Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,228 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: 10,228 |  Reviews: 3,468
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear bronze-golden amber with 2 finger egg shell bubbly head with good retention and great sticky lacing

S - pungent grapefruit hops with plenty great piney notes and caramel malts and a touch of booze.

T - one of the great widely distributed seasonal beers, a truly classic winter ipa experience. Loaded with a blast of citrus and piney wet hops balance with bold sweet caramel sugary malts that stick to the top of my palate. The pine favors promenade as the beer warms and the booze is present but not overwhelming and help to take the bite off the earthy bitter finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit chalky.

O - a great year for celebration, I love picking this one up every year, going to age a few and see how it mellows in the spring. This is a must grab for any hops lover. I wonder if this beer actual does vary from year to year or is it me who changes with the seasons?

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3.4/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into hfs sniffer

A: orangey brown amber color translucent with a inch tan head

S:pretty floral scent but there isn't much else there and there's a hint of alc

T:follows the nose a light floral hoppy taste that is well balanced with the bitterness

M:light and very drinkable though somewhat watery

O:soild fresh and drinkable ipa but not strong enough flavors

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

An old standby. Enjoyed from a Sierra Nevada snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent orange amber with a generous 2 full fingers of frothy IPA head. As the head bubbled away massive chunks of lacing clung to the glass.

s - fresh hops with a nice balance of nutty malt backbone.

t - much like the nose suggests this one is chock full of fresh hops and a great balanced malt backbone to keep it real. Good caramel notes crossed with dank wet fresh hops. Not a hophead's IPA, but a solid approachable IPA none-the-less.

m - even carbonation, medium bodied, just an easy drinker and a fan favorite.

o - overall, like many, I love celebration season. This is a great fridge beer that I stock regularly and often bring out when going to a non craft crazy place. As with anything Sierra Nevada, you really can't go wrong and the distribution is fantastic as you can find this in fine supermarkets.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

A: A rich, autumnal golden amber with a thick and long-lasting head.

S: Plenty of nice piney hops mingled with sweet malts.

T/M: Hoppy and bitter at the start, with a malty finish that balances out the hops. Pine, citrus, some caramel. The hops come in waves of rich, very bright and clean flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel.

O: This is an updated review, because either the Celebrations I had last year were sub-par, or I was just crazy - I've updated this from a good beer to a great one, pretty much as good as the Torpedo. It's more balanced than the Torpedo, slightly more malty and sweet, but still has fantastic, bright hop flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: burnt orange color with tiny bubbles in the head
S: like a pine bouquet with a little malt notes
T: very piney and then backs off a little and the malts come in
MF: this beer is a little light on the body for what I usually go for but it is incredibly balanced
O: this is one of my favorite beers of all time and I have a little party in my head when I hear from someone that it is out. The only reel upside to the commercialization of Christmas is that this beer comes out earlier and earlier every year.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

I have been drinking a lot of beers, but slacking on theses reviews. But I did buy this beer for review, this is the 2011 version. The 2012 just came out, which I will get and review as well.

A: This beer pours a dark orange color with a 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head, which almost overflowed out of my glass.

S: I get an initial aroma of grapefruit and pine, with some hop characteristics. Very potent smell that is complimented by some sweetness from honey and malts.

T: Very earthy taste consisting of grapefruit and pine up front. As I get into the flavor I get a dryness from the yeast and sweetness from the malts.

M: Very sweet flavor, a bit tangy, but the hop bite is not severe. Minimal carbonation, but very sessionable.

O: This is the 2011 Celebration ale, so it might have lost some of its characteristics over the course of the year, but I didnt notice. I got a very quality IPA, and from Sierra Nevada, I would expect nothing less than quality. Did not disappoint, even after aging a year. Look forward to trying the 2012!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,228 ratings.
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