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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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9,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,256
Reviews: 3,335
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,196 | 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 teddingston
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish amber color, with a nice two finger head that reminds me of a Chimay.

Appearance is near perfect, the head's pale color is my favorite part, which has good retention, lasting nearly the entire time.

Has a fairly hoppy smell, with hints of fruitiness.

The taste is very well balanced, with an excellent hop taste that recedes to a sweet, but not too sweet aftertaste, which is the best part IMO.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation levels could not have been more on par here, goes with the taste flawlessly.

As for drinkablity, it is damn good. I could easily put down a sixer of this in a few hours.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red with a three finger head that laces along the edge of the glass in a dense pattern.

Aroma of grapefruit and other citrus peel-like characters. Faint hints of woodsy pine and spruce.

Taste is hoppy bitterness that's a bit unbalanced. Not enough malt or sweetness for my taste.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Refreshing and seems to be a good fit for hot weather.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out amber with a huge off white head, great retention and lacing all the way down. Smell isn't as strong as I'd expect. Taste is a hop bite up front. Not too much, just right. This is a great average IPA. It's a little twist of Sierra Nevada's IPA's that make it great for the winter. Warms you up a little.

Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So my wife & I have a date night a couple weeks ago & wander southward from the Twin Cities, randomly, no particular place in mind. We happen upon this nice place in Rosemount, MN, Rudy's Redeye Grill, & stop. You know the kind of place. Wine list longer than your arm, four beers. Fine. We're going to a place later where they have a great beer list (our house).

I ask what the "seasonal" is & she says "Nevada". I say, "Sierra Nevada? What type?" & she wrinkles her nose & repeats "Nevada". OK...guess I'll have one of those. NOTE: she was otherwise a superb waitress.

It comes. My wife sips & says "Pale Ale". I sip & say, "No way. What is this?" I wander up to the bar & if you haven't fallen asleep yet: a tap handle for Celebration. My first encounter. Much better beer than I expected with a very nice dinner.

So I needed to have one in a bottle to see if it's really good or just tainted by my euphoria of having a non-sucky beer that evening.

I have to say it was a little of both. This is a good, solid beer, with plenty of IPA flavor & some subtle spices to give it that wintery feeling. I understand the drinkability - it is a sublime piece of work, created to be lovingly downed in multiple bottles.

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

First off, I love this beer, perfect winter New England beer, just tastes so damn good regardless.

A: amber with frothy, tight bubbled head that last the duration of the beer, the lacing is world class- bottom to top.

S: citrus, pine and hops, lots of hops

T: Grapefruit, pine, hoppy, balanced nearly perfectly by the malt

M: medium bodied, perfect balance of carbonation.

D: This beer hits me harder then its claimed 6.8%, seems higher to me, but never tastes boozy. It just tastes so good and balanced, is so beautiful to look at it must be poured in a glass. A great achievement, when I can get it, its in my fridge. A very under rated brew imho.

Photo of mjryan
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I look forward to the release of this beer every year. A straight foward American Style IPA. A benchmark of the style. If anyone is confused, this isnt a winter warmer, or spiced holiday beer either...its an IPA. Pours a nice clear amber colour with a substantial head. Nice sticky lace coats the glass as the beer is consumed. Smells like grapefruit juice, tastes like grapefruit juice and may as well be grapefruit juice. Gotta love those Cascade and Chinook hops. Bitterness is abrasive, just how I like it. If you are into grapefruity beers, this is it. I absolutly love this beer!

Photo of LittleDon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into a 16 oz. pint glass. Amber with a small bubble and light carbonation. It has a slightly hazy appearance. Nice balance between the hops, malt, and alcohol content. Medium body with a medium hoppy/bitter finish. Lacks the distinctive aromatic aroma and taste often found in other higher IBU AIPAs, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

As a regular DIPA drinker, I find it very drinkable. That being said, for those who prefer a less hopped beer, one might be enough.

Photo of akokandy
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 12oz brown bottle poured into an American Pint glass. Pours a close-to-transparent copper with a significant, thick, spoon-able head. Good head retention and tons of lacing.

S- Everything's really muted here. Hard to detect, but citrus hops are present, dominated by lemon. Really hard to get much out of the smell.

T- Beats the hell out of the smell. Hops are the first thing that hit me, with a grapefruit note in it. Pine notes are noticeable. Some malt shows up in the aftertaste. Almost no sweetness. Very sharp, bitter finish. As it warms, some bready and grainy malt notes are detectable.

