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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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7,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,773
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 195
Gots: 445 | 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 bigfnjoe


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very clear shade of orange with a 2 finger white head. Head is very huge, fades quickly...lacing is alright. Would like to see more lacing, but the beer itself looks gorgeous

S- hops! Piney, resiny aroma with slight (very slight) hints of citrus in there...would like it to be a little stronger. But good regardless

T- super bitter, just the way I like it...and the bitterness doesn't linger too much, either. The aftertaste is slightly sweet, but you're mostly getting pounded with those centennial hops. Fantastic

M- its actually a tad bit syrupy, which is a slight turnoff...but overall, its nice. Nothing outstanding, just "nice"

D- yes. Oh god yes. I'm going to buy a case this weekend. Only thing is, because its a bitter IPA...you can't really pound them too quick if you're looking for a day of great drinking. But this is a GREAT beer

11-01-2010 23:33:01 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of PicoPapa


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle of the 2010 version. Pours a light amber color that is somewhat translucent. Thin ring of head. Minimal lacing. Nice aroma of hops and a citrusy orange smell. Full flavor of hops. Orange as well as a nice bitter taste. Not overly heavy but a great amount of hoppy bitterness to this beer. An easy drinkable and delicious IPA that makes the winter months better.

11-01-2010 21:28:42 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of wolfinthemirror


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a honey color with tinges of amber, about an inch worth of head that shows no signs of going anywhere. Pretty clear with a slight chill haze.

When it put it to my nose i smell some kind of funkiness, a sour, grassy type of smell, and then the malt.

Very bitter, and quite spicy. Rather than citrus fruits or flowers, this IPA has a really spicy, herbal character, somewhat resinous. Very hop forward, i have a tough time picking out much malt.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry, and leaves a lingering bitterness.

Overall a good IPA, but not a favorite. I probably wouldn't drink more than 3 of these in a session.

10-31-2010 02:34:21 | More by wolfinthemirror
Photo of prdstmnky


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

2010 Bottling

Pours a nice golden amber color, with a 1/2 inch of creamy white head that fades fairly fast, but leaves some sticky lacing. Fresh floral hops are prevalent in the nose, along with some lemon zest, orange, even some pine. Also a bit of a toffee malt aromas. A very fresh tasting, hop forward IPA that isn't overly bitter or sweet - a very nice balance. Its quite smooth and refreshing, and very drinkable - not a hint of the nearly 7% alcohol at all. Always look forward to the fresh batch of SN Celebration as the winter months approach.

10-31-2010 01:19:09 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of Mora2000


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

2010 vintage.

The beer pours a nice amber color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of orange and resiny hops with some bready malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of bitter orange and papaya and some pine. Medium bitterness. There is a bit of bready malt in the flavor to keep things a little bit balanced, but the beer is all about the hops. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Excellent.

10-31-2010 01:03:17 | More by Mora2000
Photo of geryeb624


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a fairly dark amber color with a ton of off-white head. Eventually settles down to about 2 fingers worth, leaving tons of lacing of the sides of the glass.

S- A fairly piney hop aroma, with some buttery malt in the background. Maybe some orange marmalade type aromas as well.

T- A bitter, almost spicy hoppiness dominates, with the pine notes showing up pretty well.

M/D- Nice mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. Could drink a few of these no problem.

A nice IPA, though not much to separate it from the pack IMO. A good beer just the same though.

10-30-2010 23:52:44 | More by geryeb624
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Smells of leafy green hops with some grapefruit and then the pine smell as it warms. You also get some sweetness from the malt in there as well. I like this IPA because you can tell they use top notch fresh California hops with some really nice roasted caramel almost cherry like malts. The mix of the two is what makes this beer one of the best IPA's out there. I kind of forget what this tasted like last year but I just remember it being really hoppy. It still has that but since I'm so used to trying IPA's now that I'm used to that sort of bitterness. To the average beer drinker this will come across as bitter. To people who always drink IPA's this will come off as bitter mixing in with that sweet flavor to create a balanced but still ending hoppy beer. It sort of reminds me of a HopDevil from Victory but I'm enjoying this one a bit more. This is definitely in my top 5 IPA's. This is my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada.

