Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
10,221 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Celebration AleSierra Nevada Celebration Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,221
Reviews:
3,467
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
376
Gots:
1,947
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,221 |  Reviews: 3,467
Photo of Ealanjones
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jellibeen
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Slarson7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bartleby91
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is such a classic ipa that has really stood the test of time.

The appearance is a really pretty copper/amber with a billowy two finger white head that lingers with good lacing.

The aroma is a classic west coast ipa with pine and citrus hops along with a sweet bready maltiness.

The taste follows the nose with a
piney citrus hop note along with a bready caramel malt sweetness that balances out the hoppiness.

The palate is medium with lingering piney resin and bready malt sweetness.

Overall this is a classic of the craft beer world that is still one of the better winter seasonals around.

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Photo of barknee
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

SNCA pours a deep amber with a massive & long lasting dark tan head. Fresh piney hops and massive malts soar from the glass, beckoning one to taste. Beautifully balanced; bitter, slightly sweet and mouth coating, its hard to believe this brew originates from a micro-macro brewery having such massive distribution. It is a quality craft product all the way, a truly outstanding and impressive effort. So satisfying for a mid-weight brew, its fantastic with or without food, the taste lasts for several minutes in the mouth. Seek it, buy it, enjoy it!

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a rusty orange hue with a billowing 3 finger cream colored head.

Aroma: Sticky caramel, dank pine sap, grapefruit oil and lemon rind.

Taste: Upfront mild seeet toffe, notes of acidic coffee and savory caramel. Midpate bitter pine and grapefruit oil, followed by a dry aftertaste of tangy orange and delicate vanilla.

Feel: Smooth, dry, slightly sweet and creamy. 7% abv is hidden well.

Overall: Quite good. Malt bill is complex and savory - candy like flavors are in tune with the christmas season and balanced by a classic sierra nevada hop profile. A nice wintertime IPA.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acmurphy696
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good tasting IPA with a fantastic appearance and a pleasant aroma. For whatever reason, the taste bends more towards bitter, which I don't usually mind, but there doesn't seem to be much balancing out that bitterness.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle with a bottle date of September 30th 2016 into standard pint glass.

L: Hazy amber with off-white finger width head with staying power.

S: Citrus, pine and floral hops with a caramel malt backbone.

T: Citrus and pine come through strong with a hint of floral, taste fades into a sweet biscuity malt flavor, keeping the bitterness balanced.

F: Light bodied, easy on the palate.

O: Pretty solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of evostudios12
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSEDS
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sohearn
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrQuantum
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great IPA from Sierra Nevada - I'd have to say it's up there right alongside some of my favorite craft brewed IPAs. Great hop flavor and floral nose, with clear hints of pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is just right - not heavy at all, but perfectly balanced. Very reasonably priced selection that I'd highly recommend.

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Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmorris15
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of surrealtree
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours our clear copper. In the glass, a slightly hazy, translucent amber with visible streams of bubbles. The head is tight, slightly creamy, and beige. The retention is fairly good, but dies down somewhat after a minute. The lacing is excellent, though. Sticky and splotchy.

S: Bright and hoppy; spruce tip and pine sap, lots of grapefruit flesh and peel, spicy with an almost minty herbal thing, and then a solid malt backbone that is both caramelly and toasty.

T: Like biting into a grapefruit. The bitterness and the oils of the peel and pith, and the juicy, tart, sweetness of the flesh. This blends with a bright, green spruce character. The malt backbone is sweet, but not detracting. Caramel at first, and then toasty to balance it out. Instead of detracting from the hops, the toasty sweetness of the malt combines with the hops, lending an even sweeter red grapefruit flavor, and almost a tart cherry kind of thing. The finish is more earthy, spicy pine, like the pine resin, which makes this beer very balanced, and then there's just enough of dryness and a lingering citrus bitterness to demand another sip.

F: Medium-bodied, but feels full and oily on the tongue, yet with ample carbonation to push it quickly across the palate and scrub your taste buds clean.

O: I haven't had this beer in two years, and it still tastes as good as I remember despite how much my palate has changed. When it comes to freshly hopped, old school west coast IPAs, Sierra Nevada still nails it.

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Photo of CMC73
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sulty
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,221 ratings.
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