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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Celebration was originally brewed for our Pub brewer’s daughter, Gabrielle, in honor of her first birthday in 2002. It is also brewed for American beer month, (July). The luscious red hue is obtained by using pure crystal malt. Plentiful Cascade and Centennial hops are then used to balance the rich malt sweetness.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2005
(Cask) Pours a deep amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of carmel, malt, and grass. Mildly bitter and somewhat sweet malt flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(cask): Clear ruby with minimal off-white head. Aroma is pleasant herbal hoppy. Taste is medium sweet up top before turning herbal and grapefruit hoppy. Smooth medium body with minimal carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2003
RBSG2003 (On Cask) Crystal clear, burnt orange brew. Quite beautiful. No head. The nose is piney and peppery. Notes of leather and English toffee. The flavor is malty with hints of butterscotch. Nice, evergreen-laden, acrid hop presence. Flat, medium-bodied brew with an oily mouthfeel. Lengthy, astringent finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2006
On tap at Clybourn. This was an excellent brew! Poured a clear, deep iced tea/reddish brown with a tall, thick beige head. Big Cascade feel upfront (pine and powerful grapefruit).. with airy caramel and toffee beneath... floral hops waft through as it warms. Juicy grapefruit throughout.. with pine and more grapefruity bitterness around the mouth. Pine tingliness at the finish leaves a lasting impression. Sweet caramel malts provide the base, but remain in the background. Medium-bodied and very smooth! Ideal level of bitterness hits all the right place. Fitting Celebration for #900!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Reddish hue with an average head and good lacing, thin to medium-bodied. Nice tart (grapefruit) and mild malt aroma, much like a newborn port. Woody and citrusy taste, lingering malt aftertaste. Thin and lively mouthfeel. A nice brew not to be confused with the standard Goose red.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5541) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2005
This is a nicely hopped up Irish ale. Hazy copper with an off-white head, the grapefruit hop aroma and taste dominate the light caramel sweetness. In the cask consitioned version, the hops are somewehat muted, especially in the aroma. As a bona fide hop-head, I recommend the "regular" version.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2004
5 oz sample at the brewpub. Translucent, deep red; clean, balanced nose, strongly hoppy. Balanced, clean smoothly malty body, quite hoppy for style I think. Pine, grapefruit, a bit of oak..the usual suspects. Little hard at the finish; refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2008
on tap at GI LPB. pours hazy amber with white head. nose has some nice hop notes of citrus and melon, some biscuity malt coming through too. flavor is citrusy with toasted malts. chewy, and the crystal malt used becomes cloying. pretty hopped up but not something i could drink more than a half pint of.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at Clybourn. Poured a slightly hazy dark orange color with an off white head. Smelled of flowery/citrusy hops and a bit of graham cracker. Light to medium bodied and on the dry side. I tasted caramel, citrus fruits, and toasted bread. Decent enough.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Definitely better than their higher volume Kilgubbin. As far as reds go, I prefer them to drinking a lot of other styles. This one, I feel I could sit back and drink at least a few of and not be pissed about doing that. At the same time, this one doesn’t bring a lot to the table. Perhaps a dimmed down Honkers? Who knows. Tastes lightly of hops, not as much as you’d expect given the description. Kind of made me sad to find out that they were using Cascades but not exploiting them. Oh well. Still, nice looking beer that you could drink and enjoy.


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