M- The beer has enough malt to make it medium-bodied. There is very little carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink. I could take down a six-pack of this brew no problem. Not the best IPA I've had, and definitely not balanced, but a good session choice if you like hops.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish/brown with massive pillowy off white head. Exploding with piney/citrus hop yumminess and flavor.

Solid mouthfeel. Get six cuz one ain't nearly enough. Does get a little sweet/full feeling after a couple. An outstanding beer. I love it.

On the darker/fuller feeling of the IPA spectrum, almost winter warmer like in the fullness. But if ya got that hop itch, this will satisfy.

Photo of remllof
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to review celebration. Pours a decent offwhite creamy head. Color is red/ almost orange with good clarity, just wonderful. Smell is and nice hit of piney hops, not too powerful but good. Taste is right there with citris hops. Finishes up with a nice bite of bitterness. Mouthfeel is about medium bodied, not too heavy. Overall a great from Sierra Nevada which I will buy again next year.

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Celebration

1'' off white/eggshell head. Great retention and thick, fresh lacing. Copper color with good clarity. Wonderful aroma of creamy, sweet malts and piney, citrusy hops. Classic Sierra Nevada nose. Hop bitterness form start to finish...lots of pine needle and bitter orange peel/rind. Nice malt backing - faint caramel in finish, still - a hop showcase. Medium body with tongue tingling alcohol and bracing hops - decent level of carbonation. One hell of a beer.

Photo of scofielj
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into a pint glass with a nice amber color. Creamy two inch head which laced nicely down the glass after every sip.

S: Citrus hops very dominating.

T: Grapefruit hops...very nice if your into hops. Which I am.

D: Had two but felt as if I could have had several more.

Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours an amber color with a foamy white two finger head which leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - Citrus hops are dominant

Taste - Citrus flavor is dominant with bitterness present. A nice IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, the bitterness does not have a long aftertaste which is good.

Drinkability - Drinkable. Good enough to buy again next year.

Photo of joshuadlight
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just an outstanding IPA.
It is a gorgeous dark gold, on the outskirts of amber with a thick head made of tiny bubbles that looks almost like a nitro head. It lasts throughout.
Grapefruit in the nose along with other citrusy hoppy notes. It isn't a powerful smell, but pleasant.
The taste is everything I look for in an American IPA. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, etc. You can taste the hops fully without them overpowering you with bitterness or dryness.
Its great in the mouth and it wouldn't be a problem to drink many of these in a sitting.
I haven't had SN Torpedo yet, but if it is anything like this in a year-round format, then I will have something that my fridge will never be without (until next winter!)

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

A - Fluffy, two-fingered head that is off-white with large bubbles...Copper in color with tight, rising carbonation

S - I could smell this one before the pour was done...mostly grapefruit with some pine and other summer fruits...a very refreshing smell

T - Spicy hops up front...the taste seemed to be more piney than citrusy - just the opposite of the smell

M - Very crisp...medium bodied...grapefruit tartness really sticks around

D - Good drinkability...I would not hesitate to reach for another

Photo of ricke
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-02-11. Served in pint glass.

Presentation: 350 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2009-10-17).

Appearance: Amber colored with copper and red hues, semi-clear. A rather aggressive pour into a pint glass creates a 3 finger airy head that has a strange, light cappuccino color (it actually looks dirty). Good head retention, some lacings.

Smell: A big hop fruity hop aroma, primarily of red and yellow grapefruits, lemon and surprisingly distinct strawberries - dominates. An earthy hop aroma of pine-needles is there as well. Behind all of this, is a faint note or reasonably sweet malts. A quite refreshing smell.

Taste: At first, some malt flavors appear, but they quickly leave room for a massive taste of hops. They mostly echoes the smell - grapefruits, sharp citric notes and strawberries - but the earthy notes of pine are bigger and accompanied by grass, mint and some tobacco. Although the malts are most noticeable in the beginning, they appear in the middle as well but they get constantly overrun by the hop flavors. The finish is semi-dry, a bit perfumy, contains sharp hops and has a seemingly endless bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, quite lively carbonation. It's kind of sharp, but the foam residues smooth things out.

Drinkability: I really liked this beer, but I think I was expecting a little more from it, especially considering its hyped status. Although I like its unbalanced character and big hop flavors (the strawberry presence, both in the smell and in the taste, is really great), the bitterness is a bit too to much and overpowers both the hop and malt flavors.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red-amber, with a one finger fluffy off-white cap that fades quickly into a thin layer around the edges. Nice lacing.

