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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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7,605 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,605
Reviews: 3,154
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 188
Gots: 392 | 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 electricfields


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

A: Pours a murky golden red with a creamy head. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like spicy, piney hops, mostly. Definitely smells good.

T: Spicy, hoppy bitterness with a little bit of a piney bite to it. Slightly spicy bread aftertaste. This beer is delicious.

M: Good and thick without being syrupy. Just enough carbonation.

D: I couldn't pound these all night, but I would rather just slow down and enjoy 'em anyway.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 03:34:02 | More by electricfields
Photo of peck95


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

amber orange appearance with some good lacing
a nice piney hop aroma followed by a bread malt aroma
reletivley the same as aroma
a well balanced thickness and really smooth
a very drinkable beer no indication of the high abv and a really smooth finish

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 02:15:27 | More by peck95
Photo of Bookseeb


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Celebration Ale.
Appearance has a dark amber hue with a nice pillowy head. Smell of seasonal type bread with spice, malt and hops. Taste is of sweet malts, pine, citrus and a good amount of hops. Mouthfeel has a good medium body that goes down slick. Hats off to Sierra Nevada, this is a great seasonal to be had.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 01:27:00 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of naterock


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

cloudy, golden red, one finger head. a lot different than a winter seasonal would usually look.

smells of glorious hops, simcoe, cascade and possibly goldings. A good malt foundation in the nose. very floral and inviting.

Jesus CHRIST! this is hoppy as hell. almost too hoppy and unbalanced until the finish comes and the malt comes through.

the carbonation could be a bit more subtle, but I think the body is pefect for an IPA. this is highly drinkable and a true hop-heads delight. I am a winter seasonal fan and think this beer has a little bit of a winter feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 21:36:53 | More by naterock
Photo of schellsbeer


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean and crisp. Pours a beautiful burnt orange. Like a late autumn sunset, this is a good looking beer. Nice head that seems to last for the duration. Once can tell that this beer is fresh just from the look.

Smell is clean and refreshing. Once again, bitter hops explode out of the bottle. Lemon and orange can be observed. Smells like a light winter snowfall day in Northern Minnesota. What the heck is this beer being made in California for. Nice.

Taste. Very strong IPA flavor. Top notch. Clean. Fresh. Pine. Hops. However, the bitterness is not overpowering. Nicely done Sierra.

Mouthfeel is light. Not heavy. I do wish the flavor would linger a little longer. Seems to disappear as soon as the brew hits the stomach. Could have stayed around. We are friends my beer and I. Why rush away so soon?

Drinkability - Overall, I feel that this is a very good IPA. I would seek this beer out again. However, I do enjoy a stronger bite but the clean and crisp taste of a recently made beer says a lot. I really appreciate how "new" this beer tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 05:37:23 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of Greggy


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

A- Pours a burnt orange color with slight sediment haze. The head is a massive 2 finger fluffy clouf. As it recedes it leaves some lacing.

S- Extremely fresh hoppy aroma of fresh squeezed grapefruit and pine, with hints of sweet malt.

T- Notes of very malty sweetness right off the bat with some nice spiciness then moves into a great dry grapefruit hopiness that lasts all the way to the long finish.

M- Large mouthfeel, very balanced

D- This is one extremely well made IPA. It's definitely sessionable even though it shouldn't be. Be careful with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 04:18:20 | More by Greggy
Photo of largadeer


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

Appearance: Copper-colored, fairly good clarity and with a solid off-white head that retains reasonably well. Looks like beer, so it's successful on that front I suppose.

Smell: Generously hopped and pleasantly citrusy, grapefruit and blood orange come to mind. There's a touch of tobacco in there as well.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very clean and hop-forward. Citrus and tobacco, notes of grapefruit being particularly strong. Fairly light bodied for being near 7%, and perfectly dry for the style, but the hop flavor could use a bit more oomph - it's good, but not enough to make me celebrate. In any case, I'll have no trouble finishing my six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 03:35:26 | More by largadeer
Photo of Goliath


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really pretty clear, copper color with a large one inch off white head. Great retention and some lacing.

The aroma is nice. A good hop profile with a nice burst of citrus. Sweet caramel rounds it out.

The taste is great. A nice hoppy profile with big citrus and pine notes. Kind of spicey as well. The malt is in there, but really just lays low behind the hops. A really solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. A nice fine bubble tingle that isn't overboard.

Drinkability is high. It's a great IPA, really tasty and makes you want more. Definitely an easy drinker and a pleasure to have.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 20:52:19 | More by Goliath
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a fairly cloudy consistency. There was a big half inch, foamy head and good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, citrus and a piney scent. Also a bit of malt mixed in.

T: A well done flavor of hops, a mild grapefruit element and some malt. Well balanced and flavorful.

