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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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Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

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Ratings: 10,293 |  Reviews: 3,491
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Home.

A: Nice deep amber/copper color. Great head retention, 1.5 fingers thick. Lots of lace throughout the drink.
S: Very hoppy, floral, and piney. Hint of sweet malt caramel.
T: Wow. Very hoppy, much more so than their Pale Ale (obviously), and it almost completely dominates. The label made me think this would have more cinnamon spice in it, but almost nothing but hops. Some creamy malt tones toward the end.
M: Very smooth, crisp, easy to drink.
D: Very. A strong ale, but not overbearing.

Really surprised that a “holiday ale” would concentrate so much on the hops without putting in that Christmas spice. Need to pay more attention to the label next time. This is an excellent ale, something I would love all year round.

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Photo of fields336
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SN snifter 12 oz bottle

A; orange amber color, with 2.5 fingers of vigorous foamy, bubbly head as expected from this bottle conditioned beer. the head dissipates slowly but sticks to the sides of the glass as it goes, leaving cobwebs of lacing on the sides.

S: piney and citrus notes hit you on this one. some sweet fruitiness from the ale yeast and I'm detecting a hint of alcohol in it, very similar smell to bigfoot when combined with the sheer hoppiness in the brew

T: huge pine, tropical, and citrus notes on this one, with a sweet malty finish. this is one of my favorite IPA's. I love hop bombs but this one for being so balanced is a really great beer.

M: tons of carbonation here, and a nice dry finish keeps this insanely drinkable

O: love having this come around every year as it's one of my all time favorite beers. I love sierra nevada.

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Photo of phishgator
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will say that on tap this brew is slightly better in aroma and taste. might just be the freshness, but there is a difference! I have a 2003 in the freg. it will brought out before 2006 is over to compare! It is a west coast AIPA and the full body with the overall overwhelming bitterness make this brew a true winter delight.

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Photo of wafers
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass

Somewhat dark upon the pour, burnt amber coloring. Large frothy head that sits around for a while.

Aroma of piney hops immediately on the pour.

Right up front with the hops... nice bitterness in the beginning that eventually melds with lemon, orange, and grapefruit flavorings.

Probably medium-bodied, lingers in the mouth

Awesome IPA that is always worth drinking during the winter months.

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Photo of TBDave
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. Looks beautiful. Tons of flavor, but not too fruity like a lot of IPAs. Gives off a wintery vibe. Has a decent kick. Perfect for a Christmas party. I’m definitely getting more.

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Photo of Torps
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes. Troegs Hopback made by Sierra Nevada? or vice versa(sorry west coast folks). This may be better. There's so much going on here..

Pours a dark amber with a huge, frothy white head. Kind of caught me off guard on the pour. Yowza! Heavy lacing going on here. Candy, fruit, spicy cider and piney, floral hops on the aroma. Very x'masy. Fairly sweet and malty on the front; astringent, grapefruity hops punch through the back. Tasty. This is a winter beer? Mmm. Good drinkability. Mouthfeel is refreshing and lively. I'm going for seconds y'all.

Dang, three finger head on that second pour. I'm poppin' up the appearance rating. Beautiful brew.

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Photo of Huffs
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronh
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light chestnut colored beer that has a slight reddish hue and amber highlights. It pours with a nice, solid head that really covers the glass with lace and exhibits excellent head retention. The aroma is of malt and floral hops, with a hint of spices. The front end of the taste is sweetness with a strong hop finish. The hops seem to be very much in keeping with Sierrs Nevada's style. It has a very smooth mouthfeel, and drinks quite easily. I feel fortunate to have found and enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my kegerator into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Kicked up a nice thick and fluffy off-white two fingers of foam that receded to a thin film after about five minutes, but left very nice lacing. Color is dark amber to brown and very clear. Aroma is piney, grassy and spicy with a bit of sweet malty notes. The flavor has a lot of pine, some grassy flavors and a very nice roasty malt backbone, very well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium, but silky smooth with a nice bitter aftertaste and a bit of carbonation bite that makes you want to have another taste. Overall, this is the one holiday seasonal beer I look forward to all year, even though it's really not a traditional "Christmas" beer. Simply outstanding- I think I'm becoming a Sierra Nevada "homer"!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Honey amber clear ale with a nice fluffy three finger head. Tons of thick and sticky lace is left on the glass.

S - Hoppy citrus and pine aroma. Orange peel. Other citus juices and some very faint hints of winter spice. Canned mandarin oranges.

T - Big hoppy citrus flavor. Lime rind, orange peel, and alot of sappy pine needle flavors. Tastes like a souped up version of SN's pale ale. I can taste a litle hint of spice in the aftertaste. Brittle toffee malt flavors come out more as the beer warms and your palate adjusts to the hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with a dry finish. The lively carbonation goes extremely well with the zesty citrus rind flavors!

