Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,220 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: 10,220 |  Reviews: 3,467
Photo of PaulAD
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I always look forward to the Holiday season to purchase this fine American IPA. It never disappoints! Perfect brown coloring, very aromatic, smooth drinking. The ABV can sneek up on you if you let it although it's hard not to turn this into a session beer. Festive tap marker - it's hard to find anything negative about this beer. Best when served on tap

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Photo of ChesterHop
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of gregb13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this one. To start with, it looks great in the glass; dark orange with some faint reddish notes and a great soapy head with nice lacing. Smells very fresh and citrusy (rinds) with a decent amount of pine. Taste follows perfectly. Very soft and creamy with vibrant comination (a surprise and a pleasant combination).

This was terrific like most from Sierra Nevada. Seek it out for sure.

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Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Really good lacing.

S: Fruity, citrus hops, and caramel malt. Smells great.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Citrus and pine. Nice toasted malt finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm going down.

O: This is excellent for the winter season. Looks fantastic, has a very inviting aroma, and is warm and refreshing.

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Photo of GHeinze89
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of DavidST
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass 2011 edition. This pours an amber color with a large off white head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smell is mostly of hops pine and citrus with a little caramel. Feel is medium lots of mouth coating bitterness, taste is the way it smells lots of hop bitterness up front and it lingers after I swallow with a little malt sweetness in the middle, after a big foot this might be my next favorite sn.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A- Hazy amber red. Great looking IPA. 1 finger white thick head. Nice lacing throughout.

S- Malt and hops. Really a nice smelling winter seasonal, extraordinarily different smelling IPA.

T- Hop forward. Delicious, follows with malt. Balanced, excellent, this is something I would drink on the daily.

M- Crisp, warming, nice carbonation. Just drinkable in every way.

O-Of course SN would have an IPA as their winter seasonal, and of course it would be legit. Is it fair to say SN is underrated? I have been drinking Celebration since I was a teenager and damn it's good.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Jef59
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beauty of a beer! Orangey gold with a thick taupe head. Definitely piney in smell with citrus and maybe some tobacco. The taste it definitely west coast all the way! Sting on the hops and a few delicate touches of malt. Following the nose its very spicy woodsy and citrusy. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Goes down extremely easily.

If you are looking for an ipa for the season, this is the one you want!

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Photo of IllHaveAnother1
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  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Topher78
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my trusty sniffer and got about 2 fingers width of an off white head. The beer poured a rather unremarkable chill hazed Orange/Red and left decent lacing. Upon first whiff I could smell numerous citrus aromas coming from the Cascade and Centennial hops that are generously used in this brew. In addition to hopping the beer when first brewed, Sierra Nevada dry hops Celebration after the first stage of fermentation is complete giving the beer it's bold aroma. The first sip of Celebration is reminiscent to shaking hands with an old friend; warm, inviting and friendly. This brew finishes clean with a slightly bitter side to it from the Chinook hops used in the brewing. Overall this beer is what a great Christmas season beer should be.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition:

Appearance: Pours an amber orange with a few red hues at the curves of my 12oz snifter. Beautiful eggshell white, frothy head. Very good. Brilliant head.

Nose: Big citrusy dry hops on the front closely followed by some caramel malts. Gets deep into the sinuses. Sticky grapefruit peel, pine, cedar woodiness, and a spicy hop character...probably the wet hops. Large floral hop presence! Very good. Pretty complex.

Mouth/Taste: A pretty big citrus hop bitterness balanced by a very fresh caramel hop. Citrus, grapefruit peel, cedar wood, floral hops, and a semi-dry finish. EDiT: Later i noticed a certain funk that i had not previously noticed. Frothy and semi- dry in the mouth but not overpowering. Masterful balance.

Overall: SN is one of the world's best breweries. Almost always 85-90 material at the least. Not a big beer, but a quality session beer for the holidays. recommended, though not sure f 'll see out again. Not something i'd buy by the case but i'll buy another six next year probably. but thats probably more due to the fact of style preference more than a hit to the brew. "A" beer material. The summary of this one is a fruity wet hops balanced masterfully with a fresh caramel malt. Dunno what the hell this has to do with the holidays, but whatever...its a really good brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Clear copper color with a thin sandy colored head. Nice rings of lacing down the glass.

S: Some nice citrus hops, caramel malts, grapefruit and a slight herbal note. Hints of wet blanket and tropical fruit.

T: Caramel malts with a slightly burnt note, sharp green hop resin, some grapefruit pith and a nice pine hop bitterness.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,220 ratings.
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