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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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9,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,264
Reviews: 3,336
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 290
Gots: 1,198 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.
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Photo of DAVEnHOPS
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Pint Glass.

My first ever review:

A - reddish amber, off white head.
S - some pine, and mostly citrus, with a hint
of sweet malt. Nice and fresh
T - similar to smell, with pine, and citrus hops
at the beginning, very fresh and tasty. not over bitter, with a nice light caramel malt right on the backend of the pallat.
M - good
D - excellent, 6.8% is hidden very well with a nice balance of flavors.
Will be a seasonal I drink every year from now on.

Photo of jsanford
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh 2010, poured into a pint glass

A - Hazy copper with a thick and creamy white head. Retention is amazing and the lacing is out of this world!
S - Fresh, clean hop bouquet packs a pleasant wallop, tons of orange juice, grapefruit pith and pine resin. Caramel malt provides the balance.
T - Again, the hops dominate, very fresh and crisp with more orange, grapefruit and pine resin. Caramel/toffee malts smooth out the hop bite, but the finish is rather bitter (in a good way). Flavor and bitterness lingers on the palate for some time. Delicious!
M - Very creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and medium-high, crisp carbonation.
D - Drinkability is off the charts for me, I blew through this Sixer pretty quickly.

Photo of climax
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 version: Fresh from Sacramento

It pours a fairly murky burnt orange/copper color with a pretty massive solid foam head. The retention and lace notches are excellent.

The nose is bold but by no means pungent or brutally hoppy. The hop bouquet is fresh and clean to say the least, sporting fresh cut grass and juicy orange citrus notes. The malt backbone has a respectable presence, keeping in the background but not letting the hops run away.

The flavor follows the same trend as the nose, but with the added intensity I was hoping for. The flavors really flirt with each-other nicely. Fresh juicy hops up front have orange, pine, and grass flavors. Into the finish, toasty malt, a kiss of sweetness and spice surface before being burnt in the end by grapefruit esters.

The feel is very creamy and body is really pretty thick. The carbonation is fairly mild, but perfect in my eyes with this much viscosity. It's a beautifully fresh and clean IPA, has all of the qualities I think a good one should posses.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Celebration pours an copper amber color, slightly hazy with a 4 cm off-white head with a sea foam consistency. Great lacing sticks all over the glass.

Smell: Quite a bitter hop aroma, some citrus but mostly floral. Caramel malt in the background. A bit of sticky pine as well.

Taste: It starts out with a nice soft malt flavor, just a bit sweet. Bitter hops step in, with some sticky pine, grapefruit, and floral hop flavors stepping in. The bitterness really builds, and by the finish is quite strong, lingering well after the sip has finished.

Mouthfeel: Overall there is a great creamy smoothness, and it is a touch grainy. It never really gets to a juicy level before finishing a little bit dry.

Drinkability: The bitterness in the end lingers a bit, but this is an enjoyable brew.

Photo of AdamBear
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-medium amber with a good amount of cream colored head

S-oh yes..it smells beautiful. its smells like sweet sugary hops. its just smells...comfortable to me. its a good strong scent. i smell vanilla in there as well for some reason.

T-its definitely good, but its a bit of a let down after that aroma. it hits with a good amount of creamy hops that quickly fades in to a great amount of bitterness. some may like this but its not my thing. i think IPAs are best really hoppy with a minimal amount of bitterness....this beer just doesn't have the right balance to it.

M-really good creamy carbonation that finishes surprisingly dry

D-well its not that terrible of a drinker. I got a 6 pack and i'm sure to drink a few of them at a time and even tho the taste didn't fair amazingly well with me, i'm excited to have some more.

Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful amber with a frothy white head that leaves spiderweb lacing.

S- Pine hops, citrus tones, buttered popcorn

T- Toffee background with lots of pine, hops, and citrus driving. Fresh hops leads this beer.

M- Light, crisp, clean. Buttery with a dry finish.

