Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,221 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an icon for good reason. enjoyed at chaps norristown last nite $2.50 / pint, can you beat that? still drinking great 3 months old. really pairs well with last nites dinner french onion soup and hot wings. 1/2 price craft and 1/2 price wings, what a happy hour.

pours beautiful amber great head that sticks around, smells citrus hops with that great malt background. this beer is all about balance. taste follows, spot on bitterness with that bitter orange peel finish, so fresh, drinkable, hopheads delight.

one of the two best single ipas in the world.
port high tide would be the other.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my review from a bottle I had a while ago:

I had this beer as part of a special that were offering at my local beer store. Two very large bottles for $5.00. It says winter beer on the bottle but I would agree that it's more of an IPA than anything else.

Good golden/amber color. Excellent head, great aroma and good IPA flavor.


The draft is pretty much the same. A very good beer that I would order any time I see it.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Appearance: It has a copper color like a new penny. Orange-red body. Rocky head and great lace.

Smell: Very herbal and pasture like with a bread like finish.

Taste: The hops hit you first as one might expect from Sierra. There are bitter citrus tones followed by some pine and grass. At the end you get some very mild malt.

Mouthfeel: A little bit sticky and medium. The carbonation has some bit to it.

Overall: Not my type of holiday beer but being objective I would say that it was pretty good.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange-amber with a thick, off-white head.

Smell: Great, earthy spruce hop aroma. It smells almost like a Russian River IPA.

Taste: Extremely balanced but robustly hoppy. Fresh, with piney hops in the foreground, and wet, skunky hops lingering in the background. Nice, sweet biscuitty malt prevents the beer from going over the top.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy for an IPA. Deeply satisfying to sip and perfect for the style.

Overall: I really have to hand it to Sierra Nevada. They're not the hippest or most experimental brewery out there, but this beer is a testament to their skill. It tastes like a classic beer, something you'd sip on in Milwaukee on a blustery winter night, watching football at a bar, alone, but happy.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Pours a nice copper/rust color with a healthy tan head that hangs around.

Pine dominates the nose with citrus and malt in the background. Also a nice floral bouquet as it warms.

Bitter pine up front rounded by some grapefruit notes and balanced by a subtle malt sweetness. Feels lively in the mouth with intense fresh flavor. A very good ale.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find this at my local market in a build your own six pack display. It pours a very nice rosy-tinged amber, just slightly cloudy and with a great deal of visible carbonation. A half inch eggshell head fell to about an eighth of an inch that hung around with quality lacing. The nose is very pleasant with a hop-forward profile that's very grassy/herbal. The initial taste of this beer is something special, with a very well-balanced flavor of malt and herbal hops. I thought that this one was going to end on a clean note, but it has a slightly piney hop bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a bit. It's not an unpleasant bitterness at all, but it's a little more pronounced than I would have liked. The mouthfeel is creamy and nice throughout the foretaste, but--again--that acidic bitterness at the end is a bit of a detraction to me.

Now that I'm nearing the end of the glass here, I'm actually enjoying this beer more than in that initial taste. I'm a huge fan of American IPAs, and this one can certainly hold its own. As with other Sierra Nevada offerings I've enjoyed, I can taste the quality of the ingredients--especially the hops. Though I wish it finished a bit cleaner, the bitterness at the back does provide some added complexity. Well worth a try.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,221 ratings.
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