10-30-2010 22:37:08 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of FreshHawk


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Clear, tawny orange color with a very large, fluffy, foamy, sticky, light yet full, white head. Very good retention with a nice lacing left.

S - Nice mix of hops and malt. Floral and slightly citrus hops along with a slight spicy hop, also some other spiciness along with citrus rind. Malt has a caramel and amber aroma, and some breadiness.

T - Just like the nose, a good balance of hops and malt. Fairly bitter taste. Floral and spicy hops with just a touch of citrus. Sweet caramel malt with an amber/red taste. Leafy bitterness on the finish as well as a touch of mineral. A touch of spiciness persist throughout.

M - Lighter side of medium body with slightly above average carbonation. Sticky with a definite drying finish.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. bitterness and dryness may end up being a bit much. Sweet and stickiness also hurts it a bit. That said, I had no problem finishing a bomber of it.

Notes: Typically I think of IPAs reminding me of summer/heat, but this did a great job as a winter ale. Sweet malt and bitter hops pretty well balanced, but bitterness outweighs the sweetness. Reminded me of a mix of an IPA and a Red/Amber Ale. Another nice, affordable option from Sierra Nevada. Pick one up for the winter.

10-30-2010 03:39:25 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of Frosty80


3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

Color: hazy caramel

Smell: some citrusy/grapefruit hops and a clean malt aroma. well balanced. so much so everything is pretty much canceled out.

Taste: again hops and malt are in harmony. nothing really stands out. if they were aiming for that ultimate balance in a brew, they came goddam close. slightly dry finish with a minor bitterness that doesnt stick around too long

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. light-med body

Notes: this is a perfectly balanced IPA. nice, easy aromatics and taste. well rounded. nothing dominates, but then again it loses some complexity. NOT the Celebration i remember and reviewed in the past

10-30-2010 02:55:46 | More by Frosty80
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

2010 Celebration. An iconic representation of craft beer

A- a clear reddish amber with a great head of foam that has fantastic lacing along the sides. The carbonation dances throughout the glass with the head of foam is completely rocky

S- the hops are no doubt the main feature of celebration. Pine and tropic themes at the same time. The malt is established with some caramel too. There is even an abundance of pineapple right at the end. Freshness is the key to this!

T- the same hops dominate the taste of the brew. Very bitter in the beginning and very bitter in the end. In between is some grapefruit and earthy elements to keep the bitterness in check. Some sweetness is involved as the malt component as well. The alcohol does happen to take a swing at you as well

M- very creamy and smooth. It's good

D- Celebration is smooth fresh drinakable stuff. The bitterness keeps it lively and not absolutely slam dunk drinkable. Still very good!

10-29-2010 22:52:23 | More by lovindahops
Photo of beercat11

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Picked up a 12 pack of this years batch. I have enjoyed this beer for many years but I must say that last year and this years version are not up to par as in previous years. Not sure why but the flavors are off from what I remember. Its still good as most brews from SN but too close to some of their other offerings such as the Pale Ale and Torpedo. It just doesn't stand out like it used to. The hop bitterness is there but it seems as though they are using different flavoring hops then they used to. My friends have also noticed this. Maybe SN is getting too big and loosing touch with the importance of consistency.

10-29-2010 17:44:25 | More by beercat11
Photo of soze47


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Here is a 2010 Entry. I love this beer and think it is heavenly that is so available and so cheap during the holiday season.

Appearance: Golden orange in color. The body is very clear with a lot of carbonation bubbles. A big head on a somewhat subtle pour.

Aroma: Very balanced aroma. Earthiness hops and malt balance quite a bit. Not quite grassy or floral, this has a hop forward presence is nicely balanced by a rich malty smoothness.

Taste: Hop forward, but not aggressively bitter. Very herbal and spicy hops play well with a substantial malt back. Malt provides body and balance, but not sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat thick going in, but it definitely goes down as a light bodied offering.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and pleasant. There is a substantial taste that is at once complex, but not demanding of your palette.

Overall: Very tasty and another success from Sierra Nevada.

10-29-2010 14:03:07 | More by soze47
Photo of nickhiller


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

A: dark amber-ish brown, almost like a cherrywood color with a thick one finger head that settles to an eighth of an inch around the edges. Really good lacing.

