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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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8,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,548
Reviews: 3,225
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 261
Gots: 744 | 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 david131
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A ever so slightly cloudy copper liquid with absolutely no streams of rising carbonation. The head is big, thick, and craggy that simples the top of the liquid and leaves some lacing.

S- Grassy, citrus, a little earthy and a hint of cinnamon. Very malty. I love how subtly spicy this is.

T- Wonderfully hoppy with a smooth, caramel malt backing. A little spicy. Alcohol is just slightly noticeable. I still find it hard to fathom aging this.

M- Very crisp and smooth. Not overly drying. The carbonation level is great.

D- A very tasty and easy to drink beer. I missed this over the past year.

david131, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 ounce bottle w/a freshness date (although a bit challenging to find if you aren't familiar with Sierra Nevada's freshness dating method).

S: Nose of this brew is simply exceptional. The deep cascade hop character is simply fantastic. There are a few other scents in there as well, but the cascade hops purely dominate.

T&M: Just a touch of caramel sweetness and then this brew takes off into one huge cascade hop bite--in an awesome way! The hops linger for a very long period of time, but the whole way through a very faint caramel backbone keeps everything well in check. Especially during the first few sips, the aftertaste of the hops is very prevalent. Mouthfeel is awesome, as it firm, a little creamy, and then thins out just a bit at the end leaving you wanting more.

D: This is simply an awesome brew, something I actually wish Sierra Nevada would just brew year round, as it's without a doubt one of the top IPAs I have ever had. The thing is, if you want a "Holiday Beer" or "Winter Warmer", this may not be you beer, as it doesn't have the holiday spices or typical "Winter Warmer" feel. That being said, the drinkability is very good, although after a few, I think I might have to slow it down, as the high hop character as well as the high ABV are nothing to be fooled around with. To sum up, this is one awesome offering from Sierra Nevada. Buy it while you can. Better yet, buy a lot and save some up, as IPAs tend to age fairly well.

AustinBeerLvr, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of YankChef
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into pint glass. 2007 VIntage

Appearance: Pours a very light brown with a very strong crimson hue, it almost looks like a red ale. 1/2 inch fluffy white head that leaves clinging lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Fresh hop oil hits the nostrils first, subtle fruity aromas penetrate the nostrils next. Fresh grapes, peach,apple and there is definitely a subtle freshly cut grass aroma as well.

Taste: This beer is fresh and the hops dominate. The malt has been given no time to pull through so the flavor is bitter and earthy, not in an unpleasing way. As you drink it the more subtle fruit flavors come out, but this beer is certainly an example of IPA balanced imbalance

Mouthfeel: Dries the mouth out and leaves an alcoholic astringency. Medium carbonation and moderate bodied

Drinkability: The bitterness keeps you wanting more as it seems to taste more and more balanced as you drink it since you palatte has been hammered by the hops

YankChef, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 brew poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Nice frothy head on this roasted brown IPA. Took a while for it to disappear too. Laced very well in well rounded layers that reminded me of sedimentary rock.

S - Hoppy pine with some spice and perhaps even nutmeg. Can't even detect the alcohol on this one.

T - Actually not as potent as it smells. Slightly bitter, the hops really shine through and although I wouldn't necessarily consider this a hop bomb, they are without a doubt the dominant force here. Finish is somewhat caramel and sweet.

M - Medium bodied and very dry. Pine aftertaste lingers and yet no residue. Pretty impressive.

D - Good, I could easily kick back with a few more. Overall this is a great beer and I'm actually glad they only release it around the winter, gives me something to look forward to again next year. Recommended.

PhageLab, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A dense wall of white, fluffy head forms from a moderate pour, nearly four fingers worth when allocated to a curvy Samuel Smith pint glass. The head dissipates incredibly slow, leaving behind small trails of lace on its descent. The color is a deep ruby-amber, clear and letting in much light so that it shimmers a bit, looking rather enticing.

S: The aroma of floral hops pervades the nose, with a bit of spiciness, a grassy touch, as well as even a small showing from citrus hop notes. Smells rather well-rounded, and definitely not a hop bomb, but a beer with a defined array of bitterness, in addition to a somewhat sweet side.

