Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Rated 3.802 by BeerPals

Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  IPA

6.8% Alcohol by Volume

65 International Bittering Units

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The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home. GOLD MEDAL WINNER United States Beer Tasting Championship (IPA: 1994) FIRST PLACE Chicago Beer Society — 1996 Fall Beer Tasting SILVER MEDAL WINNER California State Fair (IPA: 1999) Great American Beer Festival (IPA: 2002) ALCOHOL CONTENT 6.8% BY VOLUME BITTERING HOPS CHINOOK BEGINNING GRAVITY 16.0 PLATO FINISHING HOPS CASCADE & CENTENNIAL ENDING GRAVITY 4.0 PLATO DRY HOPPING CASCADE & CENTENNIAL BITTERNESS UNITS 65 MALTS TWO-ROW PALE & ENGLISH CARAMEL YEAST TOP-FERMENTING ALE YEAST

ID: 3606 Last updated 5 days ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Most noted beer attributes

alkaline 100%
bitter 100%
bread crust 100%
earthy 100%
piney 100%
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Overall Rank534
Overall Percentile99
Style Rank24 of 5754
Style Percentile99.6
Lowest Score2.1
Highest Score4.9
Average Score3.821
Weighted Score3.802
Standard Deviation0.442

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  • HANTRAN 546 reviews
    rated 4.1 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Nose of Pine and biscuit and some significant malt. copper body with a frothy egg-white head that lasts forever and has incredible lace. Creamy medium mouth with significant tingle. Flavor is nicely bitter in an old fashioned IPA way. Some almond some Pine resin some biscuit some leather and tobacco.

  • CHOPZ 6805 reviews
    rated 3.9 4 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    2018 edition - written "Fresh Hop IPA" (packaged 10/22/18). Unfiltered amber colour showing some very tiny particles, with a warm yellowish frothy top, good retention and lots of wavy lacing. Fruity malt aromas with roasted, caramel and nutty hints. The taste is floral, a little perfumy, with a nice dry end. Feels like a bigger, dry-hopped red ale. Quite nice !

  • GROWLERPOWER 30 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    '07 bottle that's been stuck on the door of my fridge for some time.

    Rare Vos glass. Crystal clear copper body. Tall, off-white, sticky, archipelago lace. Yeasties, unaware, never budge from the bottom.
    Smells of rind & gum upfront, with crusty bread & pine on the back. Nothing's changed, except that it's a bit milder. Maybe a twinge of newspaper... I dunno.
    Prickly grapefruit & piney hops upfront. Surprisingly bright. Toasty cereal, lingering rind. Toastyness is covering up for some oxidation, but it's light.
    A bit thinner then fresh Celebration. Solid carbonation. Adequately boozy.

    My tastes have probably changed, but this old bottle of beer hasn't moved that much at all, just a bit muted. Solid stuff.

  • GPILAFAS 267 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Nice amber pour with a thick white head. Plenty of lace. Floral and citrus notes with some pine. Very nice mouthfeel with hop bitterness along with sweet aftertaste. Enjoyed this very much.

  • FRODO_BAGGINS 6 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Just tried this beer this week with the housemate. Normally I'm skeptical on Sierra Nevada due to my experiences with the Pale Ale at 711, but this beer to me is the perfect Christmas beer. To put it simply, if you love hops? You'll love this beer. The appearance is clear and translucent owning a coppery-orangish color. The flavor is filled with grapefruit, lemon, orange, and tropical fruits in the beginning; and progresess nicely with some caramel finishing it off with some pine that creates a stimulating wave coat in your mouth. It's like Santa Clause punched you in your mouth but in a good way ^_^ Again, this is one perfect beer that balances it's adds to the cult status within the beer geeks and average beer drinkers. Grab some before it's discontinued.

  • RICHSBEER 1894 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    pours a amber color and is slightly cloudy with medium sized nicely textured off white head, and moderate lacing. The aroma is clean hop and citrus. The taste has a rumor of fruit, a whisper of caramel, a moderate bitterness in the aftertaste on a delayed release timer which then lingers. The mouthfeel is medium boided and just slightly dry.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    2011 version.Pours a hazy reddish orange with a large foamy head.Nice looking beer.Leaves lots of lacing.Pine and citrus aroma.Sweet flavor with a slight lemon aftertaste.Smooth medium body makes this easy to drink.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a clear amber with light haze. Head is nice and big. Flavor is slightly spiced and ever so lightly dry. Nice beer to have on tap. Will have again.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Not bad all around. Looks good in the glass, smells great, lots of spicey hop notes and quite lively. Taste is more hops with a very dry finish. Nice beer to sit and sip, could have a few of these.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    How is it that I haven't reviewed this yet? I've enjoyed this beer for years. Pours a dark reddish-orange with an off-white sudsy head, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is faintly caramel, flavor is hops and spices. Sharp, bitter burn as the beer goes down the old gullet. Just about the only great seasonal that I can find here.

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