Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,218 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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 10,218 |  Reviews: 3,467
Photo of Rich540
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of yergermeister
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of fDOTbear
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Blue
1.75/5  rDev -57.8%

Photo of leviecole
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brushkanna
2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of patrickmw
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DCas90
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Soxfanmcgee
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 14/4/12

A glowing a dark amber orange with a two finger beige head that retains very well leaving lots of random lace well down the glass, the liquid looks thick with lots of sediment and even some bits of yeast at the bottom

S smells a faint but there's herbal hops and citrus, with some caramels

T much stronger in the mouth with a little pine and lots of rind, mild perfume notes and a little tea bag

M full bodied with just enough carbonation to give a thick creamy feel, quite bitter, and slick with a long finish, a high point in a solid beer

O pretty solid stuff going on here, there's a little balance and no booze detected at any point, could use a little more aroma but that's all I can complain about

Pretty solid stuff here, it seems to be doing quite well with a few months on it. I need to thank the most generous Rutager for knocking yet another want off my list

 918 characters

Photo of blindseer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SweJon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vbiliyar
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange and red paint the colors of deliciousness under a cloud of foamy head... All sorts of resiny hops hit the nose in a great way.Hop bitterness leads with a malty background. Bitter fall leaves, and nettle, black tea and pine tree sap. Interesting flavors but this one fit just outside my normal IPA palate descriptions. Nice medium body, good amount of bubbly.

I nicely put together IPA, pour another.


 417 characters

Photo of lovellfam5
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beerman1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown color with a two finger white head that lasts a bit and form nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, citrus, spice and floral hop. The taste has nice malt sweetness in the back ground with a grapefruit citrus hop that is very pronounced balancing it out. Has a lingering bitterness and a dry finish.

 335 characters

Photo of Schroeder
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Cane4Beer
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. 2013 vintage. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold to amber, a bit hazy, with lots of visible carbonation and a finger's worth of eggshell fluffy head, with moderately poor retention.

S: Big resinous pine hops and a bready malt – nice, though not complex - with hints of the bitterest grapefruit rind and toffee.

T: Follows the nose, but with more citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and a touch of grassy hops. The toasted bready malt tries to show up before the swallow, but is smashed back down by the hops. A touch of tropical fruit hops and a hefty bitterness with a touch of booze shows up near the end. The bitterness is moderate, though it lingers somewhat.

M: Mouthfeel on the heavy side for style. Good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable, though it's not hot as such.

O: This is good, but I'm somewhat perplexed about the "fresh hop" statement on the label. There was a time that it didn't say this - I don't know if there was a change in recipe, or simply a change in labeling. But there's nothing in the flavor nor aroma that would have made me think it was made with fresh hops. Either way, it is tasty, but there are several (even non-seasonal) better American IPAs out there (fresh hop or not).

 1,292 characters

Photo of desperado28
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RyanGustner
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,218 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.