Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 7,757 | Reviews: 3,154 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Celebration was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance- The head is almost silky and is about one and a half fingers of off-white with a yellow tinge. This one leaves great sheets of pillowy lace. The body is the color of orange rind with amber highlights.
Smell- The hop notes are estery and have a touch of floral to them. There is some slight citrus backed up by a sweet caramel malt. It smells great, but it is a little too subdued.
Taste- The hop bitterness is really great on this one and lasts throughout the drink. There is some sweeter biscuit malt accompanied with citrus and grassy hop flavors. It is a refreshing IPA.
Mouth feel- This one borders on a light and medium body. It certainly is not the creamiest IPA out there by any stretch of the imagination.
Overall- This is a good IPA that I would recommend to anyone. The main thing to adjust would be the mouth feel by fixing the carbonation up, also get those great hop notes to really show up on the palate.
The malt character is nice, but getting more of that floral hop in the flavor, for instance, would only help this IPA's score.
11-12-2011 21:40:44 | More by Pintofbrown
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
served on tap in a shaker "pint" glass.
appear bright reddish copper in color, with thin white head that fades. aroma is dominated by hops, while the taste is a nice mix of caramely malt and a crisp bite of hops. medium body with medium to high carbonation, drinks fairly easy.
overall - I'd describe it as a hoppy amber ale.
11-12-2011 15:27:16 | More by jmdrpi
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Bottle shared by Huhzubendah.. Thanks Matt-
Review from notes:
Pours a burnt amber color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. Good lacing on the side of my glass. The nose is mainly pine, hops, grapefruit and malt. It's nice, and farily balanced. Taste is the same profile. It could use a little more hops in my opinion, just a little weak on that aspect. A little more hops and the taste would definitely get bumped up. Feel is crisp, medium bodied, and hoppy/carbonated- probably the best aspect of this beer. Overall, a very solid brew! Cheers.
11-12-2011 14:11:10 | More by jayhawk73
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
On tap into a 20oz nonic pint at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY.
Appearance (4.5): There’s a thin, off-white head falling to a haze that leaves some fuzz on the surface of the body, which is a deep copper and more or less clear. Very attractive.
Smell (3.5): Lightly toasted malts, some grapefruit and some pine. I’d like some more in the nose, but it’s pretty good stuff regardless.
Taste (4.5): PINE + DANK. Some mild caramel sweetness underneath the hop profile, but nothing will undercut the hops here. Toasted and biscuity, with a light caramel component. Hops are lemon, pine, and dank weed. So good, though. The hop profile kind of morphs from the aforementioned combination into a mix of grapefruit and pine. Bitterness cuts through all of it, with a long but mild, pine finish. Yeast? Classic Chico, totally neutral.
Mouthfeel (5.0): Active, fine carbonation—slightly prickly, and on the lighter side of a medium body. This is very, very hard not to drink faster.
Overall (4.5): This is the archetypal fresh hop IPA, in my mind. All beers of this style aim to be something akin to this: even if they’re aiming to be more or less than what this beer is, they’re aiming for something in the region defined by this beer. Absolutely wonderful.
11-12-2011 06:05:03 | More by fmccormi
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
Fresh 20`11 vintage bottle served slightly chilled in a Sam's Adams glass.
Appearance: 4 inches of bubbly, frothy head on pour. Very carbonated carmel-amber color. The see-thru of this beer falls somewhere between transparent and translucent. Carbonation fuels the foamy head for several minutes, leaving thin layer once the pour settles in.
Smell: A Lemony-soap bitter aroma dominates the nose. There is also a malty citrus smell at the front.
Taste: This beer is unlike most IPAs I have drank. The taste has a malty-caramel backbone, and the lemon-citrusy bitterness is very balanced. The finish is malty and slightly lemony, but not bitter at all.
Mouthfeel: Sticky medium-body beer with lots of refreshing carbonation.
Overall: The taste was very unexpected and unique for the IPA's I usually drink, which tend to be hop bombs. The malty-balance is not very apparent by the nose, but a pleasant surprise. This is an IPA that the more casual drinker can enjoy.
11-12-2011 05:28:56 | More by jegross2
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
This pours a really pretty, small particulate-laden copper with an off-white head that leaves nice lace. On the nose there is a nice grapefruit note with an underlying caramel note. In the mouth there is a good deal more malt than I was expecting. This is fresh, but the hops just aren't as present as I would have guessed. The bitterness that the grapefruit-centric nose would seem to indicate simply isn't there in the quantity I expect in a fresh hop ale. That's not to say it's a bad brew, because it isn't, it's just a little too balanced for my taste. The finish has a bit of bitterness, but the caramel malt sticks around together with it. The body is medium and a little sticky to me.
