Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,218 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 Googs
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. My first time having this one, I love Sierra Nevada and I have high hopes.

A: Pours with a big off white head which turns into a 1/4 of nice bubbles. Golden amber body, great carbonation Lacing on the glass. This is a sexy brew so far.

S: Hop forward smell. Citrus and earthy, floral and pine aroma. A bit of sweet bread and tiny bit of booze.

T: On the bitterness scale this is not off the hook, it's quite balanced and that's why I love it. Good malt backbone. Your getting the sweet pale and cara malts and then the rich citrus and hop bite. Not tasting alcohol.

M: Medium body, well carbonated and very smooth. Not sticky. Bitterness is present, it hits, covers up the booze and stays on the palate. I drank this one pretty fast, wish I had more to get saucy on.

O: This beer is great. Drinkable and full of flavor at a good price. I'm a hophead but I lean towards the more balanced IPAs and DIPAs and this is one of those. Think I'll get a six pack.

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Photo of Mart1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MisterNic
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber/red color with a 3-finger white head.

S - Aroma is citrus with a little pine. Has almost a grassy hop aroma.

T - Taste is sweet, bready malt and a piney hop flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is average.

O - Overall, I would say this one of my least favorite IPA’s. A little to much bitterness for the amount of hop flavor and aroma. It also has a lingering piney bitterness that I feel could be better supported by more flavor and aroma hops or more of a malt backbone.

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Photo of JRBecks
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of campfirebrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jlindsey
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Lex_Talionis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Butch5555
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Tpitty23
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mpdurrigan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint
A: Moderate pour yields 1.25 finger of tight orange-tan head with great retention. Clear copper liquid has maybe the slightest haze to it.
S: Caramel, toasted marshmallow, orange/creamsicle, citrus hops. Juicy and sweet, slight esters. Solid and multi-dimensional
T: Hops bite in the finish and the start. Piney and grapefruit hop character. Some savory-ness. Alstroms say tobacco - I kind of get that. So solid. A bit maltier and more caramelized than I like my AIPAs, but not over the top. Good for the season.
M: Bitter through and through. Almost chewy. Almost punishingly bitter in the late finish.
O: Glad to keep buying 6 of these each year! I'll have another! Not the best AIPA, but a great beer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in large ale glass.

A: brownish orange color; one-finger head, strong carb action; good lacing
S: sweet, luscious hop aroma; grass; very appealing
T: strong hop profile; the fresh hops are very detectable; one might be fooled in thinking this is a green beer; medium sweetness; very savory

The label implies something like a winter warmer, but it's really a nice, acerbic hop bomb. I'm buying a case!

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of socon67
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

A - Orange\amber pour with a beige foam that laces the glass well. Foam pours high and settles fast.

S - Fresh pine, graprefruit, and bitter hops. This is a classic west coast amber that almost makes theleap into an IPA.

T - Tangy citrus fruits is the first flavor that stand out. There are some notes of spice before settling in with some strong bitter notes.

M - Balance on this is incredible and manages to temper the hop profile with some good old west coast malt. This is a joy to drink and while the flavor profile is storn it just seems to be mellow enough to enjoy.

O - Not sure if I'd pick this as my first choice for a Chirstmas beer. However this is a well made beer that I'd like to get more often.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of KatieKaBoom
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,218 ratings.
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