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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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7,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,678
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 191
Gots: 407 | 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 jujubeast6000


3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/12/2006 (Bottle @ West Alabama Ice House, Houston, TX):

(couldn't rate the appearance very well) Very malty then very very hoppy aroma. Bitter hoppy taste, but mellows at the end. More mellow as it warms up: hops, some malt sweetness. A decent mellow ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 07:10:50 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of angelmonster


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small 1 finger white head. Golden in color, high carbonation, good head retention and great lacing

Smells of some sweet malt and resiny, piny hops.

Hops taste grassy, not too bitter or sour. There is also a bit of sweetness which is more than in most IPAs

Head has some creaminess, but a little too much over carbonation. Smooth, light, but not watery consistency

Good beer, not overly hopped, would drink again

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 03:27:04 | More by angelmonster
Photo of jcipa88


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy - this has been a flavor flav for quite some time. Each year I can't wait till this comes out. Copper in color yes, but the taste is pleasant and mouth watering. The delicious taste is over the hop, and I luv it. This is not for the simple, just picture SN PA with a kick in the you know what!

Enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 01:52:11 | More by jcipa88
Photo of rbbchbum

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper color with a nice head and some good lacing.

More hops than malt, but enough malt to balance out the hops. It's definately bitter but nicely balanced with toasty malt flavors.

Good carbonation that lasts. Great mouthfeel.

Too bad this is seasonal. It's one of my favorite beers. I bought a case in December, and I'm down to my last six-pack. :(

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:19:32 | More by rbbchbum
Photo of denflyr


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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle (2008 version) into a pint glass.

A nice slighty hazy copper color with about a 1" head. That has gone down to a steady 1/4" head even after about 15 minutes and some lacing is there as well.

A very in your face nose of slightly sweet malt and tons of hops (piney esthers mostly). There is almost a dread dough aspect there as well.

Love the taste! A lot of bitterness on the front end. That tapers off into a balance of nice toasty malt flavors and still tons of hops that are assertive, but not over the top!

A nice mouthfeel as well. Nice carbonation that lasts even as the finish sails on.

The ABV is not bad, so while not a session beer, I could have several. I look forward to this beer every year! Can't wait for the 2009

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 23:14:22 | More by denflyr
Photo of TMB0424

New Jersey

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

Poured a reddish orange body with a huge, pillowy white head. Head was persistent, slowly reducing into a half inch cap. Tons of sticky lacing.

Great smelling. Aroma hits you right in the face - pine, grapefruit, citrus, fresh hops. Floral. A hint of sweet malts as well. Very strong smelling, nice.

Taste starts off with a wave of citrus (orange) hops, evens with a good caramel malt backbone, then finishes extremely bitter. Outstanding. Grassy, piney, loaded with grapefruit.

Medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on. Very smooth with a touch of creaminess. Drank extremely easy despite the massive presence of hops - the only problem is you can drink them way too fast, despite the ABV. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 14:38:10 | More by TMB0424
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish orange color with a thick head that left awesome rings of lacing. Smelled of piney and grapefuit. Taste was really good with a nice balanced hop flavor with a subtle malt balance. THe beer is medium bodied and has adequate carbonation. This is one smooth beer and for someone that isn't huge on hop overload this was a really enjoyable beer. I'm hoping I can still scrounge a sixer or more if it's still available. Very drinkable but watch out for the disguised 6.8%.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 01:03:43 | More by cpn920
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 1/27/09

Poured a nice copper color with a thick, two-finger head from a 12oz bottle. Aroma is that of cascade hops, pine and citrus. Taste is an overload of pine, almost like drinking directly from a pine tree. There are no surprises here - the aroma permeates your nose all the while you simultaneously taste the same thing. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Drinking ability is great here and I don't really have anything to complain about. ABV is a little on the high end for an ipa which decreases its session-ability. This is a pretty straight forward but great example of the style. I get why this is all people talk about for the month of december.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 20:48:24 | More by deliriumfest
Photo of beerman21


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

I can tell you i've had celebration quite a bit but have yet to write a reveiw. Well here i go.

Apearence- blood orange in color with a impressive head that disapates to a thin lace. very sticky.

Smell- Dare i say it smells like a beer brewed by SN brewery. In all seriousness the smell was of floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste- Bitter, peppery and sweet grapefruit. Some malty background fade in and out give this beer a good balance. Almost a minty pine needle flavor as well pretty freaking good.

Mouthful- flavor lingers beer has a great bite to it. if your a hop head you'll love this beer. Have a sip of it and you'll still be tasteing it for five minutes or more.

