Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,231 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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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Hazy Dark Amber, probably one of the most unfiltered IPAs I have ever seen. Not too much as far as head goes.

Smell - There's your typical piney hop and citrus smell but it's surprisngly subtle. There's a stronger than usual caramel smell, which gives it more of a sweeter aroma than most IPAs.

Taste - Much like the smell the piney hops aren't that strong but it does have somewhat of a bite on the back of the palette, same goes for the citrus flavor as well. However, the caramel and spicy flavors (which wasn't present in the smell), give this IPA more of a distinct, sweeter taste. There's also some yeast flavoring in here, something which you don't really see in IPAs. The aftertaste is also a combination of a sweet yeasty flavor and a subtle hoppy flavors. I also get a warm feeling from this beer, much like a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty thick for an IPA, thanks in part to the slight sediment. There's also a decent amount of carbonation, but it goes along very well with the flavor.

Overall - This is an excellent seasonal IPA. With it's unique sweet and subtle hoppy flavors along it's spiciness, all this makes it an outstanding IPA. This isn't the hoppiest IPA around, but it still makes it a damn good one to drink!

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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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  rDev -3.6%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Burnt orange to tangelo gradient with a touch of flame and amber in the highlights. Soapy beige foam recedes from three fingers to one leaving thick webs of lacing in its wake. Subsequent gulps leave behind a stream of sandy fast running foam. Good retention.

Light pine notes and orange zest in the nose along with pink peppercorn and caramel malt. Very aromatic with a great deal of subtlety.

Lovely malt and spice notes lend the flavor profile a winter warmer feel at first. Fresh hops contribute a not-quite-moderate bitterness throughout but deliver fully on flavor. The impact is not immediate, but the spicy/fruity freshness builds and develops complexity (for example: vanilla?) long into the medium-dry finish. Malt supports throughout but seems less intrusive than in many of their other beers.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, well carbonated.

The 2011 vintage, still quite fresh, is drinking very well...quite an enjoyable example of the style.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium copper color with a fluffy one finger head that's retaining quite well...actually, very well. After a solid couple of minutes it's still at a 1/4 inch thick and slowly shrinking. Not a lot of lacing.

S- A sweet hop smell that's accompanied by some spice reminiscent of cinnamon, a touch of honey and maybe some clove and nutmeg.

T- Nice blast of citric hops upfront that, along with the spiciness, overpower the malts for the most part. Tastes like SN's Pale Ale with more umph across the board and some spice added. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Some cereal grain sweetness comes in the aftertaste after multiple sips.

M- High carbonation makes this one memorable and sensational.

O- I know there's a huge following for this beer and, though I've had it before and liked it, I never understood why it was so sought after. Now I know. Excellent.

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Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Near full inch white head on a murky amber body. Great lacing and head retention.

S- Floral/citrus smell

T- Mmm pungent citrus taste from the hops. Caramel notes, slight biscuit. Would place the alcohol higher than 6.8% but that's fine with me!

M- Wonderful full mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D/O- One of the better IPAs most will have although I will admit I'd rather have it be a seasonal, add to the experience I feel. Brings back memories every winter I have it! Last year while ice fishing...this year beating my sister in Scrabble...

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

12oz bottle with the top label boasting 2011 in plain view. Being that this is their holiday/winter seasonal, that pretty much gives you a basic idea of how fresh or old this beer is.

Pours an ever so slightly hazy reddish brown color with two fingers worth of cream colored frothy head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. A good looking brew.

Evergreen/pine/spruce like aroma (definitely not a citrus smelling Ipa). I know that this beer isn't spiced, but I could see why one might think so if they didn't already know better. Faint nutmeg and cinnamon in the background.

Taste- Pleasant and spicy bitterness up front. Malt body adds some texture midway. The hop flavor never really leaves the palate, reminding you that you're drinking a bold and flavorful beer (even when you're not actually drinking it).

Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

This is a unique Ipa. Some seem to taste SO similar, but not the tried and true Celebration Ale!

Morey's Bottom Line: A must buy every year. It's not the most drinkable Ipa, but hey, it's a winter seasonal after all. If you're not into hoppy/bitter beers, steer clear. Otherwise, this is one of the best holiday ales for your $$$.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I cannot believe I never got around to reviewing this beer. It's probably the beer that's most responsible for me going nuts for craft beer (that wasn't made by Magic Hat). This review is the 2011 version (obviously).

Goldenish amber in the glass, with a thumb-thick biscuity looking head. Lacing is sticky as hell and stays through the whole glass, with clouds hanging high over the pillow. The nose is, well...everything good about hops. You like pine? Herbs? Spice? They're all in there. I'd wear this beer like a cologne, but that might get me fired. There's a little bit of caramel back there too for good measure.

Taste is of course all hops up front. To me, this batch seems less grapefruity than in past years. There's still a lot of delightful citrusy hops up front, but less aggressive than I remember. As for the malt character, the best way I can describe it is like sweet potato fries with a little bit of an anise note. All of this tastes way better together than that description would indicate.

Mouthfeel is on the bubbly side, crisp and a little bit sticky with that citrusy aftertaste. The first few sips with a big head on it are the best. Virtually no alcohol at all for 6.8%.

This beer is one of my top picks for winter, pretty much perpetually. It's sessionable if you're careful and goes great with all that holiday food you're gonna be shoveling down. Highly recommended, as always.

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

Pours a beautiful deep gold color with a nice two finger head. Pretty clear. Aroma is slightly tart citrus and caramel. Taste is like the smell, just way more pronounced and robust. Tart citrus up front that's balanced with caramel sweetness and bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing.Very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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