M: A vibrant amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer, to be sure. Lots of character and a well done taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 15:01:03 | More by avalon07
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

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

smooth, good, and hoppy

I read somebody didn't think the 08 version was very hoppy. I have to disagree

darker than most pale ales, works well with a burger!

decent head, great hops smell, and a smooth taste

the mouthfeel is good, not overly heavy by anymeans

this is a very drinkable beer, great job sierra nevada!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 08:04:17 | More by ncbeermonger
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New Jersey

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


Bottle received as an extra in a trade with HimerMan. Dude you're the best!

Appearance: Amber with some burnt orange streaks and a beautiful off white head that dissipates into a nice oily sheen with lacing all over the glass. This looks awesome.

Smell: The hops have really mellowed and I'm getting tons of sweet malt. Don't get me wrong you can still smell hops but they have taken a back seat and the malt is really stealling the show.

Taste: Oh baby is this a sweet vintage. Again the malt is full of honey goodness and the hops have just mellowed to the point of being a mere "spice" if you may. No alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Still has an impressive amount of carbonation and a nice medium body.

Drinkability: I could sip this nectar of the gods all day!

Again a big thanks to HimerMan who was so generous he stuck this in as a freakin extra!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:59:39 | More by koopa
Photo of scottyshades


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

Another fine offering from Sierra Nevada. Picked up two bottles in a mix n match 6pack in Clemson, SC at Plez-U Food Store for $1.59
A: Pours a rich golden color that almost has amber highlights. The head is a solid 2 finger off-white head that leaves a very thick lacing along the glass

S: Hops, pine, citrus, and other earthy notes accompanied by a nice malty backing that produces a nice balanced nose

T: Awesome! Very hoppy notes, along with citrus, earth tones, and a nice caramel malt backbone that balances this beauty nicely...The hops are pretty resinous, typical Sierra Nevada

MF: A light/medium body that has a nice aftertaste to it. Leaves the lips a little sticky, as other APAs will...

D: High...I wish I picked up a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 01:01:09 | More by scottyshades


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange gold with a creamy light tan head. Leaves nice delicate lacing on the glass.

S: Pine, citrus, floral hops.

T: Upon the first cold sips, the hops and citrus flavors dominate. Upon warming, caramel, brown sugar and rounded grapefruit come through.

M: Light/medium body. Just about perfect for me.

D: This year's batch seems much more drinkable than I remember last year's (2007) being. Maybe my tastes are just evolving. I had no problem polishing off the six-pack in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 00:26:33 | More by FACEMEAT
Photo of smanders


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

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 6.8%ABV

Appearance - A strange, reddish-tinted copper color. Half-inch tall, billowy head.

Smell - floral, citrus. Caramel?

Taste - starts with a hop wallop, quickly followed by a touch of malt, and nicely finished with more hops dancing around on your tongue.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and smooth. Coats the throat without being syrup-like.

Drinkability - Very high. I'm always anxious for Sierra's seasonal releases. Celebration 2008 does not disappoint. Hops fans will be lining the trunk with cases this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 21:17:18 | More by smanders
Photo of hdofu


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

2008 Bottle. This is one bitter beer, copper in color with thick foam on top. Beer smells strong of hops and pine needles. The beer tastes piney, a bit citrusy and fairly maltl.ke. The mouthfeel is fairly sudsy. Overall I'd say its fairly drinkable for a bitter beer and a quaility beer for those who enjoy bitters.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 00:29:47 | More by hdofu
Photo of Fatduck


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crisp clear coppery brown, with a pillow soft head that lasts. Smells like hops, citrus and pine, tastes the same, which is good, its a damn fine IPA. Light and crisp on the tongue and its not a hard thing to drink several in a sitting, great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 21:55:05 | More by Fatduck
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never got a chance to try this one last year so I bought a 12'er right when it came out this year and I'm glad I did. ($14.99/12)

One of the most beautiful beers I've seen in a glass... a huge fluffy head with a light copper-ish color, tons of ascending bubbles which just scream out freshness/deliciousness.

Taste is hop filled and bitter, but the hops seem to me a bit subdued more than the usual IPA. I catch more of a fruity vibe to it than the basic IPA and the bitterness seems to last through the swallow (in a good way). I'm finding this beer hard to review because the beer is almost too good to savor at all. Great work SA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 21:32:06 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of HalfFull


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

Pours a nice orange amber typical of the Sierra Ale family, and with a half inch of off white head. A bit cloudy in appearance, or perhaps hazy is a better word, quite welcoming. Head dissipates in a few minutes and shows brief lacing.

A bit of earthen hops on the nose, some resinous pine and just a hint of subtle cinnamon spice.

Taste is smooth with a slight bitterness, yet the malt structure balances nicely. Notes of cinnamon on the finish. The carbonation does dissipate too quickly in my opinion, even with a slow pour, and thus yields a slightly viscous feel to the brew in the second half even as the hop notes open up.

Similar to SNPA in many ways but with a bit more maltiness and a heavier body. I see this as a nice fortified version of their Pale Ale but it doesn't stand out in the IPA realm.

Note: 2008 Release....