Drinkability- good not great for me but i can knock back a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 00:02:50 | More by beerman21
Photo of darklordlager


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty orange color, or perhaps more of a light acorn brown. 1 inch head initially, which recedes down to a pillowy 1/2 inch. Leaves a thick lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell is a blast of citrusy hops, maybe some caramel and pale malt. Smells delicious!

Taste is off the charts hoppiness/happiness! It comes at you with an orangy hop flavour up front, and then shifts to a puckery but pleasant bitterness at the end. A taste experience.

Mouthfeel is perfect. It glides over the tongue with ease, while still letting you know it's there.

Drinkability is great. A little lower ABV would perhaps make it a bit more sessionable

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 23:20:26 | More by darklordlager
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly haze and amber in color. A nice two inch head of creamy caramel color dissipated but left nice lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful hoppy aroma with hints of orange.

Taste: Nice strong hop flavor with background notes of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but this is not unexpected from sucha hoppy beer.

Drinkability: Very. This is a wonderful IPA that shouldn't be confused with a seasonal Christmas beer as indicated on the label.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 22:55:45 | More by ABOWMan
Photo of CampusCrew


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

re review. One of the best IPAs on the market. hands down. adjust ratings...

Had this at a nice taproom bar and grille in Durham. Never had it but I like regular Sierra Nevada a lot. This was simnialr with just a little extra bit and ore color.

appearance: golden amber hues, nice reddish color

smell: loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head,

taste: lots of backend bitterness, more pine flavor than citrus

mouthfeel: medium bodied and balanced

drinkability: very solid beer, a staple during the hoildays

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 21:18:01 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of ghebel


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the bottle a moderately turbid gold/copper color with excellent head, but that disipates rather quickly. Does leave good lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is dominately hops - citrus and earthy with background sweet malt.

T - Taste follows smell with nice bitterness that lasts long after the swallow. Alcohol rounds out the character.

M - Moderate body with nice warm finish.

D - Great beer, but the heaviness and ABV would keep me from drinking alot. But, with holiday beers drinking a lot is not really the point. I was pleasantly surprised to find no spicy additions to this holiday beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 00:48:00 | More by ghebel
Photo of hellomcfly

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really thought I had already reviewed this but apparently I have not.

A - Pours and attractive amber color with a nice big beige head. Dissipates to an uber-frothy, thin crown. Excellent lacing.

S - Smells primarily of piney and grassy hops. A little earthy as it warms.

T - Flavor is bursting with delicious, bright hops. Piney, grassy, and citrus. The hop flavor is best described as juicy in this one. Nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and smooth.

D - Rock solid drinkability. I could have 2 or three of these.

Fantastic beer that is one of my favorites. I'll be buying at least 1 sixer of this every year for a long time. Sierra Nevada does hoppy, drinkable beers like no other.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 22:08:43 | More by hellomcfly
Photo of Roeters


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

A: Reddish/Gold color with 3/4 inch of creamy white head. Good lacing

S: Nice light hop aroma, with a limited honey sweetness smell. Could be a little more aromatic.

T: Great hop profile and with a good malt base.

M: very nice carbonation, with medium body and very smooth

D: A great ale that works on many levels

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 13:17:09 | More by Roeters
Photo of FatSean


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It sells for not much more than other Sierra Nevada products, but packs so much flavor. Hearty malts, outrageous hops, insane lacing. This is an IPA to search out.

I bought the last two cases at my local good beer store. Two days prior there were like 20 cases on the floor and I figured they would stick around. Next year I will not take such risks!

I'll leave the pretty words to those with a better vocabulary. If you see this, buy it. You will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 00:53:57 | More by FatSean
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New Jersey

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

A: Poured a copper-orange with a moderately lasting sudsy white head that left a good lacing behind.

S: a dry floral hop bitterness, earthy notes, citrus and dry pine.A nice hearty maltiness crosses the nose.

T: The flavor was bitter from the hops with a dry palate and nice maltiness. There was a sense of holiday spices that also coated the tongue. A nice hearty malting the was rich and thick with some warming alcohol comes about as well.

M: full bodied, lively from the carbonation, with a slight creaminess and some spicy alcohol notes.

D: A great heavily malted xmas style beer with a good hop bitterness that still drank smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 00:49:45 | More by beerthulhu
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After 1,700 reviews, what's left to say?

