Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,228 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 nottomucknfuch
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. One that's worth waiting for year after year. 2012 though is very good. Pours ok. Even on a careful pour there's quite a bit of head, which I don't favor but overlook for this one. Smells dam good toffee, caramel, oak amongst others. Taste, Dam good. That's why I drink it. Does have a grapefruit ending, slightly bitter. Overall I look forward to this one. Slightly heavy a sixer tops.

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Photo of Damian74
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber, cloudy body, had head about 2 fingers wide great retention.

S: hops! love it! pine, sweet

T: Well balanced taste hops up front then a little spice and then malty caramel... then the dry hops very good!

M: good body, clean but very full

O: Sierra Nevada, one of my favorite breweries. Has a can't miss beer her. Bought a case for an xmas party and everyone enjoyed it and for $34 bills you can't go wrong. Great beer
poured into a pint glass

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Photo of Jsteez
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. botttle into a dimpled beer mug.

A-Poured a cloudy, medium amber color, with an orange hue. The off-white head was creamy, 1.5 inches, and thick! The head dissipated into a fluffy white surface that gave this beer an incredible mouthful! A nice sticky lace was left on the glass. This beer was one the best IPA's I have seen!

S-Grapefruity with citrus undertones. I could really smell the American whole cone hops. Very balanced smell. There were also traces of sweet malt as well.

T-Just like the smell, grapefruit, pine, citrus, whole cone hops, and a nice balance of sweet malt. The aftertaste left a bitter hop taste that created a dry feel. This was balanced by the sweet malt on the initial taste of the brew. There were also traces of that spicy X-mas taste you can find in mulled wine. Great winter brew. It was so nicely balanced that the higher ABV was not noticeable.

M-This was a full-bodied brew with a crisp and dry finish that also felt a little light. Balanced and nice.

Overall, I recommend this brew to those that love IPA's with a spicy holiday twist. Sierra Nevada never disappoints. Try this with spicy Thai food. You'll be highly satisfied. This may sound strange, but try it while eating a grapefruit or an orange. You'll be surprised. Cheers!

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Photo of rramsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,228 ratings.
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