Overall, this is a decent fresh hop beer, but doesn't compare to the Deschutes Hop Trip I had last night.
11-12-2011 04:04:03 | More by EricCioe
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Back for the re-review and checking this out at a time of release. Vintage 2011 poured into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance is not different, still looks great.
Nose is a soft hop green, small brown sugar, and small sweet cloves and nutmeg. Malt angle seems toned down a bit. Sense of cherry fruit.
Taste is a good hop pine, but also a real chili hot sting in the finish. Finishes sweet and malt rich also. Body seems a little rich as well, but nothing too sweet or cloying. Good hop presence on this, much of the brown spices and fruit sense on the nose doesn't come through on the palate as much with the noticeable hop presence that takes over.
Overall much better fresh by far, really enjoying this much more than in the past. A hoppy Christmas beer, enjoying that.
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Vintage 2010. Seems kind of late doesn't it? How is this going to turn out for a beer that comes out in September? Well we shall see I guess.
Out of the bottle a VERY large head is created that is off white, slightly soapy, and has some REAL good retention. Body color is a solid perfect amber just barely getting into red. Some small carbonation from the bottom and some slight opaqueness. This looks real good! Some sheet like clumps of sticky lacing too.
The first thing on the nose is some sweet cherries and nutmeg. Christmas like spices, and a small hint of pine. No wonder this thing is a seasonal December beer, it feels like Christmas already! Dry spice and pine with a hint of cherry fruit. Just great I could dig this smell anytime.
Taste is lacking. A muted hop and somewhat wet body. I am a bit disappointed from what the nose was hinting at. That pine like sense comes on the finish, but there is no body or malt backbone on this at all. I'll give it some props for displaying some hop finish.
Well it's a little disappointing but I sure would like to try this again when it is in season and I will for sure! I was debating about trying this at such a time but couldn't help myself. No regrets, looking for better things come September! I will try it again for sure!
4.5, 4.5, 3, 3, 3.5
11-11-2011 21:16:44 | More by smakawhat
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle served in a pint glass.
Appearance: Copper colored with a super thick and creamy head that lingers.
Smell: Sweet malts with a complex mix of hop aroma. Hop aroma is a mix of pine and citrus with a little bit of grassy aroma as well.
Taste: Extremely well balanced mix of sweet bready malt and piney, grassy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body.
Overall: An excellent wet hopped IPA. I may need to go back and buy another 6 pack of this stuff.
11-11-2011 20:32:54 | More by agomega
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
My wife picked up a case of SN Celebration Ale for me while I was out of town.
Appearance- copper color, pretty thin head
Smell- piney hops, very nice
Taste- grapefruit, piney and grassy hops, slightly bitter finish, well balanced
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was very good. Obviously I'm drinking it again because I love it.
11-11-2011 19:50:41 | More by jeffjeff1
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from bottle into draft glass.
A- Poured an amber color with two-fingers of off-white frothy head. Left some sticky lace on the glass.
S- Citrus, grapefruit, and piney hops come together to form a nice bouqet on the nose.
T- Grapefruit, piney, and grassy hop notes. Is a hoppy brew, but there is a bready almost doughy malt backbone that lifts these hops up and carries them to a nice dry bitter finish.
M- Nice surprisingly rich and full-bodied for a west coast style single IPA. Perfect for me here in these colder months here in the Northeast.
O- This is a fine beer. This is the first time I've had this one and I enjoyed it. It gets good reviews and can understand why. Not a change your life type of beer, but better than most.
11-11-2011 16:38:43 | More by BeerFiend2002
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Sierra Nevada, I’m ready to be blown away – of all the harvest ales, I’ve heard this is the best. It’ll take a lot to beat out Founders, though…
Brewed a month-and-a-half ago (according to the batch code, this was bottled on September 25, 2011).
A: Classic, gorgeous IPA presence: the body is a shining burnt-orange, almost crystal clear. Something unusual, though, is that there looks to be some sediment in there, possibly whole-hop residue (here’s hoping). At any rate, they ride lazily around the swift stream of rising bubbles in the center of my glass, adding a unique haze. And then there’s that Sierra Nevada head: a thick off-white cream that leaves textbook lacing all over the glass. Great retention, thick foam, rich-looking body – doesn’t get any better than this.
