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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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BA SCORE
93
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7,968 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,968
Reviews: 3,162
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 224
Gots: 500 | FT: 2
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 treehugger02010
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I just bought a case of this from Kunda Bev. In King of Prussia, Pa. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: When I first poured it, the body was a strong ruby color, but as the liquid left through the hole in the top, the body slowly to an orange color. The head was massive and fluffy with a very very very light tan color. The retention was better than average, but not awesome and the abundant lacing that stuck to the side of the glass was in pretty even and noticeable one inch layers.
Smell: The aroma didn’t have much depth. I didn’t find any malt presence, and I got a moderate smell of American west coast floral or piney hops.
Taste: Sadly, in each sip, the first half of my tongue only sensed water. On the back half I received a ton of that same piney or floral hop characteristic. There was a strong malt backbone that I really appreciated because you only notice it when you look for it, but nonetheless it was the only reason the hop character was able to say there.
Mouthfeel: Spot on for an American IPA. It was very rigid, letting you know “Hey I’m an IPA!”
Drinkability: This is certainly a great beer, but it did leave a lingering taste for a long time.
Don’t drink and review.

treehugger02010, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Tolann
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Lots of head and lots of nice lacing. I nearly over poured my glass with all the head this pour produces. Color is a mostly copper, orange-ish. Lacing follows the beer down the glass.

S - Mostly sweet hops. It's not a very overpowering smell.

T - Lots of bitterness, and nice hops, not too sweet, a little citrus spice to it too.

M - a medium bodied beer. Not too much foamy feel. Goes down easy and I could drink this all night. A lil bit of dryness in the aftertaste, but not in a bad way. Just enough to make you want to drink more.

D - Very enjoyable. It feels balanced and doesn't feel too harsh in any aspect. This is a really good beer! I may have to seek out more!

Tolann, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first crack at the '07.

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Nice clear amber color with about two fingers of near white head. That head is sitting atop and going nowhere. Nice rings of lacing on the glass after sipping this brew.

S - Nice piny hop aroma.

T - A nice hoppy flavor up front. Some citrus gives way to a sugary fruity sweetness momentarily, followed by a spicy hop bitterness. Finish is surprisingly clean.

M - Nice feel. Lively carbonation and a body on the heavier side of medium makes this one feel good.

D - Very nice. A geat winter time IPA. Careful with this one, goes down nice and easy.

Notes: I think SN really got back on the ball with this one. I thought the '06 Celebration was missing something, seems to be back in full force.

EStreet20, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P: 2007 Celebration Ale, 12-oz. 6.8% ABV Squat brown bottle

A: Brilliant and translucent amber pour with 2 fingers of intense off- white foam that very slowly reduces to a ½ inch cover with huge lacing

S: Bit of pine with subtle astringent grapefruit pith

T: This explodes in the mouth from the hoppy astringent piney bite to the tip of the tongue then explodes to wake up the entire mouth and then leaves a slight mellow toffee hoppy aftertaste. Really balanced from beginning to end.

M: A treat for the taste buds and mouth as it is sharp bite, invigorating and a slight mellow and oil on the tongue for aftertaste.

D: Wow..this one took me by surprise! The pour is unbelievable; the smell is deceiving as the flavors are great and well balanced. Will be returning to purchase more as good friends will be offered this as an option during the holidays.

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NitroGen, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of jakon
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a golden amber with a quick rising but controllable off white head that displays nice retention while leaving splotches of sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma is primarily of "c" hops and caramel malt, though it isn't huge and in your face. The taste is quite balanced between the hops and malt as far as west coast IPA's go. Not extremely hoppy like certain others, or extraordinarily complex or really special in any way. There is a lingering aftertaste that includes both the bitterness of the hops and sweetness of the malts. The carbonation is just right, and the overall mouthfeel is pretty much the same as you'll find with most other beers of this style. Just a nice solid beer that everybody should look forward to each year.

jakon, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of brantadid
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color with a half inch white head. The head diminished quickly to a nice thin foam. A little lacing.

Really pungent aroma to this beer. I get a green tea like smell followed by citrus rind. Really nice.

Taste is orange rind. Incredible length of flavor. Bitterness lasts a really long time. Wonderful crispness to this beer. Heat from the alcohole comes through a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel is really creamy.

This is a very drinkable beer. Great for a winter night.

brantadid, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will probably be the first beer I max on reviews, that ought to tell you what I think about it. Let's see how this year's stacks up:

Pours an effervescent amber with 4+ fingers of sand colored. fluffed out head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Some citric & herbal hops

T: Piney hops & chewy caramel up front. Resiny & grapefruitty hops dominates a this warms along with some caramel & cakeyness. Finishes dry with tangerine & grapefruitty hops along with a bit of baker's chocolate & cakeyness. A hopheads delight

MF: Medium-bodied, chewy & low carbonation. I detecting a bit of softness & stickyness, weird.

