1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

7,701 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,701
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 413 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,701 | Reviews: 3,154 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jay11284

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite seasonal beers. The color of it is great and it's very drinkable. Offers some complex flavors too, a nice spice to it along with an easy to drink hop flavor.

Not sure if the label can be part of a review but I think the bottle and label this beer comes in is beautiful. A label is a drinkers first impression, so I think it's worth mentioning here.

I picked this up at a local Trader Joe's Supermarket. I will have to keep my eye out for the next case since the 6 pack just wasn't enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 00:43:15 | More by jay11284
Photo of rpardon7


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

Poured a nice amber brass color with a nice thick white active head. Smell is hop dominated up front but has a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Taste is of citrus grassy hops and perhaps a bit of mint or tobaco in the background, the hops are balance by a nice sweet malt that isnt overlooked but is not as present as the fresh hops in this beer. This is a medium bodied beer wiht a nice active amount of carbonation that leaves a nice dry smooth finish. Very excellent winter beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 20:22:23 | More by rpardon7
Photo of StlHopHead77


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A-Pours a nearly transparent honey/orange with a 1 1/2 inch alabaster crown that left moderately sticky lacing.

S-Nose consists of white grape,pine and moscato.

T-Initial taste of orange pith,white peach,pine and dry spice.Lacked a little malt balance.

M-Medium bodied,sharp and dry.

D-This beer has decent drinkability.Not overly exciting but solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 12:31:51 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of mjsheehan08


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber honey deep orange, with a huge amount of head/lacing. Initial pour left a lingering two and a half finger head around the glass that doesn't look like it's fading anytime soon.

Aroma is really fresh with slot of fruity hoppiness, very earthy with some grapefruit flying through. Slight detection of a Carmel malty nose.

Sweet, caramel malts up front, and finishes with a strong hoppy bitterness. Pretty balanced, and the caramel blends magically with the hoppy bitterness. The hops aren't overpowering, just a little punch.

Mouthfeel is mild, but a thick feel. I feel like this is thicker then some of the other IPAs, and it really is just an overall well made brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:18:54 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of Shrews629


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Lovely amber/orange/copper color with yellow highlights around the bottom and sides. A brilliant 2 1/2 finger off white head that hung around for a good long while and had a heap of lacing attached to the glass. The beer is hazy and inviting in appearance.

Smell - A very nice bouquet of floral and citrus hops fill my nose on the first whiff. As I dig a bit deeper, I find grapefruit and touches of lemon. I'm detecting some sweet caramel and orange also.

Taste - The flavor produced wonderful flavors of grapefruit and lemon citrus followed by some cinnamon spice. Adequate amounts of bitterness on all fronts. The alcohol hides way in the background with nary a hint. Picked up the orange flavoring as the beer warmed a bit.

Mouthfeel - Medium and dry. Smooth and inviting. Easy drinking and leaving more than enough on the palate. I tend to like a full mouthfeel, but this feels more than adequate.

Drinkability - I can see why people rave for this beer every year. Now, I will be also. What a great brew!!! Good in all aspects. I could make an evening of this without any sort of problem. This beer makes me want for Christmas year round. Definitely worth a try if available.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:18:47 | More by Shrews629
Photo of CoastieSimon


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great brew for the winter holidays. poured a nice golden redish color, with like 3 finger white head. The smell of this beer is wonderful you can smell the spices they use for sure! The taste is nice very hoppy taste, a bit bitter the first sip but very nice on the ride down the throat. Mouthfeel is great a bit of a tounge puncher at first but goes down good. The best thing about this beer is it's drinkability, could easily go through a six pack on a cool winter's night(not to many in Fl but good to drink anytime)! Overall a great brew for the holidays!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:07:17 | More by CoastieSimon
Photo of notsoprobeer


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a white head that lasted for almost the entire length of the drink. Nice lacing. Aroma is full of citrus hops. Flavor is mainly citrus (grapefruit) and some grassy hops. It does have a nice caramel malt backbone, but it is stands behind the hops in flavor. Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a nice crisp mouth feel. It seems to be a bit thicker than most IPAs, but I think it works well for a winter seasonal.

Really good! I want this again! While it does have nice malt flavors, make no mistake--this is a hoppy (bitter) beer. I like hops and it works for me. Bring this to your holiday gatherings, but understand that it won't appeal to all palates. If you're an IPA lover, this is a must try!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 08:54:52 | More by notsoprobeer
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellently drinkable beer. Dull amber colour belies an awesome smell and taste. Supremely hoppy and well balanced. My limited taste buds are unable to distinguish the specific hops, which I view as a compliment to the brewer's blend. Taste profile has a distinct start, middle and finish, across the entire mouth.

