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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 camp0474


4/5  rDev -3.8%

Review from 11/24/10

2010 Celebration Ale

A: Pours light orange amber with tan head. Abundant lacing.

S: Skunky moist pine and floral hops. Fresh hoppy smells with sweet malt. Smells somewhat balanced.

T: At first I almost thought it was flavorless, the flavors were very faint and subtle. The fresh hop oils make a gradual appearance and then peak up hard as wet piney flavors. The sweet malt does a good job balancing the heavy hops. Slightly bitter hop lingers.

M: Medium to heavy body, the hop oils weigh this one down. Good carbonation.

D: Pretty drinakble for the fresh hop style. Smells good, tastes good.

Good display of fresh hops. Good for the occasional "celebration". I will definitely have more next year.

02-20-2011 23:40:46 | More by camp0474
Photo of deadliest


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Two fingers of ivory foam leaves a coating of lacing down the walls of the glass as it recedes into a golden hued dark copper body.
S: A medley of citrus, pine and flowery hops. The only balance here is among the hops, but I'm good with that.
T: Citrus hops take over the hop profile, and the taste is a bit more balanced than the smell with its sweet malts.
M: Medium/medium-light body. Crisp finish.
D: As good as it gets.

Wish this was year round instead of torpedo :(

02-19-2011 22:30:42 | More by deadliest
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured 2010 Celebration into tulip glass.

A- Very nice orange color that poured a giant cream colored foam. Some lacing on the glass remained. Beer was very very hazy...

S- Smell starts with citrus and slightly floral hops, hits a sweetness in the middle, then finished with very lemony and grapefruity hops again.

T/M- Not bad, but the bitterness here is a bit harsher than I expected. The beer initially is a bit bland when it first hits the tongue then gets a little sweet and bready with a big bitter cloud coming over you to end. Some of the citrus hop flavor is there, but mainly bitterness. Not quite as pleasant as I hoped. Medium body and medium carbonation make the mouthfreel proper.

D- I like it, I don't love it. I wish there was a bit more hop flavor to match the bittering qualities. I could be drinking this a bit too late, in which it is my fault; but as is I have reviewed honestly. I don't think I would go back for a second one considering almost 7% alcohol I would move to something else before I got too buzzed.

02-17-2011 21:54:59 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/16/11

A: Huge three finger head on a good pour. Really sticky lacing remains as the head slowly dissipates. It's resiny and cloudy; it's opaic burnt umber in color.

S: Sweet hops and marshmallow fluff. It's woody and spicy, yet balanced and inviting.

T: Rich hop oil and pine resin. It's not cloying like some within the style. There's a long bitter finish which is mild, balanced and delicious.

M: Creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. It's warming and heavy, just what you want around the holidays.

O: I've had a lot of these this winter, and a I look forward to having a lot more next year too. One of the better values around Christmas time. It's easy to drink, well balanced and just damn tasty. SN's Celebration is a great way to escape from the in-laws, even if it's just for a few sips.

02-17-2011 17:21:29 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Retsinis


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

Review from notes

A friend had a 2.5 gallon keg of this at his condo for Christmas party.

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a nice, rich amber bronze color that is slightly hazy. Creamy inch or more of head that slowly dissipates, leaving heavy, thick lacing that stick to the sides of the glass.

The aroma's are of fresh hops, with hints of citrus/grapefruit and pine. Not too much on the malts side.

The flavors in the taste are crisp, well balanced, and full of flavors. Ranging from hops, grapefruit/lemon, as well as the pine mirrored in the aroma. Some light spicy wood notes there in the middle, with a great finish.

Mouth feel is sticky, bitter, with a smooth mild finish. Well carbonated, and a nice change during the winter with so many stouts around.

Overall, can easily drink one or two of these, perhaps even more than that, though I tend to jump to different beers in a sitting. The beer has some nice subtle flavors, that meld well with each other, and strike a balance between flavor and a clean finish.

