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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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9,298 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,298
Reviews: 3,344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,222 | 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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Ratings: 9,298 | Reviews: 3,344
Photo of aibkstaff
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Celebration pours a medium amber color, is semi foggy with a long lasting frothy head. The aroma is light airy and hoppy. The taste it a little sweet, but has a nice crisp hoppiness to it. The overall mouthfeel is fine being a creamy, smooth, medium bodied beer. This is a pretty good beer that i could drink again and again.

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


A- pours with an impressive white foamy head that lasts well into the pour, somewhat hazy copper color with lots of lacing. Some of the best lacing I've seen.

S- Strong citrus and piney hops, with a bit of sweet malt as well. Grapefruit juice and fresh mint cuts through as well, very pleasant.

T- Sharp hop kick from the get go, notes of pine, citrus, herbal, very complex. As strong as the hops are the malt still has a noticeable presence. Finishes bready and bitter .

M- medium body, low-med carbonation, silky mouthfeel and smooth finish.

O- This is a very good seasonal. I'm not the biggest hop head but this is definitely one of my favorite IPA's. I'm proud to bring this to any Christmas party during the holiday season.

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

12oz bottle into mug.

Hazy amber color with a billowing light tan head that lasts forever. Settles a thick foamy cap. Ringy lacing glass along the glass.

Bready malt in the background among piney citrusy hops in the foreground. Light buttery aromas are present.

Sweet malts start off and seem to play well with the citrusy hops. Medium bodied with medium carbonation gives it a spritzy feel. The finish is slightly drying from the hops.

Very refreshing beer. Good example of an American style IPA. Recommended whenever it's available.

Photo of NICKV1117
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite seasonal offerings from Sierra Nevada (or any other brew maker for that matter).

Pours a beautiful amber, clear with a decent amount of carbonation. Put a nose on it and you smell that deep pine and citrus that we have come to know from West Coast I P A. Sweet, but not too floral. The taste is similar to their fantastic Torpedo, yet with a bit more spice.

All in all, it truly compliments the joys of the season. A winner.

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

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber, one finger fine to medium white head with moderate retention and great lacing. Aroma of piney and herbal hops, sweet malt. Flavor dominated by herbal and piney hops, light grapefruit, decent sweet malt backbone, very nice. A nice IPA and great annual treat. Every year I'm surprised again how great this tastes.

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

12oz brown bottle with 2009 vintage on neck label.

A - Really nice clear golden amber color with red-ish glowing tones. Rocky two finger off white head slowly recedes to a chunky layer with chunky lace all around the glass.

S - Sharp hops with herbal (nearly minty) quality, along with biting citrus and toasty malt aroma.

T - Nice bite of pine sap and grapefruit pith with earthy green tea undertones. Caramel malt and toasted grain plays second fiddle, but makes a solid foundation.

M - Medium body and carbonation with lingering bitter, dry finish.

D - A great cold weather IPA. Drink up!

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

quite simply a solid to excellent brew all around. pours a healthy amber/gold colour with a nice sized head that hangs out for a little while then leaves a nice chunky residue on the glass. smells of hop, bread, a bit toasty with floral notes and spice and citrus fruit hints. the taste is a bold hit of hop at first, and by bold i don't mean overdone, just powerful. this brew is medium bodied with a nice bitterness coming from the hops and a sweetness following in the back along with some malt flavouring. a nice toasted bread finish completes this one. a very easy drinking brew that is smooth but aggressive and, while it's one of if not the most mainstream holiday brew, is a nice alternative to the more fruit-based holiday beers that are out there. another well made brew from sierra nevada.

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

I really enjoyed this ipa. the color itself is copper with a white medium head that leaves lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. the palate is a delicious thick hoppy flavor that makes this beer a classic ipa, i do detect a slight sweetness at the front of the sip. very nice beer.

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

Pours a clear brown/amber color. Big foamy, tan head with excellent retention. Big sticky lace.