Higher ABV than I'd choose, but a truly fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:29:49 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of NYManc

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a corsendonk tulip

A: Poured a thick (1 and a half fingers) off white head that was amber red and translucent with plenty of bubble action. There was a good amount of bubble action in this IPA.

S: Smells of fresh piney hops mixed with some smells of spices thrown in and a citrus background.

T: First taste is of piney, citrusey hops and then comes the subtle but great spicy finish. Tiny bit of bitterness with this beer in the after-taste and during the initial sip, but easily handled.

M&D: Medium bodied feel with medium carbonation. I can drink these so easily and drink many of them before getting even getting sick of them.

In the end, this beer is very enjoyable from the label to the drink. I would love to drink this during my winter break and take a break from stouts when I feel the need to.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 02:05:54 | More by NYManc
Photo of Lillenk


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was very nice dark tan color with a nice head on it.

Smell was good. Lots of hops with a few notes of spice.

Taste is great. Great IPA hop character with a little something extra. Wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel was pretty big but, surprisingly I wanted more when my glass was empty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 19:19:46 | More by Lillenk
Photo of D23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A)Light red/amber color with a off white head. Very appealing appearence in the glass.

S)Hop and citrus. Very crisp and clean scent.

T) Pine and grapefruit up front. The bitter hop taste comes thru at the finish.

M)Light on the palate with good carbonation.

D)Easy to drink more than one. The taste will want you to have another and the ABV will allow you to.

This is a great seasonal. Like much of the Sierra line, great taste, readily available and very affordable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:42:05 | More by D23
Photo of roadk

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Bear Republic Pint
A: Beautiful hazy copper.
S: There's no doubt this is going to be hoppy.
T: Pine, Grapefruit. Enough malt to make it interesting, but hops take center stage here from aroma to finish. It ends nice and sharp.
M: Out of the bottle I found 2010 a bit more carbonated than recent years - perhaps too much, but nothing a pour into a pint won't correct.
D: I can drink these all night long, but I'm a certified hophead.

Still one of the best deals around at 30 bucks a case. Stock up!!!

Thank you Sierra for another fine Celebration.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:42:51 | More by roadk
Photo of mendonjoebeer

New York

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass- nice color,nice head.

Smell of hops,citrus & SOAP. Asked my wife to smell- her first words were soap.

First tastes- soap,hops,bitterness.

Had to pour another into a freshly rinsed glass. Same smells,same tastes. A bad batch?

Was able to force both bottles down, but there are way too many better choices than this


I must have had bad stuff last year- I love this now - great beer & a great value

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:03:21 | More by mendonjoebeer
Photo of jrallen34


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

On tap into a pint glass at Paramount...With my ticking, pretty surprising for me to realize this is the first time I've had this highly reviewed brew...Pours a clear and dark gold, clean and crisp looking. An off white head lasts a bit but nothing special...A nice aroma of hops but that's about all that is going on...The taste is a decent non-descrip ipa, lots of hops, lightly bitter.

Ok drinking, but nothing I would seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 18:46:14 | More by jrallen34
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark color with a decent head that last until the beer is gone

S: Huge hop aroma with pine and citrus... nice!

T: Very much like the aroma with a nice woodsy taste

M: If it wasn't so sticky it would be perfect, not that sticky is a bad thing

D: I would down the entire sixer in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the generous 6.8% on this bad boy

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:02:45 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of redzone3120


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice rich amber color that is clear. Light cream colored head.

S - Smells like a nice IPA. Good fresh hoppy notes with a hint of citrus.

T - Great taste! Has a nice crisp taste that is well balanced. Some hints of spice, maybe some malts. Great finish.

M - Nice carbonation the finishes smooth with mild aftertaste. Great IPA for the winter season.

