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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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7,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 7386
Reviews: 3152
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%

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 BoldRulerVermont


4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank a couple of these straight from the bottle, so unable to give a real vote on appearance.
Smelled very nice, some good piney hops with some malt sweetness in back.
Taste was very nice. Balances, round, a nice toasty malt backbone, accented with some piney hops.
Mouthfeel was nice, very sessionable, finished clean.
A very nice sessionable ale from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 18:51:18 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:55:37 | More by MadCat
Photo of DerekQXQX


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking this beer out of a duvel chalice alongside tostadas. The tostadas are slightly spicy, as I used salsa verde sauce on them. The beer is a deep amber, light head. the white foam looks like it could be formed by soap. perhaps my roommate didn't wash the chalice properly. It's flavor is good. Very smooth. This was recommended to me by a coworker. He knows more about beer than I but I have a girlfriend so maybe it all evens out. It's a good beer, try it if you like good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:35:09 | More by DerekQXQX
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South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Nice hazy orangish color, reminding me of the fall.

S: Great hops profile, nice spice in the nose

T: Solid flavors throughout, nice hops malt balance with a smooth slightly bitter finish

M: Well carbonated

O: great seasonable IPA and very sessionable

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 01:11:48 | More by KTeamLSU
Photo of BastardKing24


4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark gold, almost red with small white head that falls to lacing. Lots of lacing.

Smell is sort of subdued with piney hops, generous malts, citrus, and leather.

Taste is not as bitter as I used to think it was, as my palate has changed. Its got a good malt backbone with grassy, lemony hops and a lingering slight bitter aftertaste. good balance.

Feel is medium carb with middle of the road feel.

Overall one of my favorite session beers in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:15:12 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of Goosehunter75


4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark honey with small particles floating around. It has one finger tan head with very good retention

S - Strong smelling beer. More malty aroma than I anticipated. Light hops in the back. Slightly earthy smelling.

T- Very tasty! Not overly bitter. Flavors of apples and pears. Slight citrus. Very nice malty backbone. Good balanced beer

M - A mEdium body beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable

O - Great solid beer. Very tasty with a unique flavor. I look forawrd to its release next year!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 15:56:52 | More by Goosehunter75
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours into a beautiful red amber color with a major white head. Once it settles, there is a lot of lacing and the white top remains. You can smell the hops and grapefruit pretty clearly with a significant pine smell coming through as well. Celebration feels a lot lighter-bodied than I expected with average carbonation. Finally, the taste is overwhelmingly grapefruit with some hops and caramel coming through as well. The bitterness of the hops really comes through at the end (honestly, it was a little more strongly than I would have liked). I can see why hopheads love this one but it's just a tad much for me. All in all, I like it but it's nothing particularly special when it comes to IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:41:45 | More by walkinginplace
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear light amber with a soft super light khaki head and great lacing from top to bottom.

The aroma isn't all that strong lots of gooey hope character, mainly pine and resin with some melon and other citrus.

Tastes like a great hoppy IPA plenty of bitterness. Nothing real complex here its not that well balanced definitely hop forward. You do get some nice bready flavors from the bottle conditioned yeast still chilling in the beer.

Overall a solid fresh hop offering from Sierra Nevada the beer speaks for itself in so many ways go grab a 6 pack sit down by a nice warm fire and appreciate a well crafted brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 23:03:31 | More by ac22rush
Photo of maxcoinage


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle, 2013 Vintage, into an imperial pint glass with a nice fluffy 2in head that took time to settle down and left some good lacing on the glass. Noticable bubbles rising from the bottom. Color is a light amber shade, fairly clear.

aroma - some resinous hops and amber malts, noticeable citrus notes

taste - bitter hops balanced with a malty/bready flavor

mouthfeel - medium carb, great body, a little sticky

overall - A great seasonal IPA to pick up in the winter, will usually pick up one sixer a year.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 23:08:18 | More by maxcoinage
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Celebration – Fresh Hop IPA (6.8%) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (California)

App: Copper and gold brown with a little bit of haze and a really nice two finger white head that persists. Lots of sticky lacing coating the insides of the glass when the head finally collapses a little.

