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RATINGS: 3390   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
Nice hoppy dark amber brew with a honey flavour and a distinctly smooth aroma. Very typical of the pacific coast brews. A warm welcome during a cool winter night.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2005
2004 bottle from Sainsbury’s. Excellent amber hoppy concoction. Piney floral hop aroma, good mouthfeel, long fruity hop aftertaste. Utterly delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Sweet and hoppy, a little bit of fruit and honey with a bitter finish. Probably too sweet to be a regular choice of mine, but a nice bitter finish and no strange or discordant notes at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Enjoyed this brew with Regal and Shag...copper color, heavy hops (duh) -- citrus/grapefruit -- and bitter finish. Couldn’t put my finger on what I was picking up in the aroma, until Regal said "Scotch Tape"...that’s it exactly!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2005
On tap. Deep coper color with white head. Aroma is hoppy and bitter. Taste is nicely hoppy with a touch of friut. Dry finish. Nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2005
The Plain Kitchen, Göteborg, thanks to rickgordon. Fruity citrus grapefruit hop oily aroma. Smooooth. Very nice aroma. Some sweet malt character. Reddish amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with mild-medium carbonation. Starts with medium sweet malt, biscuit, neutral fruit, and a nice doseof fruity oily hops. Acidity is mild, but increases with the hoppy bitterness tonthe finish. After has bitter apple taste, chalky, with some sugary remnants. Nice ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2005
(draft) One of the better IPAs, but that’s not saying too much for someone like me that doesn’t like the style. Just decent, nothing more. Not bitter but a little sour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle, cafe volo. Wonderful looking orange pour. Small white head. Fruity hoppy aroma. Medium body mouthfeel. There was a nicely balanced hoppy taste here, not too strong but certainly of the American interpretation of the style. A really solid brew that had a little more malt and strength to it that similar products and it is something I would definitely try again. But this isn’t at all what I was expecting. I guess the whole seasonal Christmas beer angle they are going for (love the label) made me thing I would be sipping on a dark malty bock or porter with some a unique spicy character or something festive, not a beer I could crack open in the summer. I’m sure I’m just being picky, but I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed and mislead. All in all though, good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5937) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle Pine and berryaroma. Red coloring, low carbonation, low head. Piney hops, orangepeel, berries - bitter finish. Medium body.

1.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Gareth (5)
- USA - JAN 15, 2005 does not count
This beer has the best aroma. I got my first 6 today and it smells exactly like a pine tree and tastes like one going down your throat. extremely hoppy. The one bad thing I personally am not fond of is the extremely bitter aftertaste. However this is truely a winter only beverage. Gives the sensation of holiday spirit with the smell of pine right under your nose.


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