Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,224 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint Glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a deep gold, slighty hazy body with a medium off-white head with high retention and heavy lacing.

S- Bread, citrus, pine

T- Starts off as a huge hop bomb. Citrus then comes through pretty strong. It leaves a bitter resinous hop flavor on the tongue.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium body.

Overall a decent IPA. I enjoy drinking a few of these during the holiday because it gets me in the spirit and is pretty flavorful, but I wouldn't seek it year round if it were available.

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Photo of porcelli426
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass

A - Deep red, dark copper, nice head retention- one finger.

S - Smells malty and sweet

T - Lots of citrus and floral. Big hop flavor. Really nicely balanced between bitterness and flavor. Nice clean finish.

M - Great mouth feel. Full and Carbonated. Really tasty, hard to put down.

O- Overall a really great beer. I am a big IPA fan and this is definitely going on the top of my list.

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Photo of kagent777
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the Sierra Nevada bottle date decoder (pretty cool) this was bottled on Oct 13th, line 1 at 9:13 AM. Almost two months, and the first I see of it in the Utah system. Woohoo, Utah, wer'e number 1! /sarc

Poured into my perfect pint. Huge smells coming off of this one even before I stick my nose in it.

Appearance: Glorious billowy, three finger off white head on top of a slightly hazy amber liquid. Very nice! Lace all the way down.

Smell: Huge pine and citrus hop smells. I am sure there are malts in there, but the hops kind of rule here.

Taste: A nice charge of bitterness really takes hold of the tongue with pine and orange flavors. I am having a hard time picking out the malt, but I can "feel" it back there.

Mouthfeel: No problems. Carbonation is smooth and middling, while the body is rich and almost thick. Flavors coat the mouth easily and do not let up during the long finish.

Overall: A perfect mix of good looks, and wonderful taste that I am happy to see return, if a little late, each year.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Schwerzpunkt
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance: Crystal clear. Almost a cross between orange and amber. Head was thick, pillowy, and quite large. Off-white in color, it disappeared rapidly, leaving ample, film-like lacing on the sides of the glass, aswell as a thin blanket on top of the beer.

Smell: A well-balanced mix of malts and hops. Piny aroma was clearly evident and quite strong, however, notes of sweet caramel and toffee, aswell as a slightly bready aroma from the malts also shone and helped to even things out.

Taste: Much like the smell, the flavor of this beer was well-balanced. Hoppy bitterness and a strng flavor of pine were the stars of the show here, yet they were balanced nicely by a strong malt backbone. As with the aroma, there were notes of sweet caramel and toffee as well as a biscuity, bready flavor.

Mouthfeel: This was the most impressive part of the beer for me. It was perfectly medium-bodied, with just the right amount of moderate carbonation. This beer had just the right amount of substance that it was not either too watery or too heavy/syrupy. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

Overall: It was a good beer. Well balanced, refreshing, moderate in just about every area. However, on the downside, the only area it really stood out in for me, was the mouthfeel. It's stuck in the limbo of being good, but nothing special. Nothing really jumped out or wowed me. In my opinion its overhyped and would not be touted so highly if it were a year round brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Ethanol4one
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this little jack in the box ale that pops up each winter about the time everyone is rushing around buying stuff on black Friday. Very hoppy on the nose approach, and it fulfills the promise on the bitter hop aftertaste, mixed with a little spice, but nothing heavy like the spruce or pumpkin ales I make in my buckets for the season.

Smooth, slightly malt, less attenuated than many IPAs now. Don't know that hops, but would venture Citra. I could wiki it, but that would be cheating. However I encourage you to look it up. The hops are kind of cheesy, but in a good way, like licking your fingers after that brand of corn chips w/ cheese everyone seems to enjoy.

Excellent to mix with stouts for your spur of the moment, home made Black and Tans.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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