Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

10,227 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 hopsputin
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: its a hazy amber color with some burnt orange notes. 1 finger perfect off white head

s: starts with some crisp caramel and light toffee malts. that fades to juicy pineapple, mango, grapefruit, passionfruit, and strawberry. a really clean and delicious smelling beer

t: as with the nose this starts off with some sweet malt. that fades to a real mellow grapefruit flavor. followed up with some herbal tea-like bitterness, pineapple, and some fresh grassy notes. finishes with pineapple, toffee, and some grapefruit bitterness

m: its medium mouthfeel. average carbonation

o: this beer is a real treat. its such a well balanced American IPA to me. its got sweet, bitter, and fruit all harmonizing perfectly in the glass. its not too bitter, and not too sweet, it just tastes clean crisp and delicious

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

Sierra Nevada Brewing's 'Celebration Fresh Hop Ale' @ 6.8% , 2013 edition served from a whole bunch of 325ml bottle's purhased for $2.75/2.90 , not sold in 6pack form , butt I'm glad it's available/was @ Metro LS on Shelbourne

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to an unclear amber in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-fresh PNW pine forest

T-big hoppy IPA , you can still taste the freshness of the new hop

MF-good carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-great Winter/seasonal IPA , glad I got to try it & definately will recomend it

Prost LampertLand

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

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

Hops, hops and more hops. This one reminds me of an IPA I tasted in Boise, ID from a taphandle labeled in masking tape and Sharpie magic marker. This beer dances just below the threshold of Imperial IPA pushing hops (very grapefruit-like bitterness) and alcohol. Two words - Game On.

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

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

Appearance - very rich amber tone nice heavy looking head

Smell - Pine citrus and hops. very christmasy smelling

Taste - sweet malt, bitterness hits second along with the citrus notes grapefruit mostly nice aftertaste on the tongue

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy body on the tongue. Soft very nice

Overall - Really a great holiday beer especially a twist that it is brewed as a holiday offering IPA

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

Photo of Stimack
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After last year really only being able to find this brew on tap, it seems to be all over the place in bottles this year. This review is for the 2005 Bottle version. Brew pours to a amber color with a small off white head that has pretty good retention and leaves a lot of lacing through out. The aroma is hoppy in character to say the least with pine like scents dominating followed by a caramel malt flavor. I think the hops really seem to make distinguishing some of the spices quite hard. The taste is nice, starts real smooth, and then quickly breaks to a strong hop flavor of pine that stays in the mouth for quite a while. Again, this is a very smooth tasting brew, one that I must say makes my day when it is available. A favorite.

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Photo of JamesS
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! A great IPA. Nice amber color, not as dark as I prefer, but nice, with good head and great lacing. A great hoppy scent and excellent hoppy taste. Goes down pretty well, just a little rough. This is a great IPA! I will definitely have more of these, beyone the sixer I currently am half way through.

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

Photo of BDIMike
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a thin white head that left nice lacing.
The aroma is excellent in my mind. Scents of citrus and pine and nice hops.
The taste has a very nice balance. One can taste the hops and malt together, along with a citrus afteratste.
The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves just enough on the palate to really want another sip.
It was a very good beer. A little too sharp to drink more than three of these, but definitely a great winter IPA.

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

Pours an opaque amber, with lots of pale particulates swimming about, producing 2+ fingers of tan, frothy, lasting head that leaves a nice coating of clumpy, webby lacing. Aroma is biscuit, light toast & caramel malt balanced with leafy/floral, pine & citrus hoppiness. Taste is similar but sweeter & more intense with bready & toasted caramel malts imparting a toffee sweetness that is dominant over the orange, pine & black tea like notes of the hops which lasts beyond mid-sip but finishing with a nice full bodied balance of malt & pine/citrus hoppy bitter-sweetness which rockets forward aggressively to become a very bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slick, with a minor prickle, light dryness & slight astringency.

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Photo of Blitz23
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Rosstheboss
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bsartist618
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gave me a big white head above a clear red honey golden colored beer.

The aroma is hops, a sweet citrus, with a slight malt background.

