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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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7,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,884
Reviews: 3,156
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 217
Gots: 481 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Rudy, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

rolandboy, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

yanosh, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jopezu, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Yesdog, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

MrJolly, Dec 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

GratefulEdd, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Sarmartay, May 24, 2014
Photo of zookerman182
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a red, amber color very clear with a 1.5 finger white head.
Aroma is piney and hoppy with a hint of spice.
Flavor mirrors the aroma with that spicy hoppy taste.
Very nice bubbles and mouthfeel.
Well balanced beer and not overly bitter
Perfect cold weather ale.

zookerman182, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of WiserBud
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

WiserBud, May 08, 2014
Photo of AaronRed
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hops all the way. Smooth and tasty, with a creamy taste that makes this beer richer than their ales. Not heavy, but hearty.

AaronRed, Dec 21, 2001
Photo of TinusTime
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish brown with a nice long lasting head that laces beautifully down the glass.

Smell is citrusy grapfruity hops with foresty spice and pine thrown in the background

Taste Yumm-- I love this stuff.. Nice assertive hoppyness with enough of a malty backbone to make it interesting and give it a hint of spice. This years might be a bit rough on the hops, but i am hoping that that will mellow and balance a bit more.

Mouthfeel, nice good carbonation, very drying on the finish. It will make someone not used to hops pucker

Drinkability-- Can drink it all night, I never get tired of drinking this beer, the only thing that keeps drinkablity from a 5 is that the ABV is 6.8 so a few to many and the Celebration will end with a fall.
There is little doubt why this is always one of the more anticipated arrivals every fall

TinusTime, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of rkhaze
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Edition. Always look forward to this one. A winter classic!
Poured an orange/amber color with a rich thick white head that left good sticky lace.
Dynamite aroma. BIG hops, fresh, citrusy and spicy. Some sweet malt in the background.
The taste is fresh hops upfront with an almost pine/spruce oiliness. Some sweet malt and caramel in the middle, finishing with that spicy, pungent grapefruit aftertaste that I love Sierra for. It's been better balanced in previous years. A hopheads delight

Nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Rich, full and a creamy lemon tanginess. Excellent drinkability.
Year after year, a great offering from Sierra. A little less balanced than previous years but if you like your hops to punch first and ask questions later, then this is a beer for you. Highly recommended!

rkhaze, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of infi
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release, 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into a nonic pint.

A translucent, honey-hued brown color with a thick and frothy, white, two-fingered head with like a 5-minute retention. Lots of carbonated activity going on throughout the liquid, as well as amazing caked on retention- thorough stratification. On the nose is a true balance of malt and hop. The first half is a nice aromatic bouquet of the wet hops - grapefruit citrus - while the second half, however, lingers more on a delicate malt sweetness. As a whole, the synergism of the aromas work very well.

Taste is very smooth and balanced as well, with the earthiness from the hops being identified first then moving into the malt sweetness. Not as much of a hop presence in this beer, in terms of bitterness, which was surprising considering how vibrant the Pale Ale is. Regardless, not a big deal. Very subtle in all flavor components, but still mesh well overall. Also, I didn't get any "spiced" flavors as others have said before.

Mouthfeel is really medium-bodied for an IPA with a thin carbonated feel. Coats the mouth and tongue very well. Drinkability is very high on this. The 6.8% ABV hits you after one bottle though, especially if the pace you decide to drink it is only a few minutes. Definitely a holiday beer: Thanksgiving and Christmas-worthy. Considerably tasty.

infi, Nov 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

rjvanston, Nov 16, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love the way this beer looks on the golden side of amber has a big ole puffy tan head that sticks around a long time and clings to the glass like crazy. The smell is strong piney with citrus lightly behind it/ The taste follows with strong bitterness, a touch of alcohol. It has long lasting carbonation and good body. My problem is that the more you drink of it , the more you taste the alcohol. I think those are the hops scraping my taste buds. Yum!

wcintula, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden brown color, voluminous head if you're not careful pouring.

Smell: Very hoppy on the nose. Some spicy, piney, and resinous hops, and some floral/herbal aromas too

Taste: Follows the nose pretty well. There is some real good hop flavor in here, again follows the piney, resinous, spicy hops, along with some citrus as well, but there is some herbal/floral flavors here too, which I think is the freshness of the hops showing through. There is a decent malt backbone to this as well. Semi-dry bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Very good, I feel like this is a classic example of what an American IPA is. I feel like this is as much of a gold standard as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is. I can see why people go nuts over this every year, it is quite the treat.

MadCat, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of tjkinate
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada knows how to make IPA's

A: 1+ fingered, lightly tan creamy head that displayed good retention and lacing atop this deep orange and red bodied brew.

S: Very floral with pine and candied malts. Nothing groundbreaking, but I have no problems with that.

T: Large hop profile upfront that are tamed only slightly by the malts, but overall quite bitter.

M: Medium/light, fairly high carbonation that is followed by a slight burn.

O: Another tasty entry from one of my favorite breweries.

tjkinate, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

OMsweetOM, Feb 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

tln13, Apr 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

mscott1975, Nov 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of SometimesIfart
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark murky copper with a massive slightly off-white head. Left a great amount of lacing.

S - Lots of lemon up front along with some dank hops and coriander. Wheat comes into the mix upon a second sniff.

T - A bit of creamy lemon up front, a moderate amount of pine follows and then the taste pretty much tapers off.

M - Medium creamy body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this wasn't that great. Probably one of Sierra Nevada's lesser beers. Don't get me wrong, It would be wonderful as a session IPA or an IPA to introduce somebody to craft beers, but to a veteran reviewer it doesn't offer a whole lot since the flavor profile never fully comes through or develops.

SometimesIfart, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Spaz7, May 24, 2013
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,884 ratings.