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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe I haven't reviewed this yet. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottled on October 5th. That means it took over a month to hit the shelf in my area.

A - Pours a vibrant amber color with two fingers of porous white head. The carbonation dies to a denser half finger, leaving behind a sticky tie-dye lacing. Great retention.

S - Sweet citrus and fragrant floral hops. A buttery biscuit and caramel malt backbone gives this one a nice warm aroma. Spicy, almost rye-like character as well.

T - The flavor is more mellow than I remember. A perfect balance of floral hops and sweet, bready malts. Some fruits, mostly citrus, dance in the background. Finishes with a nice hop zestiness. Aftertaste is mostly sweet.

M - The best way to describe the mouthfeel is soft. The frothy, creamy body is probably the highlight of this beer for me.

O - Like so many others, I look forward to this wintertime brew each year. It has remarkable balance with a complex caramel malt bill similar to a marzen (plus the hops, of course). The fresh floral hops are notable as well. This is a beer without many weaknesses. I typically go for the big citrus, hop forward IPAs but this one is delicious in an entirely different way. I expect to go through a few cases of this stuff this winter.

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4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional full-bodied ipa that is perfect for the holidays and the grey boring days that follow. My personal favorite beer of the year a must have on any Christmas list! If you like the regular pale ale or the torpedo it's a nice variation and change that's outside the box. Great beer to get snowed in with.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So finally, i have my hands on celebration ale from SN. This is the 2012 release.

Poured it into snifter. Small less than a finger thick head that persists quite well. Decent lacing. Slightly hazy amber color tilting towards red hues. Good number of bubbles.

Smell: Nose is full of hops and herbs with slight amount of malt presence. Fresh hops are felt upfront. Grassy feeling, but not very strong, just good enough, saying that it is fresh hopped. Complex and well balanced.

Taste: Well, does not feel bitter to me at all. Good balance between malts and hops. Slight hops upfront, but not at all powerful to suggest an IBU of 65. Slightly resinous and oily. Medium dry finish. Good hop after taste.

Mouth feel: Regular stuff. Medium bodied feel. Astringency from hops and carbonation, which is slightly more than it should have.

Overall a 4.25. Personally i am a bit underwhelmed after so much hype surrounding this. 4 for an IPA from me does not feel right. Try it once. Good drinkability though. Hop heads will be slightly disappointed.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 bottle

First time I had one (this year :))

Poured from bottle into Sam Adam perfect pint.

Pours a deep Carmel-orange w tons of head great lacing and good head retention as you sip it (or chug it or guzzle it). It smells of Christmas trees and baked cookies. It's very hop forward w piney piney hops at first then sweet caramel and toasted bread before the citrusy hops come in to close the sweet deal w a nice citrusy bitter finish that lingers. This brew is easy to drink w a slick yet sticky lip smacking mouthfeel. I look forward to drinking this beer every year and it never disappoints. One of the best IPAs you can get anywhere and top notch seasonal release I always seek out.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep rich amber beer with a fluffy head of off-white foam

S: hearty malt and zesty yeast with citrusy hops

T: followed the nose - semi-sweet malt flavors capped off with some crisp, fresh-tasting hops and zesty/spicy notes; the citrus leans toward ruby red grapefruit; reminded me of a crisp red ale in some ways

M: light, refreshing, clean-finishing, frisky carbonation and a great finish

O: a really nice beer - crafted with excellence with nothing more than water, hop, yeast, and barley, but it had a very distinct and autumnal/holiday character.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Orange with a big fluffy head. Lacing was strong and sat on the glass for a long time after the liquid was finished.

Smelled hoppy, but not overwhelming. Citrus and grass scents.

Tasted of wet/fresh hops with a strong malt backing. Very nice balance of floral, citrus, malt.

Easy to drink, not bitter at all.

Price + quality + balance = a strong overall beer. Readily available? Count me in.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange in color. Great clarity. Three fingers of rocky, off-white head build atop the glass. Retention is excellent. Sticky webs of lacing cement themselves onto the glass.

S: Citrus notes of clementine and mandarin orange. Lemon rind and perhaps subtle hints of lime leaf. Soft aromas of pine needles and mint leaves. Pleasant grainy malt base. A touch brothy with scents of barley soup.

T: Citrus notes of clementine and lemon rind at the start. Grapefruit pith and rind as the bitterness builds. The hops shift again into tastes of tobacco and garden herbs as the bitterness reaches its apex. Slight cracked pepper. Fresh hop oils. Malt base of toasted grain. Slight broth. Finishes with a lingering minty, herbal, and citrus rind bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy. Very soft, soothing sort of texture to it. Moderate carbonation.

O: An interesting choice Sierra Nevada has made, to have an IPA for a winter seasonal in lieu of some of the more traditional winter styles (porter, winter warmer, etc). But why not? It's a damn good beer and it sells very well. There's a great deal of complexity coming from the hop profile, and that fresh hop taste is what sets it apart.

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