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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
outstanding

9,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,195
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,128 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.
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Photo of Nachojon
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011

A- Hazy amber red. Great looking IPA. 1 finger white thick head. Nice lacing throughout.

S- Malt and hops. Really a nice smelling winter seasonal, extraordinarily different smelling IPA.

T- Hop forward. Delicious, follows with malt. Balanced, excellent, this is something I would drink on the daily.

M- Crisp, warming, nice carbonation. Just drinkable in every way.

O-Of course SN would have an IPA as their winter seasonal, and of course it would be legit. Is it fair to say SN is underrated? I have been drinking Celebration since I was a teenager and damn it's good.

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

Very good. I love a good IPA and this one was no exception. Absolutely delicious. I like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale but to me this is much better. I wish it was available all year round.

Appearance: Copper colored with about a half inch head.

Aroma: Citrusy hops, lots of hops.

Taste: Bitter/hoppy, citrus, a little malt.

I highly recommend it and will definetely be buying more before the end of the season.

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

Had on-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine. It pours a pretty, clear red with a thin head of white bubbles. It has a very hoppy aroma, with lots of floral and pine scents. The main flavor is of hops. It tastes woodsy at first. The bitterness of the hops begins to take over, lingering after you swallow. There is a smokey, wooden taste that is hinted at behind the hops. Overall, it tastes dry and refreshing. I'm giving the beer a 4.5 for flavor right now, as I believe it will improve as it gets a bit warmer (this glass was served slightly colder than I usually drink and review beers). The dryness and crispness of the beer lends itself to a great mouthfeel. It doesn't coat too much, nor does it tickle your throat as you swallow. I think this is a supremely drinkable beer. I could go through a six pack and not get tired of it. I only knocked it down half a point because I like to have a bit of a malty beer every once in a while when drinking something as hoppy as this. Still, I'm quite impressed with this beer. It's going to be the go to beer for our annual Christmas party this year.

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

Pours a very clear light amber/orange color with more than a finger of slightly stained yellow head; pretty solid retension. Lacing is clinging all over the glassware. Aroma is a nice mix of citrus, floral, spice and well kinda mint-like hops with a little backing of malt. Bitter in both the front and the finish with lingering hop character. Thin feel with a moderate amount of carb. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Only thing I would discredit this beer for is the lack of malt in the taste.

Enjoying this with some blocks of aged sharp cheese, absolutely awesome.

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

This winter seasonal had about a half-inch white foamy head, atop a medium-colored amber body. It left good retention on the glass.
Hoppy nose, and definitely some mild spice, but the taste is what really impressed me. Dry hop-bitterness to begin, wheat, malt and spice faded into a rather pleasant sweet, warming aftertaste. Balanced very well, it was clean and refreshing while being a good winter warmer. Overall a very good brew.

Photo of MarkDeming
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LancetherealLeader
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of a0lbudman
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-couldy copper color with a orange tint and a off white head that leaves a heavy lacing on the glass
S-hops with a cirtus background and a slight pine smell
T-malts held off the hops until a few seconds into the aftertaste, then the hops hits you strong and fades back to the malt that leaves your mouth dry with a slight malt sweetness
M-medium body and high carbonation that give you a smooth and creamy feel
O-this was a very balanced beer. It gave you strong hops at times and a malt sweetness, and was creamy and smooth. Very interesting

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

2014 Vintage
PKGD: 10/28/14

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. It's been 3 years since I've last had this beer. SN is still staying with the more maltier Celebration Ale.

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.

Photo of jayfarley3
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear amber color with a nice big head. Smells of malts, citrus and strong piney hops. Taste has a nice balance of malt and bitter hops. Mouth feel is very smooth and medium bodied. This beer is very drinkable it's a shame it's only a seasonal brew.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Maudite tulip glass. Bottle from 2012 ~ #2326215:21.
Pours a copper with significant head.
Aroma of grassy snd grapefruit hops, slight tropical melon rind.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of rich, roasted malts, minerals, grapefruit rind, pine sap. This is a big and bold beer with a hop wallop through and through. I like to keep this as a house staple...after a warm up beer or two this one maintains a large level of flavor. Great with spicy food, ideally fresh or less than 4 months.

