Sierra Nevada makes the country's top-selling pale ale, and has almost single-handedly sold a generation on ale over lager.
Many other brewers put out a turbocharged version of their pale ale year round, often called India Pale Ale or IPA. However, Sierra Nevada dances to its own tune, waiting for the cold weather before bringing out the big gun and labeling it a Winter Ale. "Celebration Ale" has been long revered as an icon of American micro-brewing. Though it can seem downright understated next to its hyper-hopped competition, raw power hums under the hood. Hearty, grainy malt balances dulce de leche decadence, while sappy and sticky Cascade hop aromas leap from the glass. Brewed annually for more than fifteen years, this brew shows the merits of patience and experience.