Nose is orange rind, clean, with a bit of resiny astringency underneath. Delicious.

Taste is caramel malt and bright citrus up front, a bit of resiny pine, with the finish bringing more of the resiny pine alongside a bit of a medicinal astringency. Long and bitter over the entire palate.

Full bodied and with an active but not overwhelming carbonation. A more robust malt backbone than often found in West Coast IPAs, this one is very nice.

Photo of webbcreative
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

pours nice. The first thing I notice is the citrus, tates like grapefruit. then at the end it is so incredible bitter its hardly drinkable, to me, and its stays on the sides of my mouth and wont leave! I dont see what the fuss is about on this one, but then again im not into overly hopped beers either. It does have nice carbonation though.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- The beer is nice amber color with a finger and a half of head. The head does dissipate quickly.

S- Grapefruity hops, with some apples and cinnamon mixed in.

T- The hop taste is good, not too over powering or palate killing. The apples and cinnamon taste is also there as well but just very faint.

M- Feels good in the mouth, not a palate killer in the least. The hop taste also doesn't linger for ages like some IPAs can.

D- Easy to drink to say the least.

Over all a solid beer.

Photo of drlumps62
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada once again has proven, if you build it they will come. Finding this years Celebration Ale was kind of a crap shoot. It left the shelves fast this year. I enjoyed the beer in a glass poured from a bottle.

A: Pours a rich golden brown color with a light tan 1" head, which slowly disappears. Loose yet consistent lacing.

S: Beautiful, bright citrusy smell.

T: Equal balance of malt and citrus hops. Ends with a slight grapefruit type bitterness. Very pleasant.

M: Definitely not heavy. Medium to bold maybe.

D: Share a six with a friend and call it an evening. At 6.8, this one can fool you into drinking more than a few.

I couldn't wait until the holidays this year. Next year will be no different.

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

Poored a nice orangeish red color with a huge offwhite head that disipated to a light cover with in minutes. Smells of hops spicey hops and an undescribable winter/x-mas spice blend? Taste of hops more spicy hops almost no malt to speek of. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth very good drinkability as well would deffinatly buy it again

Photo of dstrand
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Copper with a cream/off-white thick head.

S - Very fruity and spicey, pine with some malt.

T - Fruity at first, then hit with some spice and finishes with a good hoppy flavor.

M - Medium-bodied, creamy taste from the thick head. Grapefruit hoppiness is definately tasted.

D - Good drinkability. Graet balance off fruitiness and hop spice. A great winter beer.

Photo of AtlasBrew
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got home after a shitty night at work and decided to do something nice for myself. So, I went to the fridge and got this lovely holiday brew. I was lucky enough to get a case on sale for $20, what a steal!

12 oz bottle and a 20oz wide mouth pub glass.

Color: It pours a rich copper color with a cream colored head that lasts a long amount of time.

Aroma: Lovely smell of fruity hops and a spicy hint of something I can't quite put my finger on but I like it.

Taste: A sweet and spicy beginning with a fruit and spice backend that leaves you floating in those wonderful hops. A bitter finish that gets stronger as it gets dryer. Medium mouth feel.

Overall: Love that spice and hop flavor, I'm not sure what they used here but it works, a very pleasant brew. My only wish is that they layed off the bittering hops just a tad, otherwise, it's a great brew.

Don't miss this one!

Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance is a copper orange with a one inch off-white head that holds up well throughout. Lots of lacing left behind on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is citrusy, lots of grapefruit, some pine, spiciness, and a solid malt backing.

Taste is citrusy first, some pine in the middle and lots of spiciness in the finish. Malt backing is there throughout, and balances the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, very creamy texture.

I do think this is some really good stuff but I think people hype it up more than it is worth. I like the new Torpedo more than this.

Photo of strata39
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-orange, like a shiny penny. Poured aggressively into a pint glass. I got a good 1.5 inch head, super fluffy like a vanilla ice cream cone that dissipates quickly into a thin lacing that lasts to the end.

Smell: Bright, like a flower growing on the x-mas tree farm. Tingly on my nose hairs.

Taste: Smooth malts hit first, then the hop fruitiness, then the hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Cuts well, leaving a fresh coolness. The XL head is creamy.

Drinkability: 3 of 6 in one night, max.

I only tried this because it was on special, and now it's one of my favorites. The only thing I don't like is that it's not always available.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,256 ratings.