Drinks very easy, hops are asserting themselves this year. Not a perfect offering, but well worth stockpiling

russpowell, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first of the season so a good reason to finally review this beer. A beer I now look forward to each year.

Pours a reddish amber with nice fluffy, abundunt, white head. The head hangs around for longer than the beer is going to sit in the glass. Leaves some nice sticky lacing. Just what I like in a beer.

The smell is piney with some citrus and caramel malt.

The beer has a hop kick upon consumption with a little spicyness to enhance the bitterness. Tha alcohol is completly hidden in the flavors. Medium bodied with a wonderful carbonation just make this beer even more attractive for a winter's evening when a stout just won't hit the spot. I will drink many of this, just like I do every year until the supply runs out.

morimech, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of chefboy812
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured nicely with a big white head over a nice orange-amber with a descent clarety. Underwhelming aroma, that was very mild; maybe fruity?

It drinks very well, nice full mouth feel, with a warm chewyness, fom the 7.6 ABV. I don't know why there wasn't any aroma witha nice dry smacky hop preasence. piney and grapefruit pith dominate with a resiny linger.

A solid beer from SN, wish it was a year round bomber.

chefboy812, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first year to try Celebration, and I was not disappointed. It is pretty tasty. I wish Sierra Nevada had year round beers that were as good. I always thought that they were just an okay brewery - I always loved the Pale Ale, but I wasn't blown away until I had this and their Harvest Ale.

Poured a 2007 vintage 12oz. bottle into a SN pint glass.

Appearance - It is a golden-orange-caramel color. Completely transparent. It had a one-finger head that slowly dissipated, and left a decent amount of lace throughout the drinking session. There is a slight, but constant, carbonation stream of bubbles that float to the top of the beer.

Smell - I detect notes of lemony citrus and grapefruit at the front of the scent. Right behind those notes, I smell pine and the slightest trace of caramel (malt?).

Taste - This beer is really hoppy. I like it. The inititial flavor is bitter pine, the middle is toasty malt and a hint of caramel sweetness, with hops rounding out the end. This beer is almost in perfect balance, almost. The hops dominate, but that isn't really a bad thing with me.

Mouthfeel - This beer is chrisp. Really crisp. The carbonation level is nearly perfect, and it helps cut through the hoppy bitterness and oily texture. Extremely smooth going down - easy drinking. Light - medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The flavor is great, the mouthfeel is great, and it just leaves me wanting more.

I am going to the store to buy another sixer. I am going to age one of these too. Another fantastic seasonal from Sierra Nevada.

MiguelMandingo, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a festive glow of rudolphs nose.

Smells like sugarplumps and the elves malty brew, but not santas sleigh

When santa brews his confection pine caramel alcohol drink. this is it.

Mouthfeel not like a charleston chew, but more of a candy cane.

Excellent Holiday brew, ask for it in your stocking.

Murchmac, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The most wonderful time of the year... at least beer wise. The winter beers are arriving! Picked up some Celebration and Jubelale today. Here we go!

2007 Vintage

Pours a bright and clear copper color, with a nice big white head.

Aromas are earthy, pine like, resin, grapefruits, and some hard candy like notes.

Taste is nice and hoppy on the first sip. Bright, crisp, with some pine like bitterness. Beer then settles into some nice caramel malt flavors, creamy, a bit sweet, and with another kick of bitterness on the finish. Much smoother and refined than I remember this one being in past years. This doesn't really pack a huge punch, but it's tasty... and oh so smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Maybe a touch thin, but still good.

Drinkability is excellent. This beer is ready to drink right now. I have never been a fan of aging this beer, and I certainly won't do it this year either. Happy to see this classic beer again!

flexabull, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of mapofhawaii
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? This is the beer I most look forward to each winter. Amidst all the Imperial Stouts, Winter Warmers and Barleywines this exceptional ale is the one I thirst for over the summer months. Not too strong to prohibit your consumption and not too bitter or sweet to turn your nose/tongue. It is in my opinion a perfectly balanced ale (for a hophead) and is one of the few moderate alcohol beers I choose to drink with a fine cigar (usually it's Imperial Stout or Barleywine). I've found it has enough alcohol to allow for storage, I've had some 2 year old examples that were phenomenal, more balanced if you will. Each season I try to squirrel away some in the back of my liquor cabinet but they usually don't make it past the spring. I'll have to come back to this one when I've got it in front of me so I can give full notes on appearance and taste and the like. Until then... prost!

mapofhawaii, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some quick notes:

*Nice clear amber/red color
*No head, no lace, but a dark ruby red
*Smells of hops but also a very significant spicyness
*Lots of woody hops in the taste; some bitter dry malt as well
*It feels really dry and leaves a bitter film
*Smells like IPA with extra spice
*Tastes like a mild IPA; the malt is bitter but a very good compliment
*Feels fizzy and bubbly
*Autumnal, leavy harvest/Oktober kick; more bitter as it warms
*It's an American IPA with a Belgian Farmhouse/Saison kick; an odd combo but it works very well.

williamherbert, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of bigeyedfish
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Edition poured into a pint glass.

pours an awesome amber/red/orange meld with a pretty nice, thick, almost khaki-white head which recedes slowly and leaves a nice but of lacing around the edges.

one whiff of the beer and you get floral hops, no doubt about it. pretty much a complete does of that, with an almost lavender as the main aroma. smells awesome, either way

taste is impressive; i remember having a little of this back in November of 06 and was almost turned off from the beer at how hoppy it was; now, almost a year later it's smoothed itself out and the same floral hops that come in the smell are present in the taste; they're hard to pick out specifically. a little bit of pine, a little bit of citrus, a lot of floral going on. pretty interesting all around though.

The Mouthfeel is not superb, and it's somewhat inconsistent. One sip will be intense and full of bitter hops. The next will me smooth, with a touch of hops added toward the end of the sip. Both are nice feels, just when rotating the former catches you off guard with the hops and the latter leaves you wondering when the hops come.

Drinkability is pretty solid; it's under 7% ABV so drinking a couple won't kill you. The hops take away from it just a little, since there is only so much of that [presumably] you [I] can take. With that said, however, come the holiday season, it is a beer that you could easily drink all night when it's cold again.

bigeyedfish, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Again this year having it fresh, and available in Utah.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy/foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with a bigger malt note, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is hoppy, and with a nice malt blend, and a nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, and slightly bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, pretty tasty. This years is more malty than past years.

2010 Vintage

Again this year having it fresh, been in the fridge a day, and available in Utah.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy/foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, and pretty bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, pretty tasty.

2009 Vintage

Again this year having it fresh, been in the fridge 2 days, and again available in Utah.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy/foamy off-white head, a nice one-finger creamy/thick sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, and pretty bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a joy to drink.

2008 Vintage

Again this year having it fresh, been in the fridge almost two weeks, and again available in Utah.

Pours a nice slightly hazy dark golden amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, and pretty bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew is slightly hoppier when fresh, but not by much in my book.

2007 Vintage

This is probably the first time I had a Celebration Ale within a month or two of coming out/available to me here in Utah.

Pours a nice slightly hazy dark golden amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, and pretty bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew is slightly hoppier when fresh, but not by much in my book.

2006 Vintage

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is hoppy still, slightly malty, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry, and still pretty bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew is still very tasty after quite a few months, highly recommended.

2003 Vintage

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is hoppy still, slightly malty, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry, and still pretty bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew is still very tasty after quite a few years, highly recommended.

2002 Vintage

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is hoppy still, slightly malty, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry, and still pretty bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew is still very tasty after quite a few years, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from A and A Liquor in Westchester

Poured into a frosted mug

I remember this beer being more bitter the first time I had probably because it had just been bottled

8 or 9 months of sitting in my closet really helped this bottle out

It poured a deep amber color and tasted far more sweet than the first time around

Not too thick and malty like most Christmas beers

Worth trying when December rolls around

Floydster, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update: I should probably reveiw this new as that's how most people are going to be drinking it. Appearance and body are the same but the hop flavors and aromas are mostly floral with plenty of pine and woodiness. It can be a very nice beer if you drink it within the first month or so from bottling but it can turn into something fun after a few years. It oxidizes in a nice way.

***

I recently aquired bottles from a number of different years. These include 2006, 2005, 2002, 1999, and 1990. I tried them all this month (August 2007). Believe it or not the bottle from 1990 (almost 17 years old now) was still quite good. It seems to have mellowed more than the 1999 bottle though.

The appearance is as it has always been, a reddish color with a bit of brown in there. Nice color.

The fresher years smell spicy and hoppy but the older they get the sweeter and less hopy they smell. Not necesarily a bad thing, just the malt coming out.

Fresh celebration ale is fairly bitter. It has a very dry aftertaste. The flavor is malty but that is overpowered by the hop flavor, which is not a bad thing. The older they get the more chocolatey and sweet they taste. Its unfortunate that I couldn't try some more years between 1990 and 1999 because the 1999 seems to be the best that ive tried whereas the 1990 seems to have lost a bit of flavor and is most certainly over the hill. If I get to try some more years I'll update this post.