S: Odd; the hops aren’t exploding off the nose as I expected. Still, they’re pungent, sporting an incredible kick of cherry/sour-apple candy, lemon juice, pine. I’m digging the grain undercarriage, as well; earthy aromas of lightly toasted malt and crisp wheats. There’s even a hint of autumn spices, rose, and herbs. It’s not what I was expecting, but still nice; the scents are quite segregated.
T: If hop-bread existed, this would be its bottled form; very tasty. Instead of being a messy hop-bomb, this one starts with a lovable bread presence, smoothing out with just enough sour/bitter intensity to remind me of rye (my favorite). It really is stunning how bready it is (an unexpected treat, really), and I love how it reminds me of the true soul of an IPA as a rustic, farm-fresh bitter. With the good, there’s the bad, though, because the first taste before that bread takes over is an odd, buttery lemon-grain taste. Fortunately, there’s more than enough in this palate to distract, such as those ever-important IPA bitters. Overall, I’d describe them as earthy and salty-sweet, but with just a mild dryness; all the hop flavor, with just a hint of the crazy sting. The aftertaste is dry and grainy, slightly herbal (like green tea), and with a light mineral water taste – what a great British feel. Now this is a superb incarnation of an IPA palate; excellent.
M: Creamy and mouth-coating for the breads, prickly for the hops – an effective combination. Sometimes it feels like a nice English bitter, sometimes like a good ol’ American IPA. Man, even the mouthfeel is complex and unexpected!
O: What a beer; this truly is the best harvest beer I’ve had. Complexity, bitterness, and a great range of textures make this beer feel truly alive. One of the best IPAs I’ve had in a long time.
11-11-2011 05:06:41 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
A: The beer has a very nice redish gold with a average head. The beer is sort of cloudy.
S: I am getting a good amount of sweet malt. I get some fruit and some hops.
T: The beer has a strong hop taste with a little bit of malt. The hops linger on the tongue and just are amazing.
M: The beer has a good amount of carbonation and a strong amount of crispness. Not bad, but not the best IPA mouthfeel.
O: This is my favorite seasonal from Sierra Nevada. I just dont get why this beer is so good. It is like a better version of Torpedo. I want as much of this beer as I can possibly get.
11-11-2011 03:56:53 | More by gtermi
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
Nice hazy dark amber color with nice creamy 1/4 inch head. Glowing presence. Good natural carbonation.
Great aroma of grass, fresh citrus and floral hops and doughy malts. Rosehip, grapefruit and mint. Spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose
The taste is nice and citric with a good grassy character. Grapefruit, tea and grass. The hops really brighten up the palate. It is extremely well balanced blend of smoothing malts and lightly bittering hops. The malts are both doughy and candied. Finishes bitter and citric.
Mouthfeel is fuller and flavorful. Almost chewy. The malts and hops interact in unique ways providing a very unique and refreshing drink.
This is worth the once a year release. One of the best fresh hop ale's I've ever had. It is a bargain and widely available during the fall and winter. I need to pick up a few more six packs of this.
11-11-2011 03:10:34 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A) Amber with slight haze. Several bubbles rise to the surface. There were a few bits of sediment. A solid finger of off white head with a slight rusty top. The head settles to a nice dusting. The lacing is good.
S) Nice pine and flower petal aroma. Slightly sweet with a white grapefruit presence.
T) Very close to the nose. The finish is grapefruit and citrus peel. The alcohol is hardly detected.
M) Really a pretty full bodied brew. It is well carbonated but not in a fizzy, smashing your palate to smithereens sort of way. It is actually quite smooth, and I find the drinkability to be very high.
O) Absolutely one of my favorite seasonals. There's a reason I'm stashing a case in my garage.
11-11-2011 02:45:56 | More by RoamingGnome
4.88/5 rDev +17.3%
Oh, this really is exquisite. Reviewing this live, although I'm off to a late start with the glass halfway gone!
Pours a rich, melodious amber body with a frothy, creamy butter-colored head about four fingers thick. Screwed up the pour, but what can you do?
Smells floral, fruity, a little like jam croissant. Really impressed here, there are a lot of different scents here but unlike a lot of complex beers I've had the scents are very integrated, part of a cohesive whole instead of being a sequence of complimentary but disparate components.
Tastes a lot like it smells, but with a deep draw of malty, bready delightfulness. Hops come in briefly at the start and end, bitter and just right. Almost tastes like honey for a moment, and then it's gone. Need another sip.
