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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Photo of stoutman
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear winter beer with a beautiful redish orange pour. A sweet hoppy smell with a nice bite during the finish. A nice medium head with flavor. Surprisingly tasty, full of nutty, chocolatey, tootsie roll like flavors. A body that is more than I expected, each sip finishes with a short blast finishing hops!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2001--picked up at Blue Max.
Pours a dark orange with an initial sensational smell of hops and fresh fruit. The taste is primarily floral hops throughout with just a hint of orange peel, banana and very slight roasted malt, but overall powering on the hops. The ABV seems to be mixed in wonderfully for a nice, but not overpowering warmness. A wonderful beer all around, today I agonize over not buying the entire rack of this version.

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

Poured an attractive orange/amber color with a nice white head that lingers for a while. Aroma is a piney hop smell, while the flavor is also a piney, grapefruit flavor. Beer is very smooth and drinkability is high. Lacing was good. This is a good beer that I will definitely have again.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an Orange amber with some reddish highlights. A respectable head and a rocky,foamy lace.
The aroma is splendid floral hops,citrus hints and malts.
The taste is bitter-sweet hops,malts with some caramel flavor.
The feel is light-heavy and it's easy to drink.Medium carbonation with an oily feel and a dry finish.
A bit watery in the final gulps,and that was the only flaw.

Notes: The well masked alcohol made up for some water in the finish. Balance was off just a bit,but that was not enough to stop this beer. It was a celebration indeed. Drinkability is fine,but not for sessions.
Then again,a cold night would beg to differ.

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Photo of mcsauter82
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BeerGreg
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

(originally reviewed on 1-5-07)

Beautiful ruby/grapefruit juice red with a nice thick and frothy head.

Delicious hops are there, but what really surprised me about this beer was the really delectable aromas of malts. Such a rich and balanced smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel
This is up there with some of the most impressive and tasty beers from the get-go. It has a luscious full-bodied mouthfeel without being too heavy, and it also has a perfect level of carbonation. The hops are really present and in a great way, but the malts are also coming through balancing the whole thing out exceptionally. Again, I'm very surprised and pleased by the malt side of this beer.

This beer really made an impression on me and it far exceeded the hype. If it weren't for the semi-high ABV, I would have easily put three away the first night I had this. I'm really, really pleased with this and will certainly buy it every season from now on.

2007 Version

It's still such a good beer, but I liked the 2006 version better. And that's strange because 2006 was considered by many to be an off year. But I think it had a better malt profile to it than the '07's. Still a very drinkable and well crafted IPA.

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Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Wrigfen
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goindownsouth
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada has done it again with this brew. I was a little skeptical when it was recomended to me by Shangy's (my beer store listed on this site). It is clean and refreshing with a mild aroma of hops. The head is not all too thick and laces nicely by the end of the glass. This is a nice one if you can get your hands on it.

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

Winter 2004 brew. Appears a dark red amber color. Creamy head on top laces the glass, nice. Smells of biting hops, and citrusy fruits, lemons, limes, grapefruit. The taste of this beer is very challanging. I like a good challenge. The hops are so present the beer stings your tongue and bites you in the back of the mouth. Intense. You have to swallow the beer fast and evade the taste bud hop attack to even pick up on the maltyness. But that's ok, I don't think this beer was intended to be well balanced in that respect, it's just a hop extravaganza. Very bitter finish as well. The mouthfeel is crazy, an asrtringent biting sting for sure, but not in a bad way, if that makes sense... I know, it doesn't make sense, but who cares, this stuff is kick you in the ass good.

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Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of moundbz
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkrich
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with the ideal Christmas scene on the label along with the year, 2007.

This ale poured a clear, reddish amber with a slightly off-white head. The pour also left a lot of lace on my conic pint glass.

Like most domestic ales, the smell of pine was prominent, piney like a Christmas tree.

A fair amount of pleasant, hoppy bitterness flows over the tongue. The malt comes briefly in the middle of the taste and the bitterness lingers again on the back of the tongue; perhaps it lingers a little too long. The malt becomes slightly more noticeable as the ale warms.

Let this beer warm up after pouring and it becomes more drinkable and balanced. At 6.8% ABV, it is a good beer to sip. This is not one I would drink regularly, but it is a good once a year holiday ale.

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Photo of climax
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 version: Fresh from Sacramento

It pours a fairly murky burnt orange/copper color with a pretty massive solid foam head. The retention and lace notches are excellent.

The nose is bold but by no means pungent or brutally hoppy. The hop bouquet is fresh and clean to say the least, sporting fresh cut grass and juicy orange citrus notes. The malt backbone has a respectable presence, keeping in the background but not letting the hops run away.

The flavor follows the same trend as the nose, but with the added intensity I was hoping for. The flavors really flirt with each-other nicely. Fresh juicy hops up front have orange, pine, and grass flavors. Into the finish, toasty malt, a kiss of sweetness and spice surface before being burnt in the end by grapefruit esters.

The feel is very creamy and body is really pretty thick. The carbonation is fairly mild, but perfect in my eyes with this much viscosity. It's a beautifully fresh and clean IPA, has all of the qualities I think a good one should posses.

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 21Maestro8
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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 djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fresh 12oz bottle of '08 celebration into a goblet.

a. A golden amber body with a thick and full off-white head leaving behind some very nice lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. This looks lighter than past celebrations, although it may just be my imagination?

s. Hops. Floral hops, citrus hops, and just a hint of pine. Some malts and caramels peek through the hopping, but just barely, even when warmed slightly.

t. Definitely hops. Granted, this is pretty fresh, but wow - hops. There's a definite floral and citrus hop presence, with some definite trailing hop bitterness. Caramel and roasted malts peek through ever so slightly, but at this point in it's life, the hops are pretty much the focal point.

m. Smooth and creamy, a touch light, but I wouldn't go as far as to say watery. There's an almost numbing bitterness from the hop presence, which is nice, but again, caught my slightly off guard.

d. Definitely drinkable... and the brew hides the abv fairly well. I could easily session this one. Worth a shot if you haven't before. This one, while a winter seasonal, definitely reminds you that it's an IPA more than anything else. which can be a nice change from the spices and elves.

It seems a bit less malty and a bit lighter in color than previous years, althought the color could be attributed to my weak memory, and the malt may just be drowned out by the incredible hop power that this bottle has fresh. I'm not sure I've had the pleasure of having one quite this fresh in years past. Regardless, a beautiful ale, and one of my favorites from Sierra.

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Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of JxExM
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of gnikola
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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