Mouthfeel was the same for all years. Very smooth and thin. That seems to be a characteristic of Sierra Nevada beers.

Drinkability is a tough one to describe. Judge for yourself based on the flavors that ive described.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers of all time (out of the 460 or so that ive tried)

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of mhaugan
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition served in a shaker pint

I hadn't tried any previous editions so this review is based solely on my experience with the latest brew.

Pours a reddish brown with a light head. Reminiscent of tinted SNPA. Slight spicy odor with a hops backer. Tastes quite smooth with the hops popping on the tongue. Finishes with a strong hop bitterness left in the mouth. Despite this, I actually find that the milder upfront hops make this a very drinkable beer for me.

mhaugan, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of wvmi
2.58/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Side poured about 1/2 inch head. Good lacing. Rusty red color, slightly hazy.

S- Smelled average. Nothing remarkable, good or bad.

T- Heavy malt at the start. Very piney, acidic. Decent hops finish.

M- not a pleasant feeling. Over carbonated, irritated the back of my tongue and throat. Oily and sort of Nyquil feeling.

D-I won't go looking for this.

The age of this bottle may have affected it's quality. Brewed in November 2006, drank in July 2007.

wvmi, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, 2006 edition.

A: Hazy burnt orange color, white head, with some lace.

S: Smells of piney hops, not incredibly robust, but nice nevertheless.

T: Malt upfront, but then it relinquishes its hold and allows the hops to shine through. Delicious grapefruit from the West Coast hops dominates the palate leaving a nice lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, with a resiny, oily, almost medicinal character from the hops.

D: About as drinkable as an IPA gets, this beer is easy going down and only leaves you wanting more. I had this beer in November, and it was much more raw, the mild aging seems to have mellowed it out a bit, making it more drinkable. Can't wait for the 2007 editon, a must have this holiday season.

Halcyondays, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottling. Pours a beautiful copper color with a voluminous cream colored head which leaves lacing down the glass. Grapefruit, citrus in the nose. Flavors start with hops, hops in the middle and hops in the finish. some biscuit malt sneaks through in the middle, but the malt character is muted compared to the hops. Nonetheless this is a very tasty beer, definitely a good candidate for an evening's session.

kwakwhore, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of HoppyBen
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This appeared to be a darker, but not truely red IPA. Not overly impressive but not without its charms in color alone. It did provide an inviting appearance with the generation of a smooth and thin head. The nose was unfortunately unimpressive. A bit "standard" for an IPA, it was hoppy but no smells came to mind other than "beer, stronger than fizzy yellow". Not displeasing in aroma, just not complex. I have to admit, the taste was very pleasant indeed. It stood it's ground in my mouth yet was not overpowering nor diminutive. A light hint of smoke, hoppy and over all pleasant. It unfortunately, leaves a strong aftertaste that lingers longer than some houseguests! The mouth-feel was the true winning quality in this ale. It wasn't thick, nor thin and carbonation was spot on. The overall drinkability was good; I would pair this with a burger or some barbecue anyday. A nice strong cheese or anything salty for that matter would really be a partner to this very drinkable but otherwise undistinguished IPA. Final comments: stronger than the regular Sierra Nevada but don't get overly excited for this celebration.

HoppyBen, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006

A-Reddish/orange brown clear hue with a four finger head produced by a hard pour. Beuatiful cream coloured head has significant retention like perfectly whipped cream or root beer float. The lace here is a thing of true beauty

S-super concentrated Sierra piney/grapefruity hops. A nice malt backbone here.

T-More of those Sierra hops. Really good strong hop flavour that is well balanced by the biscuit like malt backbone. This is a hop bomb that is balanced. A great lingering bitterness coats the tongue. This is better fresher but it has held up well.

M-Nice creamy body with a medium low ammount of carbonation. the hop character has a certain oil feel.

D-Sierra Nevada does it right despite their size, this is a great IPA and a wonderful seaonal treat.

sleazo, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of Pooba001
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful coppery amber shade when poured into pint glass. Terrific head, about a half inch, that stays forever. There's still some left as I finish the beer. Big citrus, herbal, pine/spruce hop aroma in the nose. Very Sierra Nevada, which is good.

There is an understated malt and grain flavor to this, but its only apparent once the initial mouthful of hoppiness subsides. Pretty much what you'd expect from the aroma, there's spice, citrus, a bitter bite, and spruce. Just a terrific beer all around, one of the best non hop-bomb IPAs there is.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth, nice texture, its a definite plus. Drinkability is excellent. I probably drink more of this than any other Winter seasonal beer, and look forward to it every year.

Pooba001, Jun 03, 2007
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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