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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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7,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,828
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 199
Gots: 464 | 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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

jeffoatess, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

birchholz, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of mbusster88
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Wonderful amber color with tan head. Large bubbles in the head, which is not dissipating to quickly. Absolutely the most carbonation I have ever seen, so many bubbles coming off the glass it looks like a snow globe.

S: Great astringent smell, with citrus and pine notes. Tons of great fresh hop aromas with the citrus style bite in the nose.

T/M: Very nice hop bite up front, gets malty in the middle and finishes dry with the hop flavor lingering. Great smooth taste and well defined. Great balance makes this a very drinkable beer, hard to keep in the glass. The freshness of the hops makes the flavors very robust and clean. Love the palate cleansing feeling with this one.

D: This beer is meant for celebrating! This one is easy to drink, with big flavor and no let downs. Another wonderful beer from SN!

mbusster88, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Justin23060
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber w/ some sediment. Awesome ivory head that lasted and clung.

S - 25%/75% Citrus/Pine. Nice.

T - Pretty fantastic. 50%/50% Citrus/Pine. Only a little malt coming through. Long linger is spot on.

M - Nice and creamy. Ends with nice drying bitterness.

O - Fresh and tasty. I'll be looking for this next year.

Justin23060, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Avantyawn
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Unfiltered, deep orange red, nice huge frothy head with much retention.

S: Roasted barley, dough, slight booze and spices. Slightly medicinal.

T: Spicy, hoppy, toasty grains. You can detect some alcohol in the mouth which I am not crazy about at this moderate APV. A very spicy aftertaste. A very balanced brew however.

M: The best thing about this beer to me is the nice creamy thick mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and zingy zest.

O: Overall, this beer is slightly plain, but very refreshing and drinkable. I don't find it very exciting, but it's definitely decent. It has a similar vibe to torpedo in it being slightly boozy and harsh. Spicy hops linger in the mouth. Unique.

Avantyawn, Nov 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

setexascustoms, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MichaelBurns, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

LeoPanna, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

TeeRex, Jun 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mwayne, Jun 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PoppyParthenonE, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TheBrouMaster, Oct 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Pestin, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

derryd, May 04, 2014
Photo of Gasp100
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004: Bought a case of this today while in PA> This will of course be a yearly ritual from now on (along with Bigfoot, Old Ho, Hop Wallop, etc...). Pours a deep auburn color with a frothy tan head and thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell was grapefruit, pine and caramel. The taste is heavy on the pine cones with some sharp lemon/lime rinds with just a hint of sweet maltiness bringing up the rear. The carbonation was sparkling and the mouthfeel with bright and clean with a VERY dry finish. Man, this is hoppy (moreso than last year?). Overall, the drinkability factor is pretty high even with the dry finish and warming alchohol kick. I know that this ages really nicely so I look forward to a month or two of aging. Top notch Hops for the cold winter months.

Gasp100, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of bradford
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Six pack of '07 version purchased 11/23/07
Looked nice. Very deep orange, with a perfect white head
Smelled very hoppy and clean. For the amount of "C" hops, this one has the right amount of malt sweetness in the nose.
Taste is great. Hoppy, yet balanced, in a way that only the masters at Sierra Nevada can pull off year after year.
Mouthfel is nice. The bittering hops coat my mouth with the oily viscosity that is washed away by the beautiful use of malts, and then quickly reminds me that it is an IPA for the ages with more hops.
Drinkability is as good as it gets for IPAs. The only other IPA that can hold a candle to Celebration in my mind is Furious. But seeing as how Furious is about as hard to come by around here as a girl who cooks, cleans, and doesn't talk, and Celebration is in every gas station, restaurant, and corner liquor store, I am quite satisfied and content. I hope to one day make it up to Chico. (For the brewery, not the debauchary that ensues around campus.)
Fantastic. Highly recommended... As if you didn't already know

bradford, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of fsimcox
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, a little cloudy, and lots of bubbles. Off-white foamy head that stays firm for some time. Very nice lacing.

A nice hop, citrus smell. Hints of grapefruit, a crisp scent that I find refreshing.

Taste is smooth when it hits the lips, with hops and citrus, a bitter dry grapefruit finish. Bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with some carbonation in the finish.

