Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,221 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 TBoneJones
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm glad I actually read the writing on this red 6-pack; I nearly passed it up thinking it was a winter warmer (which I don't usually seek) or something, since hopped beers tend to favor the green colors. Love this brewery's beers, yet never tried/ knew of this. Glad I caught myself.
Pint pour: A very hazy apple cider color, with plenty of active carbonation, a rich-looking body and a fluffy off-white head. Lacing ends up caked along the sides..(and a nice white foamy plate of head stayed while this was completed).
Smells like light pine and citrus hints, but mostly I pick up malts on the nose.
This is nice. Immediately drinkable, this has hops of pine and toasted, biscuiy malts.
Some grapefruit/ spicy mint too. Hop oils. Simple yet superb. It doesn't feel like much carbonation, yet it drinks well and has a medium-bodied feel to it.
If one was looking for an ipa that fits in with the winter/ holiday season, with straight-forward and not overdone hops, and a nicely toasted backbone, this brew will do it. I could see this drinking well from the bottle. Bitter, yet well-rounded overall. Enter winter.

Update: Almost 2 years later and I pick up this six pack as I see it appear for the season.
It is the good stuff. The review is my impression, but it's just so drinkable for what it is. So full of flavorful hops and velvety smooth. Grew on me since the last time.
THE winter IPA.

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Photo of salinasa
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SavageHopHead
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Dank26
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jakewatt135
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of taylor714914
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2009 Vintage

I had heard many rumors of folks holding onto these for years and aging them, so I decided to try it myself. Poured a deep copper color with an offwhite head or a finger. Smells of pine hops and sweet Christmas bread. I was rather surprised at the smell of hops with a brew that was 4 years old. The taste starts with some light hop bitterness, followed by the Christmas bread, honey, and dried fruits. Light hop flavor melds into sweetness on the finish. OK, but I prefer this one fresh.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a clear, dark red color with a finger of creamy head, and terrific retention and lacing.

S: There isn't too much to smell. Some notes of mild hoppiness, citrus, and a caramely mellowness show.

T: The taste is an insanely balanced intermingling of citrus, floral hoppiness, and a caramel malt backbone.

M: It has a medium body and a crisp and clean finish.

D: It's really tough to imagine a more drinkable IPA.

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Photo of RWNay
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Userme59
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nineworldseries
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Skrumpy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have been drinking this beer every holiday season for decades, & this years batch was excellent as usual. Coppery colored with a tan, foamy head. Streak lacing. Aroma is light citrus and tropical fruit with some caramel malt. Citrus and pine and some grass notes, well balanced with a sweet malt base. Medium body with a dry finish. Pleasant hops aftertaste. A great holiday tradition

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a nice white fluffy head. The smell is hops all the way. Well balanced beer that has that warming affect as you drink more. Lots of little bubbles that dance in your mouth. I can't find one part of this beer that stands out too much or over powers another flavor. My two favorite parts are the smell and the aftertaste. I will have to get more of this.

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Photo of freed
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My mouth started watering when I read the name of this ale. I admit I've got a 'thing' for hops, but this is a wonderful example of a full bodied ale with strong hops. I'm not sure if this is considered a seasonal, but its my favorite of the bunch. Its like having a great winter beer and a great IPA. Great for drinking outside during the winter.

addendum: market found 10 cases hidden, so its on sale. Seems extra good compared to the lagers I've had lately

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Photo of mjl21
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2009 version. Bottled on the 274 day of the year. Comes in at 6.8%

A-Pours a clear amber with a one finger off white head that has some decent staying power. Lot of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom. Leaves some good lace patterns.

S-Pale malt, pine, and citrus hops are all noticeable. Not one of these dominates the aroma and results in a balanced nose.

T-Grapefruit, pine, pale malt, and some sweet malt all jump out in each sip. There is some lingering sweetness and bitterness in between sips. There is some subtle spices that can be picked up as it goes down.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

D-Easy drinking seasonal.

This is always one of my favorute seasonals. It has lots of hop flavor but also has a nice malt profile to bring everything together. My token fridge beer for the holidays.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking semi-hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing traces around the top and falls nicely.
The smell had a sticky piney ebb and flow of lingering lemon underneath.
The taste was mainly bittersweet, fully combined and it lead to a nice bittersweet aftertaste and a sticky finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice crisp sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me.
Overall, I dig this brew. It was well worth the opportunity to buy for the price, one can't beat it.

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Photo of diamondlie
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich dark amber pour with beige cap that fades to a ring. Aroma is earthy hop, floral notes with a hint of pine and just-noticeable bready malt. Flavor follows identically as the well-balance ensemble of flavors meld with a slightly hop-forward advance throughout the sip. Super tasty, and very pleasant aftertaste. I usually have this each year and enjoy it, but don't remember it being damn good.

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Photo of banger7
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big buttery colored head after a moderate pour. Head retains excellent and leaves thick sticky lacing (standards for SN beers). Slightly cloudy amber color.

Strong piney/woodsy hop bouquet.

Intense citric hop flavor with a nice malt backbone. Bitterness lingers long into the finish.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation even after a stiff pour.

Drinkable and enjoyable. Unbalanced as hell, but tasty if hops are what you're looking for.

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Photo of Dbrag
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of MCain04
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Risenhower
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of life_of_agony
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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