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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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7,887 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,887
Reviews: 3,156
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 217
Gots: 482 | 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:
Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001)
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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waited a year to try this one as I saw it last season but didn't get a chance to try it. Poured a finger head with an amber color. Good lacing on the glass. Smelled mostly malty with slight hops. The tongue begins with a hint of malts then moves into centennial hops which is fine with me. A nice bitter/grapefruit finish. Has an average mouthfeel which is good for the style. Overall it was worth the wait and an interesting IPA.

TheSeeker61, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mbixler
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

mbixler, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this beer for years and never had it on tap, so when I seen it at TJ Smiths I jumped at it.
And it's just like the bottled version.
It had the same ruby copper amber color but had gentile carbonation and a smallish head.
Aroma were the same loads of fresh hops and sutle malts.
Taste was quite hoppy and bold and bitter with a good dose of malts to rein in the hops a bit.
Drank refreshingly smooth with a clean dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste.
One of my top 5 favorite beers still after all these years.

micromaniac129, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of KatieKaBoom
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

KatieKaBoom, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass and got a huge head with only a normal pour. Head is beautiful, frothy, leaving sticky lace as it subsides. The head and lacing is a huge plus for this ipa. Doesn't look like something that came out of a 12 pack that was affordable and easy to obtain. Thank you Sierra Nevada! Oh yeah, and the color is good too, very clear, a shade past amber into brown, or amber with brown hints. Who cares. It looks delicious.

S - bottle nose consisted of beautiful grapefruit, lemon, and pine hop character with brown sugar in the background.... After pour it is more of the same, intense inviting citrus and pine hops with slight malt and brown sugar background.

T - very hop forward piney, floral, citrus, and resin... Hints of spicyness, probably another character attributed to the hops instead of a spice addition. Im glad this winter seasonal doesn't load random spices into it trying to be christmas in a cup, its just a really well crafted ipa. Caramel malts are present along with an ever so slight brown sugar taste making me feel like this is indeed more of a winter seasonal ipa.

M - medium somewhat sticky, carbonation was on par for ipa, very easy drinking. Very dangerously sessionable.

Overall - overall a great ipa, massive hop nose and flavor with a medium body that is drinkable in the colder months. I will certainly return next year for the celebration!

MaineBrewing, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of lonewolfcry
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

lonewolfcry, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Djsaturn1
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Djsaturn1, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jmccraney, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of swimfire
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

swimfire, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, many thanks to DoktorZee for fulfilling a longtime beer want of mine for Christmas 2012.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of rocky, chunky off-white head, which leaves some decent fuzzy cogwheel lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of somewhat musty citrus rind and pine tips, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, a touch of toffee, and softly sassy grassy hops. The taste is more orange and grapefruit pithy fruitiness, a wee bit of lemongrass, some leafy spruce resin, and a somewhat overmatched bready, almost crackery malt, the caramel morphing into a echo of lingering expectation.

The carbonation is averagely competent, being all that I want it to be, the body a sturdy, just reconstructed medium weight, and smooth with that tacit acknowledgement of hoppy interlopers. It finishes off-dry, sure, but in a general, brown sugar sense, as the various hoppy notes play on and on and on.

I may have just given off an air of hop fatigue, but that's just not the case. What is true, however, is my weariness of late of brewers who claim an all-satisfying balance in their big-ass bitter offerings, in the hope of worldwide acceptance, I suppose, when nothing of the sort is actually on offer. So, to summarize, this is indeed a pretty stellar IPA, but there's nothing particularly wintery, in terms of malt-upsizing, about it. Glad to have finally made its acquaintance, though, certainly.

biboergosum, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jgreenward
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jgreenward, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerNDoggerel, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Singlespeedmtb
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Singlespeedmtb, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of smoothaftertaste
4/5  rDev -3.8%

smoothaftertaste, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Hoptimus-Prime, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mchen
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mchen, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Powderhornphil
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

Pours a deep caramel orange with about two to three fingers of white fluffy head. Receded to leave some appealing lacing.

Smells of bready malts, citrus hops, maybe some light pine way in the back.

Tastes sweet breadiness, followed by caramel, then earthy, citrus hops. Finished with a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and easy drinking. Medium to low carbonation. Leaves just the right amount of sticky coating that I like in my IPAs.

Nice offering from SN here. Reasonably priced and sessionable. Nothing too extreme, just a well balanced and very tasty beer.


Powderhornphil, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Pacioli1445
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pacioli1445, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of thood6
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

thood6, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of milkbone_underwear
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

milkbone_underwear, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of nikbullet
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

nikbullet, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of priwen
4/5  rDev -3.8%

priwen, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of piconaut
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

piconaut, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of erikl48
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

erikl48, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 9.99/ 6 pk. Bottled 9/24/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark orange with about one and a half finger beige head that retains a nice layer and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of orange, pine, grapefruit and grass.

Tastes of piney and tropical hops with biscuit, mild pepper and citrus rind.

Slick medium feel with tingly moderate carbonation. Long dry bitter finish.

I don't seem to like this quite as mich as many folks do but I'm certainly down with at least a six pack each season. It's not mind blowing but it's a well crafted and all around good IPA.

ThickNStout, Dec 15, 2012
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,887 ratings.