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RATINGS: 3525   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.


3.5
   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 (2561) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - NOV 15, 2005
bottle. poured a brown copperish color. with a tan head. aroma was quite strong, very citrusy and hoppy. this was a nice IPA, i tasted lots of hops and a slight hint of pine. bitter yet fairly sweet. a good beer for the cold months

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
from bottle, 2005

Poured a light brownish color with a small fast dissapating white head. Aroma was a distinct, overpowering sweet grapefruit smell. First sip I taste hops, that quickly gave away to grapefruit. As the beer warmed the grapefruit became more and more noticeable. IPA’s aren’t my thing, and this one had a nice kick to it. It’s not bad, but again not my thing, I wouldn’t rush out to get it again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JakeFr5150 (23) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2005
12oz Bottle: Not quite sure what I expected here. Sort of thought it would be slightly honey/cinnamon flavored like some "christmas" ales, but that wasn’t the case here. Basically, this is just a hoppier version of their Pale Ale. Pours a deep dark amber color. Head quickly forms and stays the entire length of the glass, minimum of 1/4" thick. This got me hooked. Taste is a very robust hoppy flavor, basically like someone upped the hops in their regular Pale Ale - fantastic. Very robust indeed. Finishes smooth with no bad aftertastes, just a strong hoppiness on the palate. Probably the best "christmas" ale I’ve had, if you can call it that.


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