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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Ratings: 10,231 |  Reviews: 3,468
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Mahgeetah527
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Allagash chalice.

Smells of fresh piney & resiny hops. There is a little bit of malt in the background to round out the massive hop presence.

Pours a golden amber hue with 2 fingers of white fluffy head There is significant lacing left behind with each sip.

The taste starts off with fresh bitter grapefruit. Some pine and more citrus come through in the finish. Much like the smell the malt backbone rounds out the hops making this not a true "hop bomb" but a pretty well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium.

Since I'm not really a fan of typical Winter Seasonals, this beer is one to look forward to this time of year.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy light copper with a two finger head. Dissipates to a nice cap and lacing that sticks to the sides.

S - Citrus and pine from the hops takes up most aroma. Light malt is in the background.

T - Lightly sweet malt at first that blends into heavy piney notes and bitterness. The bitterness lingers for a while afterwards.

M - Medium body, pretty heavy carbonation. Lighter carbonation would be better.

O - Not a bad IPA, but certainly not one of the best. The piney hop bitterness over powers the other flavors, it needs to be toned down.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours orange-amber, with a medium haze. Golden head isn't thick, but has fairly good retention, and light lacing on the walls of the glass.

S: Sweet malt and aromatic hops in equal measure. After a couple of whiffs, I detect some citrus notes. Pretty typical for an IPA.

T: Holy bitterness, Batman! There isn't much room for the malt or anything else. After the bitterness of excessive hops fades, the citrus makes a faint appearance, and I might detect a hint of diacetyl.

M: Crisp, good carbonation.

O: I should point out that I'm not a huge American IPA fan, and although drinkable (and slightly above average in the class, in my opinion), this one didn't change my position; the bitterness was just too overwhelming for me to give it good marks. I'm not totally disappointed I tried it, but I won't be going back.

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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%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hippityhops85
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottling. I've only ever had this on draft before so here we go!

Pours a beautiful bright cloudy orange with a huge rocky head that sticks around for the entire ride. Man, this beer looks fresh.

The nose is all hops. Big piny and grapefruity notes dominate with a touch of malt.

Taste follows suit with bright hoppy flavors: citris, pine, etc. The mouthfeel is pleasant enough with solid carb and a quick dryness. Excellent bitter notes.

Really enjoyed this beer and this may be the beer that brings me back to enjoying IPAs again. Interested to see what this does with a couple of months on it as well.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage
A- pours a bright orange with a massive fluffy head, very tight bubbles, thick and sticky lacing all over the glass.

S- very piney, very citrusy, very hoppy. Smells like lemon pledge in the best way.

A- again extremely bright lemon and bitter grapefruit rind, pine, light sweetness.

O- this beer is not under the radar at all, but if you haven't had it yet you should. Not at all like a winter beer, but who cares, it's wonderful.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of azdback
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured into a Phoenix Ale Brewery pint glass. A very clear and bright orange red color. Very few carbonation bubbles lead to a creamy, off white colored one finger head. Lace looks pretty sticky for now, but fades quickly and never recovers.

Smell is pretty bright and citrusy. Fresh, green hop resins are there and aren't overpowering but they are for sure there. I am getting just a hint of earthy malts and hard to find.

Taste is much more on the musty malts and hops side than the nose. Very tart bitter. Yellow grapefruit rind and wheat grass juice.

Mouth is a bright and on the spritzy side. Body is a bit thin and the finish is medium/short and dry.

Overall I don't think this is a great example of an IPA never mind a fresh hop IPA. The earthy flavors really ruin this ones potential. If you are an East Coast IPA guy (or girl) you will probably like this. Otherwise leave it alone.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A- Huge frothy 3 finger head, bubbly lacing, dissipates slowly, slight hazy brown/burnt orange color, decent amount of sediment.
S- Slight hops comes out in the aroma, citrus, slight grapefruit, the malts take over the aroma though, bready/nutty notes come out.
T- The taste is more hop forward, citrus, grapefruit, slight pine, breadiness comes out, big malt characteristics, decent bitterness.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, dry finish.
O- Solid beer, glad to finally try it, I see it all the time and always pass it up. Enjoyable but not a beer I would be craving to have again.

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Photo of Crundy
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy amber honey color, foamy off white head, nice sticky lacing

Smell: citrus hop, malt upfront, some yeast and bready notes

Taste: pronounced bitter hop flavor, sweet malt flavor, slight citrus flavor, slight bitter aftertaste, subtle nutmeg flavor

Mouth feel: dry, medium bodied, creamy, very drinkable

Overall: One of the better Christmas Beers I've tasted. It has a good amount of hop flavor in the taste which contrasts with the malt forward aroma on the nose. Its a bit more hoppy than I tend to prefer but its not bad, I would definitely drink it if it was offered. Its hard to go wrong with Sierra Nevada.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of lawlerj
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured direct from the frige, from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a hazy amber with a big frothy off white to tan head. Very fluffy looking. Appears to leave a generous amount of lacing. It doesn't appear to be overly carbonated. A beautiful looking beer.

S - big hops upfront obviously. There is a nice mix of citrus hops and undertones of the juicy/fruity hops. There is a hint of a malt base, but the hops are what dominate here.

T - strong hops dominate pretty much through the entire flavor profile. Very strong citrus/grapefruit flavors. I'm not getting much in the way of a malt backbone when cold, but this comes out more as the beer warms, with some caramel and bread undertones that beging to show through.

M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit sticky feeling, but not in a bad way at all.

O - overall, a nice beer. I enjoy the winter seasonal IPAs and pale ales as a change of pace from the winter warmer seasonals (which I love), and this is a very enjoyable offering from Sierra Nevada. Very good, as always.

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Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served right out of the fridge.

hazy apricot amber, decently carbonated produces two fingers of shortbread head that is leaving chunks of lace before my 1st sip.

Aroma: sprucey, citrusy, malty, clearly an American IPA. The evergreen aroma of the Hops is such a Christmas reminder.

Mouthfeel: Full.

Taste: restrained flavors of the Hops are joyful; Orange Marmelade and cedar or spruce are buoyed by a big malty bed.

Notes: tasty, invigorating, joyful. One doesn't think of an IPA as a Winter Seasonal but this one has the right balance between Hops and Malt and the senses are actually reminded of the smells of Christmas. Wow. This one is gonna be a keeper.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,231 ratings.
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