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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2005
12 oz bottle - Pours a very clear deep copper/amber color with a short head that didn’t last but a couple of minutes. Lacing lasted longer but it was mimimal as well. Aroma is pure citrus fruits with lots of pine. Flavor is overwhelmingly bitter, loads of grapfruit and nuances of lemon and other citrus. Mouthfeel was kind of flat, not very rich and a tad oily. Aftertaste was extremely bitter and lasted forever. This is a powerfully bitter IPA, which kind of suprised me as I considered it to be a holiday brew. Obviously a well crafted brew but not my favorite style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Bottle 2005 edition. Pours a darker orange color with a very thin white head. Very piney aroma with some citrus. Nice orange and grapefruit taste. This is very bitter. Nice and oily mouthfeel and little carbonation. Finish is more of the same pine/citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2005
reddish orange color w/ a tall fluffy off white head w/ some nice lacing. sweet and hoppy aroma orange rind, brown sugar, pine. Fairly oily palate lightly creamy. Surprisingly bitter nice pine and some citrus, no real sweet portion. But a good bitter IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2005
Rated on draft @ Stockholm beer festival. Orange-amber with nice white head. Pine and dry hops in the aroma. Flavour contain seville orange. Full body. Slightly acidous moutfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Out of a bottle, 2004 edition. Aroma quite robust and nose grabbing citric hops. Pour was a nice amber with a nice head that laced nicely. Flavor was good the hops really reach out but the malt profile to it takes just enough edge off. Palate was medium and smooth . Overall I enjoyed it very much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2005
12oz bottle via trade with jzzbassman - Thanks Monte! - Pours deep amber iwth a nice offwhite head that laces pretty well down the glass. Aroma of citrus hops. A bit peachy. Flavor is great pine flavor from those west coast hops. A bit of malt beneath but mostly dominated by the hops. Palate is medium bodied and very smooth. Another fantastic brew from Sierra Nevada.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2800) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2005
(2004 Bottle) Amber coloured with a nice head. Hop and apricot aroma. Hop and raisin flavour. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3502) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Heavy on the hops aroma and taste. Smooth on the palate though. Slightly bitter aftertaste, but leaves one wanting for more. A great beer! Definitely one I hope to drink again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle 2003 vintage poured a hazy copper with a small amber head. Aromas of grapefruit,carmel, pine, and a hint of berries. Palate was medium bodied and slightly resiny. Flavors of grapefruit rind, pine, carmel, and a hint of mollasses with a pleasently bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2004: smooth beer that has a nice hoppy flavor with a hint of caramel and a very nice finish.


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