Mouthfeel is similarly impressive. Carbonated to a crisp but defined perfection, it manages to prickle the tongue without being fizzy and manages not to be fizzy while not being flat. Just a hair more carbonated than a lot of cask ales I've tried.
Overall, this is a great beer. Definitely in my top five, and I'll be sorry when it's gone for the year!
11-11-2011 00:39:09 | More by Kerin
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
2011 version. Beautiful clear copper color and a huge, chunky head with lacing like snowdrifts. The nose is rather subdued (hard to get with all that foam). It's hoppy and cedary.
Medium body, good, firm feel, and a nice, fresh hoppy taste. Not as dry and bitter as I expected it to be. I get some nice flavors of fresh bread, orange zest, and tea. It's definitely got that hop bite, but it's really smooth, balanced, and easy-drinking. It provides a good ``hop fix'' without wrecking your palate.
Overall, an outstanding fresh hop ale. I can't quite put it on the same level as Founders Harvest Ale or Three Floyds Broo Doo, but it's more widely available, easier on the wallet, and darn tasty to boot. I'll definitely buy this one again next year.
2012 bottling. Still a wonderful seasonal. What strikes me the most is still the balance and drinkability. It has a wonderful, hoppy flavor without being extremely bitter. Beers like this make me proud of the term ``American IPA''.
11-10-2011 10:43:36 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.2/5 rDev +1%
A 12 oz bottle of fresh Celebration poured into a DFH signature glass.
A: One of the more beautiful beers I've seen. Not sure if I just had a lucky pour, or if this was the perfect glass, but this is a beauty. A deep golden brown color, deeper than I expected actually, with a luscious, 1.5 finger, creamy head. The head stayed with this beer all the way through, with excellent lacing on the glass. I couldn't asked for a better looking IPA to be honest.
S: Lots of fresh hops in the nose-a great deal of piney notes as well as grapefruit and orange peel. Hints of sweetness from the malt are also discernible.
T: Upon taking your first sip, really fresh hops land on your tongue. The slightly bitter, piney hops are complemented by a significant, sweet malt backbone with a very well balanced finish. I was afraid the finish would be strongly bitter, but it wasn't at all. Of course, as the brew approaches room temperature, the bitterness level increases, so I'd recommend enjoying Celebration closer to fridge temp at first and experiencing the beer as it warms.
M: A nice and smooth mouthful, with high levels of carbonation. Almost too much carbonation, but it does work quite well.
O: I liked Celebration a great deal; the beer definitely lived up to the hype. I grabbed a six pack at the store today and I probably will head back tomorrow to pick up another...two or three.
11-10-2011 03:32:49 | More by Hophead717
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
San Marcos, CA
Clear, golden, glowing auburn and ruby with a thick, chunky, persistent light khaki head that sticks around for seemingly forever, eventually leaving thick chunks and sheets of foaming lace down the glass. I love the way Sierra Nevada beers look!
A well balanced aroma while still being fairly aggressive. There is a lot of earthy, citrusy, and piney hop character here, as well as a substantial amount of simple brown bread and light caramel character.
The hops lead the way in the flavor, though they are balanced significantly by caramel and bready malts. A relatively high level of bitterness disappears quickly, finishing relatively dry.
Medium to thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, though this feels far more velvety and luscious than most any other IPA I've ever drank. This bottle in ways feel like it was drawn from a cask.
A beer I look forward to every late Fall/winter. It's always better than I remember it being, a tough feat for any beer.
11-10-2011 03:30:44 | More by ehammond1
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Celebration, this years is tasty. Translucent and deep amber in color with belgian (well not in this case) lacing cascading around my tulip. Fair head retention. The aroma, well it is pine atop citrus with caramel cent underneath. Fairly tasty, nice hop presence, pine, resin, citrus married to a more malty frame then I usually look for. Crystal malt adds a bit of sweetness to combat the bittering hops. Its is a well balanced beer with a bitter finish, clean, and well bodied. I'd buy this beer again, it is a nice tasting ipa that you don't have to over think. It is not overly complex, it is just an ipa that you drink and don't think too much about.
11-10-2011 01:10:17 | More by pmlondrigan
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
This beer features nearly an inch of frothy off-white that has excellent retention. Lacing is patchy but sticky. Color is a hazy dark gold/orange hue. Looks very nice!
Nicely hoppy but not overly intense aroma. Touches of citrus and pine backed up by a subtle malt undertone. Not the most aromatic IPA I've come across but certainly not bad.
