Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
10,238 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 TenHornsProud
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid orange with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of bready, biscuit, cracker malt and pine hop character.

Taste is up front cracker malt with some pine hop that fades into some grapefruit character and ends on a bitter and sweet kick with a lasting malt/hop finish...hard to describe but that's what makes this beer so great.

Lighter to medium body with medium carbonation work well for the style. The alcohol is well hidden.

A great IPA that mixes pine hop and bready, cracker malt perfectly. There is a unique quality to this beer that doesn't quite sink in until halfway through the beer....I look forward to this every year of course.

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

Pours a hazy amber gold with off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smells of citrus hops with a bit of pine. The taste is heavier on pine, but you still get citrus and spice. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Bravo to Sierra Nevada for going way outside of the box on a winter seasonal. This is an annual holiday staple in my fridge.

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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%

Photo of sweemzander
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. 2011 vintage. I cant believe I have never tried this yet, but better late than never!

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color. Produced a great fluffy tan to orange colored head with great retention and tons of lace.

(S)- A nice dry pine up front with some nice citrus and subtle caramel malt.

(T)- Same as the smell only backwards: The citrus and caramel malt up front with the dry pine on the finish. Simple, but tastes good.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and a great balance of malt and hops without one overpowering the other.

(D)- A solid IPA, though maybe not as "Holiday" or "Festive" for this time of the year as other beers out there, but it is a solid example for the style.

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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%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,238 ratings
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