S: a surprising amount of malt for a beer that is so hoppy, sweet even, a little vanilla, fruit.

T: fruity hops, some melon, sweet malt. Finish is pretty intensely bitter and warming, perfect for a cold winter night.

M: medium body, medium carbonation, with a very dry finish.

D: delicious. Really one of the best winter ales around, even if it's not technically a winter warmer. I'm interested by the contrast between the sweet fruity nose and the dry bitter taste. I can, and will, drink many more of these.

10-28-2010 00:41:55 | More by nickhiller
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Late night review, done on my phone under the cover of darkness and a Seinfeld dvd for the 100th time.

A- Quite a nice looking beer. Foam and lacing come in surplus, they are supported by an orange-copper colored ale. Its on the darker side of ipa.

S- So far I haven't been awfully impressed with fresh hop ales, but I think I can trust Sierra to show me the way. The malt base its noted with faint cracker dryness. The real star of the show is a citrusy hopping. The fresh hops lend a fleshy, lemony, leafy character.

T- Very citrusy, but not the exotic, sweetened citrus I prefer. Its more of a bitter, grapefruit and rind type of citrus. Fresh tangerine sweetens up the finish just before a lingering bitterness.

M- Highly carbonated but it mellows out quickly.

I hadve this before and I will be having it again. This us my recommended fresh hop ale.

10-27-2010 06:51:59 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Reviewed from notes, though I'm sure J have had this nearly 50 times.

Pours a brownish amber color with a nice white head and that sticky hop type of lacing. Nose brings a good dose of citrus and pine hops plus some caramel and sweet bread. Nice combination of hops and malt for the colder seasons. Drinks quite well and is a staple in our fridge every time it is available.

10-25-2010 12:52:36 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of MLucky


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Ah,good ol' SN. Always a pleasure.

2010 Celebration ale, poured out of a bomber into a pint glass.

Dark amber color, very hazy, persistent tan foam.

Excellent smell. Very hoppy, almost DPA-like, but some malt scent in there, too.

Hops are very much at the forefront, flavor-wise, but malt still present. Strong grapefruit-like bitterness that gives way to the malt for just a moment before the hops snap back for the after taste. Just a wee bit of cinnamon-ish spice.

Another strong SN celebration. As usual I wind up wishing they'd make it year round.

10-14-2010 03:56:42 | More by MLucky
Photo of tobeerornottobe


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

A: Deep golden colour, not exactly clear, looks like a heavyish beer. Great head, thick with lots of nice bubbles.

N: Not terribly full but subtle and nicely balanced. Hints of tropical fruits.

T: Milder than I expected given appearance and taste. However, nice bitterness moving through from mid palate to back palate.

M: Pleasant and well balanced, nice that it's not too overcarbonated.

Very good session beer, loved how it is so well balanced.

10-09-2010 22:14:13 | More by tobeerornottobe
Photo of laituegonflable


3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a golden orange colour with generous cream-coloured head, nice and bubbly but sinking steadily, leaving some beautiful trails of lace behind. Slow, light bead in the body with very slight translucency. Damned nice beer.

Smell is fairly fruity, quite malty as well with lots of light caramel on that. Nice, tart pineapple note and lots of enjoyable citrus aroma. Slight dry grassy aroma as well, and a very mild medicinal phenol on there. Decent, but a bit of a mishmash.

Taste is quite malty and boozey. Lots of sweet toffee flavours with brown sugar, then gets early hop notes with a touch of grapefruit and some grassy flavours as well, light phenols with a slight aspirin note and a touch of apricot as well. Slight woodiness on the back complementing a slight brandy boozey warmth.

Quite thick texture with a slickness as it goes down. Slightly sticky in the mouth, but pleasant.

Pretty nice, doesn't strike me as amazing but pleasant, sweet drinking.

10-05-2010 23:34:54 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of regspeir


4/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle - Poured a cloudy amber with a huge fluffy white head which lasted throughout. Lacing was intense and lasted as well. Nose was citrus, resinous and flowery with considerable sweetness apparent. Taste is citrus, some pine, spice and balanced nicely with some nuttiness and caramel malts. Medium bodied and good carbonation, a little sticky but with not much bitterness in the aftertaste. Instead, this IPA is on the sweet side but crisp, refreshing and sessionable for sure.

