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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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7,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,777
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 196
Gots: 451 | 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 WhistlingBird


3.35/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

12-15-2010 08:17:02 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of Lolli1315


3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

A- Wow, great white fluffy head that doesn't want to go away with stick lacing all around the glass. And orange copper color with some haziness. Man, that head still is holding strong.

S- Tons of citrus hop in the smell, but not overwhelming. Some caramel sweetness sticks its head in between the hits of citrus hops while some peppery character comes through with faint hints of alcohol.

T- Beer begins with a citrus hop sweetness punch and then lowers into a sweet malty middle. The middle brings along a faint bitterness that is overshadowed by caramel and biscuity/bready taste. The end of the beer is taken over by a swift kick of bitterness that fades into the aftertaste. Soft notes of alcohol become apparent at the end giving a slightly warming sensation.

M- Great carbonation in the mouth with a medium to slightly thick body.

D- Great IPA and although not my favorite, it certainly is no slouch.

12-15-2010 04:03:36 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of Lacesoutcody

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Beautiful ruby, and caramel. Nice frothy head, and lacing.

S: Sweet, minty, piney, a great hoppy IPA smell.

T: The star of this brew, nice upfront spice, with a clean finish, hints of tobacco, a little ginger, licorice, spring up on my palate.

M: nice, not to slick or heavy, and good balance between the two.

D: My first celebration, and it won't be my last, whether to session, or have by the case. Great stuff.

12-15-2010 03:13:29 | More by Lacesoutcody
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

One of my new favorites of Sierra Nevada. Since I first tried it I've purchased 2 cases.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with a two finger thick cream color head, with amazing retention. If you dropped a marble into the center of the beer, it would have a perfect circle in the middle until the end. As for the Lacing, it coats the glass with sticky foam all the way down the glass until the very end.

S: Strong Notes of Orange and Lemon Zest, Grapefruit, Pine and Bready Malts.

T: At first, I get a very sweet citrusy blast of flavor, immediately followed by bitter hops. If I could pick out the most distinct hop used it's definitely cascade. Maybe even centennial. The hop taste almost reminds me of Founders Centennial IPA. As I let it warm in my mouth the bitterness retracts and I get a very nice bready, sweet caramel malt.

M: Medium bodied, rich, and smooth. Carbonation is spot on!

D: Very drinkable. If I have one, I'll put it down fast and won't hesitate grabbing another. 6.80% puts it a little lower then torpedo(which I also love) which is pretty low on my charts. If you know me, I love high abv beer. Honestley I wish this wasn't seasonal.

Notes: I picked this up originally not knowing this was an IPA. I honestly thought it was gonna be a spicy Christmas style beer. It's pretty cool IMO to have a Christmas IPA. It just makes me love Sierra Nevada more.

12-14-2010 07:09:27 | More by ixodus
Photo of jmich24


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Duvel Tulip

A: Dark golden with orange hues. Two finger off white head. Great lacing and head retention.
S: Hops! Citrus (orange peel, grapefruit) Pine. Sweet carmel malt.
T: Great hoppiness to start and finish. Lots of Pine and carmel malt. Nice citrus undertones. This has a substantial malt backbone, yet still super hoppy and bitter. Outstanding.
M: Crisp, bitter, smooth finish. Nice carination and creaminess.
D: Outstanding drinkability!

Perfect winter seasonal that I look forward this as winter approaches. Very reasonable price too @ $8.99.

12-14-2010 02:19:38 | More by jmich24
Photo of mdaschaf


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

2010 Version

A: Pours a clear ruby/copper color with a chunky, off-white head, 1.5 inches in height. Has great retention.

S: A good amount of piney hops, smells like a christmas tree almost. Some citrus mixed in, but more pine.

T: Nice wet hop flavor, a very nice combination of pine and some grapefruit citrus. A malt sweetness backs it up.

M/D: Medium bodied, has a sweet finish, not very bitter at all. Overall a very solid IPA, I like the sweet finish even though it is not overly malty.

12-14-2010 02:06:40 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1%

I had no idea this was an IPA before reading the label. Thought it sounded like more of an easy drinking Christmas beer.

A- That's a pretty beer. Slight haze in the clear caramel copper. Dirty-beige to light-white head is one finger thick and sticks to the glass.

S- Smell is great. Sweet grapefruit juice and apples with very little indication of the impending bitterness. Some nostril burning alcohol.