D - Excellent! A hop-head's delight. I really don't see how this is much of a winter beer (I usually think of malty caramel and toffee flavors with cinnamon and spice when I think of winter brews), but it's really good regardless of the season!

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Photo of blaumer
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoneast
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I seriously need to go buy a case of this - I've been all over this brew and turning many on to this, my favorite seasonal.

Color is just what I want - deep golden hue with tiny garnet highlights and a decent lacing and head. Smell brings flowery citrus, grapefruit rind, and snickerdoodle cookie. Flavor profile paralleing the aroma but with a quick snap of hops and a balanced, clean finish, but not dry.

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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange gold with a creamy light tan head. Leaves nice delicate lacing on the glass.

S: Pine, citrus, floral hops.

T: Upon the first cold sips, the hops and citrus flavors dominate. Upon warming, caramel, brown sugar and rounded grapefruit come through.

M: Light/medium body. Just about perfect for me.

D: This year's batch seems much more drinkable than I remember last year's (2007) being. Maybe my tastes are just evolving. I had no problem polishing off the six-pack in an evening.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber color with a two finger off white head that's initially about an inch but falls to about one. Sitcky llace clings to the glass.

S - Citrusy hops, grapefruit, and dominate with caramel malts.

T - Sweet, yet spicy with an awesome bitterness that lasts

M - Medium-bodied, carbonation level is perfect to balance the bitter finish...

D - An excellent brew. I look forward to this one every year.

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Photo of cleeze
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally had to expierence the Celebration. They had it on tap down at Portsmouth Brewery, which is weird because they never have beer on tap thats not theirs.

Poured a beautiful dark amberish/ copper tone. With some great head with lacing that stuck all over the glass. I never would of guessed it was anm IPA by the looks.

Great hoppy aroma comes right out and slaps you in the dome piece! God damn this is where I could really tell it's an IPA. Maybe some pine up in the mix. GREAT HOLIDAY BEER. Deffinatly a reason for a CELEBRATION, bitches

Now I'm not a huge IPA fan but damn this baby is smooth as hell. Smooooth Operator.... Again hops are right there in your face again. But what I really love is the balance between the malts and the hops. It really smoothes things out.

Like I said before the smooth goodness makes this a really drinkable beer. So drinkable I might have to CELEBRATE with a 6pk

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - incredible brownish reddish color with a great white head lacing.
Smell - floral piney hop smell
Taste - well balanced with a good floral piney citrus hop taste.
Feel - medium body with lots of carbonation.
Overall - hard to say if I like this or the torpedo better. Both incredible beers.

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Photo of eschlue
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sensei04
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So it's that time of year again...stockings hung by the fire, Christmas trees all decked out with lights and ornaments, presents under the tree, snow days and perhaps most importantly, SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE!

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A: Orange and gold with a reddish hue. Excellent head with an excellent retention. Lacing all down the glass.

S: Perfect balance of citrus, pine and floral hops compliented well by a nice malty note. Earthy honey and light corn come through as well, and they are welcomed, as is a very mild whiff of nutmeg hiding deep in there too.

T: Nice light piney hop blast at first but hardly any bitterness. Citrus zest in the middle; grapefruit. Slight hints of honey, red apples, black cherries and random dark fruit are in there. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel works well with the style.

D: Not as strong and overpowering as other IPA's; even my girlfriend can take down a couple of these. But that's not to say it's not complex. Buy yourself a couple sixers to get you through the holidays.

Value: At around 8-9 bucks per sixer, this one cannot be beaten for a beer of this quality. This beer is not a super hop bomb, so most IPA freaks will take some points away from the score here, but as an example of the style, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one. Two Hearted Ale comes to mind as a comparison beer.

Celebration Ale is definitely one more reason to look forward to the holidays. A ridiculous beer in my opinion.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with a nice head with a deep copper color. Hazy in appearance.

Smell: Bitter hops, yet mildly sweet aromas.

Taste: Hoppy, with some yeast with sweet flavors. Mildly bitter.

Feel: Nice creamy feel

Overall: I'm not a big IPA guy, but I still like them. Didn't expect what I got with this one. Very good!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 12-13-07
2007 Vintage

Pours a a very nice amber/orange color, with a thick white head that leaves behind huge lacing.

Smell is big, buttery, earthy hops. Strong, and at the same time subtle. Outstanding.

Taste is all fruity and earthy hops. I don't know what it is, but this is different than any other IPA. Hoppy and bitter, but with a brutal malty kick to keep everything in check.

Mouthfeel is great, if just a little too fizzy.

Drinkability is fantastic, a session beer if I've ever had one.

Overall, a staple among all beers. The only thing to look forward to in the winter.

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Photo of sdm
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnotherDisease
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of magic_swaggin
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,293 ratings
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