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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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9,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,194
Reviews: 3,325
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,127 | 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 SkeeterBoganski
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint.

A - nice copper tones; bubbly head; half-inch frothy w solid retention

S - fresh hops; piney; some mild citrus notes; sweetly malty

T - malty deliciousness; pine; slightly bitter upfront; a little sweet; grapefruity; just the right amount of spice; hop-rich

M - pleasantly carbonated; malt-fuzzy; has a classic mouthfeel that reminds me of drinking beer as a kid

O - this is an excellent offering for a winter IPA, which to me seems a little unusual; perhaps slightly overrated bc of availability, nevertheless easy to get here in CO; also, well-balanced between malt and hops; accessible for most anyone and loved by geeks...that says a lot

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Michigan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Givemebeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A: Amber in color with a beautiful soft fluffy head with great retention and lacing. Could not be any more perfect.

S: Citrusy, mostly lemon

T: Fresh, piney, lemon, orange. Malt backbone holds up well for a great balance

M: Medium bodied - smooth - off dry finish.

O: The balance is incredible and makes for great drinkability. I could throw back a few of these without growing tired of it. A classic.

Photo of zacky_U
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TGanyone
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Jon
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exactly like what you would expect for an IPA from Sierra Nevada. An excellent offering each winter, this one pours a glowing copper color with a very frothy head that lasts infinitely. Aroma is mainly of citric, piney hops. Taste is similar, with a huge hoppy profile that's balanced quite well with a thorough malt character. Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a little carbonated. For an ale of 6.8% ABV, I find this to be an easy drinker for sure. I, too, am all for this as a year-round offering from SN. There's always something to celebrate, right?

Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A-Pours a nice orange/copper color with a one finger head that fades quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S-Pine and citrus hops dominate with some nice caramel/malt notes. Smells very good.

T-Pine and citrus hops and a subtle malty sweetness. Not terribly complex, but very enjoyable.

M-Medium body, the carb level is a bit high for my personal preference, but its not bad. Nice dry, bitter finish.

D-Very drinkable, as are all of SN's offerings.

Another job well done by SN. These guys don't do anything badly.

Photo of bouncepass
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

a: golden copper hue. great retention on lacing. bubbles visibly floating to the surface.

s: nice blend of citrusy and piney hops. Some caramel maltiness as well.

t: Bitterness up front followed by maltiness. Piney hops are the dominant flavor

m: medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

o: Simply stated this is a great IPA and a great value. I look forward to this release each year and it has yet to disappoint me.

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

One of the beers I always enjoyed pre-BA days. So it brings back fond memories, and am always happy to have it again.

Appearance - Nice rich copper/amber color. Two inches of off-white head. It laces nice and thick all the day down. Nice and rocky.

Smell - Very nice rich hops. Some pine, and good citrus. Malt backbone, grapefruit. Very rich.

Taste - Good hop bite. A little sweet up front. The hops come through with good citrus. A honey hint. Some nice grass. It's got a hoppy dankness that I like. Malt supports it well, but it's quite hop-forward. Good fruits.

Mouthfeel - Very nice. Good carbonation, not too thick.

Drinkability - Very solid. Always happy to have another.

This really is a nice little beer. It's a nice change from the malt-heavy winter beers most breweries put out. One of my favorite SN offerings.

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

A - Pours a nice clear amber color with almost two fingers of off while head that dissipates quickly and leaves splotchy lacing.

S - Fresh hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, muted malts, pine, grass and spice.

T - Fresh hops dominate this beer. Pine and grassy notes, more of an orange citrus, mild toasted malts in the background, a little bit of spice and a somewhat bitter finish.

M - Medium body, creamy and smooth, very well rounded.

D - I remember really loving this beer last year (2009) and this year I am not as impressed, however it's a well rounded solid brew.

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JDM44
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Appearance: Burnt orange with a touch of gold. Hazy, translucent. Med/small head but retains itself well atop the beer. Looks a bit like cider.

Smell: Grapefruit & lemon dominating - not overly strong however.

Taste: Very balanced, nothing too forward. Moderately spicy. Pleasant hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Very full, frothy, warming. Sharp finish.

Overall: Well crafted brew. Interesting to age. I opened '08 and '09 bottles this year and found that fruity 'cranberry' and 'apple pie' esters come out quite a bit, feels more 'boozy' and obviously more malty... I look forward to this one every year!

Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange color with a small and short lasting head

Excellent aromas, but slightly muted, of malts, caramel, blood oranges and some hops as well.

medium/full bodied with a very good feel. The flavors aren't as muted with flavors of malts, blood oranges and some spices as well

A very good IPA. Certainly not overly hoppy and I was expecting more of a resiny quality. Far from an indictment though as this was very enjoyable and I liked the more malty side to it

Photo of MmmIPA
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of pburland23
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a beautiful deep, coppery red with an thick, fluffy head that creates some amazing lacing.

The aroma is absolutely dominated by hops...piney hops. It's an wonderful characteristic of a winter seasonal. Cracking open a bottle of Celebration is like bringing your Christmas tree into the house.

The taste is also very heavy on hops. It's bittern and there is not a lot of malt to balance the beer out, but who cares? The hops bitterness is delightful through and through.

The mouthfeel is full, a little sticky at points. Very satisfying. For an IPA, the drinkability is amazing. Despite the ABV, I could see myself polishing off several of these this holiday season.

In the end, Celebration is a wonderful IPA and seasonal offering from Sierra Nevada.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,194 ratings.