Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #225
Ranked #4,232
4.15 | pDev: 11.33%
Today at 02:18 AM
Nov 02, 2001
Notes: Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

We first brewed Celebration IPA in the winter of 1981. Each year, we use only the first fresh hops of the growing season to create this complex and robust ale. Layered pine and citrus hop aromas balance delicately against rich, malt sweetness to shape this bold wintertime classic.
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Reviewed by hoppity from California

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Six pack of cans.

The color of this edition really struck me. It's a beautiful darkish, yet bright copper color that looks great in a german pilsner snifter type .4L glass. (Binding Beer glass.)

The smell and taste were both a little more subdued than I expected at first, when it was just out of the fridge. Things opened up as it sat. It didn't sit very long though because it's delicious. Earthy maltiness balanced oh-so-well with hop characteristics. It's another winner from Sierra Nevada, a brand I've been enjoying for 40 years.
Today at 02:18 AM
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2022 - Cold 12 ounce can poured into a ‘can glass’. Bold foamy head tops this copper colored beauty, it laced its way down as I sipped.
Smells piney, cereal, toffee, is that fruit cocktail in there?
Tastes great. Rich and bold, balanced and pine, fruit but not fruity. Good bitterness!
Full attention getting feel, this is an expressive beer.
Overall, this kickoff to the Holidaze is excellent on all levels!
Yesterday at 03:16 AM
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2022 re-review.

Look: Pours a rusty orange color with a billowing three finger head of off white foam. Laces the glass well with good head retention. Very pretty looking in the glass.

Aroma: Nose of sweet caramel and granola. Spicy pine sap with grapefruit and lemon rind. A touch of blueberry, honey and old leather polish.

Taste: Very pleasant. Upfront sweet toffee and cinnamon / granola with notes of toasted nuts. Hints of mildly acidic pine resin complemented by big notes of savory caramel & honey. Midpalate there is a spicy pine and grapefruit oil note followed by a prolonged and dry aftertaste of fruit cake.

Feel: Dry, spicy. But still creamy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation with a hearty weight and mouthfeel to it. 7% abv is hidden well, but still somewhat apparent with a pleasant, clean alcoholic nip on the back end of each sip.

Overall: I come back to this beer annually to sort of usher in the holidays / winter weather. Some years it's better than others, I admit I've been disappointed by it in the past but there's something about it this year that's really exceptional. Great value too @ $18 for a 12 pack; which is a steal in NY, as most craft beer tends to be very overpriced. This is a perfect mid-autumn early-winter beer with a citrusy, spicy candy like savory flavor.
Monday at 08:40 PM
Rated: 4.36 by foundersasap from Michigan

Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Purchased as a six pack from Goshen Beverage in West Chester, PA on 11/12/22. Can date 10/11/22.

L- Slightly hazy amber color.

S- Very faint piney aroma.

T- Very smooth and mellow WCIPA flavor!

F- Delicate carbonation with slight tannic

O- Fantastic!
Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by not2quick from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
One month old and poured into a spegelau glass

Look- bright copper and slightly opaque. Big pillows off white head that sticks around for a while
Smell- piney resin notes with some floral undertones.
Taste - very balanced. Bright piney notes and not overly bitter. Slight bitterness lingers on the finish
Feel- lively carbonation and medium bodied
Overall- solid ipa and hides the 6.8 abv well
Nov 11, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois

Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from a can dated 10/13/22, into a pint glass at 52F
Appearance is between copper and apricot in color, with a booming 3 finger head that leaves lots of nice lacing.
Smell is slight citrus with a piney sharpness. Resinous hop glory. Faint bread almost eclipsed by hops.
Taste is so nice and follows the nose to a T. Pine needles and blood oranges backed up by a smooth and well-blended malty backbone.
Mouth feel is expansive and delicious. Perfect carbonation; a little on the high side, but just right to make all those flavors bounce around and create this awesome bouquet of fresh hops and caramelized malts. Bitterness lasts on the palette for a long time. ABV exists, but is covered mostly by the hop IBUs.
Overall, spectacular brew, and will buy again for sure.
Nov 10, 2022
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Reviewed by kflorence from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned on date: 10/13/2022

Pours a crystal clear, cherry-amber in color with hints of copper. A half inch of off-white foam sits on top for a few minutes before dissipating to a thin layer of lacing which lines the glass as you drink. Has the look of a more balanced IPA that's perfect for fall drinking.

Honey, melon, pine and caramel malts are the predominant notes on the nose right after the pour. As it warms, the aroma becomes a bit more roasty/grainy. It smells very fresh.

Taste follows the nose well, while offering additional complexity. Getting more citrus on the tongue, especially of the grapefruit variety. Some earthy/herbal notes in there as well, especially towards the finish. The hops really shine here, but the roasted maltiness keeps it from becoming overly bitter. Finishes quite bitter and fairly dry with grapefruit rind which lingers on the tongue. Alcohol is masked quite nicely.