T- Yep. Very bitter and I wouldn't have known by just smelling it. Great grassy hop taste along with the grapefruit and it's the malt which lends a bit of apple sweetness to the mix. Very floral.

M- Close to full bodied but still easy drinking. Medium to high, close to perfect carbonation. Far from dry but there is some hop astringency.

D- Very good. Light but plenty of flavour and bitterness.

I'd probably drink this weekly if I could
I think this is my third taste of Sierra Nevada (Pale Ale, 30th Anniversary Barleywine) and

12-13-2010 23:39:35 | More by Yoonisaykul
Photo of steveh


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Never reviewed this one in the past -- a perfect, 13° day in N. Illinois to fit the beer!

A -- Hazy amber-orange with a resilient, foamy, off white head.

S -- Piny, citrus, spicy & earthy nose. The vaguest of biscuit malt back.

T -- Spicy, pine resin hops up front that blend into citrusy esters. Biscuit malt flavor in the middle is low and clean with some mild sweetness that helps to balance, but certainly doesn't overpower, the resiny bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

M -- Body is medium with the bitterness creating a near astringent sensation in the mouthfeel. Otherwise, the mouthfeel behind the resins is rather smooth, not at all unattenuated.

D -- This beer is delicious and adds to its drinkability, but the resinous mouthfeel and alcohol become a little fatiguing. This would be a nice sipper on a cold afternoon in a quiet, cozy pub.

12-13-2010 22:11:41 | More by steveh
Photo of TheBrewo


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

The brew pours a rich golden-orange color with vigorous carbonation. It is otherwise translucent, with the tiniest bits of yeasty haze dancing about. It holds a pancake battery-looking tan head of two fingers which, as it slowly recedes, leaves thick lacing around the glass. The aroma is of light, clean malts, with bright, soapy, and piney hops edging them out. There are also hints of fruit, with cherries and grapefruits getting the nod. Finally, there is an earthy smokiness to the very back of the nose. The taste begins, naturally, with hops, and a little green apple. They (the hops) are not as robust as expected, and are almost sweet and creamy. The malts crash in through the middle, mellowing things out quite a bit. The sip finishes with bitterness from citrus fruit, rejuvenated hops, and a curious bittersweet chocolate flavor. The same dominate the aftertaste, with pine from the hops standing out. The mouth is left more dry than coated by this medium bodied brew. The carbonation is also medium, and palpable, but not unpleasant. The abv is average and the drinkability is hindered, if at all, by the bitterness of the hops, which make you want to take your time.

Overall, this was a nice refreshing brew. What we liked most about this was how elegant it appeared, almost glowing. Everything else was certainly enjoyable, and the whole cone hops make for an interesting tasting. When we first starting sipping it tasted chocolaty, as if it were three-quarters American IPA and one-quarter chocolate stout which, again, made this quite a memorable selection.

12-13-2010 04:21:37 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of TheDudeBeers


4.45/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A - Very clear with a nice burnt orange color. About 2 fingers of head poured aggressively.

S - A nice combination of Citrus, Hops, and Pine.

T - A nice mix of malty sweetness, hops, citrus, and pine notes. A really balanced taste.

M - This beer tastes a little heavier than your average IPA but thats not a bad thing. The flavors really linger around.

D - I could drink this beer all day. One of my Favorite IPA's.

12-13-2010 04:12:41 | More by TheDudeBeers
Photo of domtronzero


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

A - Clear light orange copper with a big, long lasting, frothy, whitish head. Lacing left throughout.

S - Piny citrusy hops, slightly resinous. Light bready caramel malt sweetness and light esters.

F/M - Sweet bready malts with a touch of caramel. Lightly resinous piny hops, some citrusy flavors. Medium high bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering caramelly malts and piny hop flavor.

D - Pretty good, and pretty easy to put down. Quite enjoyable and flavorful.

12-13-2010 02:22:01 | More by domtronzero
Photo of ejimhof


4/5  rDev -3.8%

A- Pours a large head with lots of lacing.

S- Pine and hops are present.

T- Slighty bitter and slightly sweet which is how I prefer my IPA's.

M- Medium bodied and dry.

D- Like all other Sierra Nevada beers you can predict how this beer tastes and it most often is a very good beer. This one fits the mold.