Big floral hop aroma.

Taste is of definite hops. As it warms you pick up spices but it's mostly hops. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Full and smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of gopens44
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear, straw in color and a moderately funtime frothy head that wasn't very shy.

S - Very nice. The hop presence comes across in a very earthy manner. Very much reminded me of a soggy forest, but in a really good way.

T - Taste was fresh crisp and rich with a well balanced hop bite.

M - Again, crisp. Well carbonated and not much aftertaste.

Very pleasant beer from our friends in Chico.

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

Ah, what a delightful winter Christmas ale!

Pours a light brown, dark orange color with ample amount of frothy head. Smell is hoppy on the nose.

Taste is where this becomes a classic. Wonderful bountiful hops mixed with some spice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Great "IPA" that has those winter ale contexts but without the overwhelming spice.

Photo of devildog1633310
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hint of pine carmal hoppiness rushes over your scenes at the first whiff over the bottle. The pour is light with very little head. The calm brown color makes up for the lack of head. It has a classic winter brew taste with a heavier alcohol content which hits the pallet quickly. I found after the second or third sip the carbination was a bit high.

In closing I honestly believe that 06' has something missing from the 04' & 05' brews. I must be honest and say I don't know what's missing.

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

since most of these are from the bottle, here is one from tap.

A - Nice warm orange/amber with a thick thick head.

S - Strong citrus smell with a sweet malty smell too

T - Tastes just like how it smells. Great after taste.

M - Smooth and refreshing. Not too bubbly. I think they got it just right.

D - I could sit and drink these all day and i think I have. I wish this wasn't a seasonal but I'm glad it is so I won't get burned out on this stuff.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking a lot of beers, but slacking on theses reviews. But I did buy this beer for review, this is the 2011 version. The 2012 just came out, which I will get and review as well.

A: This beer pours a dark orange color with a 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head, which almost overflowed out of my glass.

S: I get an initial aroma of grapefruit and pine, with some hop characteristics. Very potent smell that is complimented by some sweetness from honey and malts.

T: Very earthy taste consisting of grapefruit and pine up front. As I get into the flavor I get a dryness from the yeast and sweetness from the malts.

M: Very sweet flavor, a bit tangy, but the hop bite is not severe. Minimal carbonation, but very sessionable.

O: This is the 2011 Celebration ale, so it might have lost some of its characteristics over the course of the year, but I didnt notice. I got a very quality IPA, and from Sierra Nevada, I would expect nothing less than quality. Did not disappoint, even after aging a year. Look forward to trying the 2012!

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

Pours a nice copper color with a good creamy head that leaves a nice lacing. Smells of hops and freshness. Very good taste. Hoppy. Some hints of grapefruit perhaps. Finishes very clean and is highly drinkable. The high alcohol content is masked very nicely. Another great selection from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into a british pint.
2008 vintage

A: Pours a medium-dark amber with nice clarity. Fluffy 2-finger off-white head. Decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Nice blend of floral/citrus/pine hops. Some sweet malts as well. Very nice.

T: I get some malts right away, but the hops come roaring in immediately. Nice sweet biscuity malts, followed by some bitter pine/citrus hops. Finishes very bitter. Delicious.

M: Nice level of thickness. Feels very creamy in my mouth. Carbonation level is just a tad high, but still good. Balanced.

D: Drinkability is very good. This packs some punch with the flavor, but is still very sessionable. I was able to score another half-case of this, which I plan to cellar. I plan on revisiting this same vintage when the '09 comes out. Tasty stuff.

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

Picked up a sixer after reading such good things about this on BA. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper color, slightly darker than what I'd expect with an IPA. Finger thick head that settled down quickly. Smells slightly hoppy with some citrus tones. Not a very powerful aroma compared to other IPA's I've had, but still smells pretty good. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, some stick, medium bodied. Oddly, the taste is a lot more robust than the aroma. Starts off slightly malty with citrus, followed up by a real nice hop taste...REAL nice. The hops and citrus linger for a bit and bitterness rounds out the taste. Drinks really well and goes down easy. This is why I love BA...I'm not a huge fan of winter seasonals and would not have bought this had I not read the commentary on BA. This an excellent IPA. Then again, I expect nothing less from Sierra Nevada.

