Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,232 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: 10,232 |  Reviews: 3,468
Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +20.5%

5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of OysterMonkey
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-- Beautiful deep coppery color. full head and nice lacing on the glass

S-- Crisp hoppy aroma, very nice

T-- Delicious, complex. Strong hop flavor. Not exactly balanced, but enough malt character to hold the thing together.

M-- Light, smooth

O-- Fantastic beer. One of my favorites.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ChaseT
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of auroracrisis
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Copper in color with a small head that provides some lacing as the beer is drank down. Bubbles can be seen dancing to the top in a rapid fashion.

Earthy hops on the nose, with notes of pine and resin. A touch of caramel and bread sweetness behind that.

Opens with a nice juicy, fresh earthy hop flavor similar to pine. Then quickly moves into a pale malt and caramel sweetness. A touch of spicyness that gives me the impression that there could be some rye in this but it is most likely due to the hop variety they used.

Soft and some what thin for the style, with a touch of drying. A little more carbonation than I prefer in my pale ales.

Good earthy hop flavors take the focus in this highly available fresh hop beer. A good go to beer in this season when grocery shopping or in a pinch, but not something I would pick over some of the better wet hopped beers. But it's price and availability still make this a good choice.

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Photo of PerHops
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This is a little on the dark side for an IPA, but then again a little light for a winter beer.

S- Very nice fresh hop aromas. Spicy, citrusy, piny. Very impressive.

T- Lots of hops, but a good balance with a strong malt presence that doesn't overwhelm but does assert itself. If there was such a think as a christmas IPA this would certainly fit the bill.

M- Average IPA feel.

O- A little maltier than I like, but overall another good offering from sierra nevada

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium to deep gold, with a white creamy head, about one and a half fingers high. It dissipates leaving very good lacing.
The smell is very much fresh hops and fruity notes.
Taste is fruit up front, nice malty notes in the middle, and a grassy, little more bitter finish, very nicely balanced.
A very drinkable exciting beer!

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled October 4, 2011

A: Thick head with good lacing.

S: Piney hops, honey and grain.

T: Piney and grapefruity hops and sweet malt. Some apple-like fruitiness comes through in the middle, and the finish is quite long and bitter.

M: Full and quite creamy.

O: A pretty good IPA and a solid value.

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange body with a chunky white head. Head thins down to a sticky ring that sticks to the glass.

Smell is very hoppy, earthy and fruity.

Taste is a nice mix of fresh hops, citrus fruits and malt. Nice bite of bitter in the finish. Very good and fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel is very creamy yet smooth and well carbonated. Medium bodied and goes down easy. Leaves a nice hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Overall this has to be one of my favorite beers by SN. Very fresh tasting and drinkable. Highly recommend picking some up if you have yet to try it.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks great. Nice red hues and a nice full head of foam. Good retention down the glass. Piney hop presence in the nose with a little citrus with a touch of grain. Good hop aroma, not too strong though. Taste is great, hops providing most of the flavor. Aggressive pine hops with some grapefruit character, with malt sweetness balance at the end. Hop character lingers afterwards. Well carbonated and has a good body. Creamy feel that is very drinkable. This beer is beyond drinkable, each sip makes me want more. I understand why people go through cases of this, it's a solid example of the style for a great price.

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

A: Hazy dark amber pour. Very thick 1.5 inch head....very strong head.

S: Piney hops smell. Not too strong. Maybe it's just me, but I expected a stronger hop aroma from this beer.

T: Very nice up front hop bite...a nice bitterness. Piney.

M: Sharp and crisp with a dry finish. Nice carbonation.

O: This is another solid beer from Sierra Nevada. I like the fresh pine hops and bitterness. Good Beer.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%

Served in a pint glass

A : Hazy copper with a thin off white head- some lacing

S : strong with piny hops

T : strong hops bitter but well balanced

M : great balance of strong hoppy start bitter offset creating a clean finish

D : great taste and clean finish leaves me wanting more

Sierra Nevada really got this one right, just as other brewers are adding oranges honey and cinnamon, SN goes simple and smooth to create a holiday classic, I really look forward to and enjoy this one

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

Pours a hazy burnt orange, 2 finger creamy head that sticks and slimes around the rim of the glass. Piny hop notes on the nose first, citrus hops follow up, brown sugar and caramel notes fill the back bone on this beer. Smells the way a west coast IPA should. Aspriny bitterness on the tongue first, the piny hop presence resinates around the mouth. Medium on the feel, not too intense but def bold, bitter and dry with a boozy red wine finish. Overall; Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is something to look forward too every winter, no crazy clove or cinnamon beer can beat this one on the shelves.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass.

A-a hazy orange/amber with a thick, fluffy off white head. Retention and lacing are the gold standard of IPA's.

S- Pine needles and grapefruit. Not much malt sweetness here.

T- Taste matches the smell. Hops crush hard from start to finish. Pine and grapefruit are the dominant taste. A bit of malt tries to flash through in the middle, but is beat back easily by the hops. One the end there's a touch of white pepper there when the bitterness really kicks in, and the dry finish says "you know you want more"

M- Creamy, medium carbonation, dries out the mouth on the finish.

O- While there are IPA's I like more, there aren't many. Certainly a brew I always look forward to around holiday time.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,232 ratings.
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