Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,219 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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Ratings: 10,219 |  Reviews: 3,467
Photo of fatmusic14
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not typically a huge fan of Sierra Nevada brews, but love fresh hop so I figured I'd give this a shot.

Pours darker than you'd think, a terrific mix of orange, red - shaded down 1 octave. Good head, hangs around. Decent lacing, but the remaining head is really the pointman here.

Smells like a pinecone. Straight up. Very earthy - overpowering pine and slight hints of soil. Subtleness of the scent combination really takes your mind to a different place.

Tastes like it smells, like a terrific ale. Plenty of hops, pine, citrus, not overpoweringly bitter, but strong.

M - fresh, delicious. Carbonation at good levels, IPA aftertaste.

O - great beer. If you're an elitist, its worth straying from the craft for this one.

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Photo of jameyp
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Rickstar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ripperltj
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of h2oamay
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of NICKV1117
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite seasonal offerings from Sierra Nevada (or any other brew maker for that matter).

Pours a beautiful amber, clear with a decent amount of carbonation. Put a nose on it and you smell that deep pine and citrus that we have come to know from West Coast I P A. Sweet, but not too floral. The taste is similar to their fantastic Torpedo, yet with a bit more spice.

All in all, it truly compliments the joys of the season. A winner.

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Photo of sawilliams204
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

Photo of RobDB
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of phishsihq
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American IPA pours a clear amber color, and it is capped by a thin head of off-white foam that dissipates quickly and provides decent lace. Big citrus and pine aromas and a decent caramel malt nose. Caramel and bready malt sweetness give way to citrusy hop flavors and bitterness. Amazingly smooth and incredibly well-balanced, Celebration ale is medium in both body and carbonation.

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Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BklynTerp
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CSpoons
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Rmatuszak2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of larrynevins
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BGdad
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of orprince
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tastymug
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Really nice clear, red copper color. Poured with a great head and leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mix of malts and hops in the nose with some citrus and pine.

Taste: Well-balanced taste. Definitely more hoppy than anticipated for a winter-time beer but it’s not overpowering—it should appeal to hop heads and those that like a more malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a nice amount of carbonation; light to medium bodied.

Overall: For what this beer advertises, it certainly delivers. While I prefer a more spiced type of wintertime ale, this one delivers for its genre. Very drinkable, good level of alcohol ... beautiful color and head. I could definitely drink more than one of these to counteract the sweets at the Christmas family meal!

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Photo of HomerS
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is bright amber, two finger head and lingering lacing. Smell is citrus fruit and hints of cocoa. Taste is bitter lemon and subtle dark chocolate notes. Feel is medium in body with a smooth finish.

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Photo of Coldsnack
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of altheimera
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,219 ratings.
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