Smell: Mild, berry like tartness forefront in the nose complimented by light, toffee like malts. Hops isn't as prevalent as with some IPAs. But as this is fresh hopped, it's not unexpected.

Taste: Leafy green hops pungency dominates every aspect of this brew. Malt is definitely strong enough to hold up, as the hops never slap you out of your chair, but there's something about fresh hops that make them seem more complicated without necessarily being stronger. Foretaste is all hops, with a little bit of alcohol taste in the aftertaste. Could maybe use just the slightest more maltiness.

Mouth: Rounded body, with enough malt to hold up to the hops assertiveness. Well carbonated and easy drinking for the initiated.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. 12/18/13

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 00:51:38 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of RingoBro


4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass.

A - Beautiful orange color when poured. Nice, thick head that dissipated slowly with lacing on the glass throughout enjoying this beer.

S - Can distinctly smell the citrus hops and pine

T - Rich, sweet malt. Explosion of citrus with a hint of pine. Slightly bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Feels light on the tongue. Finishes a bit dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Even though it's their winter seasonal, it doesn't taste like it. I could enjoy this IPA on a hot day after mowing the lawn/going for a walk. The store near me has them on sale and I plan to pick up several more cases before they run out!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 16:42:41 | More by RingoBro
Photo of Mongrel


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say that hasn't already been said? A true classic beer that holds up great even in this age of intense IPA one-ups-manship.

Pours a beautiful amber-orange with a finger of soft off-white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell is dominated by fresh pine. There's also a hint of dank, swampy hops, a little lemon and pear, but mostly just tons of pine. Very fitting for the holidays.

Flavor is fruitier than I recall, with lemon, lime, orange peel and a touch of tropical fruit. Pine is also prevalent. Obviously a hoppy brew, but there's also a warm, soft sweet side where you get just a hint of holiday pie spices like nutmeg, vanilla and brown sugar. Soft peach also mingles about. Beautifully balanced and evocative of the holidays in a way you don't expect an IPA to be.

Mouthfeel is full and soft, yet a little prickly with carbonation. Nearly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:34:06 | More by Mongrel
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New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another awesome brew from the folks at Sierra Nevada. It pours a beautiful clear orange color with a nice inch or so of head that has nice retention and lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. The nose is a wonderful bouquet of hops, pine, and some sweet fruitiness. The taste is nice and hoppy the way I like it with plenty of pine and citrus notes and a great maltyness to bring the whole thing together. Mouth feel is medium light with strong carbonation and the taste lingers in your mouth for a while like a good ipa should. Overall this brew was a delight. You can find it at any decent liquor store and its pretty cheap so there's no reason not to try some before.its gone.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:34:17 | More by Steved9mm
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

And the American judge gives it 4.25's across the board.

Like Michael Phelps jumping into a Beijing pool, splash! Just clean and smooth. Delicate malt, a wedding bouquet of floral aromas and flavors... piney like the state of Colorado... When Raul drinks this, he feels a mile high.


Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:02:42 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip; copper-orange, clear, with periodic big bubbles feeding a thick, fluffy white head. Head holds firm for a minute or two, then collapses into a chunky cap of foam that leaves spotty lacing as it breaks.
Smells awesome, as soon as I opened the bottle I was already whiffing hops. Powerful hop aroma consists of dank herbal hops, along with pine and lighter citrus and other fruits.
Taste is sweet malt balanced with a hefty dose of hops; pine and citrus rind, along with lesser flavors of earthy herbalness. Bitterness finishes it off in the aftertaste with some lingering malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, finishes wet and sticky.
Overall, another solid beer, and another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada. It's a quality beer that isn't full of itself, unassuming and delicious, as SN always is.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:57:59 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of MarkQ617


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my fourth Sierra Nevada, had it poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Legit winter beer. Usually the winter beers are full of sugar and spice, but this one is just crisp and refreshing. You can smell the forest when you stick your nose in the glass, it's glorious. Lots of head just piles up as the glass fills. Pick up a case of these every Christmas just like decorating the tree or buying presents. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:34:23 | More by MarkQ617
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - beautiful beer, bright orange with a big 4 finger white head and plenty of lacing on the glass during the drink.

