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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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2/5  rDev -51.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a far more amber (a far darker) color than anticipated, with a relatively thick 1.5 finger head. The nose is relatively standard SN IPA, but the palate is something somewhat different. They definitely bring out a better hop blend than their base pale ale and single hop beers (something more akin to hop hunter), but an unusually malty base is present that plants this beers much more squarely in the East Coast IPA camp than any of the beers I have tried from them to date. Not a bad beer. Very pleasant as far as ECIPAs go. Just not a beer I'd go out of my way to buy.

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3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't get me wrong, I love this beer. I just feel like 2004's release has been completely hit or miss: the first batch I had was astonishingly perfumed grapefruit, the second was on par with Ruination's sheer bitterness, and now on-tap i've got a totally different animal. Seems completely out of line with the Sierra Nevada ethos.

A dry, stale Chinook overloaded let down. Got absolutely blown out of the water by a semi-fresh keg of Stone IPA.

For a brewery that prides itself on uniformity, this year's celebration is surely not worth celebrating over. Lets hope the Bigfoot is much better.

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Really good lacing.

S: Fruity, citrus hops, and caramel malt. Smells great.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Citrus and pine. Nice toasted malt finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm going down.

O: This is excellent for the winter season. Looks fantastic, has a very inviting aroma, and is warm and refreshing.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +6%

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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Copper in color with a small head that provides some lacing as the beer is drank down. Bubbles can be seen dancing to the top in a rapid fashion.

Earthy hops on the nose, with notes of pine and resin. A touch of caramel and bread sweetness behind that.

Opens with a nice juicy, fresh earthy hop flavor similar to pine. Then quickly moves into a pale malt and caramel sweetness. A touch of spicyness that gives me the impression that there could be some rye in this but it is most likely due to the hop variety they used.

Soft and some what thin for the style, with a touch of drying. A little more carbonation than I prefer in my pale ales.

Good earthy hop flavors take the focus in this highly available fresh hop beer. A good go to beer in this season when grocery shopping or in a pinch, but not something I would pick over some of the better wet hopped beers. But it's price and availability still make this a good choice.

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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/21/10, 2010 vintage, 12oz bottle, nonic. I needed to give this a re-review, score is for 2010.

I'm really not sure how Sierra Nevada would make their pale beers look any better. A glowing copper body in some shade and an organic eggshell head of an inch or more that isn't going anywhere comes standard. And that foam will coat the glass free of charge.

I think the nose is the biggest difference between this and last year's Celebration (and wet hop for that matter). I do realize that the recipe is exactly the same, but the hops from this year's harvest were definitely less pungent. Because of this, the rich, musty biscuit is obvious with orange marmalade and very slight pine and weed hops playing support.

Flavor does follow suite, however pine is more prevalent, as is bitter, oily orange peel. The malt is all biscuit and cake, not caramel.

Such a well crafted beer even in the mouthfeel. Slick and almost heavy weight with spiking carbonation that keep the balance just tipped in favor of hops.

A wonderful IPA that seems more special than maybe it should because it has brothers and sisters that measure up.

12/15/09, 2009 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into pilsener.

Only slightly hazy but brilliant copper. A quarter inch of off-white foam resigns itself to a milky, film. Lots of teeny tiny bubbles. Pretty good lacing for such an oily, dank smell and taste. 4

Your nose doesn't get lopped off by a needle laden branch that you did see coming but there is pungent pine and some citrus peel. Some heavy dank, wet notes. 4

Proceeding immediately to the back of your tongue the pine proceeds to envelope your sense of taste. A carbonation buzz saves you from a pummeling. Residual carmel sweetness, basil, a forest, orange. 4.5

Getting slick with excellent carbonation.4

Another winner from Sierra Nevada. I either love them because I'm from the Sierra Nevadas or because they brew such excellent ale, or both. Even the 6.8 abv wouldn't keep me from drinking three to six in a sitting. Very much like the harvest wet hop. 4

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, 2010 Celebration. Much anticipation for this brew.

Pours luminescent and clear, with a hue closer to amber than orange, thus making this darker than the standard American IPA. The color looks spot on for a winter IPA, and hints that the malts may be richer than in summer versions of the style. Lacing is crusty and wonderful, and head retention is very good. Overall this just looks wonderful.

The nose is a platter of malt laden with fresh juicy hops. I wouldn't quite say it is bursting with hops, but gets pretty close. Sweet sugary pine and citrus are fairly well balanced, with some bitterness in the nose that plays against the sweet notes well. A touch of pineapple and lemongrass (the latter being slightly astringent) are detected on the sides of the overall aroma.

A full dose of sweetness encrusted hops hits first as this washes through my mouth, and as these flavors wash around a robust and layered malt profile comes underneath bring bring some balance (too much wouldn't be good). The higher bitterness and slightly astringent qualities show up later and in the aftertaste. The entire taste experience moves through layers of sweet, bitter and malty, with hops being the driving force.

Mouthfeel is creamy as only IPAs can be, and on the full side of medium bodied. Carbonation is effective and controlled, and doesn't stray into the soda-like feel that can plague the lesser versions of this style. Drinkability is good, but if some of the astringent notes were removed it would be better. Bitterness isn't the problem here...

Conclusion: This is a very good IPA. That is spoken by someone who rarely seeks out examples of this much over-hyped style. I feel that this style of beer as a place, but that the addition of large amounts of hops to beer is a trend that often masks and detracts from styles that were never meant to be hop-driven in aroma or flavor. I digress. This is an American IPA, and thus it should be all about the big hop profile, which it is. I really enjoy this beer, and think that it still has elements of balance and craftsmanship, which I admire greatly. Sierra Nevada has long been one of the best users of hops in their beer, and this example deserves its reputation.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The head on this beer is unreal! It just clings to the glass like velcro and doesn't want to let go, lacing is nice. The liquor itself is almost a rust-like mix of brown and red hues, carbonation bubbles are present, and it isn't completely clear, but almost clear.

S: Mmm, this smells nice. It has a strong malt aroma reminiscent of caramel and toffee that is still hot and cooking! There is a light citrus hop aroma which follows it up for a crisp finish.

T: More hops are present in the flavor than the aroma. First thing you get is a sweetness that is cut through by a sharp bitterness that finishes in resiny hop flavor.

M: Big levels of carbonation on this one, it has that distinctive carbonation bite character. Medium body and a bit dry on the finish.

D: Despite it's alcohol, it's quite drinkable. This is one of those seasonal beers that you just must get every year.

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

2008 releasr poured from 12oz bottle into large glass.

A - Dark copper, amber body with huge white head that leaves significant lacing in the middle and around edges.

S - Citrus, hops and almonds.

T - Great citrus taste upfront that slowly mellows out into hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Smooth with great drinkability and average abv.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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