Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,237 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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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Copper body, 11/2" fluffy off white head - 4.0

S- Floral, herbal, citrus, and hints of tropical fruits all tickle the nose. Sweet biscuity malts, slit alcohol aroma - 4.0

T- Follows the nose, caramel malts are more apparent and they bring to the table that awesome sierra taste. The hops are still the stars here and though i'm tired of cascade, when fresh hopped, they're always amazing, plus sierra adds other supporting hops, limiting the cascade to a lingering grapefruit bitterness at the end. - 4.5

M- Oily and resiness, just like it should be, nice carbonation - 4.5

O- Someone needs to make a law, that all IPA's must be fresh hopped. Every fresh or wet hopped brew i have tasted, has been amazing. Add a good malt backbone to that and it becomes glorious. When I first had this in 2011, it blew my mind. Though 2012 didn't do the same, it's still an awesome beer. It's somewhat off balanced, but ipa's are meant to let the hops do the talking, and that's fine by me. - 4.5

2012 score out of 5: 4.38

2011 Vintage

My aunt gave me 3 bottles of it when i visited her for thanksgiving! Said a friend came over a year ago with it and she didn't like it and it's been sitting in here fridge ever since!

A- Murky amber, floaties fall like snow, 2" fluffy off white head that lasts forever

S- Pommegranet, apple, grapefruit, metal, sweet bready malts, alcohol

T- Sour apple cider, sweet malts, grapefruit bitterness, slit alcohol

M- medium body, lost that oily, resiness feeling, normal carbonation

O- Right from the start, i knew it was going to be awesome, the body is murky and the thick fluffy head only yields when i grow impatient and sip it away. Pommegranet, apple, grapefruit hit the nose with an awesome sweet metalic malt backbone. The taste followz the nose, but with a sour citrus note, sweet malts again are the backbone and grapefruit bitterness finishes it off with a slit alcohol twang to close it out. Though this may not have been the example of what celebration tasted like a year ago, i love it, and would trade my 2012's for this, any day.

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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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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2012

Poured into a Half Acre snifter. Pours a dark amber/brown color, with a frothy and bubbly tan head...slight haze, but relatively translucent. Head dissipates, leaving a thin layer of bubbly white head. Fresh earthy aroma, with fresh hop, malt and some sweetness character. Taste is super fresh; extremely balanced between hop, spice and bitter profiles, nothing dominates, very pleasant. Mouthfeel is enjoyable, smooth, not too bitter, with a light sense on the finish. Overall very enjoyable beer. Looking forward to several of these for Thanksgiving. Cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a sweet hops aroma when you first open the bottle. Its a classic winter beer; its dark and its bitter and for the true spicy hops lovers out there, this is the one for you. It will warm you up on the cold days and calm you down at the same time.

Collage girls drink GOOD beer:

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what a treat this was. I've been waiting for this one and it was well worth it.

This beer is a wonderful reddish copper color with a thick fluffy head. Pour carefully as this is well carbonated especially for an IPA, my first bottle was particularly lively and had a growing head (I might have accidentally shaken it).

This smells like a multitude of aromatic hops, nice but not amazing.

The taste however is where this brew really shines. The hop bitterness comes together with a slight citrus background coupled with sweetness. Make no mistake however that sweetness doesn't balance out the bitterness this is a bitter one just the way hop heads like it.

Mouthfeel wise it was above average but not legendary.

If you like IPA's this is a must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Been meaning to try this for quite some time.

Poured into a nonic glass. Great-looking IPA - caramel-amber in colour with a bit of haze, and a damned impressive head that provides stellar sheets of lacing and lasts throughout the whole drink. Awesome.

Pine hops, cracker, caramel, biscuit, citrus (orange peel).

Tasty IPA for sure, with a great balance between the citrus-pine hops and caramel-biscuit maltiness, with the hops lingering after each sip. I'm not sure what exactly is seasonal about this, however, but I do know that this is a fine brew nevertheless. Medium bodied, tart finish, carbonation fairly zippy.

Great brew on its own merits, but again, not sure where the seasonal comes into play here. Still, a sixer of this on Christmas morning would do me just fine.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had cases of this beer, but never got around to reviewing it. This is a 10/17/12 vintage, so a tad over a month old. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark orange/amber body that is bordering a light brown. Two fingers of a white/khaki head that settles into some solid edging. The lacing and retention is one of the best found in an IPA. Just crazy amount of clinging. Perfect.

S - Resinous pine, bitter grapefruit, caramel malts, and a bit of spice.

T - Caramel malts take center stage as some piney and citrus hops provide some fruit and bitterness. Just a touch of dankness and spice on the finish. Smooth, balanced, robust, delicious. Mouth feel is creamy and well carbonated.

O - Its not the best IPA in the world, but its one of the most consistently great ones. Huge gobs of caramel malt play off of piney and grapefruit heavy hops. The hop profile gives the illusion of an inclusion of subtle but warming winter spices. A classic, as always.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,237 ratings
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