12-13-2010 00:23:55 | More by ejimhof
Photo of skenyon1811

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

12 oz bottle pours into pint.

A: The perfect clear orange color. About an inch and a half of head. Great retention. Thick tan foam.

S: Awesome pine and citrus aromas. A little sweet scent but mostly all hops. It smells amazing!

T: It's a delicious IPA with a hint of spice. I love it. It is perfectly balanced. I get a great bitter pine flavor and a smooth sweet malt. There is a slight copper taste that I usually don't like but it works great in this beer. Very complex.

M: Medium body and excellent carbonation. Nice tingle.

D: Easily a sessionable beer. I have done it. I love this beer. It honestly does not get much better than this beer.

12-12-2010 22:08:23 | More by skenyon1811
Photo of airheadmtrcycle


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

SN Celebration pours a clear, spectacular orange with a 3-finger foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves lacing galore. Tiny bubble are rising constantly. What a beautiful site for a beer lover.

Smells of various citrus fruits, like grapefruit and sweet tangerine. Name a citrus fruit and you can probably find it. It's all about hops, but I smell some gratuitous malt that might give the tangerine its sweet smell. Bang! The bitterness gets you at first sip. Boy do these guys know their hops. As hoppy as it is it's still balanced. Don't get me wrong, everything is skewed in the hop direction, but it doesn't taste forced or unnatural. Just what you'd expect from a great west coast brewery like Sierra Nevada. As it warms I'm getting some pleasant pine-y flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is medium on the palate with refreshing carbonation. The hops are best tasted on the top of the tongue. Swirling around the palate really yields a full appreciation for this tasty ale. Very easy to drink, and I'll have no problem finishing the 24oz. bottle.

Celebration is a must try for west coast IPA fans. This is not my first go at this one, but the first time I concentrated on the details. I had one on-tap a couple of weeks ago and it was really good, but I was out with friends and not concentrating on the beer as much as the conversation etc. I'm gonna go back and try it on tap again and take some notes.

12-12-2010 20:39:43 | More by airheadmtrcycle
Photo of ArrogantBastage


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Very thick, white head floating above a sea of deep orange/amber, nearly burnt orange. Great clarity on this beer. Head slowly dissipates leaving some heavy lacing on the glass. Very thin whitish head left for the remainder of the glass.

S: Not much at first until the beer warms slightly. Notes of deep malt present with some very subtle hop aroma.

T: Rich in malt and hops. Slightly spicy up front then mellowing out to a nice dry finish. Hops linger long after the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a mellow carbonation level.

D: Nice beer to savor but easy to have multiple in one session.

12-12-2010 17:38:15 | More by ArrogantBastage
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

This beer pours a darkish golden color with a small lacing head. The smell is a bit weak and a bit harsh. The taste isnt weak, very dry with a strong. Taste very simlair to the pale ale with some cinimmon flavors. Harsh after tase might turn some people off. Overall i found it very enjoyable, much reccomended.

12-12-2010 05:03:25 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of JunkYardJake


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a clear, deep copper with quite a head. Big and creamy and lasts forever. Thick rings the whole way down the glass. Think there are a few hops in there? Well if the head doesn't give it away, the nose will. Truck loads of grapefruit and other citrus aromas flood the senses. Palate starts out with lots of hops. Fruity and piney with alot of raw flavor. Finish is dry and bitter to the core. This is American IPA at it's purest. Not alot of balance but it works. This is a nice break from all the spiced up malty heavyweights that are typical for the holiday season. Cheers and Merry Christmas!

12-12-2010 03:44:58 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of wahhmaster


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light brown color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. This smells the most citrusy of just about any IPA I've ever had. A slight bit of malitness in the nose as well.

Taste: Citrusy and grassy hops notes throughout. Has a bit of graininess and maltiness towards the finish. Leaves a nice grainy aftertaste. This is what IPAs should taste like in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied yet crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: A superior IPA and really the benchmark for the style in my opinion. I look forward to having this every winter and every winter I'm more impressed by it. If you haven't had this beer yet, you definitely need to reshuffle your priorities.

12-11-2010 15:07:40 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of rdub


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Received as a gift from a co-worker. Beautiful bottle opened and poured into my snifter. The copper color was beautiful and festive with an awesome foamy white fluffy head. So nice I took a picture of it. The smell was fantastic and just about what i expected from my first wet hopped ale. The taste was certainly hop forward with a nice malt in the back. Strong hop for sure. Mouthfeel was medium and I did get the "drinkable" quality the previous reviewers had mentioned. Awesome.

