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RATINGS: 3528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle. Pours golden orange with a respectable white head. The aroma is very clean hops, and lots of ’em, with some orange zest. The flavor is superbly hoppy, as well. Pine and zest, pine and zest. Some quality malt is there, as well, but not a lot. Lovely bitter finish. I really like this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Piney hop aroma; Very robust with hints of spice and pepper and strong kick of piney hops (maybe Simcoe, but I’m not sure if SN uses them). Makes me ready to celebrate the Holidays.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Pours a translucent copper with some white foamy head. Aroma is hops and malt, go figure. Taste is fruity hops, spice, malt, and nice bread notes. Very balanced. Not much to say for this beer, even though it is very solid. Just a good standby, and cheap to boot.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Considering my opinion concerning IPA’s, this score is pretty good. Nice head, amber body as expected. Flavor is very hoppy but surprisingly smooth at the same time. Pine resin aftertaste, but, again, it doesn’t turn me away like usual. I now understand the hype about this brew. If it impressed me...and I am not an IPA fan in particular...then that says a lot about the brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Malts and Hops are full in the aroma. Simple malty flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. Good mix of hops. Smooth in taste with slight bitter ending. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
An extremely clear orange tinted brown, with a thin head of ivory. Lucious wicking flows of sweet, clean west coast hops, probably Cascade and Hood. Flavor has a dominating run of oranges and citrus rind, backed with a swirling run of crisp, clean malt. Well balanced, but lacking a touch sweetness and complexity. A little spice and some nice hop dryness on the backend. Smack has lots of plant and grass in it. A hint of butter in the nose. Not an overwhelming beer. Probably a great accompaniment to a meal.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Bottle. Poors rich, hazy red with a fluffy head. Aroma wonderfully balanced between hops and sweet bready malts. Taste is enormously hoppy and bitter, but with a soft touch like buttery dinner rolls. Impossibly bitter and smooth and the same time. One of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
light brown app. with small white head...aroma is full of grapefruit notes, sweet malts, with an afternote of bitterness....flavor is of grapefruit and hops, and is a tad too piney...okay palate

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Nice orange brown color with a spare off-white head. Nice balance of sweetness that yields to a slight bitter, astringent finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Pours a light orange copperish amber color with a thin white laced head. Aroma is piney with plenty of hops. Taste is citrusy with hints of pine needles, hops and grapefruit. Very refreshing ipa and a beer that can be drunk in large quantities.


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