Last time I had this, I was not impressed, though it was in late April (2009) and from a bottle. To me, there is a difference when it's fresh and on tap, and based on my experience, fresh and on tap is my preference.

02-15-2011 00:17:11 | More by Retsinis
Photo of chcfan


3.18/5  rDev -23.6%

2010 version (apparently, some folks like to age this beer) into Mad Elf tulip

Darker in color than your standard IPA. Off-white head that slowly dissipates and hangs around the inside of the glass.

Not a lot going on in the aroma department. Mostly pine, maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste follows along with what you smell.

Relatively dry MF.

I think it's a solid beer, and used to be a favorite, but I thing as my journey has gone along I've grown to not care for this type of hop profile.

02-14-2011 01:02:16 | More by chcfan
Photo of JMad


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

It looks an orange amber color with a thick frothy white head.

The smell is of grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, and pine with a hint of lemon.

I tasted piney hops, toasted malt, grapefruit, and just a hint of alcohol.

It's not heavy but still full bodied, and sticky but still has a dry finish.

This is definitely one my go to beers, you can't go wrong with this one.

02-07-2011 05:41:25 | More by JMad
Photo of HOPPYKC


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into a pint glass. No bottled on or bb date.

I was surprised to find this at a liquor store that is not known for its craft brews.

A- Pours a nice a slightly medium amber to almost golden brown. Not a light wet hopped ale. I love the look of this ale. Opaque, and not easy to see through. Gave a nice inch of head, not all the bubbly, just a nice solid mass of foam.

S- Piney, hoppy, and fruity. A nice floral aroma. A lot of pine resin. Nice nice nice.

T- A bitter explosion. Tastes a lot of the pine and hops. A slight grainy taste that is dry and coats the entire tongue.

M&D- This is a full brew for sure. Feels alot heaver that it actually is. A great IPA in my opinion though.

02-06-2011 23:18:46 | More by HOPPYKC
Photo of Baraka


4.93/5  rDev +18.5%

Pours a beautiful orange with a solid head. The nose is all hops: citrus, pine, resin. Much like the nose, the taste is one of absolute hop domination. This beer is everything that I love about IPAs, incorporating all the wonderful citrus flavors and an unremitting bitterness. One of my absolute favorite beers; it makes the cold weather bearable!

02-06-2011 03:01:05 | More by Baraka
Photo of Glibber


4.2/5  rDev +1%

Beautiful amber color, plenty of bubbles, and a nice 1/2 frothy head that settled down after a few sips. Some decent lacing. Where this beer seperates itself from some other winter beers is that the mouthfeel is superb, crisp and light with some citrus up front and a hop finish.
Might be tough to drink to many unless you really like the hops.

02-04-2011 04:00:42 | More by Glibber
Photo of kohoutek


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

This beer is a few months old and I am guessing it is not at its total peak of freshness, but an additional view (next year) will make for an interesting comparison. Back in the 90s we used to order numerous kegs of this for our pub in Portland, OR. This item always quickly sold out and it was a brilliantly received beer.

Appearance is a nice orange/amber, relatively bright beer with large white bubbles and streams of carbonation. The head is nice and it sticks to the glass quite well.

Aromas of fresh hoppy, herbal geranium, floral perfume, some citrus rind (orange) and a biscuit-like cracker. The aroma fades incredibly fast and vigorous swirling is required to refresh it. For the most part the flavors match the described aromas, but the bitterness comes off as somewhat rough and there is a bit of an astringent, grassy quality about the beer. It seems less rich and a bit thin and astringent compared to past years.

02-04-2011 03:08:29 | More by kohoutek
Photo of Chincino


4/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer poured a reddish/orange color with an beige color head.

Right away you could smell the pine and citrus-the aroma was strong, but not overpowering.

This beer was Medium body, smooth.

This was my first time having this Sierra nevada beer-would recommend it.

