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 Peyton5410
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of scaliasux
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear rusty brown. Thick off-white foamy head is quite persistant.

Smell - Floral hops dominates.

Taste - Flavor also dominated by citrus/floral hoppiness. Quite bitter. Malt is present, but rather indistinct.

Mouthfeel - Body appears light, crisp.

Drinkability - Good example of style. Not one of my favorites though.

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

Beautifully clear orange-amber with a big, fuzzy white head with an orange tinge. The smell delivers bunches of fresh citrus and floral hops. Good carbonation with tongue tickling bubbles. Tastes of citrus, floral, and piney hops; with a slightly spicy bitterness ending in a dry finish. This beer is a fresh and tasty break from the warmer's, stout's, and porter's that I've been drinking lately. Very good, a nice winter pace changer.

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Photo of Naugros
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Carl_R
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of vancean2
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tsgooch79
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter has arrived with the 09 celebration ale

A: A deep orange with a thick white foam head. Not much lacing and good head retention.

S: Oily pine hops and caramel sweetness. very fresh and pleasant

T: Bitter and piny with a good amount of sweetness to balance it out.

M: Full bodied and creamy.

D: I almost finished an entire six pack last night. Very tasty and very enjoyable all around.

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Photo of berley31
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, white, creamy head that exhibited fantastic lacing in nice, thick clumps. Body is a deep copper color, and almost completely clear (just a tinge of hazing is present).

S: Wow... that's a strong hop aroma, that is! There's lots of citrus present as well. Holy crap! Oh, guess I made that clear already.

T: EXTREMELY hoppy... again, there's citrus present as well, along with some malt, but the bitterness cuts through more than anything else. Long duration, of course.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with soft-to-average carbonation.

D: The high bitterness would prevent me from drinking this beer all night, but it's so hoppy and aromatic that I would WANT to drink more if I could. A damned fine beer!

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Photo of Beefytits4
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of Antc2382
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. It's nice to have an IPA for a seasonal holiday drink.
A: amber with lots of dusting of a beige head. This cascades down the glass. Nice looking beer. S: fresh hops and bready malts. T: nice and balanced.. Hoppy, piney, similar to their classic APA but more bitter. Nicely ending of that biscuity malt. Good stuff. F: pleasant bitterness left on the palate. Goes down fairly easy, depending on your preference on an IPA. O: a seasonal well worth the wait. I'll like to have this in 2016 again.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This appears to be highly sought after, but here in Portland I'm finding the bottles a month old which is truly disappointing. The hop aroma is very faint basic forest scents, although the beer poured beautifully in the glass near perfection. After the first initial sips the beer does grow on you with a balance of hops and malt, and I can see what the fuss is all about.

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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%

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

Photo of DoctorDog
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.

A- Brilliantly clear and amber. Pours with 3+ fingers of creamy off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving tons of lacing. Outstanding retention. Not sure how this could improve.

S- Citrus, herbal, piney hoppiness dominates, with only hints of sweet, malty notes.

T- Big hit of pine/herbal bitterness kicks things off, with hints of citrus/grapefruit. Fair amount of malt balance even things out nicely.

M- Moderate to slightly high carbonation give this a crispness. Medium full feel, with a bit of oily slickness.

D- Excellent. Nice flavor and feel, and quite an easy, enjoyable drinker.

Future outlook: Outstanding....I'm happy to have 5 more to deal with.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.53/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle says 2011, so i have to assume that its this fresh batch to get it out before the holidays.
Pour is a dark amber color, some bubbles and thin lacing around, dark for an IPA, but i guess that is what a holiday ipa is i assume.
Aroma is less aromatic then i expected, does not jump out at you, and has some standard C hop aromas amid some biscuit. less then exciting, sub par for an ipa.
Flavors are more citrus, the carbonation makes it brighter, and the obligatory pine is noted, more balanced then other IPAs, i would say this is more balanced then most "east coast" ipas, really borders the Pale Ale territory, which is what i always thought this beer was.

I remember liking this beer more when i was just getting into craft, either my palate has matured past C hops as a preferance or i got a lame batch.

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Photo of timoteo833
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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