D - Very drinkable. I am usually not a big IPA fan but this a great beer that strikes a nice balance between flavor and a clean finish. Great beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 01:38:01 | More by redzone3120
Photo of goalie33

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy orange-copper color with a 2 finger white, fluffy head. Some carbonation slowly comes up around the edges of the glass.
S: Floral, clean hops with a solid malt background.
T: Very well balanced and blended between the hops and the malts. Nice spicy profile on the finish, maybe some ginger or nutmeg.
M: Slightly prickly mouthfeel on a medium bodied beer.
D: Highly drinkable beer. Goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:49:36 | More by goalie33
Photo of aepb1


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber body with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around forever

S- Piney and citrusy hops, a nice malt belly there too

T- Wow balance! Malt up front with a piney hop finish, a nice ride overall

M- Medium body and smooth with great carbonation

D- Great IPA and will look forward to winter after winter

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 14:39:46 | More by aepb1
Photo of Pellinore1


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear amber into a pint glass, leaving about two fingers of persistent white head.

The aroma is all hops, pine, and spices.

This beer begins with the spicy hops evident in the smell, then follows with a bit of malt for balance. The finish is dry, with spices and a bit of bread. Overall, this tastes far less bitter than the smell led me to expect.

Medium to light-bodied, with pleasant carbonation.

A very drinkable beer. I'm tempted to have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 04:42:36 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear amber color body that tends be more on the red side of the spectrum with a ton of visible carbonation. Head is off-white, frothy texture, that is long lasting and leaves an amazing amount of lace.

S: A typical IPA aroma of pine & citrus hops, hints of grapefruit, light caramel malts, & a little breadiness. A light, but crisp, nose that's not too overpowering.

T: Upfront citrus hoppy bitterness with hints of grapefruit, followed by a dry bready malt middle, and finishes with sweet caramel malts and a bit of pepper. A very clean and crisp IPA.

M: A lot of carbonation, medium body, crisp & lean texture.

D: This one is easy to drink for sure (second one for the night). Great flavor, good price, and a great session beer to introduce to others. I would definitely pick one of these up for the game.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:17:45 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of epicness

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby, almost copper-like color. Most likely best described as caramel colored. Nice frothy head and the lacing is out of this world. All over the glass.

S: Tons of citrus hop in the smell, but not to the point where it is too much. There's also a piney scent that lingers as well as some bready malts. Maybe a hint of caramel or my mind is playing tricks on me. Beautiful smelling beer.

T: At first, I get a very sweet citrus flavor, immediately followed by pine and bitter hops. The bitter taste does disappear rather quickly and leave with a caramel/bready taste. The end of the beer though finishes with bitterness coming back. The most distinct hop used it's definitely cascade (which give off the bitter citrusy taste).

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A rich and smooth beer.

D: Very drinkable. You can put this beer down quickly and want to grab a few more. At close to 7% ABV I didn't think pre-taste that I would feel this way.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 00:55:25 | More by epicness
Photo of kevinphish


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.. 2005 vintage.. opened today 12/15/10.. Thanks Greg from Woodstock Wine and Deli..

Pours a rich honey with ruby hints, with minimal light tan carbonation- yet long-lasting due to the overall age of this beer.. Rich pine resin mixes with ripe fruit, very complex hop aromas, mixing with the barleywine-esc dark fruit malt flavors..

A wonderfull blast of sweet malt is overthrown by a viscous tongue massage of hop flavor, sticky and green, working its way to a robust, fruity, boozy bittering...

Very enjoyable, indeed.. Aged very well!!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 23:11:46 | More by kevinphish
Photo of travis224


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a big head and lots of lacing. A lot of resinous pine on the nose, a little bit of bread as well. This beer goes down smooth. The dominant flavor component is the hops, lots of different hop flavors going on here. Pine, citrus, grass etc. This is a great session beer, a great beer to keep around the house but not my idea of what a winter beer should be. I like something darker with more spice to it. That being said this is a great American IPA and definitely worth picking up a case or two for the house.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 18:50:47 | More by travis224
Photo of WhistlingBird


3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured it into a pint glass so I could enjoy the aroma as well as the taste. It poured with very little head, but laced the glass nicely as I drank it. It was not a bad beer by any means. It is a bit more btter than I prefer. It was a nice amber color, and had a great hop aroma. Beyond the bitterness, it finished smooth, a nice aftertaste. A perfect beer for a cold winter day in Illinois.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 16:07:31 | More by WhistlingBird
Photo of cadaugherty


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Reddish amber with lots of head.

Aroma- Piney goodness and and fresh.

Taste- Fresh citrus hops and a little bit of spice. Crisp and clean.

Mouth- Despite its hoppy nature the healthy carbonation helps keep this light on the palate

Drink- Buy a sixer and turn on the game. Done and done.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 08:17:02 | More by cadaugherty
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,701 ratings.