Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,228 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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Ratings: 10,228 |  Reviews: 3,468
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Duhast500
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is an orange/red with a finger or two of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty piney like a Christmas tree and has some nice earthy tones to the aroma as well. There is some big hops here and it’s not hiding it.

The taste is bitter with some interesting pine flavor mixed with some citrus fruits. The hops are here and make things Christmas-like with the piney hop flavor. There is some sweet malt flavor but they play in the background as the hops steal the spotlight.

The feel of this beer is medium body but a little bitter at first. Something to get used to this beer does mellow out and then has a smooth feel that slides around easier then expected.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 5.0
Pours three fingers of dense cream coloured over a deep amber to reddish orange body with some fine suspended sediment.

Smell - 3.0
Not unpleasant by any stretch, but severely lacking in aroma for an IPA. Some lightly perfumy hop aroma, but it is very indistict, vaguely grassy and herbal.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity malt backbone supports the hops and bitterness, but does not intrude. Hop bitterness is spot on (assertive, but not aggressive) although flavour is mostly grassy with a subtle orange note.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine bead and lively carbonation work together to create a lush, velvety, slightly oily, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall - 4.0
Having had this beer twice, I can be fairly certain that this bottle was not as fresh as it should have been. Still an enjoyable IPA, but lacking the big, grassy, herbal wet hop aroma of a fresh Celebration. Will re-review later with a hopefully fresher bottle.

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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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of millsn1
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pint glass. It was great coming out of the bottle; gave a nice cream coloured head that slowly dissipated. This was an excellent beer that I was very pleased to be drinking instead of studying, and maybe that inflated my ratings, but I thought it was very good.

Has a kick on the back of the palate, and comes off very hoppy, but I like that so this was a great, relaxing beer. Without the label I would have called it a Northwest IPA due to the strong taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this wonderful beer from the bottle in a conical shaped glass. It has a nice creme colored head about two fingers thick that slowly fades back. The lacing is nice and really sticks to the glass. The color of the beer itself is a nice amber that borderlines on almost copper.The aroma is heavenly to a hop head and well balanced. The hops' citrus, pine, and spice notes tickled the nose then faded to the caramel of the malt. The aroma balance is spot on. The flavor starts off tart from the spices and hops and goes to the sweetness of the malt. The after taste is a bit on the pine side. The mouth feel is medium, it clings to the palate much like the lacing of the head does to the glass.

Over all this a very drinkable winter beer. It successfully blends an IPA with a spiced malt beer. I look forward to next year's batch.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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 edition review:

This looks good—a malty warm amber color with white bright foam. It has a pleasing aroma with some light malt & a piney resin aroma. The flavor has a great upfront bitterness with a pleasing resiny hop kick, some sweetness and a welcomed bitter finish. Always dependable and doesn’t disappoint this year either.

2011 review:

I get some holiday spices, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a warming aroma of clove and fruitcake. Age this for several years and see how it develops. Oh wait, I actually have to try it first? And it’s not a “Christmas beer”? But an IPA? …seriously, folks, (failed sarcasm aside) where does anyone get the sense that this is a a spiced winter warmer? Does anyone actually try it? I’ve never gotten the sense that it’s anything but what it is—and that is a delicious IPA! So, now that I’ve said my piece, on to the beer.

This pours a rich caramel-gold, lots of foam that slowly dies down while releasing all sorts of wonderful aromas. There’s a lot of hoppiness here—some light pine and evergreen and a big citrus leaning towards grapefruit. Absolutely tasty, with the citrusy and woodsy flavors backed by a sweet and caramelly malt backing. Enjoy the hop harvest with celebration but drink it fresh for full effect!

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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Huge three finger head that lasts for days! Great retention and lacing. Beautiful amber/orange in color.

S- Fresh and earthy featuring pine and citrus notes.

T- Fantastic balancing act of Hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Initially starts off with a nice bitter pine and layers into grapefruit citrus. Halfway through the malty backbone takes affect featuring toasted qualities and caramel sweetness.

M- Creamy at first and finishes crisp and clean.

O- A fantastic fresh hop brew! Fantastically balanced featuring a great hop profile with a nice malt backbone. One of my all time favorites!

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,228 ratings.
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