Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
10,224 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,224
Reviews:
3,467
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
378
Gots:
1,951
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,224 |  Reviews: 3,467
Photo of CMC73
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sulty
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jkolls
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDoHo
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle packaged 09/29/16 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Beautiful amber color with an amazingly thick, off-white, two finger head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Light malts, hops, and then citrus finishing with a sharp hop bite.

Taste: Very well balanced. There is a slight hop bitterness on the swallow but this is pretty laid back for an IPA.

Feel: Almost creamy mouthfeel, medium body. moderate carbonation and a bit dry.

Overall: An excellent beer.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLK7299
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbarnes9
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Orangeish, goldish red with an offwhite head that lasted a minute or two and reduced to finely bubbled lacing
Smell: Hops, pine
Taste: Like you'd expect out of a Christmas IPA... hop forward, bitter, sweet, red fruit
Feel: Smooth, small carbonation bubbles, resiny, oily/syrupy, heavy and foamy
Overall: Very good. For not liking IPAs all that much, I dig it and wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevintaraross
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stratusjeans
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrsqc7
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great head leaves superfluous lacing over a red body.

Taste is light and fluffy. Hops are upfront and prevalent but quite tasty, general citrus followed by some bitter pine

Quite good.

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Photo of Joshpu
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ab63587
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unique look that is a little darker than other IPAs. Spicy citrus aroma with a full glass, but more of an earthy aroma when empty. Fresh and flavorful, with a smooth swallow. For me, the post swallow revealed the Chinook hops, with a spicy pine aftertaste. A must have for your winter beer selection. Light a fire, play some vinyl, pull your girl close, and split a sixer of Celebration Ale. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of TigerSweat
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my all time favorites. Dark amber in color with a beautiful cream colored head. Lacing is also solid. A hoppy brew thats perfect balanced with sweet malts. There's no spices or dark fruit used in the brewing process which is a plus for me. I have to believe that this beer inspired many breweries that are popular today. Of the 100's of beers that I've tried in my day, Sierra Nevada celebration is probably still the best. Buy it - you won't be disappointed

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Photo of joekoz007
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into an IPA glass.
Pours a crystal clear dark copper color with 3.5 inches of thick, off-white head. Some of the head was still in the bottom of the glass after I finished the beer. Gobs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is all hop. Citrus, pine, minty notes abound.

Taste at the start and finish is a terrific hop bitterness with a touch of bready malt in the middle. Moderate carbonation and a pleasant, slightly oily mouthfeel.
Overall, this is a superb beer. Definitely my favorite Christmas brew. In my top 3 favorite beers ever. Seek this out.

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Photo of zzachm18
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattinIdaho
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkmiller76
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DattMavis
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Dark golden color, small head that lingers for a minute or two, slight lacing left behind

S: Earthy and piney hops, a tiny bit of citrus and malt

T/F: Sweet and piney at first, fades to bitter (but not overpoweringly so) with a lasting aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation with a smooth finish.

O: I'm still fairly new to IPAs, but I'm glad I tried this one. Probably not something I would drink more than one of in a sitting, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down if I come across another.

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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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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,224 ratings.
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