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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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7,817 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,817
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 199
Gots: 458 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

ChopsMeister, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Dag48
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Dag48, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of jakester
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

I got this as a gift from my dad. I drank it in a goblet. This is the 2005 model.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with red tints. A nice thick head of cream colored foam forms on top, which eventually falls to a good coating and a ring. Very good lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma is herbal/piney hops, not overly done, and rich, clean caramely malt. A wee bit of spicy hop smell is there, also. Smells are somewhat muted, but very clean and pleasant.

First flavor is hop bitterness, but not too much. Then, big, clean caramel malt comes through, followed by herbal pine hops. Residual sweetness is minimal. Aftertaste is a pleasant bitterness and caramel malt. This beer is delicious!

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with medium carbonation across the tongue. Medium bodied, with a decent grab at the back of my throat from hop bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet and bitter.

As winter seasonals go, this is one of the best. It's slightly different every year, which makes for some intriguing tasting debates, but it's always good. Highly recommended.

jakester, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of gmcfarre
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

2006 edition 12 oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint Glass
Bottle @ 48 degrees upon pouring

Why am I Celebrating? Its the first real powder day of the season in Crested Butte!

A - Clear yet bubbly copper color with a solid 3/4 inch off-white head. Lacing is clean and moderate in its coating effect.

S - Clean hop scent that melds nicely with the sweet barley. Bitter hop scent takes the lead here, but it doesn't contain that overpowering floral scent of more aggressive IPAs. Smell is rather faint and I am not detecting much in the way of spice or fruit.

T - Begins with a pleasant almost biscuity sweetness that merges into a nice, slightly bitter hop aftertaste. Again, spice seems low, creating a very enjoyable and clean beer that isolates its main ingredients.

M - Bitterness is mild and this brew defines the term clean throughout the palate. Carbonation is mild as well. Overall, the beer is thick, smooth and filling on the tongue.

D - Due to its cleaner balance between hop and malt, the Celebration is a nice change of pace in the IPA canon. Not my favorite winter beer, but it will do nicely on a cold day.

gmcfarre, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

The beer is a dark copper with a good sized head. The head retention is very good, and lasts quite longer than I expected. Does appear to have much carbonation though.

The smell is quite grassy hoppy and some subtle fruits. The beer is quite bitter from all the hops, but has a nice sweet undertone to it. Pretty tasty and hoppy.

I could easily drink a bunch of these.

swizzlenuts, May 09, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Appearance- Pours a medium amber color with a light to moderate head that lingers for a good little bit.

Smell- One of the fruityiest noses Ive ever had, flowers and a sweet odor mixed in.

Taste- Big hop taste up front with a solid mix of bitter taste afterwards, exceedingly tasty brew.

Mouthfeel- Hop flavor has good coverage on tongue, and has good aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the best all around beers Ive had, a true two thumbs up on this one.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of volta
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

volta, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of cagocubs
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

A: Dark amber with an off white 2 finger head. Laced the glass. Good color and head. Nice looking beer.

S: Hops, caramel notes, spice (earthy like clove or pine) citrus grapefruit.

T: Real powerful and bitter hops. Citrus grapefruit left the illusion of peppermint. The hops are the most evident thing in this Ale.

M: nice light bodied and crisp flow. Good coating and delivery.

D: This is a great ipa, but I couldn't imagine drinking this all too frequently with those overwhelming hops. Great beer, just drink in moderation.

cagocubs, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of afrokaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into SN hop glass. Love this stuff so I figured it was time to give it a proper tick.

A - A glorious light amber, 2 fingers of head and great lacing.

S - Piney, resiny, earthy, a little dank & spice, sweet malt, mineral water.

T - Pine and more pine, some minty/herbal hops, slight citrus, spicy hops complements slight alcohol warmth. Sweet bready malt gives way to crisp bitter finish that doesn't overdo it.

M - Another one of the best aspects of this beer, medium full with just enough alcohol bite, slightly slick and sticky in the finish without being cloying.