02-04-2011 00:41:40 | More by Chincino
Photo of Messiahbolical


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

A - Pours a dark, red-tinted copper color with an off-white creamy, fluffy head that sticks around. Lots of lacing on the glass. Looks great in the glass.

S - Lots of hops... pine, floral, citrus... this beer smells like it will be balanced. The smell isn't THAT strong though. Wish it was a bit stronger. Still good though.

T - Mmm... delicious. Right away up front you get that citrus hops kick, backed with a noteworthy honey malt sweetness. Then fades out to a nice, strong pine bitterness that sticks to your tongue but not for too long. One of the most balanced, if not the MOST balanced, IPA I've ever had. It has every taste you look for in a good IPA.

M - Medium bodied but silky smooth on the tongue with a creamy feeling carbonation that rolls on through your mouth to the back of your throat and finishes really clean and feels refreshing going down.

D - It's an IPA, a strong style of beer, so of course it's not going to be the most drinkable beer in the world. This one is pretty damn drinkable though. Doesn't fill you up too much and has a relatively average-to-low ABV% for the style. I can see putting a few of these down in one night. And the bitterness doesn't seem to get old, since it fades away at just the right time.

02-03-2011 07:52:55 | More by Messiahbolical
Photo of thenewflesh


4.45/5  rDev +7%

A: Pours with an admirable head that will stick around for the entire beer if you pour it right. This reddish amber elixir looks almost as great as it tastes

S: Floral, sweet aromas that take the reins of your senses and get you ready for the ride.

T: Definitely something to write home about. A bready, full-bodied IPA that really hits the spot on a cold night. So fresh and tangy that it tastes like biting into a magical beer vegetable.

M: Full, crisp, sudsy deliciousness.

D: I can put back 6 of these in a few hours, which scares me considering the alcohol content. They're just so damn delicious that it's hard to stop... My favorite seasonal beer, can't wait for next winter to come around.

02-03-2011 06:03:04 | More by thenewflesh
Photo of honestdave


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an ale glass.

A: Copper colored with an awesome full creamy head that stays for at least a full five minutes.

S: Fresh citrus hoppiness. Some piney scent as well.

T: Much like the smell...full hoppy bitterness up front and finishes with a light malty ending. Delicious!

M: Creamy head with the first several sips. Medium bodied - what I would expect from a 6.8% ABV brew.

D: I can easily drink several of these at a time. The alcohol is hidden behind the full fresh hop flavor that characterizes this beer.

Summary: My favorite seasonal beer by far. This beer is readily available in my area and also a reasonably priced 12-pack. So happy that I have been able to have this in the fridge all winter. Just another fantastic beer from the masters at SN.

02-02-2011 21:26:47 | More by honestdave
Photo of DAllspaw


4.45/5  rDev +7%

This has been a staple the last two winters, just haven't bothered to register my notes and drank the last one weeks ago.

It has the expected bitter and creaminess that you expect from a pale ale, but for whatever reason is more pronounced in this beer than others I've tried. For my taste, I wouldn't classify as IPA, it lacks the agressive bitterness and finish, but is nonethless a solid pale ale.

02-01-2011 20:42:45 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of JackieTH


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Deep copper/amber with two fingers of off-white foam when poured freely.

Smell: Light hop, mild citrus but more prominent grassy, resinous notes. Definte lightly sweet malty presence here.

Taste: A lightly sweet caramelly malt appears right out of the gates followed by a pleasing level of citric, resinous and grassy hop bitterness. Balance is tipped just a bit toward the hop, for a slightly bitter, but very clean and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, slightly dry, with good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent session beer. They know their IPAs.

01-31-2011 18:02:47 | More by JackieTH
Photo of NWer


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

I've enjoyed several of these this Winter and decided to finally review it.
Poured a very nice hazy copper into a brandy snifter.
Nice malt forward followed by a well balanced hop finish. Thoroughly enjoyable alternative to aggressive hop forward ales.
Had two before I knew it and could easily go for another.

