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RATINGS: 3194   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1028) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Pours a dark copper with some ruby highlites. Lasting tan head. Spicy hop aroma. Very, very hoppy taste. More spice. There is also a nice malt backbone present. The finish is a peppery hop blast which comes close to killing the palette, but who cares, this stuff is great!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Bright amber color with a deep golden orange hue. Pungent floral, candied orange and grapefruit aromas. Rich, malty sweetness with lots of chewy soft caramel with a subtle balancing of hops. Hugely spicy, thick and slightly sweet. Strong alcohol flavour that comes through, but is rounded out with the fruit flavors. While there is a distinct hoppy bitterness at one end and plenty of malt fruitiness at the other, it’s not as hoppy as most IPAs are, which is a nice change for those of us who aren’t hop heads.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Poured a magnificent hazy rich golden copper with a head that lasted throughout the entire session. The aroma was of citrus hops and a low malt presense. The flavor was overwhelmingly hoppy with hints of grapefruits and other citrus flavors. Not a lot of malt presense in this beer. As my palate started to adjust towards the bitterness I actually started to enjoy this brew.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) After drinking this it is hard to go back to sierra pale ale. Beautifull color light head. citrus and spruce with winey friut in the background. Needs to be slightly heavier in body to be a fire side sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 99, 00, 01, 04/, 03 2003. Poured amber color with small white head. Aroma is full of hops. Grapefruits, piney, light fruity sweetness. Light sweet malt flavor is quickly covered up by hop flavors of citrus, grass, and pine. Light to medium body. ’99:I think 5 years is pushing it fo rhtis beer. Light citrus hop aroma. Flavor nothing much left except some caramel and bitter hops. Lgiht body. ’00:More malty which was good to balance the load of hops in there. Dry finish. ’01: Actually lower hop bitterness compared to the ’00. Malty sweetness is there, but not much. Enough to balance the hops. Bitter dry finish. ’04: Sweet malty flavors, caramel and then quick fade to hops, hops, hops. Big citrus and piney aroma. 11/3/05 96, 00, 04, 05. 96 had a nicely developed and aged malt flavor with a bitter finish. Nothing like it is when fresh but tasty. 00 was missing hop and missed a developed malt character, 94 was thin. 05 had big citrus and pine aroma with caramel underneath. Big bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 12, 2004
A nice IPA from SN. It was a while back when I sampled this one,but I remeber it being better than the standard pale,and more heavily hopped,and also having a slightly better malt profile. I need to try this again,and re-rate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 i can see why its called "celebration"i celebrated the first time i had it too.this is my favorite i.p.a. of them all.classic ale taste with just enough kick to get ya through the winter nights!!!! 2004 rate:once again,its excellent.nice smooth hoppy taste,not to bitter.i love the celbration ale!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
A friend brought a case all the way from Montana and oh how much did I love this beer! It was an equisite winter warmer with a complex, christmas pudding mixture of flavors wrapped in a hop bow! A beauty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
12 oz. Bottle from 2003. Copper color with nice head. Great clarity. Great hop aroma. Flavor is fairly bitter, peppery, and some mineral flavors. It’s a bit thin but when you need a hoppy beer, this is a nice one to have in the fridge.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
intouch (15) - Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
What else can I say? One of my most favorite beers. Good looks, good taste, and great finish!


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