09-24-2010 18:50:47 | More by regspeir
Photo of sk8man121


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Picked this up today at my LHBS while grabbing some supplies. Was shocked to see that it was a 2007 vintage.

12oz bottle poured into Unibroue snifter.

A: Pours a nice deep amber with a thick, pillowy head. Lacing abound.

S: Smells very sweet and malty; hops have dropped out completely. Dark fruit, a small hint of citrus and lemongrass.

T: Wow. It's amazing what 3 years can do to a beer. What was once rife with hops is now so malty that the flavors remind me of an aged J.W. Lee's harvest. Malt sweetness, a nice burn from the alcohol, honey, bread. Drastically different from a fresh bottle; hell, it tastes like a barleywine.

M: Coats the tongue and the rest of the mouth. Medium carbonation.

D: Fresh, I can easily go through three or four bottles of this. With three years on it, I honestly wouldn't want more than one. This has gotten extremely malty, which to some might be a blessing.

Great beer fresh, and quite good with age. Just very different.

09-02-2010 19:01:16 | More by sk8man121
Photo of pdoran10


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

really amazing looking ipa. pours out a dark amber haze with two and a half fingers of head with staying power. leaves behind some incredible lacing.

smell is pine and orange, nice mixture of hops. with yummy meduim roast malt.

taste is full of hops and well balanced with excellent mixture of well bodied malt. very very well made beer quality ingerdients. hop profile favors pine and resin mostly, not my favorite. reminds be of SA boston lager's malt profile, but in a larger dose.

mouthfeel is a winner. moderate carbonation with just the right amount of chewyness from the malt bill.

packs a lot of flavor and weight into and ipa, not the kind of ipa i could see me drinking more than a few of. like a mini barleywine.

09-01-2010 03:54:22 | More by pdoran10
Photo of uhhhaaron


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%

consumed 11-17-2009, 12oz bottle into pint glass.

2009 vintage

Poured a beautiful dark orange/copper color with a nice soft, pillowy 2 finger head. Lacing left a lot of retention on the glass.

Initial smell is citrus hop. Then u get grapefruits and a lemon zest. has a deep caramel malt backbone to go along with the pine notes.

First drink was all hop up front that finished with a burnt finish. Then after the second, more flavors came through. lots of pine, light on the citrus, rich caramel malt, sweet toffee. a true hop heads delight.

mouthfeel is crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. medium bodied.

This is a spectacular brew. my favorite winter seasonal. I thought the 2008 version was a bit more maltier.

08-18-2010 08:39:49 | More by uhhhaaron
Photo of Anthony1


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

This poured a dark orange in color out of the tap. It had some brownish notes as well. The head was puffy and very pretty. It showed retention the whole time I drained the pint glass and left some awesome lacing. The nice, sharp pine is what I first noticed in this nose. There was also some light citrus and maybe a few other hoppy notes. The healthy malt base gave this IPA a very good balance. The hop profile is very complex and reflects the scents found in the nose. The toasted malts come up slightly bigger at the taste and have a small nut compliment. As I said before, this is a very balanced brew. This one is a solid medium body

08-09-2010 16:46:38 | More by Anthony1
Photo of Beasticles


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 2 finger lacy head that stays with you for much of the duration of the beer. Reddish amber color and solid hoppy and and sweet aroma. Hops hit the buds first, followed by a smooth change over into a citrus spice and sweeter finish. Great brew. Had it on tap last year a couple times and it is better from the bottle.

Don't let the label fool you, this ale is appropriate for any time of the year. Seasonal only, so store up your nuts for the summer.

07-30-2010 15:27:51 | More by Beasticles
Photo of TMoney2591


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

It pours a clear straight amber topped by a firm finger of cream foam. The nose comprises a nice level of citrus hops alongside a pleasant bit o' sweet caramel. The taste generally follows, but the hops, which add a bit o' pine to their repertoire here, seem to dominate the caramel, which is no longer as sweet as it once appeared. The new piney-ness lingers on through the aftertaste. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a very easygoing feel. A very solid IPA, a credit to its style.

07-23-2010 23:30:55 | More by TMoney2591
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,773 ratings.