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

2005 vintage, purchased as a six pack from Chesapeake Wine in Bmore.
No discernable difference from previous years. You will receive a beautiful copper brew with a sticky off white head. Great carbonation, lacing, and retention. Big grapefruity piney aroma bouyed by a hefty caramel/bready malt body. The flavor will be full of Cascades, but expertly matched agains a caramel malt and slightly alcoholish background. You will want several. Though on the heavier side, this one will be enjoyed by non-beerknerds during holiday parties.

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

Poured a nice frothy, 1 finger off white head. rich amber color.

Smells like citrussy hops, not much else.

Tastes like hops first, then a little malt sneaks in, only to shoved out of the way by more hops, then a sweet hoppy aftertaste. a little hint of wintery spices.

Medium to heavy carbonation, foamy mouthfeel.

excellent overall drinkability. this is definitely one of the more hop forward winter beers, and one of my favorites.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

Celebration has thick rock head that reminds me of hand churned French vanilla ice cream. Off white and rocky, it really looks as if it may need a spoon. The retention does hold well and each gulp of this amber-gold IPA leaves cakes of dense lacing. The body is hazy from the amount of hops and is lightly populated with a fine dusting of yeast.

Aromas of grapefruit and floral soap merge with pale malt. Spashes of caramel and toffee are present, more so than the glint of booze. Hop aromas come no finer than the Cascade and Centennial. Both hops are "celebrated" perfectly. I look forward to this release every year, and have never been let down.

The taste is rather bitter at the start. The tip of the tongue is greeted with an unbalanced explosion of citric hop flavor. Orange, grapefruit with soapy floral delights. The finish while still bitter does come with a taste of caramel and toffee. The toasted grains are dry and non cloying. The carbonation may seem a bit high, but perfect to keep aftertastes from lingering. The aftertaste last only long enough to remind you to have another quaff.... Its cold out man, pour the last one!

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

A- Really nice amber red with a thick tan head that is staying put, pretty good lacing throughout, and a slight fogginess

S- Orange and cherries at first with a very sweet scent as I dug closer

T- Earthy and sweet with some citrus and some cherries

M- Rich, creamy, and smooth with just a slight bite at the end

D- This beer is great! Excellent flavor and texture and it only costs two bucks in the Phish lot. It's worth getting a bunch and stretching them out until next Christmas.

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

2005 edition.

Reddish amber pour with high frothy white head. Nice lacing.

Sharp citrus nose, grapefruit.

Piney, citrus bite up front. More hops on the finish. In between, hops. This is absolutely not what I expected from a winter seasonal, but I like it! Some spice flavors hidden in there too, but hard for me to pick out from the hops. I guess I agree with the black pepper mention from other reviews, but the glory that is Cascade hops is the star here.

Mouthfeel is typical of a good IPA. Crisp, sharp, highly carbonated and tasty.

Drinkability is great! I will be getting a couple of more 6 packs for a birthday party this weekend, cause I know it will be a hit. Or, if not, I won't mind drinking them all myself.

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

Just found my notes from this. Dated 11/15/2008

Pours a deep amber with some signs of copper bursting out the sides of the glass. Rocky limestone head sitting on this one. It's gonna be lovely.
Smells very citric. Bits of pine, some sweetness floating around in the nose as well. Quite impressive.
Tastes yummy. Grapefruit, bits of grass, some strongly bitter green tea all floating in hop oil flavor. Sweetness is similar to subdued caramel. Very delicious, very nicely balanced.
Great mouthfeel. Has some nice body to it. Goes down very smoothly as well. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Photo of MustyDusty
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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