O - One of the greatest beers of all time, even more so given the availability & price. One of those beers you never forget, and one of the reasons I love beer like I do now.

afrokaze, Dec 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HoneyLamb, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

smogfood, Jan 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

adrian21, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jono0101, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Nice deep copper hue, with a fluffy three-finger eggshell colored head. Rings of lacing. Definitely a good looking brew.

S - Powerful aroma of piney, resinous hops. Some caramel malts as well.

T - Taste follows the nose, with assertive hops forward, supported by a toasted cracker-like malt. Hops are floral to the point of sprucey, with a hint of mint coolness. A little alcohol bite detectable in the finish. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness blend seemlessly in every sip.

M - Medium bodied and carbonated. Drying finish. Works well with the flavor profile.

O - A really good and balanced IPA. I found the hop profile to have a little too much pine for my personal taste. (I prefer a little more citrus in my IPA's). But again, a solid product here.

TempeBeerMan, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mmmaaattt, Dec 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

pep, Mar 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

dpage27, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

schaffer9252, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

RobDB, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%

Orange and red paint the colors of deliciousness under a cloud of foamy head... All sorts of resiny hops hit the nose in a great way.Hop bitterness leads with a malty background. Bitter fall leaves, and nettle, black tea and pine tree sap. Interesting flavors but this one fit just outside my normal IPA palate descriptions. Nice medium body, good amount of bubbly.

I nicely put together IPA, pour another.


JoeAmerican77, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ascags, May 10, 2014
Photo of palma
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Golden/brownish color body with a white head that leaves a smooth looking lace. Smell is spicy and hoppy with fresh green plants, leaves, rainforest. Also some florals and citrus aroma come through. Taste is very hoppy but not off the wall. Good malt taste upfront and a strong, but pleasing bitterness in the end. Also, slight coffee notes in the aftertaste if you look hard. Im not a big fan of IPA's but this one is pretty good.

palma, Feb 17, 2004
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

No date on the bottle, but this is fresh, from 05. Pours with decent head, the body is a burnt orange color. The smell is of grassy, piney hops with barely a hint of caramel malt.

The taste is west coast hoppy. Dry, piney, bitter hops with slight grassiness. Slight caramel malt profile. Mouthfeel is leaning toward the heavy side for an IPA. This is a good beer, but it's not one of my favorites.

Sephiroth, Nov 16, 2005
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

cloudy, golden red, one finger head. a lot different than a winter seasonal would usually look.

smells of glorious hops, simcoe, cascade and possibly goldings. A good malt foundation in the nose. very floral and inviting.

Jesus CHRIST! this is hoppy as hell. almost too hoppy and unbalanced until the finish comes and the malt comes through.

the carbonation could be a bit more subtle, but I think the body is pefect for an IPA. this is highly drinkable and a true hop-heads delight. I am a winter seasonal fan and think this beer has a little bit of a winter feel.

naterock, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of blackcompg
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Just finally found this in my neck of the woods.

Appearance - Poured two fingers of thick pillowy yellow head, color of the beer is a hazy apricot amber, really a gorgeous beer. Nice thick lacing left in the glass.

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit, touch of pineapple sweetness. Smells very nice.

Taste - Whoah, this beer is all about the hops! Very eye opening and refreshing. Here are the flavors - citrus peel, grapefruit, grassy floral hops, a touch of dry biscuit, and pine long into the finish. There are no spices here folks - NONE.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, smooth foamy carb with some crisp edges, drying and bitter on the finish.

Overall - Surprised to find such a nice hop missile during the winter months! I would LOVE to enjoy this on a hot summer day. I don't get the spices mentioned by other reviewers at all, NONE. This is a straight up IPA folks, NOT a winter warmer. I also got very little sweetness here, would have preferred a bit more to balance, otherwise an excellent IPA.

blackcompg, Dec 04, 2011
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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