Taste is quite bitter without a lot of the citrusy notes detected in the aroma. Some herbal flavors present, slightly grassy, a little maltiness underneath. Not really getting much of the sweetness mentioned in other reviews. I know this is a fresh bottle but the hops are mostly just bitter and resiny without a ton of other flavor qualities. Maybe some citrus peels in here too, a hint of grapefruit. Kind of reaching a bit.
Very nice mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing, with medium body and a lingering but not overly bitter finish. This may actually be the best part of this beer as you can pick up more subtleties of flavor as it fades in your mouth. The malt comes out a bit more here, with vaguely medicinal notes and the merest hint of spice. Alcohol begins to warm you as you work your way through the glass.
I liked this beer but found it maybe a little bit one-note for my tastes. I love the hoppiness, appearance, and finish but wish there were a little bit more vivid flavors besides the overall bitterness.
11-09-2011 05:42:49 | More by tobelerone
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
A-Pours slightly hazy amber color with lots of fluffy white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
S-Very crisp, fresh, citrus hop aroma, slight aroma of fresh cut grass. Slight aroma of malt sweetness.
T-Sweet malt flavor, crisp, fresh hop flavors of citrus, herbal and pine. Good balance of malt flavor and hops.
M-Starts fairly sweet with lots of carbonation and finishes slightly dry.
Overall, a very good wet-hopped pale ale. Excellent balance of malt flavor and hop bitterness. Easy to drink and a good mix of different hop flavors.
11-09-2011 03:30:20 | More by adman08
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
SN Celebration Ale, 6.8%, reviewed live.
A - Deep dark amber with a 1-finger head that recedes slowly leaving patchy bubbles and lacing. Looks great!
S - Piney hops, resin, caramel, molasses, nectar.
T - Follows the nose. Great piney hop profile on this one; just a hint of malt to round things out.
M - Moderate carbonation. Nice warming sensation from the alcohol, which is appropriate for a winter seasonal. Rich and medium-bodied.
O - Considering the price/quality ratio, this beer is off the charts (got a 12pk fresh for $11). Quality brew, highly recommended for hop-heads.
11-08-2011 23:13:01 | More by gregy55902
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
This is the first time I have tried this beer, 2011. I bought a 6 pack then went back for a 12 pack a few days later. A truly excellent beer. This beer has a large tan head that stick around until you finish. It treats your taste buds to a piney citrus flavor and a medium mouth feel and goes down extremely easy for tan IPA. This beer is available, affordable, drinkable and delicious. Get them while they're fresh!
11-08-2011 04:32:57 | More by TwelveOunces
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
New arrival in SE WI. 2011 edition, bottled on 9/24, 2:24 pm. 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass.
A: Mostly clear, deep gold/light amber, with very dense & fluffy 1.5" off-white head that settles quite slowly and leaves thick lacing on sides of glass.
S: Citrus and pine, though more subtle than I expected from a fresh hop ale.
T: Caramel with vanilla replaced quickly by hoppy bitterness; spicy, pine resin lingers.
M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and very smooth. Pleasant, dry finish.
O: Highly anticipated, this ale does deliver. Seems less "fresh" and "green" than other wet hop ales I've tried, though I believe SN defines "fresh" differently than some other brewers. Hops are well integrated. Very solid overall. Super value @ $7.00-7.99/6.
11-08-2011 04:13:04 | More by bierbrauer
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
2011 vintage, bottled 29 Sep 2011. Not quite as fresh as I'd like, but it took some time to get here. Just hit shelves about a week ago, IIRC.
Pours a deep, slightly orange amber. Mostly clear, not quite see-through, but I can see in enough to notice numerous bubble streams. Orangey-cream head, 1.5 fingers, good retention and lacing.
Smell is a burst of fresh hops. Quite piney, with a bit of citrus (mostly grapefruit) behind that. Malt base feels fairly weak - I can detect it, but barely.
Taste is a whack of bitter - hits hard and is gone quickly. I don't pick up much else in it. A bit of malts filling in. But the lighter hop flavors are totally covered by that sharp, persistent bitterness.
Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation. Fairly sticky. Long finish; that hop bitterness just holds on forever.
Liked the look and the smell, but not impressed by the taste. I prefer more balanced IPAs, or ones that showcase more of the positive hop flavors. This one is a bitter-bomb, with little supporting or accenting it. Becomes less so as it warms up - more balanced, with less sharpness and the malts coming through more. Okay, but not my favorite.
11-07-2011 01:54:00 | More by zeledonia
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,757 ratings.