D- The hops lingers after the dry finish. Very fresh and refreshing beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Celebration has a very thick, frothy, off-white head, and a clear amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate to high, and the aroma is of pine and hop oil. Taste is excellent, with a hop preponderance, and maybe a faint citrus aspect. Barley flavor really doesn't play a role with this beer. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Sierra Nevada Celebration finishes very satisfying and wet. I would rather have enjoyed some barley notes with this, due to my preference for it, and the ale is pretty one dimensional, but this is not a complaint. Overall, this is an outstanding ale. I love it.


Photo of mbusster88
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Wonderful amber color with tan head. Large bubbles in the head, which is not dissipating to quickly. Absolutely the most carbonation I have ever seen, so many bubbles coming off the glass it looks like a snow globe.

S: Great astringent smell, with citrus and pine notes. Tons of great fresh hop aromas with the citrus style bite in the nose.

T/M: Very nice hop bite up front, gets malty in the middle and finishes dry with the hop flavor lingering. Great smooth taste and well defined. Great balance makes this a very drinkable beer, hard to keep in the glass. The freshness of the hops makes the flavors very robust and clean. Love the palate cleansing feeling with this one.

D: This beer is meant for celebrating! This one is easy to drink, with big flavor and no let downs. Another wonderful beer from SN!

Photo of Daniellobo
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice seasonal IPA, rather fresh and rich.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Festive red Sierra Nevada seal label, snowed house in the mountains surrounded by poinsettias in the framing. Brief neck label describing the composition, and intent of the brew. Shows release date as 2010. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.8%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Faintly hazy medium amber pour with a towering rich frothy head, superb retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Pleasing nose, not too assertive but with a nice fresh hoppy sense. grapefruit with a dash of resin and perfume.

T -Taste offers a nice hoppy range, citrus and resin, pine, maybe some light spice woven with the bitter touch. Nice malt in the back with a caramel touch.

M - Medium to medium-light body with low carbonation that works rather well, and a creamy sense leading to the soft hoppy bite with some dryness.

D - Very easy and pleasing flow. Looking to open another as I type...

Notes: Setting aside some of their bigger bottles this might be my favorite Sierra Nevada so far.

Photo of begforme4484
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber with a brown hue. 2 fingers of off white head that doesn't like to go down. Chunky thick lacing on the glass.

Smells of spicy hops, and sugary malts.

Taste is of strong hops. Not overly bitter though. A nice spiciness on the tongue, and earthy hop kick and a nice lingering slight bitterness. Not much malt to speak of, but I'm not complaining.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lingering, and nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I like the uniqueness of it being a seasonal, end of hops season, IPA. It seems to extract a much different focus from the hops. Much more earthy and spicy, a nice beer. Cheap cost too!

Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little darker than a normal IPA, looks like you mixed orange juice and ginger ale. A thin, but fluffy white head that sticks to the glass as it dissipates.

Has a flowery, citrusy smell, and seemed to have a scent of hard candy as well.

A big taste of citrus greets you with each sip. A little bit of pine is present as well.

The malts do a good job of masking the bitterness. It's still there, but it's gentle makes each drink enjoyable.

Like all things Sierra Nevada, this is a keeper. Good flavors, good alcohol, just a shame it's a seasonal.

Photo of Kitt
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass, a rich brick red with an ivory two-finger head that persists.

Aroma of strong hops and spices with a malty background.

Dense bitter hops and spices. Bitter taste lingers. These hops kick, and kick, and kick! Lingering as long as the frothy lace. Spices a rather unique peppery flavor. I'm not picking up much malt backbone here as the hops & spices are overwhelming. In general, I favor a hop flavor a wee bit more eclectic; although strong and bitter as I like, hop flavor is slighly monotonous.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability is excellent. Alcohol is prevalent and indeed warming, but the smooth nature of the beer and spiced bitter flavor keeps one wanting.

Overall, an excellent holiday brew.