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

I was super surprised to see this on tap last week. In October no less!
Celebration is a good amber color, maybe a little darker than the regular Sierra pale ale. Frothy, white head stays around for a bit.
Smell is good, hoppiness for sure, some citrus, malt.
Hoppy through and through, strongly bittered, but not over the top. I get a hint of sweet as it goes down, nice to round out the taste and mouthfeel. You are not left with a bitter aftertaste.
This is a really good one, especially on tap. Since it has the high ABV, I usually have maybe two pints, move on to something else and call it a nite.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 2009 vintage

A - pours hazy orange with two fingers of pillowy foam - lacing is abundant

S - refreshing citrus hop aroma - yum

T - solid hop flavor, but not overpowering - well balanced by the malt backbone of this beer. I seem to remember this beer being more hop forward in the past, but I really enjoy this version as well.

M - hop oils leave the mouth feeling slick. carbonation is moderate

D - insanely drinkable - alcohol is well hidden and this just goes down smoothly

Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a fluffy and thick tan head that sticks around quite a bit. Smells of hops and orange peels with a slight bit of malts underneath it all. Tastes of hops which were surprisingly not as big as I thought they would be. Nonetheless, I thought they were perfect in this beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat crisp. Superb and very drinkable IPA.

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

Celebration comes from the tap sporting a tan cap over a burnished orange-brown body. Strong aromas and flavors of piney, citric hops - smooth, easy drinking with a huge hop presence that manages to avoid over bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little below the supremacy of the other characteristics, but the overall experience is wonderful.

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

The last time this brew came around, I wasn't into IPA's enough to bother trying it. I have come a long way since then (a very long way...) and I'm glad to say I finally got the chance to try this.

Poured into my Town Hall tasting glass. Surprisingly light golden amber. Clear to the naked eye, but when held into the light, you can see suspended sediment and tiny floaties all over. Nice smooth and creamy light tan head with good retention. Leaves nice lacing all down the glass.

The nose is nice and hoppy, so glad I can try this fresh. The hops are a subtle battle between floral and fruity hops against piney and earthy hops. In the end, I think the floral hops slightly out-duel the earthy hops in the nose.

The taste kinda goes the other way, in that the earthy piney hops win out over the floral hops. There is a light sweet malt backbone in between all the hops. This is some tasty stuff, can't imagine I would have enjoyed it a year ago, but at this point I'm realizing I was missing out.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would have hoped, but it has a nice appropriate carbonation level. Easy going down with a light lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great, this is the ultimate session brew, and a great IPA for the holidays.

I'm glad I went for the whole 12 pack, rather than just a sixer. But then again...I have a feeling this 12 pack isn't going to last long...

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

This was the 2003 edition, poured a deep orange amber color with about 1 finger of frothy head that quickly dissipated, leaving some fine lacing in my glass. Smell was grapefruit, banana and mild citrus, with a hint of a malt backbone. Very soothing! Taste is sweet malts that are quickly taken over with a velvety bite of hops, yet never truly bitter like a Stone IPA. The overall taste is wonderfully crisp, that is refreshing and finishes dry and smooth. (Outside Temperature at tasting was 100+) Mouthfeel had just the right amount of carbonation with a slight oily texture that was very pleasing. Overall, a great Cali IPA, in either Winter or Summer. Another quality offering from Sierra Nevada!

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

The beer is a dark copper with a good sized head. The head retention is very good, and lasts quite longer than I expected. Does appear to have much carbonation though.

The smell is quite grassy hoppy and some subtle fruits. The beer is quite bitter from all the hops, but has a nice sweet undertone to it. Pretty tasty and hoppy.

I could easily drink a bunch of these.

Photo of Bogforce
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

REVIEW EDIT*

Bought my first six pack of this tonight at my local shop after I heard it was good..

A: Nice, red and copper look. One finger head that goes away quick but keeps a small amount

T: Bitter! This is thing is really bitter, kind of caught me off guard. But tastes great, very pine forward. And small malt backbone to hold it all together

Love this beer! Always have something to get at my local grocery store during the holidays.

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

A huge light beige head tops a gorgeous amber brew. It recedes ever so slowly, leaving bas relief lacicles and swathes thickly on the glass.