T: Introduction is rather mild, but eases right into a hoppy middle that asserts itself, but doesn't kill the palate. A rather herbal and grassy set of flavor profiles enter gradually and lead to a smooth finish. Aftertaste of hop oil lingers pleasantly and then fades out nicely.

M: Solid carbonation and full mouthfeel, which is creamy and effervescent. Hops leave an oily feel on the palate, but as mentioned above, the taste is enjoyable.

D: This is one I look forward to each year, as I find it to be a mild IPA that still brings forth a great deal of hop flavor. Even though it's a seasonal release, Celebration Ale seems quite versatile, as it could work really any time of the year. Great hop profile, plenty of aromatic goodness, and quite a level of drinkability make this one a perfect go-to beer around the holidays.

CharlieMopps, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

I picked up a single bottle of this and plan on buying a case sometime soon.I really enjoyed last years and look forward to trying this years.I have three 06's left and im gonna do a vertical in a few years if i can hold off on the 06's Oh well heres my review.Drank from a tulip glass.

Very clear amber carbonated body with a nice one finger white head.The head is very thick and looks like its going to leave stunning lacing.

Sweet malts,some funky assness,spicey hops.

First sip is some spicey hops then bitterness with some malt rounded out along the front of your tongue.

The CO2 is a bit harsh, just a bit.If that was toned down this beer would be better but the beer is already stunning.The mouthfeel is awesome.Just perfect.

What else could be said about this beer that hasnt been said? Its almost a perfect beer in my eyes and its a shame its only sold during the hopidays.SN,Just a note.Can the Pale Ale and make this a staple in your every day line of brews.

MmmIPA, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber-gold. Foamy off white head with staying power.

Smell: Strong hops, pine and citrus.

Taste: Hops, citrus peel and pine. Minor hints of malt and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Warm with a good level of dryness.

Drinkability: Good brew. Too bad this celebration is not available year round.

SargeC, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of genog
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage:

Pours an amber, almost burnt orange color with a cloudy body. Rocky, foamy off white almost three inch head that takes a great deal of time to die down. Some excellent lacing that lingers at the top of the glass. Smell is of pine, citrus, caramel malt with a good deal of sweetness in the aroma. Taste is hoppy and a little bit of an oily texture that lingers with some stickyness. A nice deal of warming presence.

genog, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of HombreWing
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Eyes: Pours frothy, dark orange, nice little bubbles,bright

Nose: very little of anything, some hops ...I will smell again another night and update

Tongue: A fine balance of light sweet caramel malts and spicy NW hops

Texture: Quite lively in the mouth, very mildly soapy, smooth as it breathes in the glass

Mouth happiness: I'll take it every time...the fact it's a seasonal spaces it out just right, the desire for it, in a land now filled with great IPA's

HombreWing, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, Sierra Nevada knows how to make an IPA and at least (with the exception of Bigfoot), stick to it.

Poured from a 12 ounce into a pint glass.

A. Average. A reddish mahagony light clear brew with a small head that settles to little or nothing with no lacing.

S. I could tell this was a SN beer with my eyes closed. Big piny citrusy grapefruit hops with little to no malt.

T. Similar to it's smell. Big West Coast hops. Pine, grapefruit hops. The malt is more evident in the finish.

M. Citrusy oily beer with a clean finish.

D. A great winter session beer.

My only down is that it tastes real similar to most of their other beer. Bigfoot Barleywine (esp. aged, the 2004 was spectacular) and the Harvest (even more hop slap) are different, but the rest of the line is real similar. I think that when I first started in craft beer this would have been too much beer for me. But with the inevitable drift towards hops, it is a strong quality beer.

MarkSCCOT, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of jdoncbus
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into glass tankard. Rich amber color with a good amount of carbonation. Two finger head with moderate lacing.

Nose consists of peppery, clove, pear-citrus hops. Aroma is rounded out with a biscuity malt

Impressive hop blast that attacks the palate. Enjoyable dryness, manipulated well with the carbonation levels. Fantastic aftertaste that hides the 6.8% well.

I discovered my winter session beverage when I picked this up. If you are a hophead do yourself a favor and purchase this beauty. By far my favorite release by Sierra Nevada. War Chico, CA.

jdoncbus, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007, poured into a pint mug (it's all I had). I guess I'm not much of a fan of SN's pale and IPA. To me this was way too hoppy and didn't have enough balance. I rated the way I did because it's within the style and I think the brewer totally achieved what they set out to make, and though reviews are supposed to be subjective I can't see cutting down a beer I didn't like because of my personal tastes.