Photo of beerdown77
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This ambrosial brew is truly the "nectar of the gods". It's one of my favorite beers because it is not overwhelmingly seasonal in taste. It doesn't have any weird, funky spiciness that guides you down a path of regret half way through. It is super refreshing and crisp; I think I could enjoy one of these in the summer. I pick up some pinyness. Thats right, pine, and do I taste poinsettias and sprigs of holly? No, those are just on the bottle. The big head lasts all the way to the end...great overall appearance. The subtle approach to this being a seasonal beer makes it awesome and drinkable. Plan to have a couple of these in a row, no problem.

Date: 2010

Photo of aasher
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light bodied auburn in color with a light off white head that sits atop the brew. It is light and well carbonated, releasing bubbles from the bottom of the brew the entire session. It smells very dry and hoppy and has a little musk to it. It drinks like dry, very dry and gives me cotton mouth. It's very hoppy but not piny or citrusy. I'd say it's better than the Sierra Pale. It drinks very crisp and light bodied. I like this one. You wouldn't know it's 6.8%.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
2010 Edition.

500th beer I've tried, so I had to pick a beer with "celebration" in the name!

A: Pours a crisp reddish/amber. Two-finger head and great lacing around the glass. Carbonation originating from one point at the bottom of the glass. Looks like smoke rising from a chimney.

S: Fresh hops and spices. Actually pretty earthy -- smells like a pine forest in the fall.

T: Spicy. Lots of hops. Slightly piney.

M: Warming sensation and bitter aftertaste.

D: Good beer for a cold, cloudy day. Looking forward to drinking more of this beer in the coming months.

Photo of Chaney
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing gets me more in the mood for the Christmas season than this brew!

A: Poured a beautiful mildly cloudy, Christmas red, with a whopping three finger + off-white head, that stayed part of the brew's culture throughout the session.

S: Wowsers, the dry-hopping gave this thing a truly awesome flair. Chinook as the bittering agent, combined with Sierra's hop profile was miraculous!

T: The bitterness really hit the tongue hard on the front of this brew, then the thick, full-bodied flavor, with chock full of hoppy goodness (Cascade and Centennial) flood the palate in a truly delightful way. The tempered sweetness is perfect here!

M: The bitterness was not unpleasant in any way, and it set up the floral component very nicely. The carbonation was bubbly and perfect for the style.

D: Hmmm.... which on is better - Torpedo or this one? Since it's been a few months since I've had the former, and I honestly don't remember it being this good, I'm going to go with Celebration. I could easy pop a few of these.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is not mild, lots of hops up front, a bit of citrus, considerable bitterness, a touch of malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of cmq103
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just tapped this at the home basement bar along with a Magic Hat Circus Boy. It's always good to have a lighter beer for the non-hop head beer drinkers who don't appreciate a mighty fine American IPA.

A: The tap pour was a reddish copper color with a nice frothy head that clung to the side of the glass with ease.

S: I'll first start off by saying they should make an air freshener that smells like this. A great hoppy pine aroma with mild citrus background.

T: Just as great as the smell. Medium hoppy bite with piney-grapefruit flavors that roll of the tongue with a mild, dry bitterness at the end. An easy-drinking beer with tons of flavor.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I agree that this is a highly anticipated winter seasonal. I get a 1/6th keg every year as soon as it becomes available. This could be a little dangerous though with the 6.8 % ABV and easy drinkability. I think it's much better on tap then from a bottle.

Photo of Psilo707
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this as a great $6.99 deal at the local market. Knew it would be a good purchase from the start. Poured into a 20 oz mug, it foams nicely with quality head. The beer itself sparkles in the glass. Quite a bit of bubbles, which reside dormant when mug is shaken up a bit.

Smell is fruity - more fruity than the beer actually is; good thing. Very deep aroma, like sniffing a book from an attic that you haven't seen in a decade. With boysenberries on top. Hell yes.

Taste is just like it smells, just a bit more oakey and not as much fruit, Like it a lot. Deep taste, as the scent was. Can dig it in every way.

