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RATINGS: 3325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale represents a time honored tradition of brewing a special beer for the holiday season. There are generous portions of barley malts and fine whole hops of several varieties, creating a brew with a full, rich and hearty character.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2005
2004 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Color is a translucent reddish-amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), sorta malty (toasted grain), with a nice yeast chaser. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, quite bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, with some astringency. I like this better than their Pale Ale. Iíll have to leave a sixer for next year!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Sampled from 2005 bottle. Spicy, almost overdone in that department. Age doesnít sit well with this one. Not enough malt and hops to overcome some stale spices. Well, thatís just my opinion.

Bottled, 2004 Edition. Big, big IPA hoppiness, but not much else to set it apart. Some kind of fruitcake character, probably as in a slight fruit and nut overtone.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Howylixer (1) - USA - JAN 9, 2005 does not count
I love this beer. Iíve recently taken up beer making as a result of a thoughtful Xmas gift and Iím going to try making a beer that tastes like this. If I succeed, Iíll lock it in and stick with it. Howy Lixer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Puddleglum (16) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
I had this one out of the bottle. It poured a nice head that laced down the glass and was still there long afte the ale itself was gone. A very nice citrusy hoppy flavor and aroma with a sweet malt base and enough bitterness to give you a fat lip. All in all I enjoyed this and will again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5746) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2005
Bottled. Amber with a steady and creamy head. Really hoppy with bitter fruits. Very hoppy and bitter flavour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm Backlog 16 Dec 2004
Are there any hops in this beer??? Wow, this is full bodied in every sense. For every sense. Fresh and sweet like newly cut grass... or something. A bit expensive though. US$16 for a bottle...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Nice IPA with a good citrus bite, backed up with enough malt to lend a smoothness to the beer. Still canít touch the Two Hearted though. Should be available year round!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
bottle. amber body with a small white head. citrus hop aroma. flavour is just right, hoppy with a good malt character. oh my, this is wonderfully balanced! you couldnít ask for more in an IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bright crystal clear deep amber ale with a healthy off white head. Aromas of grapefruit rind and spruce. Flavor starts off with sweet malt and is dominated with citric hop flavor. There is almost enough body and maltiness in this one to pull of the massive hop attack. Quite bitter finish. Bitterness wins, not enough balance. Overall, a pretty decent American IPA, but no Two Hearted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Rerate: Good citrus aroma. Middle of beer some caramel aroma notes also. Darker shade of orange for body color. Decent off white head that left some good lacing. Citrus hop flavor though out beer. Little dry citrus aftertaste on the palate. Good Beer.


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