Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,237 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: 10,237 |  Reviews: 3,468
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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%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a thick head. Wonderful head retention and lacing.

The smell is amazing. Citrus and pine from the hops along with maybe a hint of malt.

The taste is where it all comes together. Wonderfully balanced with just the right amount of hop flavor and bitterness. The malt is able to shine through as well. The finish is slightly sticky with the alcohol becoming slightly noticeable.

This is a very good beer and one of my favorite ipa's. Wish it was available year round.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle - Enjoyed in a Great Lakes tumbler...

Its always a "Hoppy Xmas" with Celebration Ale...I purchase a case every year!

Beautiful creamy inch or so head...lingers for a while...and leaves nice lacing trails.

Nice citrus tropical aroma with a bit of carmel malt.

Beautifully balanced. Nice hop bitterness with complex citrus, herbal, and minty hop flavors. Definitely on the spicy side which makes this great for a winters eve during the holidays (even though its in the 60s today in Philly : )

Mouthfeel is great...medium bodied with a dryness that makes it feel on the lighter side...easy drinking.

Overall a great 2011 celebration ale. Perhaps a bit more balanced and mintier than previous annual releases...maybe the growing season produced more mint and spice in the hops.

Easy to drink 3 of these in a sitting to brighten one's holiday spirit. The abv is well hidden and the bitterness of this IPA is not overpowering but very well balanced.

Get some Celebration while it lasts.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Pours into a pint glass a hazy, glowing amber color. A super creamy cap of off-white head develops with some real staying power. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is big on grapefruit up front with a minty hop tinge. Rich caramel notes round out the nose.

Taste is all about the hops...citric, piney, spicy and a bit earthy. Grapefruit, lemon rind, mint and herbal tea flavors with a mildly sweet caramel malt backbone.

Very nice mouthfeel...smooth and crisp with a medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation paired with a tad bit of stickiness to balance out the creaminess on the palette.

Too bad this is only a winter seasonal...a very nice IPA.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

has a finer looking glass of beer ever been poured? i doubt it! absolutely sensational festive red color with a 2 inch head that resembles the first big pillowy snowfall. smells like whole cone hops, delicate and passive, but confident and obvious. resiny, floral notes hit the nose, with none of the spice warmer stuff the packaging suggests. taste is less than a standard american ipa in terms of hop bitterness, in fact its not bitter at all, but just a good well balanced ale, perfect for any season in my opinion, not just christmas time. a really well crafted beer, with a perfect mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation that lets you taste it all. nice finish as well with one last hop kick. really fresh and delicious. as big as sierra nevada has gotten, its products only continue to get better. great great brew. looking forward to the other 11 bottles left in the box...

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've passed over this beer at the retailer in the past because I assumed it was a spiced Christmas beer. I have heard a lot of good things about it and learned that it was a fresh hop IPA so I am back in!

A - Strong copper orange in color. I'm guessing that this is unfiltered because I can see a lot of hop particulate likely from dry hopping. Head is rocky and pure white.

S - Sweet grain and resinous hops. Fruity ethers.

T - A very nice sweetness from the modified grains. Hops are very floral up front and have a nice bitterness at the end. Pine and grapefruit. I also get a vegetal or grassy like quality from the hops.

M - Full, thick and sticky. moderate carbonation. No noticeable alcohol burn.

O - A very nice beer. I am embarassed that I hadn't looked closer at it in the past. This is a solid and delicious IPA.

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3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Auld-Dubliner in Tucson, AZ. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width, fluffy white head. Deep red-brown color, well carbonated but no lacing whatsoever. Interesting.

S- Very hoppy, warm and dark brewing spices make their way forward.

T- Hoppy and bitter, the hops claim the beer, but for an IPA that's quite alright with me.

M- Medium bodied, decently carbonated and with a sticky finish.

O- Quite good, maybe too hoppy. The booziness is non-existent and I really enjoyed this beer.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold almost getting to a light brown. Off white head that builds up quick and fads to a layer of froth.

S- Smell is fantastic. It seems like the perfect amount of piney hops enough to fill your nose but not overdone.

T-Hop hit starts out big and mellows into a nice long lasting back of the mouth hop aftertaste.

MO-First year that I've had this, but it wont be the last. Not a huge fan of the bigger hoppy beers but I do enjoy one occasionally and this one quenches the hopthirst.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown color. Clear body and very thick white head. Great lacing and longevity in the head.

S - A ton of American hop aroma but strangely "fresher" than your typical IPA. I'm not sure if this is because of the marketing behind the beer or not but it tastes like someone picked whole cone hops off a vine and threw them in a giant vat of water and then you smelled that vat. There is a slight tinge of soapiness to the hop aroma that is undesirable.

T - A very bitter and hoppy flavor throughout. A very slight dankness to the flavor with most of it being overpowered by the sheer American hop flavor. A slight nutty taste in the finish somewhere is very welcomed.

M - Medium bodied beer with no alcohol burn or ill properties.

O - A very good and distinctly different IPA. This is a beer I look forward to every Christmas and this year it was outstanding as usual.

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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%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,237 ratings
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