The smell is all the scents of citrus, lighter pine, even lighter grain and yeast notes. There is a sweetness to the aroma that isn't malty, very clean backbone, with just a hint of earthiness at the edge. Not the strongest, nor most aromatic or perfumed of bouquets, but a pleasant sojourn for my nose on the rim.

This is a beer that bursts with flavor, not tongue-rakingly, nor viscously, but with a clean zing that is delicious, vibrant, and ends well. It starts with a blast of citrus, a bit of citrus rind, a lightly-resinous piney flavor, a sweet breadiness beneath, into textures of earth, bitter, and the less sweet citrus flavors as it finishes long and dry. The finish is drier than the flavor profile suggests, it is lighter in flavor than Torpedo for example, and it is a wonderful sip. The balance is what you expect from SN, which is to say just right.

Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carb, medium viscosity, no off flavors or cloying textures in the cling. Nice.

Drinkability is off the charts. I could drink this non stop until Zelaya is re-elected in Honduras.

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

2006 edition 12 oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint Glass
Bottle @ 48 degrees upon pouring

Why am I Celebrating? Its the first real powder day of the season in Crested Butte!

A - Clear yet bubbly copper color with a solid 3/4 inch off-white head. Lacing is clean and moderate in its coating effect.

S - Clean hop scent that melds nicely with the sweet barley. Bitter hop scent takes the lead here, but it doesn't contain that overpowering floral scent of more aggressive IPAs. Smell is rather faint and I am not detecting much in the way of spice or fruit.

T - Begins with a pleasant almost biscuity sweetness that merges into a nice, slightly bitter hop aftertaste. Again, spice seems low, creating a very enjoyable and clean beer that isolates its main ingredients.

M - Bitterness is mild and this brew defines the term clean throughout the palate. Carbonation is mild as well. Overall, the beer is thick, smooth and filling on the tongue.

D - Due to its cleaner balance between hop and malt, the Celebration is a nice change of pace in the IPA canon. Not my favorite winter beer, but it will do nicely on a cold day.

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

1997 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.80% ABV. Sampled 12/1/1997.

1998 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Hoppy nose. Clear bright amber color like some IPA's. Hops dominate body and bitter finish. Light malt body and big hop profile is unique in a Winter Ale. Sampled 11/7/1998.

1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.80% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Clear light thin golden red color. Hoppy spicy rich front. Light residual sugar in rich crystal caramel malt body. Spiced IPA character. Bottle fermented. Rich balanced hop finish. Best of Season. Sampled 11/23/1999.

2000 Release--6.80% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Light sediment from bottle conditioning. Clear bright true amber golden color. Rich floral hoppy spicy front. WOW! Malty head. Crisp balanced body and finish. Rich pale flavor. Hop spiciness. Winter IPA. Sampled 11/12/2000.

2001 Release. 6.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Light bottle conditioned sediment dissappears in clear thin amber red color. Light creamy lacy head. Big floral hop front with pine spice hints. Malty sweet rich clean body. Spicy citrus hop end. Sampled 12/13/2001.

2002 Release--6.80% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Light BC sediment. Clear thin bright red amber color. Very floral huge sweet hop spicy front. Dry sweet light cherry caramel malt body. Pretty with medium lacy head. Crisp spiced sweet hop citrus end. Nice. Sampled 11/19/2002.

2003 Release--6.80% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Light bottle conditioned sediment. Clear bright amber color. Lacy light head. Rich floral hop spicy fruit front. Crisp tangy dry sweet citrus hop malty body. Clean dry spicy rich citrus hop end. Winter IPA. Sampled 10/24/2003.

2004 Release--6.80% ABV--62 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Pretty clear rich thin red color. Rich floral hop front. Crisp sweet creamy not thick aromatic caramel butter cherry fruit complex body. Clean mildly tangy sweet mild hop citrus end. WOW! Sampled 10/25/2004.

2005 Release--6.80%--62 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear bright rich golden color. Rich floral hop front. BC sediment. Crisp mild sweet clean caramel flower mild citrus unique ester body. Rich dry sweet hop spice end. Balanced tasty Winter. Sampled 10/15/2005.

Celebration Ale--New Bright Dark Red Base--2006 Release--6.80% ABV--62 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) -Foamy mild lace head. Clear bright rich dark gold color. Rich delicate floral hop front. Dry sweet delicate flowery crisp smooth caramel pils body. Clean balanced smooth mild hop spice subtle Holiday end. Sampled 10/28/2006.