A great IPA, significant hops, and very drinkable.

fsimcox, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer after reading such good things about this on BA. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper color, slightly darker than what I'd expect with an IPA. Finger thick head that settled down quickly. Smells slightly hoppy with some citrus tones. Not a very powerful aroma compared to other IPA's I've had, but still smells pretty good. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, some stick, medium bodied. Oddly, the taste is a lot more robust than the aroma. Starts off slightly malty with citrus, followed up by a real nice hop taste...REAL nice. The hops and citrus linger for a bit and bitterness rounds out the taste. Drinks really well and goes down easy. This is why I love BA...I'm not a huge fan of winter seasonals and would not have bought this had I not read the commentary on BA. This an excellent IPA. Then again, I expect nothing less from Sierra Nevada.

mtbbaboon, Nov 19, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange-amber color with lively head and active carbonation. I dig the micro particles suspended to give a hazy look. The lace is clinging in thick layers to the glass!

Fresh smelling and hoppy. Catching a citrus-pine scent that makes me want to use it for a mouthwash (at near 7% alcohol I might as well).

Tastes as hoppy as the smell, but there was a maltiness lurking below the surface that pounced on my tongue with the hops and tagged teamed it. I still feel as though my mouth won out.

Very nice balance, though I think some slight spice would really put this beer into orbit (ditto for the smell). Just my expectations for a winter ale, but who am I to say? Anyway, I'm not catching that alcohol even as it warms, but this is my second one and I can feel it in my face.

Lighter feel on the tongue for all that it offers, and I like it. clean and somewhat crisp but can stand up to the stronger fare.

Overall a top notch beer that stands neck and cap over its far more more popular pale ale brother.

chiefydawg, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release served from a 12 oz. NR into an Imperial Pint glass.

A: Beer is clear with a beautiful red hue and a rocky 2-3 finger head with phenomenal retention that leaves trails of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. Resins are visible in suspension upon close inspection, and the lace continues to cling as I drink the beer down.

S: SN's characteristic hop profile, but cranked up an extra few notches. Piney, grassy, and a touch floral with a twinge of alcohol. Not much malt sweetness to be found here, but what do you expect with the two C's (Cascade and Centennial) dominating the nose?

T: Surprisingly enough, this isn't the hop assault on the palate that I was anticipating. Sure, the dry, crisp, bitter hoppiness is there (boy is it ever!), but a pleasing caramel maltiness is also making a case for itself. The combination makes for an incredibly balanced IPA that never goes overboard in either direction, but still manages to hit you with a seemingly immense dose of hops without crushing you in the process. The alcohol I detected in the nose is barely noticeable here.

M: Smooth and clean, with a crisp, tongue-tingling carbonation. Finish is short, dry and bitter, and almost completely dominated by the hops.

D/O: Yeah, this one's all about the hops, and I for one am appreciative! The balance brought on by the rich caramel malts prevent this beer from becoming an over-the-top tongue bruiser, while still preserving the incredible raw hoppiness of it all. Extremely enjoyable, and quite drinkable, both from an ABV and palate-fatiguing standpoint. A refreshing change of pace among the other malty, rich, spiced winter seasonals. I've saved a few of these to cellar and see how things go in 6 months to a year.

Phillyduke, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of ironlung
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 edition 12oz into celebration ale pint glass...

A: Deep amber. Soft pour. Almost no head. Great lacing.

S: Lots of hops, yummy citrus and yellow pine needles.

T: People say they notice diferences in this brew's taste every year.I've only been drinking this one since the 2006 edition and it always has tasted uniform. I wait with baited breath every year for this gem to hit the shelves. Sometimes I can't wait and head to liquor wherehouse where they age them all the way back from '98 or so.(hope I diden't let a cat out of the bag!)

M: Just damn smooth, you cant go wrong with celebration!

D: Great winter session beer. Can't wait to find a great sale (like 9.99 a 12pack) and stock up the spare room!!

ironlung, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of pasdachuri
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is called an ale but almost tastes and smells like an IPA. This beer poured a nice copper color. Smells of biscuit malt and grassy hops. Tastes VERY NICE; similar to how it smells. Sweet malt up front with a good amount of grapefruit flavor following shortly after. There's a good amount of wet bitterness at the end. Mouth feel was somewhat on the thin side, but still quite acceptable. Not a lot of carbonation. Overall, an incredible beer. I really wish the would be available daily. Apa is a good and reliable style, but i never had one i found was a incredible beer, until i had this one.

pasdachuri, Nov 22, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Kavon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Dsimenson
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. Nice off-white head and lovely lacing. The color is unfiltered medium amber. The aroma is really wonderful--citrusy hops predominate. The flavor is rich, delightful, strong hops balanced with malt. Mouthfeel is medium thick, with fairly strong carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding ale, different than Torpedo in character, but defines truly from the same family. TMZL below does a much better description of this ale. I just love it!

Dsimenson, Mar 17, 2014
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,828 ratings.