Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,232 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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 10,232 |  Reviews: 3,468
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of bdn72
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of teromous
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber color, good carbonation, slightly hazy, white fluffy head, mild lacing.

S: Lots of hop flavors come through. Mostly pine comes through to me. I get a bit of yeast smell.

T: I get a biscuit flavor which is met with a pine-like flavor right after. It is fairly bready and grainy tasting, which works well with the hop flavor. It's not a slam in the face of hops, but it is right where it needs to be.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit chewy if that makes sense. It is brightly carbonated, medium bodied, and bitter enough. It feels a bit overcarbonated for my tastes, but that is a personal preference.

O: Overall I think that if a person is into IPA's or hoppy beers, this is a good celebratory beer for them! It would go well with anything from meats and cheeses on crackers, to a dinner with ham.

 809 characters

Photo of ubenumber2
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourd from 12 oz bottle into pint glass , nice 2 inch off white head with good lacing nice amber color with more than ordinary carbonation.

Very nice hoppy smell
The hops really come through in the taste and the malt comes through slightly

Really nice beer , will pick up a few six packs before it disapears off the shelf

 326 characters

Photo of Dusty6467
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: warm, amber, cloudy body, 2 finger head with excellent retention

S: hoppy, pine, sweet, not overwhelming on any attributes

T: awww nice, hits with some hops, a little spice... then malty carmel... then the dry hops and faint yeast finish it out for a very well balanced taste

M: good body, clean but very full

O: This is certainly one of my favorite beers out there. They don't mention on the package that it's pitched with yeast which gives it a great taste similar to a belgian IPA. For the price, it's the best value I've been able to find (paid $13 for a 12 pack). Pick it up around the holidays - worth a try!

 621 characters

Photo of aleslover
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of liquorpig
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of nUgZ
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a 2 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops, some malts, and an almost minty aroma as well. Pretty subdued compared to a lot of the IPA's I enjoy.

T: Just like the smell, I get a good bit of citrus and pine hops along with some nice malt balance. It's a little spicy too. Nice and bitter.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: I'm pretty impressed with this beer. This is the first time I've had a Celebration, but I like it. It's not as hoppy as my favorite IPA's, but that's not really the idea. I'm glad I bought a 6 pack.

 644 characters

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Fahz
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice thick 3" cream-colored head appears atop a little hazy golden/orangish brew that has lots of bubbles throughout the drink.... There's lots of retention that leaves tons of lacing.

I take a whiff and get lots of citrus like that of grapefruit with piney hops.... It's also a bit spicy with the slightest sweetness like that of caramel.

The taste is similar with a bunch of citrus, spices, hoppiness, and some sweet malts.

I'd say this I a medium-bodied brew with tons of carbonation.... It has a crisp spiciness with a slight creaminess going down.... The finish is a bit dry.

Overall, I love this beer.... Sierra Nevada did an excellent job with this year's "Celebration".... Well balanced and tasty.

 756 characters

Photo of blknikon
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of cantstandya65
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Travcofarms
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of OCdrummer7271
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium amber. Big foamy tan head. Fades slowly with top notch head retention. Nice lacework to boot.

S: Some decent pine with citrus and some spiciness that I can't quite place.

T: Pine primarily with some sweet orange marmalade and a hint of resin. Bit of caramel and then turns bitter in the middle and into the finish. Pine carries through the aftertaste with the tiniest bit of resin. Some spice lingers in the aftertaste, almost peppery sometimes but mainly pine.

M: Medium bodied, pretty standard fare.

O: Quite a decent IPA. Nice combination of pine and citrus. Not a ton of malt, making this one quite hoppy and fairly bitter for a 6.8% brew. I enjoyed it.

 686 characters

Photo of Kunstman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy copper with hazelnut hues topped with a khaki bed of foam which seems to last for decades

S: Herbal, piney with strong citrus aromas built upon a caramel, honey sweetness. Faint spice as the beer warms.

T: The hop herbality and pineyness hits the mid palate quickly followed with orange zest which is paired with a faint peppery spiciness. Fresh baked bread maltiness adds to the overall warmth of the brew topped off with honey, caramel, and brown sugar.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of prickling carbonation. Hop oils add a nice syrupy linger.

O: This brew embodies the California holiday season: warm, spicy, and sugary sweet, all topped off with awesome hoppiness.

 743 characters

Photo of Ozurr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,232 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.