue. With warmth, the bitterness subsides a bit as more residual sugars are allowed to display the caramel malt used in this brew. The mouthfeel is fuller without being heavy. For drinkability this one is no session IPA, but a sipper.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,295 ratings.