The taste is a dry hops taste with some sweet citrus in it with a slight caramel malt background.

A citrusy dry aftertaste finishes off a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of elkabong
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

I broke the rules a bit and poured this into a Duvel tulip glass. Glad I did...what a beautiful presentation. Pours a brilliant honey amber with a fluffy, frothy white head. It doesn't linger very long, eventually settling into a thin crown but it leaves a gorgeous plastering of lace all down the glass. I had a nice island of head floating in the middle of my glass, but that was due to the laser etching.

The nose is nice, but unremarkable. Pine was about all I could discern, maybe a bit of floral/herbal. Taste has a bit more complexity. The pine is there, but also a pleasant sweetness balancing out the mild to moderate bitterness. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel of this brew is nothing short of superb. Wonderful silky smoothness as it swirls around in the mouth. Perfectly carbonated (not something I say very often). Surprisingly full bodied...probably comes in at just a notch above "medium."

As for the drinkability...fantastic, simply fantastic. I burned through the first half of this glass before I'd barely blinked and had to make myself slow down.

I'm usually quite skeptical whenever a beer gets the hype that Celebration does, but I was not disappointed in the least. If anything, I think it may actually be underrated. Really enjoyed this brew. Quite a fortuitous coincidence that this rang in as my 100th review.

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

The first of the season so a good reason to finally review this beer. A beer I now look forward to each year.

Pours a reddish amber with nice fluffy, abundunt, white head. The head hangs around for longer than the beer is going to sit in the glass. Leaves some nice sticky lacing. Just what I like in a beer.

The smell is piney with some citrus and caramel malt.

The beer has a hop kick upon consumption with a little spicyness to enhance the bitterness. Tha alcohol is completly hidden in the flavors. Medium bodied with a wonderful carbonation just make this beer even more attractive for a winter's evening when a stout just won't hit the spot. I will drink many of this, just like I do every year until the supply runs out.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Pours a very vibrant translucent amber with burnt edges. A wonderful slight off-white head rises up about 2 inches and clings to the glass beautifully all the way down.

Smell: As with most Sierra Nevada brews I am overwhelmed by the citrus aroma. The grapefruit seems to play a very prevalent role in this brew as slight notes of spice and pine reveal themselves. The smell is unique in that it doesn't exactly smell of any particular Christmas scent but consistently reminds of the holiday (if that makes any sense).

Taste: I have never spent Christmas in California but this is how I imagine it to be. The citrusy hops move to the forefront which eventually gives way to the bittering hops which are big, bold and bitter. After several sips I realize that there is an overall spruce-like sweetness that is barely noticeable but keeps all of the flavors together.

Feel: I love the warming sensation of this medium bodied ale. The alcohol and carbonation work well with the hops to give the tongue a pretty good workout.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could easily work through a 6 pack on Christmas Eve while sitting around the fire.

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

A 2007 bottle poured into my Darkness tulip.

A: Fiery amber color, typical of an IPA
S: Mostly hops. Piney, citrusy hops, the kind I like
T: Again with the hops. It's a good think I like them. It has a decent malt backbone but it is the hops that dominate (in a good way).
M: Nice body and carbonation, typical of this style of beer.
D: Quite high, I could drink this all night. I like piney, citrusy hops though, so your mileage could vary.

This was the first time I had this beer and I was surprised at how much I liked it. I will definitely buy more. I would drink it all year if it was in year-round production. Maybe it was just the store I was at, but it was actually cheaper than the Pale Ale, weird.

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


Pours a clear reddish copper hue with steady carbonation. A fat creamy off-white head floats on top - good retention. Nice fresh hop aroma with a hint of spiciness. The flavor is of crisp, resinous hops that shroud a light acidic grapefruit middle - the malts work well with the hops, they're there but they balance out the hop-load without interfering. Very fresh. Medium body, lingering dry bitterness.

Juicy. I guess its the light spicy quality that makes this seasonal. At 6.8% a few of these will warm you up real good. Definately well worth sampling on tap as well.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 10,227 ratings.
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