Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,223 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 JayNH
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice cloudy copper color, not much of a head.

S- An excellent floral hoppy scent.

T- I find a slightly spicy sweet maltiness balanced with a strong hoppy bite. The hop taste is very crisp and clean. I find it to have almost a grass-like taste. Malt and hops are very well balanced.

M- Slightly thick and sweet. Moderate carbonation.

D- Excellent!

This beer is nothing short of FANTASTIC. For 13 bucks for a 12pk it's a steal. This is what an IPA should taste like.

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Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Brian15
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of MilkManX
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rdrummer
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I look forward to this every year. The 2003 Celebration Ale pours a clear, medium amber with a creamy head that foams nicely and than subsides to thin lacing all the way down. The predominant aroma is the hops in this one. I am a hops addict so this one is great. There is a fruitiness underlying the hops, and there are some spices that I suspect are nutmeg, clove, and maybe cinnamon.

The overwhelming taste is the hoppiness. The carbonation is right for this type of ale. I taste a little citrus in with the hops and a definite spicy taste deep in the beer. It is excellent, and feels great in the mouth. The spicy, hops taste lingers but this is a hop lovers delight in taste and feel.

This is the most drinkable of Sierra's seasonals, and beats its flagship Pale Ale hands down. This is something to look forward to each Christmas season.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Crisp bold hops. Grapefruit citrus, pine, clean lighter malts. Mild smokey and roasty notes.

Appearance: Deep copper. Somewhat clear, but lots of particles in suspension, some large but mostly small. Pours a barely off-white head, moderate height. Leaves a coarse layer of foam after the main body of the head dissipates. Lots of lacing.

Taste: More malt than expected from the aroma. Sweet grapefruit, very crisp and refreshing. Mild cinnamon spice. Some darker malts. Aftertaste is pine and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Nice and slick. Slightly drying from the hops. Barely-there carbonation.

Overall: Wonderful grapefruit flavor. Nice malt flavor to add some balance. Lots to savor, but also smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I never knew even what style Celebration was until I looked it up here on BA. Unfortunately, that was after most of it sold out this holiday season. After snagging one hanging around late I won't make that mistake next holiday season.

Great looks all around, worth a second glance. The head is tenacious, leaving a good amount of lacing. The froth has a copper tinge from the beautiful clear, orange and copper body.

Aromatic spicy, citrus hops dominate the nose. They're abundant and still smell fresh. I also detect some sweet caramel malt and just a bit of floral/fruitiness that I'm not sure the origin of.

The hops are clear and present, with adequate bittering. Nothing overpowering, but they don't let you forget Celebration is an IPA. Finish is long, ending with chewy, bready malts and lemon-peel bitterness. Mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth and creamy. For the amount of hops, this beer disappears surprisingly quickly and easily.

Props to SN for putting out a different seasonal to keep things interesting for the holidays! I love how they get out very quality brews at very reasonable prices. One of the factors that makes this a very drinkable brew. Keep them coming!

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Photo of DannyS
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, poured from a bottle.

A - A perfectly appropriate orange-brown amber color, long lasting tan-ish head

S - The hops here are straightforward and strong, with a subtle citrus backing

T - Very hoppy, as it should be. A bit bitter for my taste, and the bitterness lingers forever, but it's not really unpleasant. How an IPA should taste.

M - The bitterness REALLY hangs on, but the overall feel is smooth and easy drinking without being too watery.

D - Not being a huge fan of IPA's, I'm not sure how many of these I could stomach. One is a-ok for me.

Overall, It's not a favorite, but I'd definitely drink it again. It's bitter, but what self-respecting IPA isn't? Basically, I wouldn't specifically seek it out, but I'd definitely drink it if I was offered some.

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Photo of inbierveritas
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of lhaqq
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Little to no head and a golden amber body.
S: Smell is mainly of hops. Kind of creamy and piney too.
T: Main taste is a mix of floral and citrus hops. The citrusy flavor sticks a bit longer. Finishes pretty clean with little bitter aftertaste.
M: Clean and smooth but also surprisingly creamy.
D: Hides the 6.8 well. Could definitely enjoy a few.