Mouthfeel is alright but not quite as solid as I'd expect. The taste hits you so fast that you can't really enjoy it in the mouth for longer than a few seconds. The drinkability is high - cleared a 6 pack and felt GRRREAT to the end!

Overall, Recommended.

12oz (355ml) bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI. Pours a slightly hazed copper bronze with a thick ring of cream coloured head. Globs of stringy lace cling to the tulip. Subdued nose is floral hops, Clementine, citrus zest, and fruity, toffee-like aromas. Taste is orange peel, pine, caramel, bright and juicy tangerine, and a spicy, citric hop bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is silky, medium-bodied, oily texture mid-palate, crisp and tangy bite from the hops with a firmly bitter finish.

Big, satisfying flavours on this holiday IPA but I'm not detecting the cinnamon taste that others have noted. And that makes sense to me since Celebration doesn't have any spices added to it. High drinkability as I could easily pack back a sixer over an evening or two, but because this isn't available around here I'll be limiting myself to one bottle per night. I look forward to savouring the rest of my half case over the next two weeks.

Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish copper color with a very slight haze and an impressive rocky white head. Fabulous head retention and tons of wet sticky lacings. A nice blend of floral and citrus hop aromas with a hint of sweet malt beneath. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. A wonderfully smooth and drinkable beer. Complex hop flavors in the beginning, apple and citrus flavors mixed with malt sweetness that slowly taper s to a bitter, hoppy pine finish that slowly fades away. An instant holiday favorite.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Budweiser signature glass on 11/19/10.

The head pours a 3 finger dense creamy foam. Sweeet. Ilove this kind of head. The thing won't die down and it clings to the glasss wonderfully. The beer itself is a clear light amber and looks fantastic.

The nose is hops, hops and hops. Can't really get much more out of it.

The taste is much more balanced than the nose. The crystal malt is bold and rich. The hops have good flavor and aren't overpowering. Very easy to sip down and it has good weight in my mouth. Definitely a good IPA, but it's not a life changer.

Photo of weller1js
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a brownish amber, light carbonation, slight foam dissipates, healthy ring of bubbly lacing.

smell: piney yet mellow hops predominate, mild citrus undertones.

taste: dry, piney hop flavor persists throughout, consistent and fresh, leaving a light bitter aftertaste.

drinkability: very vibrant and well-hopped, has a good abv, and with a pleasant consistency.

Photo of brewdub17
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gorgeous 2" thick, beige head rests atop a mostly transparent dark brass body that has small hues of an orange copper.

Smell: Strong citrus notes are most prevalent, as they are in the taste. Light traces of that alcoholy sweetness found it most IPAs.

Taste: Citrus hops all through the malty textures. Starts with a pleasant fresh hop blend and ends with it as well.

Mouthfeel: Not a strong malt presence but what little it has does limit the hops from overpowering the mouth. The citrus notes are felt from the front to the back.

Drinkability: The hops are very noticeable but enjoyable nonetheless. Definitely something I would like to try again on tap but not something I would make a night of.

Photo of rrski198
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Orange amber colored, Nice white head, with great lacing

S: Piney, citrus, fresh hops before they are pitched. Awesome. Simply awesome.

T: Deep bitterness from the hops. Taste follows the smell. Piney, grapefruit, again bitter fresh hops. Decent malt backbone, balanced well.

M: Clean with average carbonation. Not to oily.

D: This beer is exceptionally drinkably. The ABV is not overwhelming, the hops are balanced well. Great session beer.

Photo of mbrown26
2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm still learning what I like and this is my second IPA. Just not getting into them. Take my review with a grain of salt.

A: A great looking beer that had a nice slightly off white head. Very clear amber/copper colors.

S: I could smell this all day long. Had a nice sweet spice to it.

T: I think it was the hops, but it tasted way too bitter for me. Not an awful product, but there was too much bitterness for me.

M: Had a little bit more carbonation than I like.

D: If you like the flavor and carbonation, this is probably a great IPA.

Not my cup of tea.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,264 ratings.