Medium bodied on the tongue with zesty carbonation and solid chewiness. An almost perfect mouthfeel, but most assuredly a palate wrecker as the hops coat and linger on the tongue. My stomach also tells me I probably shouldn't have more than two of these.

Overall this one lives up to the hype. I'm sure I had this at some point in the past, but never got around to reviewing it until now. This is definitely fresh and complex with an "old school" hop/malt profile, harkening back to my college days when I was first getting into IPAs -- the classic pine/citrus mix with ample maltiness to add some balance. A great IPA for the fall and winter, I can see why this is a staple for so many hop lovers. Cheers!
Nov 06, 2022
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Reviewed by mickyge from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours clear amber with a thick fluffy off white head
Aroma is hoppy, citrus, bready and a hint of pine
Taste is kind of caramel malt and hop forward some acidic citrus and pine
Mouthfeel is pretty bitter, old school IPA tasting. Lingering dry bitter finish
Overall it’s easy to drink despite the pucker factor and it’s crisp tasting
Nov 04, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by tscanlon51 from Massachusetts

Nov 04, 2022
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Slightly hazy, amber. Big fluffy, off white head with big bubbles

Aroma: Citrus fruit, floral and pine

Flavor: Hop forward, citrus, herbal/spicy, pine. Aggressive bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, dying, very stringent

Overall: Reviewing vs style. Solid American IPA. Hop forward in aroma and flavor. Citrus fruit, herbal/spiciness and resinous. Highly bitter. It checks every box for a standout American IPA. On a personal level, I did not enjoy this. Aromas were not as big as I expected. It has a very sticky, aggressive bitterness & astringency, which I do not enjoy because it coats the tongue, hiding the other beer flavors and reduces drinkability. Does not invite you to have that second pint. That being stated, the people that love this beer love it for the exact same reasons. Bottom line, if you enjoy highly bitter, aromatic IPAs, this is an excellent example.
Oct 31, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by markfill from Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I'm not a judge,but I know an old school IPA when I taste it.This is it.Every year I buy this beer and am never disappointed.Beautiful reddish-amber color.No grapefruit notes,thank goodness.
This beer has that bitter bite,not aggessive,not overwhelming,just a perfect bite that so compliments the malt. Centennial,Cascade,Chinook hops....no need to say more.Great beer.
Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2022 edition
Pours a dark amber color with a two finger sticky head.
Smells very floral and earthy with some Bready notes as well.
Taste follows the nose and is very hop forward with some minor undertones of some fruit. Clean dry finish with minor bitterness.

Definitely a great Brew.
Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 3 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 13, 2022
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Rated by grru98

4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Really good beer
Feb 07, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Bum4ever from California

Jan 03, 2022
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Rated by andyayers from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An annual pleasure. The best part for me is the fresh hop smell the you open one.
Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
2021 edition. Can into pint glass. Canned 10/12/2021.

L: golden red, moderate to large head
S: Loads of fresh hops, though less now that the can is a couple of months old.
T: Mostly hop bitterness, maybe a little malt sweetness
F: This year's edition is smooth and very crushable.
O: It's a solid IPA and worth the purchase every year when it drops. 2021 was an especially good year for it. It doesn't quite live up to the hype for my taste though.
Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Dec 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Good look and medium/heavy feel. I was hoping the taste would be 50/50 hop malt but definitely hop forward probably 75/25 hop to malt. Not my thing but I see why it’s rated so highly.

Edit: couple hours and a few more brews later and this grew on me. Def not my first choice but dang it’s good.
Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Connybumbum from Colorado

Dec 27, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Resistance88 from California

Dec 20, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by pwillson from Illinois

Dec 19, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
had 2021 version / of all the years i've had of their winter beer this is the mildest not much sp[ice flavor enjoyable but expected more
Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Lives up to the reputation every year, deep amber orange with lively bubbles, khaki head that lives on, and leaves lacing for the duration of the glass, with hoppy piney citrusy aromas from hop heaven....taste follows the introduction perfectly, with a malt body that balances the hops; such a classic full flavored, balanced ale- this is rich and very well made, obviously. get some when you see it
Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 3.29 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Dec 11, 2021
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Rated by Brickie28 from Connecticut

2.82/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
I had to look twice after tasting it to see the freshness date.
Maybe I bought a bad batch, but I wouldn't buy it again.
Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned 10/12/21 and poured into a Sam Adams glass

L: Slightly hazy black tea color. Off white head with good retention.
S: Orange peel, caramel malt.
T: Taste is much bolder than the smell. Strong hop bitterness balanced by malt sweetness.
F: Medium bodied. Sticky, bitter finish.
O: An old school IPA from a brewery that doesn’t make bad beer.
Dec 10, 2021
Reviewed by THE_VANDAL from Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Not much to add that hasn't already been said. If you're looking for a true celebration of hops, this is the one to search for. Just enough bite from the hops, just enough grain to smooth, and just enough sweetness to complete the package. As close as an American IPA comes, to excellence in balance. As far as I'm concerned, this drink sets the bar to judge other IPAs.
Dec 08, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by hester7 from Texas

Dec 05, 2021
Celebration from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 10857 ratings