01-29-2011 22:28:32 | More by NWer
Photo of dalimsta

New York

2.55/5  rDev -38.7%

I had high hopes for this beer based on all the positive reviews, but I was unfortunately incredibly underwhelmed by it. Nice dark amber color, small head that dissipated quickly, generally a decent representation of the style... but the taste left a lot to be desired. Overpowering bitterness, with little else--some nice breadiness and spice hid under there, but it was hard to detect.

I'm really hoping this was just a bad batch since I respect Sierra Nevada's other brews, but every bottle in the six-pack I got was disappointing.

01-28-2011 04:18:29 | More by dalimsta
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a hazy copper with a finger of off-white head. Nice sticky lacing

S - Mild citrus hops an a sweet and grainy malt background.

T - Mild citrus hop and bitterness. Grainy in the middle and finish. Probably a lot better fresher, when the citrus hops can kick a bit more.

M - Medium body and nice carbonation. Right on for an IPA.

D - Easy to drink. Fun to drink. A good IPA that is probably a lot better the fresher you get it, as usual. I prefer Torpedo, but it is close.

01-28-2011 02:14:50 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Pours a very clear red amber with a small white head leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, strong of spicy hops, light pine and citrus hops. Initial taste is malty caramel, followed by spicy and citrus hops. Finish is bready with a light bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Pretty hoppy for a winter style IMO.

01-27-2011 23:33:39 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of clearlydiluted

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

a - pours a deep clear amber-brown with a finger of head

s - piney, citrusy, hints of caramel malt accent the hops wherein they meld together to provide a nice sweet candi hop aroma

t - slightly sweet with a piney/citrus middle before drying out with a nice tight astringent bitter aftertaste that clears the palette.

m - medium body with enough carbonation to bring out the hops

d - deceptively drinkable @ 6.8% while only seeming to 5% I will say that as it ages the chinook herb notes are more present compared to the cascade + centennial citrus notes turning it into a completely different beer. fresh however it is dangerously balanced.

01-27-2011 16:27:07 | More by clearlydiluted
Photo of vapodge


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass.

A - Cloudy amber with a nice head. Bubbles rising constantly and lacing all down the glass.

S - Hops. Not very citrusy to my nose.

T - Grassy hops that don't seem to be as vibrant and prominent as they were in other bottles of this I had a couple months ago.

M - Dry and not all that thick.

D - Nice solid IPA that I'll get again and again. The ABV is low enough to allow me to drink a few which is always a huge plus.

Loved this when it first hit the shelves this season. Now at the end of January, though not the same, it's still pretty darn good.

01-26-2011 23:31:58 | More by vapodge
Photo of nukem5


4/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Good color of dark amber with a great rocky top of 2 fingers.

S: Great hops all around the glass.These guys do IPAs everyday so all of them are good well crafted beers.

T: Exceptional hoppy flavors of fresh hops just poured into the brew, tasyes like a harvest time at my house.

M: Medium and well carbed

D: Very drinkable and like I said always a treat to taste SN at thier best!

01-26-2011 02:32:28 | More by nukem5
Photo of dali27


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, deep bronze color. Creamy head that stays with it as the beer disapears. Heavy, thick lacing down side of glass.

S: Clear to me that it is bitter citrus/grapefruit and hops. It's very appealing and leads to excited first taste.

T: Rich full flavor that is very strong with hops. Taste grapefruit/lemon, and can also taste piney flavor. Bitter, almost puckering aftertaste.

M: Feels pretty solid. Rich. Wow, bitterness really hits the sides of my tongue.

D: Very easy to drink one or two of these. Much more than that, I don't know, really because of the bitter (not bad) aftertaste that it leaves.

I was very excited to try this beer, with all of the good things that people say about it. I was lucky enough to pick up a couple today before they are gone for the year, and very glad that I did. Definitely something that I will be looking forward to next year.

Time to sit back and enjoy another one now.

01-26-2011 00:56:05 | More by dali27
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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