Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,220 Ratings
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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Photo of Harrison8
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 version: Pours a foggy ruby-red with a finger and a half of white head. Head retention is moderate with great lacing left behind. Citrus, pine, and spruce hops dance together in a decidedly hoppy, but balanced aroma. Flavor profile is pine, spruce, and citrus hops with biscuit malts. As per the Sierra Nevada usual, this IPA is hoppy, but sublimely balanced and approachable. Mouth feel is a little fizzy, but otherwise smooth. It has a medium thickness. Overall, a sublime IPA with great balance. It features some pleasant earthy hops. Easily approachable for even the most novice of IPA drinkers, and yet complex enough to tickle the taste buds of the seasoned.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Pours a hazy, murky amber-orange. Thick beige head that retains for seemingly ever. Good lacing left behind. Aroma is composed of strong citrus, orange, and resin hop notes. Delightful. Taste is citrus forward, with resin hop notes following them up. Good solid orange/citrus taste at the end. Feel is medium in consistency, with good drinkability. Goes down easy, despite a more DIPA feel. Overall, an absolute fantastic rendition of the IPA. Really tasty, easy to drink, with an impressive look. Well done.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1999 bottling. Sampled on 8-21-04.
Found this in the back of the cellar, it was forgotten about long ago. Almost threw it out but then thought what the hell.
Poured a nice 2 finger head which left an incredible lace on the glass.Had a reddish brown color.
The smell was of caramel sweet malts and banana oil. The taste was mostly sweet caramel with a hint of hazelnut. Had only a slight hop bite to finish.
Surprisingly ( or not ) , there wasn't even a hint of oxidation in the taste of this brew. Another gem from the cellar.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Nhoelzen
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mnstorm99
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and in a bottle, easily better on tap so this is my review.
Decent looking clear orange copper pour with a thick white head that sticks around for the duration.
Aroma is the star of this party, not much malt aroma, but it is there, this one is almost all hops piney, and sweet hops are noticeable.
Taste is very good, caramel and base malts give just enough backbone for this slightly dry IPA, but again the standout is spicy, citrus, piney hops.
Mouthfeel is just a touch thin for me, but not a big deal as this is a surprisingly drinkable IPA for a dryer IPA (not my favorite type).

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty crisp, piney IPA. I like Sierra Nevada and I like this Celebration. It has lovely color and aroma, and although I would argue with its world-class rating, it is definitely a solid offering from SN. Would get it again in a heartbeat.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Kuaff
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a mug, maybe slightly below cellar temperature.

The Celebration begins with a two-finger off-white head over a clear dark amber color. One of the darkest IPAs I've seen.

There is some nice sweet citrus in the scent - lemon and grapefruit, I think. Also some sweet, biscuity breadiness and a pine smell which I would call the opposite of astringent; It's like, soft pine.

Bitterness is pretty low in the taste. There's a little bit of tangy citrus in the beginning, but then it's all the sweet bread and biscuits to the end, with maybe a bit of spicy hops in the finish. An overall malt-forward flavor for an IPA. Very satisfying.

The carbonation and fullness are sort of in the middle of extremes. There's nothing off-putting here.

While I don't think this is anything to write home about, it's nevertheless a very nice IPA, and one that has more to it than just hops.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of DoctorD
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a distinctive red color, and with a very faint smell. The hop taste is very up front, with a decent bitter kick at the finish and a moderately thick feel. But what makes this beer work is the exceptional balance - the initial zing melds with just the right amount bitterness at the end. This beer shows that IPAs don't have to be citus-laden, bitter hop bombs.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Squam256
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a stem-less wine glass.

Appearance: light copper-colored with thick head and lacing.

Smell: Malty, very light citrus

Taste: Much like the smell, I'm not detecting a strong hop presence although it is there. Malty/bready best describes this one.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not much of an aftertaste

Drinkability: Much more drinkable than Tropedo as far as SN's IPA's go. A very sessionable beer in my opinion, I could drink a few of these without issue.

Overall: not as good as last year's Celebration, but always a nice, 'milder' alternative IPA, especially for people who aren't that big on hops (though I am)

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

$8.99 six-pack bottles from Rouse's, New Orleans. Poured into a wine glass.

A: Arguably the sexiest-looking IPA I've seen. Huge cloud of a head and outrageous clumpy lacing left all over the glass. Also appreciably darker than the average IPA; this could pass for a red.

S: Not a hugely distinguished IPA smell. Not getting the piney quality of SN's hop-forward beers. A little citrus, but also some malty sweetness, which could be subliminal.

T: Almost aggressively assertive. Initially juicy and citrusy, then an almost medicinal dryness on the back end.

M: Really, really dry. Bitterness is overwhelming.

O: Definitely very good, but also kind of ruggedly one-note.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of devin305
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmeGT
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very lingering hop presence. Overall about a 4/5

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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