Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
10,331 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:
#1,439
Reviews:
3,495
Ratings:
10,331
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
387
Gots:
2,020
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 10,331 |  Reviews: 3,495
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NeutronMan
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of
4/5  rDev -3.6%

You had this beer. Write a review.

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

12oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is extremely good - very merengue-like.

S: Lots of fresh hop aroma - a medley of hops really. I get orange peel and lots of floral aromas. Behind this, I get a bit of spices and caramel sweetness.

T: Balance here is the key. Soft bitterness is accompanied by a very floral hop flavor with a bit of fruitiness in the background. To balance I get a nice nice caramel sweetness and bready malts, though the bready malts come through stronger. There is also a slight spiciness that adds to the complexity.

M: Medium thickness with medium to high carbonation. Very good.

O: This beer is extremely well balanced and very tasty. There is a lot of hop aroma and flavor without being over the top. There is also a nice malt backbone to balance without getting in the way of the hops or becoming too sweet. Very well done.

 943 characters

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of markmccoy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Steimie
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

$8.99 six-pack bottles from Rouse's, New Orleans. Poured into a wine glass.

A: Arguably the sexiest-looking IPA I've seen. Huge cloud of a head and outrageous clumpy lacing left all over the glass. Also appreciably darker than the average IPA; this could pass for a red.

S: Not a hugely distinguished IPA smell. Not getting the piney quality of SN's hop-forward beers. A little citrus, but also some malty sweetness, which could be subliminal.

T: Almost aggressively assertive. Initially juicy and citrusy, then an almost medicinal dryness on the back end.

M: Really, really dry. Bitterness is overwhelming.

O: Definitely very good, but also kind of ruggedly one-note.

 673 characters

Photo of stickboy1125
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Okay, the moment I poured this in I immediately considered giving it a perfect score in appearance. This is a truly reddish looking ale, complete with an initial 2 finger head that never appears to fully recede. Carbonation gloriously climbs to the top, and lacing remains all around the glass as I drink it. This looks like a fresh batch of homebrew, made with lots of care and attention.

The aroma is filled with - as advertised - hop oil that contains warm citrus notes and a sweet, maple-like smell. There are scrumptious smelling toffee malts, and a crisp biscuit finish. The yeastiness is present, and while slightly fruity, it mellows out under the malts and hops. This is definitely a festival of different seasonal aromas, and while somewhat unbalanced, it's really fun and enjoyable.

The flavor consists of an initial citrus fruitiness that immediately is smoothened by the toffee and caramel notes present in the malts, and then finished with a fresh hop zest. This amazingly pleasant! It's very yeasty in the middle, but it's yet another testament to how fresh this batch is. Not watery in any respect, but definitely filled with seasonal flavors that create a complex drinking experience, despite the fact that it's unbelievably easy to drink. I cannot taste the alcohol on this one, and it's freshness and varied flavors would make this tempting to drink extremely fast.

This beer pretty much takes what Southern Hemisphere does and takes it to a whole new yet far simplified level. In a way, I prefer this, because as an avid hater of "seasonal beer," SN made a beer here that could be enjoyed at any time of the year, but it wouldn't be nearly as fresh if they did release it year-round. Great stuff, and a really adequate way to chime in the holidays. Another triumph for SN!

 1,841 characters

Photo of JSchock7
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Biffster
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is beautiful - a deep crystal clear amber/copper with a very persistent rocky off white head and lace that clings to the side of the glass.

The aroma has a fairly intense grapefruit and piney, resiny start. It is countered by a strong dark bread and fruity malt aroma, with some moderate graham cracker and low caramel notes. There is more dark ripe fruit notes as it warms.

It's fruity and sweet at the sip, but not overly cloying. It gives way quickly to an intense hoppy bitterness and a strong but not intense or overwhelming tart citrus, melon, and big piney hope flavor. It is bitter and lingering at the swallow. The finish is strong, bitter and a bit alcoholic, but not harsh or hot.

The mouthfeeel is moderate - an almost spritzy carbonation, but a fluffy, almost creamy body. There is no astringency or hotness, but there is some touch of alcohol warmth.

God I love this beer. I look forward to it every year. It actually isn't the most amazing IPA, but I've grown to look forward to it every year. I can't imagine decorating a tree or stringing lights without a Celebration. It's just part of the season...

 1,133 characters

Photo of Stumpy29er
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of baxter94
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Illmaticzx
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Falcone
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BCash
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TheGoldenJ00
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of djschnabel
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of tcanaday
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of kshizzle101
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Caramel in color. A 2-inch head which lingers for awhile. Thick lacing down the sides as you drink this beer.

S - Hops very prevalent, also smells slightly of booze. Get a light whiff of malts as well.

T - Very notable hops up front. A little bit of spice and malt in the middle and some slight booziness towards the end. The taste is much bolder than the smell, but that's a good thing.

M - About typical for any good IPA.

Overall - An incredibly well-balanced offering from Sierra Nevada. Not a whole lot of room for improvement. I always look forward to Celebration's release but decided to finally take the time to review it.

 684 characters

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,331 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.