Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,219 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 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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Photo of thedoer
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of bmohead
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Beefytits4
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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Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BrewLou
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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Photo of PhatAtUT
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Microbrewtaster
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:There is a nice yellow side of amber color with an off white head of about a finger and a half. there is a decent retention time and a good deal of lacing.

Smell: There is a loarge amount of hops in the smell and a hint of citrus to continue. maybe some caremel. this is a pleasent smell for thanksgiving.

Taste: There is a strong citrus smell and hops an a hint of grapefruit. There is a hint of pine and it is a solid beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied IPA that has a little more excess carbonation than i would have liked.

Overall: An enjoyable beer one that was reccommended to me but not one that lived up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice bright color with a very subtle red hue. The head was lovely and fluffly and is always a great indicator of a quality beer.

The aroma was of citrus hops mixed with basic malt aroma. A very pleasant and refreshing aroma for a holiday beer.

The taste was of sweet with a nice malt background. The finish was of hops and left the mouth with only a slightly bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied.

Overall this was a pretty decent holiday beer. I did not think it was an amazing IPA though. The hops did not have a lot of depth or variety. I would also have preferred something with a little more bitterness for an IPA.

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Photo of ales4baldo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Bright and lively amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six fingers of off white head that keeps growing after being poured. Very good retention and lots of lacing around the glass. Looks great.

Smell: Big aroma of fresh hops upfront. Strong presence of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and oranges. Also a noticeable presence of oily pine resin. A strong aroma of bready caramel and toffee malts adds some sweetness to the aroma. Also a light hint of spices. Smells full and balanced.

Taste: Strong taste of citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit and oranges. Some of the hops taste like noble hops. Lots of pine resin that lingers into the aftertaste. The bright and bitter hops are quickly balanced midway by the bready and sweet malts with caramel and toffee. Flavors are fairly bold and balance each other great. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Sticky, oily, and somewhat creamy. Very smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A great IPA and one of the best seasonal beers out there. Great balance of hops and malts.

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Photo of huadog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of onechordwonder
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous bronze color with a massive, sticky head. If i could paint my walls this color, I would.

S - Mostly sourdough bread, but a bit of citrus from the hops, really rather clean and neutral smelling.

T - Strong, grapefruity hops that attack up front and lead into a warming malty finish.

M - Really easy to drink. Not overly carbonated and quite smooth. It's pretty easy to kill a six of this, until you stand up.

Overall, something to look forward to every Winter. A true classic.

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Photo of BTurn015
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glowing amber/orange hue with a massive clingy head. Huge hop presence on the nose. Really a wonderful looking beer. Simply gorgeous actually.

Anyway, back to the nose. Lots of citric and oily hops. Very clean smelling. Nothing too out of the ordinary here though.

Big hop flavors. Even getting them up front. Light to medium in body, high carbonation, very crisp. Slight toasted bready malt up front, lots of pine and citric hops. Bitterness is big, but doesnt really build as I thought it would.

It's amazingly clean and has all the right flavors an IPA should have but I can't give it too high of a score due to it's seasonal availability. Would make a great any time IPA but it in no way reminds me of something I'd have in the winter.

Fantastic IPA but not as good as the hype makes it out to be. Again, I'd score it higher if it wasnt a winter seasonal as well. Definitely for hop heads though who love that flavor.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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