12-11-2010 13:32:54 | More by rdub
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a beautiful reddish copper with a two-finger white head. Lacing is off the charts and the retention is great as well. Really awesome looking beer. Hoppy aroma, mainly pine and citrus. Hops off the bat. Pine leads the way as the bitter hops lead. Very small grapefruit notes balance out the hop profile a bit. Despite the hops, sweet, thick, caramel and bready malt show up a bit until the end, where the bitter pine hops take over again. Very fresh vibe to this beer which is nice about a seasonal IPA. Guaranteed freshness, unless you're seeing it out of season...

12-11-2010 05:49:35 | More by uustal
Photo of Erish


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

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

A: clear coppery orange color, luxurious, ridiculously long-lasting cream colored head, never-ending cap, and tenacious, rope-like lacing. If you don't salivate looking at this beer, you might be a zombie.

S: orange blossom, melange of citrus fruits, muffin-like sweetness, floral hop aromas.

T: tastes like a lemon muffin up front, and then the palate is inundated with a bonanza of tart citrus fruit, nectarine, perhaps some tropical fruit (mango?) and marzipan, the finish is long, dry, and very hopped, with tart grapefruit and grassy/piny/floral hop notes.

M: medium-bodied, silky, moderate carbonation, mouth-coating.

D: I love this beer! Beers like this are turning me into a bit of a hop-head, I'm afraid!

12-11-2010 01:45:10 | More by Erish
Photo of yuenglings


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

A:Nice copper color with a small ring of head which leaves a nice laceing all the way to the end.
S:strong hoppy smell citrus and piney/flowers
T:Hops at first with a nice sweetness in the middle ending with a good strong piney hoppyness.
M:Smooth with god carbonation leaves your mouth wanting more.
D:This is a very drink able beer i might buy another case this year but prolly buy at least one case every year they come out with this one.

12-10-2010 19:18:51 | More by yuenglings
Photo of MQ4188


5/5  rDev +20.2%

I am not a huge reviewer and I am going far out on a limb with this ale.

This is the best large production bottled beer I have ever tasted. Sierra Nevada hit a "home run" with this one in 2010. This is real close to the Sierra Nevada - Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale they produced in 2010 in the 24 Ounce bottle.

The appearance was beautiful with a two finger, snow white head and a perfect copper color.

The smell had intense fresh hoppiness but floral and citrus notes as well.

The taste was amazing and hoppy and a bite that was not ridiculous.

Mouthfeel and drinkability was outstanding and one that was smooth and fresh with a lot of hop character that you don't see in an American IPA produced in volume.

If someone picked this one up thinking it was just like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale , then they got a big surprise! For the good; I must add.

If you are of the type that feel it is impossible to get all "5" ratings in a "mass produced" ale then I guess we will just have to disagree. I rated it as high because I wanted to give a "mass produced" beer the credit I feel it deserved.

Sure, I feel that there are many more that are different and better in, cask, limited 750ml, firkins, and the like, but this one was 12 ounce bottle and unbelievable for an ale which you can pick up in a grocery store. Find me another 6.8 abv. in a grocery store that is even close to the caliber of this, then we can compare. Until then, this one gets an A+ for an American IPA, in this category

Bravo, Sierra Nevada for taking it to the next level!!

12-10-2010 19:09:11 | More by MQ4188
Photo of tburus


4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber-gold transparent liquid with one-finger off white head. Vigorous carbonation that lasted through most of the session.

Smell: Hoppy with indiscriminate spices. Didn't seem to change much with increase in temperature.

Taste: Nice level of bitterness from the hops. Subtle spicing, not nearly as strong as I expected. Occasionally hit a burst of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness lingered an appropriate amount of time and did not overpower like some I feel some IPAs do. Again, surprised I didn't feel more spicy after notes. Felt like there was slightly too much carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a highly. Drinkable beer. Nothing over powering about it, just a nice, subtle, belly-warming winter selection. And at about $3/six cheaper than the Bell's Christmas Ale sitting next to it on the shelf, this would be an easy choice to make again.

12-10-2010 14:53:19 | More by tburus
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,777 ratings.