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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,504 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,504
Reviews: 3,220
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 262
Gots: 720 | 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 RickSawyer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited 11/2/08

Pours that same rich, brown, leathery color with a very nice, creamy head. Smell is a nice mixture of citrus and pine. Big notes orange zest and grapefruit melded with pine needles and mint. Taste is a hop forward, citrus fruit blast. A nice fresh bready malt character sweetens up the middle as another rush of peppery, minty pine hops march in. Leaves the mouth dry and bitter. Wonderful.

12/13/08 (A: 3.5 S: 4.5 T: 4.0 M 4.0 D 4.0)
Pours a rich burgandy brown with tight buttery cream head. Smells nicely of floral hops and maybe some scents of sour dough bread. Boy this one is nice a hoppy. Initial taste is bitter, tingles on the back of the tounge. Some bready, malted sweetness upfront but the hops steal the show. Buttery mouthfeel. Great beer!

RickSawyer, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of joshuadlight
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just an outstanding IPA.
It is a gorgeous dark gold, on the outskirts of amber with a thick head made of tiny bubbles that looks almost like a nitro head. It lasts throughout.
Grapefruit in the nose along with other citrusy hoppy notes. It isn't a powerful smell, but pleasant.
The taste is everything I look for in an American IPA. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, etc. You can taste the hops fully without them overpowering you with bitterness or dryness.
Its great in the mouth and it wouldn't be a problem to drink many of these in a sitting.
I haven't had SN Torpedo yet, but if it is anything like this in a year-round format, then I will have something that my fridge will never be without (until next winter!)

joshuadlight, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of wknight167
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a solid 1 finger white head that doesn't stay aropund too long, but leaves great lacing.

Nose- Grapefruit and pine hops, almost grassy, with a slight malt sweetness.

Palate- Fresh grapefruit and pine hops are the showcase with a background of caramel malts.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, medium carbination, slightly astringent.

Drinkability- Easily a session beer.

wknight167, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of bourbonbock
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a clean pint and received a reddish orange amber beer with about 2 fingers of white head.

A. This beer looks delicious and I can almost taste it before I've had a sip.

S. Smells of toasted malts and fresh hops, sweet and enticing.

T. Good flavor with great depth. Starts with a fresh light hop flavor but not overly bitter. Pretty balanced maltiness and slight nuttiness followed by oils and some saltiness.

M. Even light and not as heavy as expected. Sort of rolls through the mouth and into the throat. Very nice.

D. Very good, although I would only drink 2 or 3 of these in a day I would think about going back for another one tomorrow.

bourbonbock, May 01, 2010
Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
5/5  rDev +20.2%

MikeMilanoDesign, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Edition, poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head.

S: Lots of citrus/pine hops here.

T: Follows the smell. Lots of citrus and pine hops. I get some faint breadiness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium with plenty of carbonation.

D: Moderate.

This has a bit more carbonation than I would like but it gives a nice change of pace from the normal winter seasonals.

RunForYourBeer, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of amcmaho1
5/5  rDev +20.2%

amcmaho1, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AndyTaylor
4/5  rDev -3.8%

AndyTaylor, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of TheResidentialOP
4/5  rDev -3.8%

TheResidentialOP, May 28, 2012
Photo of hlatimer266
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

hlatimer266, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Deltoro
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%

Deltoro, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of LI_PO12
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Into Pint

Appearance- Clear, copper, nice head retention

Aroma- Pine, citrus, spicy, floral notes, some malt in the backbone

Flavor- Fresh pine, good firm bitterness, citrus, awesome lingering hoppyness after each sip

Mouthfeel- Medium, higher side of carbonation

Overall- Had this last year first time reviewing this years, and its awesome. One of my favorite holiday season beers. Just so fresh with hops, definately worth trying if not more than that.

LI_PO12, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of baxter94
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

baxter94, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Tibi81
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Tibi81, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of acsprouse
5/5  rDev +20.2%

acsprouse, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of m_p_snyder
4/5  rDev -3.8%

m_p_snyder, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of kruky
4/5  rDev -3.8%

one of their best beers

kruky, Today at 03:20 PM
Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber orange color with a big head of white foam that leaves a curtain of sticky lace.
Big aroma of grapefruit rind with a bit of a piney character from the abundant hops.
Flavor comes on all bittersweet and seemingly well balanced, then the malt fades and the hops really take over. Hop flavor is fruity and citrusy more than bitter,with a super long drying finish. This stuff tastes like an Anchor Liberty on steroids.
An awesome beer, I can see why it is so highly rated, must get more before it dissapears from the stores.

MaineBeerMan, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Celebration appears a cloudy brownish amber color and has a fluffy, cream, off white head.

The smell has a strong hoppy smell with hints of pine.

Celebration has a bitter hoppy taste, but finish with a hint of caramel and malt.

It has a fully body with light carbonation.

Sierra Nevada Celebration has a great taste. It was the first time I got to try a this beer, and I definitely think it is a nice change from most winter seasonals.

DrinkinBoy, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of crayphish
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2006 Celebration Ale poured from a bottle into a pint glass to a dense two finger head. Very nice lacing. Looks deep reddish gold. Citrus hops in the nose. Mostly grapefruit. Spicy grapefruit taste at first with a grainy hop finish. Crisp and dry. Very drinkable, nice hoppy head buzz. A fine IPA.

crayphish, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of gfap61
4/5  rDev -3.8%

gfap61, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of neophilus
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frothy, white foam head erupts from a vigorous pour, filling the entire glass. Slowly it settles down on top of an amber hued beer.

Intense hop aroma, citrus with perhaps earthy/pine behind it. Bread-like malt tones underneath.

Crisp up front, with a mild snap on the tongue from the hops. Fresh pine flavor takes over, lighting up the palate as it rolls over the tongue. Dry, clean finish.

Hop-forward yet well balanced. Easy drinking but full of flavor. A great every-day IPA that won't bore you or tire your taste buds out.

neophilus, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just saw it hit the shelf and just had to pick one up. The first IPA I fell in love with, now it is a staple every year.

Pours a beautiful glowing amber orange with a solid 3 fingers of head. Pour slowly. Lacing is fantastic, following you the whole way down the glass.

Floral hops attack the nose with a very nice citrus profile. Grainy malts can be found underneath, providing some balance.

Hops in the forefront, citrus to start, though as it receeds you get a mild sweetness from the malts. Malt base is quite balanced, something hard to do with the fresh hop addition, making this one a very complex, though enjoyable, beer.

Slightly oily mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

Take it slow with this one, which may be hard with how dang good it is.

I've heard of the controversy as to enjoy this one fresh or cellar and honestly, it is up to your personal preference. When fresh, you best enjoy the fresh hop addition, but cellaring better brings out the complex underlying malt profile. Either way, this is one seasonal that I will keep looking forward each year.

Cheesemoose, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Bogforce
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

REVIEW EDIT*

Bought my first six pack of this tonight at my local shop after I heard it was good..

A: Nice, red and copper look. One finger head that goes away quick but keeps a small amount

T: Bitter! This is thing is really bitter, kind of caught me off guard. But tastes great, very pine forward. And small malt backbone to hold it all together

Love this beer! Always have something to get at my local grocery store during the holidays.

Bogforce, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Simko1209
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Simko1209, Jul 03, 2014
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,504 ratings.