2007 Release--6.80% ABV--62 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) 6-Pack--$6.99. Dense foamy lacy head. Clear bright ripe peach color. Mild fruit floral Winter hop front. Crisp smooth dry sweet mild caramel fruit BC ester body. Balanced mild tangy dry hop spice end. Complex Favorite Winter Release. Sampled 11/15/2007.

2008 Release--6.80%--62 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) BC sediment hint. Clear bright pretty amber gold color. Delicate sweet rich floral hop front. Zesty BC sweet fruit ester mild crisp caramel crystal vanilla hop pine hint body. Cloying clean smooth mellow hop spice refreshing delicious end. Classic Winter IPA. Sampled 11/24/2008. 6-Pack--$7.49.

2009 Release--24 oz. Bottle. Tasted Too cold.Thin mild lace off white head.Clear bright amber gold color.Sweet floral hop front.Mild sweet dry crisp delicate crystal malt mild fruit bread subtle grapefruit pine vanilla hint body.Balanced clean hop spice end.Classic mysterious Winter IPA!

2009 Release 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 65 IBU's. (4.35 / 5.0) Dense rich lacy off white head.Clear thin bright pretty amber red color.Rich floral hop mild vanilla front.Crisp mild textured dry sweet tangy light caramel pale malt balanced rich IPA mild Winter spice pine citrus hop resin body.Balanced hop spice end.Classic. 12/26/2009. 6-Pack / $6.99.

Celebration Fresh Hop Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle with new name and label. 6.80% ABV. 65 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy thin white chilled head. Clear bright rich amber orange color. Soft aromatic floral gentle hop front. Smooth well balanced mild creamy sweet light caramel IPA Winter Ale body. Soft smooth hop spice end. Delicious as usual! Sampled 11/7/2010 from 6-Pack purchased @ Fred Meyer, Ballard, Seattle fro $6.99 on 11/6/2010.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber color with a 1+ in. foamy off-white head. Leaves a lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has an aroma of hops and citrus, but sweeter than a typical pale ale. Some floral hints are present as well.

Taste: The taste has two main separated flavors: the bitter hops and lemon, and the sweeter florals (rose) and citrus (grapefruit). The two flavors switch off, eventually finishing with the sweet which gradually segues into the bitter aftertaste. Quite unique.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, yet with a somewhat grainy feel.

Drinkability: Goes down well and the alcohol content seems just right -- can definitely enjoy a few of these in a row.

Though I find it to be an enjoyable and unique beer, given the distinct hop flavors I can't shake the feeling that this is just a gimmick (or seasonal treat... if you're less cynical than I am) based upon their Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Of course, if you like that beer this is definitely worth a try! And on it's own it's worth a shot as well. I think that I'll limit myself to just this 6-pack, though -- after you've tried it, you might find it a bit pointless to try again. If I want a pale ale, I'll get one -- and if I want a spicier, sweeter beer, I'll get one. I don't really need them combined.

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

12oz. bottle. 2002 Vintage.

An excellent hoppy beer with enough crispness for me to wish it was snowing in southern California right now.

This ale pours a deep burnt amber color. A good white head and okay lacing. The scents are a fight for dominence. At first the hops attack the nose and are quite controlling. Some sweet lemon grass are present with a dry quality on the nose. There is a secondary caramel malt and sweetness that slowly follow this up. There is no real balance. It is just one smell after the other.

The flavors start with a dry burnt hoppy flavor. Some bitter citrus and a medium rind flavor. A bready and sweet malt follow the hops but are no match. The hops are dominant. There is a dry sweet vermouth finish. The alcohol is very present but it does not disrupt the flavors.

This is a very smooth drinker. It has some oily qualities but they do not hinder the enjoyment of this IPA. Very crisp and dry on the palate. Very nicely done.

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

On Tap at Anam Cara on 11/4/03

Poured a frothy average size white head. Clear amber hue. Moderate malt and moderate-heavy hopped aroma. Initial flavor had hints of apricot, vanilla and spices. Finish was well balanced between sweet-bitter with the distinct chinook hop staying on the palate for quite a while. Medium body with a dry texture and lively carbonation.

"This is a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, this is a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on hops". Great representation of an IPA.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,195 ratings.