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

Bottle - Poured a cloudy amber with a huge fluffy white head which lasted throughout. Lacing was intense and lasted as well. Nose was citrus, resinous and flowery with considerable sweetness apparent. Taste is citrus, some pine, spice and balanced nicely with some nuttiness and caramel malts. Medium bodied and good carbonation, a little sticky but with not much bitterness in the aftertaste. Instead, this IPA is on the sweet side but crisp, refreshing and sessionable for sure.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color beneath a huge billowy head. Traces of the head last through the entire glass, and leave lots of lacing. Gorgeous. The aroma of grapefruit and pear with a bit of freshly baked bread makes some pleasing sniffs. The taste is wonderfully balanced. Caramel and biscuit from the malts provide a solid backbone while piney hops build to a crescendo through the finish. Yet another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. They've never let me down yet.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RoninTK3
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A - Nice bronze/red color with a thin layer of white head. A bit hazy.

S - Florally, fruity hops. Smells like a great IPA.

T - Absolutely delicious. Very hoppy with a bit of sweetness. Fruity, bitter hops dominate this one.

M - A bit full and medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is a very drinkable, hoppy beer. This is one of my favorites and I look forward to it every year. It is very well balanced and absolutely delicious. One of the best IPAs around.

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Photo of VernonKell
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip; no freshness date

P: Pours gold from the bottle and sits deep amber with a slight orange tint. 2 fingered off-white head is creamy, yet rocky with large bubbles on the surface. Great retention and left globs of lacing as it sank down to form a halo that surrounded an island of foam.

A: Sweet bready, caramel malts, grapefruit and piney hops, honey, yeast, and some spices. Smells like christmas trees!

T: Starts with some good initial hop flavors that follow the nose, accompanied by sweet bread and caramel malts. This is followed by a great addition of spices and flavors including; a little cinnamon, (nutmeg?), honey, ginger, and what tastes like pine needles. As they become more pronounced, they really play off of the base of the grist quite nicely. Finish is adequately dry and features some prominent yeast and a citrusy twang that adds yet another layer of flavor, and another increase on the enjoyment meter. Very pleasant aftertaste lingers for quite awhile. Damn tasty!

M: Medium-full body, mouth-coating, smooth, crisp and sharp, and gently carbonated.

D: Through the roof. Incredibly easy to drink due to the great christmasy flavors that keep you coming back for more.

Notes: What a perfect beer to enjoy with my dad as we watch USC beat the living daylights out of the Nittany Lions on New Year's Day. This is the definition of a festive beer that is best enjoyed on such special occasions, as it reminds you why this time of the year is so magical. The best session beer on the planet when the holiday season rolls around!

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Wow, great white fluffy head that doesn't want to go away with stick lacing all around the glass. And orange copper color with some haziness. Man, that head still is holding strong.

S- Tons of citrus hop in the smell, but not overwhelming. Some caramel sweetness sticks its head in between the hits of citrus hops while some peppery character comes through with faint hints of alcohol.

T- Beer begins with a citrus hop sweetness punch and then lowers into a sweet malty middle. The middle brings along a faint bitterness that is overshadowed by caramel and biscuity/bready taste. The end of the beer is taken over by a swift kick of bitterness that fades into the aftertaste. Soft notes of alcohol become apparent at the end giving a slightly warming sensation.

M- Great carbonation in the mouth with a medium to slightly thick body.

D- Great IPA and although not my favorite, it certainly is no slouch.

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Bottled 10/3/14 at the North Carolina brewery.
Citrus-Pine aroma with a definite malt in the background.
Orange in appearance with perfect lacing.
Mouthfeel is balanced, coats the tongue and palate with bright, fresh flavor.
The taste is is hops in balance but that malt sweetness just lingers.
This is a world-class ale that is just wonderful. The freshness is so important and Sierra Nevada has done it again.
Get some. Savor it.

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Photo of Dunkelhund
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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