Poured a nice deep amber to copper color with a good head and nice lacing. Had a nice hoppy smell of simcoe or cascade (I'm still learning my different hop smells). The taste was just very hoppy for me and I just didn't enjoy it at all but I think it was the way they wanted it to be.

Overall I won't seek this out..but if you're a hop head..it's a can't miss

meechum, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly a perfect beer! 2007 batch pours a brilliant amber color with nice thick, two finger, slightly rocky head. Great retention and amazing lace. Each sip leaves a "lace ring" behind like ring on a tree trunk or layers in the earth. Amazing. Smell is strong of hops, not like a typical "winter" beer. Taste is incredible, one of the best beers I've experienced yet. Strong hop punch at the start, definitely was not expecting that, followed by a nice touch of caramel and toasted grains as it goes down. I've yet to experience an IPA like that before. Normally the hops from start to finish bore me but the hop punch followed by the caramel flavour is incredible. Smooth and crisp going down leaves behind a semi-sweet, oily aftertaste. Overall what a fantastic beer! I'm glad I found this early in the season, I will be enjoying several more of these as long as I can find them!

bunnyhustle, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of this at the Ft. Indiantown Gap PX.
Decanted cool at approximately 50 degrees into a goblet.

A - A brilliant honey color of ale, deep amber w/ a copper shade. The off white head is a big 3 finger and creamy is appearance like cool whip w/ spaces along the sides and an indented center that formed like a beer head atoll. Th lace is smooth and clings well.

S - Whoo Whee! - such a special hop aroma, so fresh and intense. The allusions to the quality of this beer seem to be on the money. Such a big aroma w/ a citrus and oily hop quality. A slightly candy like sweet malt note is there under the green piney scent. It is an aroma so big you can almost see it.

M - A gently astringent feel w/ mild acidity and a rich malty feel w/ a lemony zesty citrus and leafy oily hop texture that has just the right amount of carbonation.

T - When great hop flavor and beautiful malt flavors collide they make a very, very flavorful ale. The yeast just amplifies the beautiful marriage of malt and NW hop character just brings an inner smile wih each sip. I have tasted this beer almost ritually over the years but this version really hits the mark. A great winter beer, IPA that could be something I would drink year-round. 2007 is a great year of SN celebration, better than I have ever remembered.

D - Just magnificent and was well worth the $6.85 I spent at the PX to get the sixer. I will definitely need to pick up a case or two of thes wonderful beers, just get a Celebration ale for a great taste - I'm a believer. Is 2007 the year of the hop?

2008 - bottle
A -4.5 S-4 M-4.5 T-4 D-4.5
A -Fiery amber w/ bone white cap - great lace! only slight haze
M - Mild bitter, full med carbonation, crisp and slightly resinous w/ a nice acidity/sweetness balance

S- The aroma is a c-fest, lots of grapefruit w/ subtle floral elements

T - The taste is slightly strong at first w/ alcohol and a nice citrus rind-like astringency w/ the july sweetness of a clementine and the bitter pinch of ruby red. The malt supports the hop intensity well w/ the kind of backbone it needs

D - A great IPA, substantial beer overall w/ west coast hoppiness. I want more w/ each sip - this is excellent w/ simple foods like a starchy baked potato and butter.
Sierra deserves love from hop heads for the awesome consistency -a beer you can rely on yearly

Slatetank, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of timbro81
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada knows how to make holiday beers; Fall - IPA, Winter - IPA, Boxing Day - IPA, Mother's Day - IPA. Anywho, this years celebration pours a modest head that doesn't stick around for too long. Smells of big citrus and piney American hops. It tingles the tongue, first with carbonation, then with hops that linger around for a while. Obviously it is very hop forward, the maltiness is very well hidden, caramel malts creeps up the back of your throat after a while. I don't have anymore Anniversary Ale but would really like to taste the two beers together, they seem very similar. I will drink many of these in the weeks/months to come

timbro81, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of buffettfan
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a globe beer glass.