Celebration is a delicious, well crafted beer. The 2008 version is crackling: a fine over-hopped amber brew that looks great, smells great and is rather dangerous on top of all that. Wonderful head and lace, fine retention, flavorful blend of sweet malt and juicy, oily hops. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and bittersweet in all the right ways. It's hard to find fault with, really.

Find it, drink it, love it. Sierra Nevada makes some solid beers, but this is surely one of their best. I look forward to it every year. Highly recommend to have around the house.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 22:31:41 | More by kkipple
Photo of bowersdm


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a german pilsner

A - orange color with a 2cm stiff white head. a small amount of lacing

S - spices, cherries, some other fruit, hops, definitely citrusy and spicy

T - some malt, but mainly hops, floral and citrus, i didn't get any of the spiciness that I found in the aroma which disappointed me.

M - about par for an IPA

D - this doesn't really seem like a winter beer to me, more like a normal IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:57:20 | More by bowersdm
Photo of morebeergood


3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack at Trader Joe's because I've never had the chance to try this beer. Poured into a standard pint glass. Bright orange color. Ivory white head. Decent lacing. Hops really stood out in the smell. And yes, after the first sip, the hops hit me. Now, maybe it's my fault, but this is not what I expected. I thought this beer was more along the lines of a winter ale, with the very festive label and all. Not being a huge hophead, I was looking for something a bit more smooth to drink. Sierra Nevada has made quite a nice IPA here, but it's a bit overly hoppy for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:07:08 | More by morebeergood
Photo of rlparker3


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-Jan-2009 Home

2008 CA poured a beautiful orangy brown with a fine, creamy head. Aroma of pine and (cascade?) hops. Flavor is rich with malt and clean hops in the mouth's back. It drinks warm with the malts stronger early but finishes with overwhelming (in a good sense) hoppiness.

In a side note, my father saved some 2007. The family beer drinkers tasted them blind side by side. Almost all of us preferred the 2008. After a year 2007 is still a good beer, just not as "bright" as 2008... and 2007 carried an additional flavor characteristic... something similar to the hoppiness of Fuller's ESB.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 20:25:50 | More by rlparker3
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 Celebration, $13.80/12pk from the local discount supermarket.

Pours a very dark amber leaving a creamy white ~1cm head. Head retention is relatively low, lasting a few minutes at best.

Screams cascade and centennial hops... they really jump at you here. Very citrusy and spicy nose.

I suspect that the character of this beer is very susceptible to poor storage and aging, as this one seems to be a bit more fresh and crisp ('bright' comes to mind) than previous tastings. The hops are extremely well balanced by the present but unobtrusive malty backbone.

I love the big carbonation bite of Celebration. I've found that like hops and malt, carbonation is an integral part of the balance of a good beer. The finish is just dry and clean, leaving just enough bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability is quite high. I'm already craving another.

If SNPA is a great 'gateway' beer and Double Bastard is a great extreme beer, this is probably one of the best 'transitional' beers I've come across. A great introduction to what lies ahead for an unbeatable price.

With this review Celebration officially joins Old Rasputin on my list of incredible beer bargains.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 07:37:04 | More by ThirdLap
Photo of Schwarz04


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden brown with a nice two finger head that holds for a while. Nice lacing as well. Slight carbonation present.

Smell: Nice and complex, a bit nutty. Floral, hoppy notes are defiantly present..

Taste: Slightly bitter, hoppy and grassy in a uniquely pleasant way. Tastes like an IPA but more complex....

Mouthfeel: A little dry, just dry enough to make you want to take another sip! The bitterness lingers a bit too. Very smooth finish as well.

Drinkability: Very smooth and easy drinking. Very impressed with this beer. Highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 06:09:19 | More by Schwarz04
Photo of freeeekyyy


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had a bottle of Celebration for the first time ever. Which is amazing considering I've been pretty into beer for several years now. Always figured it was a middle-of-the-road, avoidable beer. Man was I wrong. Celebration is great stuff. I'll definitely be getting it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 05:52:24 | More by freeeekyyy
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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper, clear in color after pour. Color seemed very close to their new ESB. Celebration's head after pour seemed more off-white/cream colored (compared to ESB). The head was larger at about 1.5". Lacing was impressive.

Smelled great! Nice hop smell and a touch of sweet from the malt.

Hops! Oh, I definitely tasted the hops but it came across very balanced and made me follow my 1st sip with a nice gulp. Excellent medium-strong hop balance.

I'm buy this again... and again. It is a great brew. I'd taste their Pale, Celebration and new Torpedo side-by-side.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 04:56:57 | More by dqderrick
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,678 ratings.