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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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7,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,757
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 194
Gots: 439 | 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 kp29


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-21-2012 19:51:10 | More by kp29
Photo of dsnyder61


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-16-2013 21:41:13 | More by dsnyder61
Photo of jopezu


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-11-2012 02:28:24 | More by jopezu
Photo of Yesdog


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-23-2011 16:26:04 | More by Yesdog
Photo of RobDB

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-23-2012 03:12:32 | More by RobDB
Photo of wiscokid920


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Huge three finger head that lasts for days! Great retention and lacing. Beautiful amber/orange in color.

S- Fresh and earthy featuring pine and citrus notes.

T- Fantastic balancing act of Hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Initially starts off with a nice bitter pine and layers into grapefruit citrus. Halfway through the malty backbone takes affect featuring toasted qualities and caramel sweetness.

M- Creamy at first and finishes crisp and clean.

O- A fantastic fresh hop brew! Fantastically balanced featuring a great hop profile with a nice malt backbone. One of my all time favorites!

12-18-2011 06:04:23 | More by wiscokid920
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.

01-08-2013 04:00:14 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of ThomasAWilson2


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-18-2013 12:48:03 | More by ThomasAWilson2
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-23-2013 04:37:05 | More by GRFounder
Photo of BA_Berto

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-15-2013 01:32:00 | More by BA_Berto
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

11-12-2013 01:05:32 | More by Bouder32
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

I found this at the supermarket a couple years ago, bought a bunch, put the last one in a box and forgot about it. This is a 2007 bottle poured into a British pint glass.

A - pours the color of honey with a huge bouncy overstuffed mattress of a head that stuck to the glass and would not die. It eventually shrank into a dirty meringue ish cap on the top of the last few sips.

S -Lot's of fruit! Citrus, apples, maybe even some lychee fruit. Also, obviously some hops and a bit of sweetness, maybe honey.

T - Flavors were definitely subdued. Light on the hops, but could still taste the citrus and pine needle flavors. The finish was sticky and bitter with a small amount of metal coming through.

M&D - Smooth, full bodied and very nice carbonation. Could easily drink a couple more and would, if I could ever find them.

Still prefer this one fresh but glad I had one sitting around to try with some age on it. In the end everything was great, the flavor had just faded which is to be expected of this style.

08-24-2009 09:10:44 | More by thepeter
Photo of modernartblues


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

reviewed from notes

poured into Duvel Tulip

A: two finger head, perfect sheets of beautiful lacing, big pillow head that lasts for a long time with a big chunk floating on top for nearly the entire beer

N: hoppy, citrusy, grassy notes predominant, refreshing and not very dank

T: grass notes still prominent, edge of grapefruit, pleasant bitterness, this is a world class IPA

M: smooth and full, great for the style

D: a sessionable beer, which I frequent ridiculously often from October to December, the only tick off comes from the relatively high ABV (which smacks me around sometimes-- see my first comment about it being session-able)

This is a great beer that ages better than 99% of IPAs.

12-31-2010 21:24:21 | More by modernartblues
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.

12-04-2011 05:33:43 | More by blackcompg
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-27-2013 23:02:41 | More by jackrodgers77
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4.92/5  rDev +18.3%

12-27-2012 21:43:34 | More by BogBoyJD
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-11-2012 00:13:13 | More by Gehrig13
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

03-03-2014 22:12:07 | More by dpage27
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-30-2013 02:12:35 | More by majorbase2
Photo of quasimoto


3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

A - deep amber color with a nice big fluffy of white head.

S - strong citrusy aromas of grapefruit, and some bubblegum. Not too shabby.

T - The hops are the forefront of this beer. Themalt flavor busts out in the middle. Bust out, may be a lttle too much. , or much else going on. It then melds into a hoppy bitter creamy sensation. Little bready on the end.

M - Very light, dry and crisp.

D - One of the better IPAs out there.

11-02-2006 02:48:02 | More by quasimoto
Photo of movingtrain


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

12 ounce bottle sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color. With an aggressive pour, a firm fluffy head rests on top, with lots of active carbonation in the body of the beer.

In the aroma are hints of honey, grapefruit, apple, white grapes, and warm bread. The hop presence is quite full, providing a nice kick in the smell.

The flavor is quite fine, balancing fruity hop tones with a mellow, sweet malty undertone. And that head is sticking around...with each sip, it's not going anywhere. Other flavors that are present are red grapefruit, light candy sugar, minute hints of cinnamon, and, of course, a nice hop presence.

The alcohol in this beer is quite warming, which is nice on this cold December eve. It is surprisingly warming, given that it is just below seven percent, and other beers that reach this range don't always produce this effect. For a winter beer, this works well for Celebration.

Overall, this is a tasty brew. An excellent departure from the spiced holiday offerings on the shelves during this time of year.

12-03-2010 22:01:05 | More by movingtrain
Photo of CoolJosh


3.95/5  rDev -5%

After all of the hype hear on BA, I felt inclined to try this one. I've always been a supporter of Sierra Nevada, one of the major craft brewing founding fathers.

A. Pale copper and amber color. 1 finger creamy low carbonated head that vanishes after the first sip. Great lacing on the side.

S. Lemon. Slight orange. Citrus hops. A carbonated smell manages to seep out.

T. Hops bite the tongue right away. Then leads into a smoothed out orange and lemon and grapefruit taste. To end, a great citrus and slight pine hop kick. Refreshing. Creamy texture, but a little on the thinner side.

01-04-2009 18:58:37 | More by CoolJosh
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-12-2012 21:22:41 | More by FEUO
Photo of d5001986


4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-31-2012 02:27:16 | More by d5001986
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

This beer sports a thin pistachio head and leaves an interesting looking sticky lace. It is a clear, light rust color. The nose is resinous, piney, earthy, and all around pretty light.

The taste is of course hoppy. Spicey hop flavors dominate, backed by floral flavors. This is over an almost transparent malt background. Bitterness turns a tad salty with warmth. This is pretty light for an IPA and I might even go so far as to call it watery. If you are looking for some straight hop juice, this is your beer.

01-21-2007 17:29:30 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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