A-Poured a rich copper color, with just fewer than two fingers of head, lasted a while, with some good lacing that clung to the glass for a long time.
S- Hops!! Lots and lots of hops. Sweet, spicy smell, flowers and pine forest as well.
T- Hops, as you would expect from the aroma. Smooth malt flavor, and some citrus notes.
D- Very drinkable beer. Smooth and easy to drink, but very very flavorful, this is a great beer.

buffettfan, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of berserker256
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice reddish golden beer. Thick lasting head with a lot of lacing. Heavy hop aroma. Smells like a pine tree and flowers. It smells like I've been whacking my way through an upper Michigan blue spruce farm with a machete while lost hunting whitetails. I'm not a huge I.P.A. fan but this is a good specimen of that style of beer. Typical I.P.A. bitter aftertaste is present. Good carbonation. Not too thick or thin. But not a "drink all night" beer either. Pretty easy drinker for 6.8% alcohol.

berserker256, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Color is a medium colored copper with good clarity and nice carbonation. The head is thick and off-white in color. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is bursting with resinous chinook hop oils (grapefruit and pine). Some sweet caramel aromas as it gets closer to room temperature.

Flavor is dominated by a grapefruit-like bitterness. The caramel malts attempt to balance the beer out but mostly fail. Bitterness lingers a good while after the swallow but is not overly intense. As the beer warms and my palate adjusts to the hops, the finish becomes smoother and less bitter. Mouth feel is pretty average for the style.

Overall, another solid beer form Sierra Nevada. Personally I liked the balance and cascade hop aroma of the Anniversary Ale better, but the Celebration is still a good, well made beer. They must use more chinook in this beer versus the Anniversary.

SafeAtFirst, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this today from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City with high recommendations from the salesman. Aside from the fact that the label looked like the work of Hallmark, I was very excited to try this after drinking SN's Anniversary Ale, which was superdelicious.

I poured the beer and loved the dark amber color of the beer. The head was slow at forming and didn't build up very much – only lasted a few seconds.

The aroma is quite light and subtle.

Now for a taste... hoppy but not a sustaining bitterness.

I didn't have last year's Celebration Ale, but if I were to compare it to the Anniversary Ale, it'd be lagging a bit in the race.

eatdrinknbmerry, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of biking4beer
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage.

I felt like this one was different enough from last year to merit another review.

Beautiful beer. Crystal clear copper. Pours a big foamy 3 finger head that dissipates to 2 fingers. Nice lacing before I even take my first sip.

Smell is of HOPS. Chinook all the way. Pine and grapefruit. Centennial and Cascade can barely get through. Slight skunk that some people refer to as "catty."

Super bitter. My tongue has been pretty immune to hop bitterness lately, but this beer smacked those taste buds back into line. Grapefruit bitterness overwhelms everything else. No balance whatsoever.

High carbonation and dry. Hops sting your mouth.

It was nice to feel that hop bite again. Reminds me of the first time I had a Stone IPA. Very good beer, but the ratings are a little low for me for a complete disregard for balance. I know it's an IPA, but some sweetness is good in my book. Maybe in a couple of months, this one will even out a touch.

Hey, I reviewed this beer 1 year ago to date.

2006 vintage review moved to here due to impending deletion.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice big, foamy, and white two finger head that leaves a nice sugary looking lace. The head sticks around nicely. Beer is a nice pale golden color with slight red hues. Good looking beer.

Slight citrus and pine aromas. Nice and crisp like a wet/fresh hop brew.

The first thing I notice about the taste is the really nice balance of malts and hops. What a nice, even beer. Slight bitter grapefruit finish.

I thought the carbonation and overall feel of this beer was about perfect for it's style. I could definitely drink a few of these, but it definitely takes some warming to get the good flavors out. The last sips were definitely the best.

biking4beer, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of debaniel
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the honor of tasting this one on it's first day on-tap. Wow.

APPEARANCE: Clear light-ruby colored with half-inch head dissipating to pleasant layer of bubbles on top - lots of bubbles on side of glass.

SMELL: Pine hops and spice.

TASTE: SO FRESH! YES! dry fresh pine hops with a bit of spiciness in there... caramel finish... I had a huge mug of this stuff, and could have had another... this is a great brew!

