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RATINGS: 3531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eRenner (11) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2005 Bottle. Lightly whipped head of average density. Bubbled moderatley, and yielded a worthy aroma. This is probably my favorite of the Sierra Nevada line to date. The flavor finshed with a crisp quality, and is very worth finding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
On tap at Firkinís, Libertyville, IL. Clear amber hued ale having long lasting large white head. Fresh aroma of sweet malt and hops. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied that starts with slight sweet malt with spicey hint and taste bud scrubbing hoppy flavor, Finishes with lingering hop bitterness. A rather unbalanced extreme hop bitterness, similar to the style of an Imperial IPA. My taste buds were well scrubbed. Not my cup of tea, but Hopheads take note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 bottle. Pours a golden-amber hue with a lasting white head. The aroma is an onslaught of piny, bitter, spicy hops. The body is much of the same. Has a very clean, crisp, bright hop flavor. Truly an attack on the palate. Thereís a bit of citrus and peach in the body. ------- 17, 2007]-- Bottle of the í07. Pours a very crystalline light amber with a very nice white head. The nose sports plenty of grapefruit and caramel. This basically tastes like the Anniversary ale but with more hops. Their Celebration ale is actually quite bitter and drying on the palate with loads of grapefruit. A faint, juicy sweetness balances things out. This is very clean and delightful IPA with an assertive hop presence. Sierra Nevada does not branch out a whole lot in their beers, but they donít need to. This is an exemplary American styled- IPA.

   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 íem, 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.

   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 Iím not sure if SN uses them). Makes me ready to celebrate the Holidays.

   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.

   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 IPAís, 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 doesnít 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.

   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.

   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.

   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 Iíve ever had.

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