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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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9,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,200
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,139 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.
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Photo of grayburn
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great idea...in a seasonal market flooded with winter warmers and old ales, Sierra Nevada comes out with a good old ipa. Way to be original, just because it is winter does not mean tongue doesn't need hops!
Pours a light orange with an off-white head composed of small bubbles that cling to the glass for dear life.
Smells of piney hops, the pine dominates the scent and flavor profile. There is a decent malt backbone that the hops ride in on.
The taste is the same, a pine front with a sweet finish, I am beginning to understand more why this is a winter seasonal. Like a lovely christmas tree in a glass.
The mouth is smooth and creamy with perfectly played carbonation.
This beer is very easy to drink, and the moderate abv means you can have a few.

Photo of mnrider
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.


Photo of Tanger112
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mattsucks
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4/5  rDev -3.6%

4/5  rDev -3.6%

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaluria
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a very different impression of this beer when I had it on-tap at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington than when I had it from a bottle.
Appeared a lovely golden-orange with yellow hues in my pint glass. Aromas of pine, grass, citrus, and hops were evident, but this time they worked very well together to create a bitter, hoppy smell. The taste was just terrific with loads of hops just jumping all over my tongue. Initial hop bitterness grows ever so slightly with each sip leaving behind an aftertaste that beckons you to take another sip. Just delightful! Some malt is present, but not much compared to the hops. Very good drinkability because of it's moderate ABV and flavorful character.

Photo of MrKennedy
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to mulder1010 for the six pack! Poured into a small tumbler.

Has a light copper appearance with good clarity for the colour. Has a nice light beige, creamy looking head of foam that measured in at a couple of fingers and laced sporadically as it receded.

Strong citrus, fruity smell initially along with pine that changes to grapefruit that stays with it until the end.

Taste is a mix of grapefruit and caramel, the former is by far the most dominant.

Bitterness is a little unusual in that there is plenty early and it is less bitter later on. Creamy feel is interspersed and perhaps detracts from the bitterness at the end. Still quite drinkable.

Very good all round IPA with plenty of grapefruit in the smell and taste.

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (2008) into a pint glass.

A - Poured copper with a head of tan foam. Soapy lacing and good carbontaion theoughout.

S - Slight maltiness with the fresh aroma of pine and grapefruit.

T - More of the same. Finishes off bitter and slightly dry with a bit of alcohol warmth.

MF&D - Medium bodied and slightly oily. What you would expect from a SN product.

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Mike099
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light Red color

S: Floral and citrus aroma

T: Bitter pine and citrus flavors. The bitterness dominates but isn't over powering. Slight alcohol on the finish

M: Crisp and dry

Overall: Really good and refreshing. The pine from the hops give a festive feel to the beer.

Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of battlekow
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2005 version, just released. Pours a reddish-amber with a good off-white head that fades to leave the typical IPA skim. Smells sweetly malty with a substantial infusion of floral and spicy hops. My eye watered a bit when I got my face right in the glass and took a whiff. Flavor has a very malty backbone with hop highlights, a toasty finish, and lingering oily bittering from the hops. The toastiness reminds me of HopDevil. Celebration is a very solid and balanced IPA.

Photo of mpyle
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper color, brilliant clarity, and a significant, creamy, long lasting white head. Gorgeous appearance!

Aroma shows a combination of malt and hops (more hops), with the hops showing hints of grass/pine.

Strong hoppiness throughout, with hop bitterness and bite at the end quite prevelant. Flavor provile very clean, with malt notes muted and hops accentuated. Flavor perfectly in line with the style.

Mouthfeel is moderate and pleasant. Malt backbone evident here, and moderately heavy carbonation also helps to accentuate the hoppiness.

If you like hops, this beer is extremely drinkable. A very well crafted beer both in the recipe and the execution. A near flawless example of an American IPA.

Photo of Jstark5150
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of twkirkby
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of anon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of xgrigorix
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown twist cap bottle - 2003 edition.

Bright copper hue, clear, with slow moving carbonation. Medium sized bubbles. Rocky, beige coloured head retains well, & leaves a thin sheet of lace behind.

Big, robust, hop loaded nose. Scents of pine, orange, & caramel.

A quick hop attack, gives way to a big round caramel powered malt flavour. Some toasted flavours make it a little more interesting. A sharp bitter whack heralds in orange & pine, with the pine flavour really popping after the swallow. Dry finish, medium body, easy carbonation. A winter classic.

Photo of patpbr
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with a nice head and lacing. Smells Hoppy but not grabbing my attention. Its surprisingly malty up front but soon turns over to the hops. Taste of citrus, pine, mint. Sweetness and spice, bitter throughout A medium body, and pleasant alcohol warmth. I Finally have a favorite holiday beer. December is going to see its fair amount of Celebration.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light brown in color with a foamy tan head. Huge amounts a lacing all around the glass.

S - Citric hops right up front with a bit of pine, then malts come in and give it a woodsy scent. It has a some what earthy finish on the nose.

T - Bitter citric hops are insane on this. There's a little bit of a piny bready taste with a grainy finish. All in all this beer has a very earthy feel to it. love it.

M - Well carbonated and medium bodied. washes over nicely. The carbonation plays in well with the bitter hoppy taste.

D - Excellent session brew. Delicious. Alcohol is moderate but i could see drinking a sixer of this stuff no problem. If you have chance to pick some of this up do so.

Photo of ifixufly
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rcatalano
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,200 ratings.