MOUTHFEEL: Thicker than I would've expected for this brew... but with the carbonation, it was right on spot.

DRINKABILITY: This is an awesome beer. No kidding. I don't know what it's like from a bottle, but from a keg on it's first day of being released to the public, it is absolutely wonderful. It has all the complexity to keep you interested, but not so intense to make it non-sessionable. Hats off to Sierra Nevada once again!

debaniel, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

holiday beer without all the spices and stuff.

A- poured into my lightbulb-shaped hue-separating tulip glass, this slightly hazy brew was a beautiful ruby-red grapefruit copper up top in the bowl with golden amber in the stem. huge amount of color difference. 2in of chunky wrinkly off white foam with great retention left lots of tiers of wavy lace and settled to a thin soapy disk.

S- fruity citrus pine, woodsy spiced fruit maybe cranberries, orange, and grapefruit with just a hint of nutmeg. JUST A HINT. earthy malty aromas along with alcohol to warm your face a little.

T- bitter tangerine, lemon, parsley, oily resinous pine tar with another citrus/grapefruit kick. the hops linger throughout, malt meets em half way with some toasty bread and tobacco, fruity again towards the end this time with a currant/cranberry/kiwi zap behind the bitter dry puckering woody herbal finish.

MF- smooth, slightly thin feeling yet oily and resinous in the mouth. slick and coating with medium carbonation, finishes dry and tart and makes you want another drink.

D- limited availability and intense flavor would make it hard to session.

2008 review: A+
A- same nice reddish copper amber but with a softer, less rocky, melting ice cream type head and of course plenty of crusty lace
S- outstanding pine and grapefruit aroma, cascade and centennial being one of my favorite combinations. toasty malt underlay with a little sweetness.
T- woodsy, herbal, and resinous with notes of bitter orange, cranberry, and thyme. some burnt caramel at the finish with a hop flavor that last forever.
MF- resinous body with velvety medium carbonation, hop oil coats the palate along with some dryness.
D- a masterpiece i look forward to every year, perfect combination of hops and toast.

review of 2007 batch one year later:
a year has done much to mellow this all-star and many small bits of yeast are spattered at the bottom of the glass. hops have toned down into a seamless line of pine and grapefruit and malt is toasty burnt caramel as it will ever be. slightly more in balance, and not quite so aggressive.

hustlesworth, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep copper color and had a thin off white head which lasted just a little bit. The aroma was of piney-hops and hints of citrus. The taste was all pine. The hop bitterness dominated this beer which was fine with me. It left a nice aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a medium body with medium carbonation. Overall drinkability is good. I could tire of the bitterness after a while but for the most an overall great beer.

Beerbuddha, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, amber color with slight hazinesss. Thin foam has that fresh from the fermenter look to it. Smell isn't as strong as other dry-hopped brews I've had, which is too bad because there is a pleasant, sweet, fruity aroma to the brew. Hop bitterness and the citrus twang dominate the taste. Hard to detect any balance, but I found that the citrusy character really mellowed out the bitterness. Is it possible for hoppy citrusness to balance out hop bitterness? Whatever it was, it was very very good. The alcohol is pretty prevalent and hits you pretty quick, but I still found this extremely drinkable.

WaveRebel51, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of brewdoc75
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 edition

From a bottle into a Northern Brewer pint glass

Appearance: Dark orange w/ amber hues. Pleasant, but not overbearing head about 1/2 inch w/ lively carbonation.

Smell: Aroma of citrus is throughout this brew. Oranges and grapefruit scents are present from the wonderful cascade and centinnial hops.

Taste: Fabulous flavors. The citrus aromas that preceded the drink are ever present in the flavor. Pleasantly bittter. Malts are quite light and the hops seem to be driving this brew, but in a very good way. Not overly complex, but a nice straightforward hppy, IPA. When I think West Coast IPA, this is what I am thinkin.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Crisp and clean. Beautiful carbonation.

Drinkability: This brew is extremely drinkable. It is a hoppy beer, but as far as IPAs go, it isn't too hoppy. I could drink the whole six pack tonight (my wife would hate me though). The only reason why it doesn't score higher is that I just feel there is a lack of complexity in this beer. But not all good beers need to be complex.

brewdoc75, Nov 04, 2007
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,548 ratings.