S - Pine and orange dominate on a background of subtle crusty notes.

T - Piney hops, citrus, and a solid malty sweet backbone stands up to it all and keeps the bitterness moderate and enjoyable, some spice on the finish.

M - Medium body, low end of medium carbonation level, lingering bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

O - While I'll agree nothing really screams "holiday" from this beer I find it to be a welcomed change of pace from the spiced beers of the season.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:10:54 | More by HopBomb515
Photo of Franziskaner


3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serious carbonation going on here. I've got an inch thick head of off white foam. Good lacing. Copper brown in color and I can see it is unfiltered due to microscopic sediment within the beer. I get a whiff of pine like hops and light grains. I get a prominent pine like hop and citrus hop flavor at the front of the palate followed by a cereal grain backbone. The hops dominate and it is different to have the citrus and pine hops blended. The mouthfeel is a bit chalky and seems to pair well with the long fading bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:13:52 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of ANIMOUL


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sturdy offering that isn't necessarily a 'holiday' brew; despite the label and its seasonal offering. An above-average IPA that would be delicious on a hot summer day after a long run down a rattlesnake-infested trail in the mountains... I digress. Soft, piney notes with a balanced hop taste... I think.

Bought a box to store for enjoyment throughout the year. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:07:40 | More by ANIMOUL
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New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really beautiful, bright orange color, clear and a nice head on top. Great looking beer!

Smell is nice herbal hops; a bit of citrus, a bit of pine... Solid smell, but not huge. The taste is really crisp, refreshing and balanced, but the hops are right there and very nice! Mouthfeel is good. Overall, a very impressive IPA for being so easy to get! I'd drink this anytime!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:18:28 | More by dougfur
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The original American IPA and the beer that turned me on to Sierra Nevada. I remember being at a house party some six years ago,finding a forgotten soldier and opening my palate to its hoppy orchestra.

A: Deep ambery-red filtered brilliance

S: Warm notes of rye vodka play with herbal and pine melodies.

T: Malty sweetness, is quickly taken over by waves of spicy notes of pine, tangerine, and thyme. Extremely deep bass line of resinous hop oils play on your tongue, having a grapefruit zest like bitterness and aftertaste. A comforting warmth emerges from within with each consecutive breath. A very clean yeast with minimal esters. The crystal malts never get a chance to expose any caramel flavors and are used mainly to add a balanced residual sweetness to the mix.

M: Medium bodied, with just enough carbonation to keep it tasting light on it's feet. Definitely not syrupy.

Definitely more Cohumulone than many modern AIPAs, with a longer, more bitter aftertaste. Spicy herbal notes being more predominate. Undoubtedly inspired Surly Furious, Town Hall's Masala Mama, and Green Flash's West Coast IPA. I can never have enough 12 packs of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:35:22 | More by Miketwolf21
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3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always in my rotation around the holidays. Just a solid IPA. Nice color in the glass and smells of fresh picked hops. Readily available and super cheap too (paid around $7.99 for a six pack). Would recommend if you are on the fence about it. What to you have to lose?

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 03:49:21 | More by dav3290
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5







Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 21:34:09 | More by STEELERFAN2390
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on 9/7. Consumed on 12/7. Review written from notes.

A - Transparent with no cloudiness or sediment. Heavy carbonation yielding greater than a finger of lasting billowy off-white foam. Heavy irregular lacing.

S - Moderately ffragrant. Scent of pine and tropical fruits comess through clearly.

T - Grapefruit and lemon with a strong malt backbone. Lasting dry grapefruit bitterness.

M - High carbonation with a nice tingle throughout mouth. Crisp and rather easy to drink. Some slight foaming.

O - Very good quality as expected from Sierra Nevada. Not phenomenal, but each aspect is very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 14:13:24 | More by Duane_Opfer
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New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Classic IPA. This years batch is very good. It can be a little cloudy, but that's fine. The hops have great character, very citrusy flavor. I find this beer is best drank around 45 to 48 degrees. Any colder and the hop flavor seems to get masked a little bit. This is a beer I look forward to every year and it never disappoints

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 14:28:35 | More by HomersTomaco
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