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 06:51:02 | More by HalfFull
Photo of John_M


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's and Mahaffey's last night. The beer seemed a bit fresher at Mahaffey's (which is to be expected - the owner loves the stuff and I think they blow through kegs pretty quickly).

The beer pours the expected copper orange color with very good head retention and incredible sticky lacing. This is the way all IPA's should look. On the palate I get a very nice intermix of hoppy citrus, set off with some nice underlying malt. The beer smells attractive. On the palate this beer is just delicious (as it always is). It's medium bodied and decidedly on the hoppy side, but with enough malt to easily balance the hop bill. The beer actually has a fairly light mouthfeel, and is not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink.

Have been drinking this beer for years now; it's a perennial favorite I have to say. While my taste in beer has changed over the years, this beer continues to delight. An absolute classic from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2008 15:14:43 | More by John_M
Photo of KeefD


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper orange with dense rocky head and tons of fine particulates floating around. I love unfiltered IPAs and this looks like the best of em. The lacing on this thing is incredible as it quickly leaves my glass. Did I really drink this much in only a few minutes?? Nice citrusy aroma, orange, lemonpeel, grapefruit, pine. It has all you need, but there's always room for more. Very nice caramel flavor with citrus hop blast that makes me pucker up. Grapefruit and pine are present, which I like, good use of caramel malts, semisweet at first, but dry on the finish. It's pretty much everything you want and need out of an IPA. Creamy, smooth, yumm. Balanced and delicious. Probably the most drinkable IPA I've come across. Why is this not year round??? Well done SN.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 02:25:02 | More by KeefD
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: Pours a translucent copper color with a nice, creamy white head with great retention and nice lacing. Very attractive, like most other SN offerings.

S: Lots of hops, they bring to mind grapefruit. Some biscuity malts as well. Notes of pine and tart citrus.

T: Big, big hops. Piney, citrusy, and assertive. Malts are present, with biscuity and vaguely caramel touches. Hints of spice are noticeable at the finish, perhaps some cinnamon.

M: Tight, tingly carbonation. Medium to somewhat light body with a dry finish. A bit thinner than you might expect.

D: It's not the most balanced brew around, but it's very very tasty. Certainly drinkable despite the ABV. It's a festive, aggressive holiday IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 19:49:13 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of erikm25


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a sharp looking balance of shiny copper coloring and crisp amber tinting. Aggressive pour yields a bubble capped mountain of off white pillowing fluff. Retention is great. Lacing is splattered up and down the glass.

S: Pine, floral, and candy cane aromas. The hops is in the forefront but still a honey sweet and peppered smell in the back. Pineapple and peach smothered in pine needles and sweeteners. Fresh and merry.

T: Straight and solid hops. Grapefruit and citrus sprinkle their tingles across the tongue. A little bit of malt helps to round things out. Slight cinnamon and caramel adds to a subtle sweetness. Overall, this is a nice hop treat with just a perfect splash of spice in the finish.

M: Creamy body and decent carbonation.

D: Night before Halloween is a celebration in and of itself. As previously established, hundreds of times over, this is an amazingly drinkable beer. Great anytime but especially from All Hallow's Eve through New Years.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 01:11:27 | More by erikm25
Photo of thespaceman


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

2008 Edition, Served from bottle, poured into pint glass:

Appearance: Nice golden/amber color, not too dark at all, with a minimal head that dissapeared pretty quickly. Nice retention and good lacing as well.

Smell: Spices is what comes to mind. Good malt character and nice florals. Caramel, nutmeg, & fruit really pop on the hops. Very welcoming.

Taste: Again, a good spice kick in the end, this one has alot of good characteristic, it's malty yet not over-malted, very flavorful with a nice bitterness in the end. Grapefruit pops out HUGE here, an excellent addition to this. Taste similar to the notes of a Samuel Adams Boston Lager but with the spiciness doing the work, an excellent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, creamy, yet light on the palette.

Drinkability: I can drink these till the cows come home. I didn't think I'd be as impressed as I was but I am, a great tasting beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 00:07:16 | More by thespaceman
Photo of kinger


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

Tasty brew, but I'm not sure why this recipe would be their winter seasonal. Caught somewhere between a strong ale and an IPA this one has a great medium hop profile, but a generous amount of additional malts could take this through the roof. Mild bitterness to the nose, floral and light fruits backed with some light caramel malt. Copper pour with an amber/red tint, medium head and lacing. Good drinkability but it's thin. Spicy taste with a great hop balance. This warms the body and mellows the mind, it's a nice drink but I was expecting more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:19:08 | More by kinger
Photo of philipquarles


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a resilient, thick tan head that leaves great lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus; the hops are strong with this one. Some sweet malt notes are also evident, but masked by the citric hops. The grapefruit is less apparent in the taste, which is more pure hop bitterness. Some piney notes, backed up by a bit of biscuity malt.

Overall, a nice IPA, but the bitterness/lack of malty notes leaves balance a bit lacking.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 03:56:02 | More by philipquarles
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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