Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BA SCORE
4.15/5
10,238 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
Ranking:
#1,405
Reviews:
3,468
Ratings:
10,238
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
1,965
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 10,238 |  Reviews: 3,468
Photo of Jules11788
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 release. Poured from the bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pours an orange-honey color with a two finger-width head that lingers; fairly sticky lacing

S: Smell is slightly citrus-y, with a helping of earthy/grassy hops, though the nose is very faint and honestly quite boring.

T: Taste is very mellow with a slight citrus-y character and notes of grassy hops. Finishes slightly bitter with a little maltiness and a nice peppery/spice flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M: Not too thick, and not too thin. The mouthfeel on this beer is great, with the right amount of carbonation and a slight creaminess on the tongue.

O: This is a solid brew, though it doesn't really live up to all the hype that it gets on the site. Its hop profile is pretty bland for an IPA, and the only real saving grace is the nice bitter/peppery finish that lingers in the mouth afterwards. I'll get a few sixers during the holidays, but it's nothing I'd really go out of my way for.

 990 characters

Photo of sailorsaint
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Desongo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of milwaukee512
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is truly a celebration when this beer comes out each year. Very unique in that I've never had an IPA that seems perfectly suited for winter; citrus hops and floral notes, but strong (slightly dark) malt balances it perfectly. Throw in the usual spectacular Sierra Nevada feel and quality, and you've got a one-of-a-kind standout, and a crazy value at the price.

 366 characters

Photo of bradwalrus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RES
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of rawfish
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of casapy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of johnso98
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first time I had celebration was in a growler. I liked the balance MUCH better that way than from the bottle, but I have this bottle now, so here it goes:

The label claims that this beer is a "fresh hop" IPA with a hint of pine. From the initial smell, the citrus hops are noticeable. In the bottled version, the pine makes all the difference in the taste - think about the character of oak barrel beers. As for the growler, the color and taste is clearer and the sweet malts are much more pronounced. Toward the bottom of the bottle, the hoppy taste is less noticable and the other flavors tend to stick out a bit more.

For an IPA, the mouthfeel is average, but that's not a bad thing. It is true to the style.

The taste is complex enough to try this time of year. I'd recommend getting it on tap somewhere; but if you like IPAs, the bottle is just fine. In this price range, Sierra Nevada is hard to beat.

 914 characters

Photo of Orange
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of phishfoolme
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebration pours a dark golden brown with almost an inch of head that is cream in color, with sturdy froth. There is ample, and steady carbonation that rises vigorously throughout the clean rich hues of the ale. As you drink, the head contributes to heavy lacing that sticks to the glass; marking libations.

I can detect a hop spice that is piney, and faint toasted malt notes.

Sweet malty IPA! This medium bodied ale comes on with instant carbonation that directly imparts hop spice of sweet pine and subtle citrus fruit. It leaves a crisp clean mouth without losing the resonating flavors the brew imparts. Makes me think of an imperial style with more carbonation, and malt flavor. The peppery bitters rise in the finale, and the subtle malts maintain balance throughout, There is a nice resiny citrus hop spice that lingers on the pallet afterwards. It is balanced throughout by the toasty malts.

In my humble opinion, Sierra Nevada rarely goes wrong, and their Celebration Ale is no exception. I look forward to this brew every year, and I am always satisfied with a nice lightly roasted IPA for the winter time.

 1,123 characters

Photo of grumpygerman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mebummer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stabbingcontest
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

A- Pours a deep golden to almost light amber color. Thick, dense head of about 2 fingers and slightly off white color. Retention and lacing is phenomenal. Slight haze with some evidence of the bottle conditioning.

S- Pretty straight forward with big pine notes. Reminds me of SN Hoptimum scent, with both using whole cones. Pine notes are present throughout, with other, more floral hops peeking in a little bit.

T- Flavor is pretty much the same as the scent. Also very similar to Hoptimum. Starts with a big bang of hops bitterness, but quickly adds in a solid malt flavor. Malt is definitely secondary, but is present with hints of caramel and lighter malts. Ends with a slight hops bite that linger on the tongue.

M- Pretty much standard IPA here. High carbonation, no detectable alcohol heat, and medium body. Hop profile might make extended drinking problematic, but overall a very sessionable beer.

Overall, a very enjoyable seasonal IPA. Whole cone hops give it a distinct flavor similar to SN Hoptimum. It's a shame this is just a seasonal, as it is a good everyday IPA. Price is very reasonable and even better for the quality of the brew.

 1,153 characters

Photo of blinker97
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 401J
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is serious business.. I'm usually a bit turned off by people raving about a beer but this is one of the rare instances where it lived up to/succeded expectations..

Pours a nice caramel/amber color with a thick 1 chubby finger head that stays with you for the duration leaving a lace all the way down..

The nose is floral hops with a maple/caramel finish to keep everything round..

The first few sips had me saying to myself ; wow this is a nice, above avg IPA.. But then the clean hops step aside just far enough to reveal a lovely caramel, sweet finish.. This beer improves with each sip and is very easy to drink.

I am thoroughly impressed with this beer.. I will be bringing it into my account on draft and am interested to see what my guests think of this..

 775 characters

Photo of Vlaminck
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Madskill
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of tarheelz96
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Antonius08
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jbertsch
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,238 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.