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RATINGS: 3272   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Very consistent year-to-year in bottle. Best fresh; loses something when held from years past.

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Katefan0 (5) - USA - OCT 31, 2004 does not count
Very little head, but the bitter hop taste destroyed any hint of malt for me -- just way too bitter for my tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 tap-2004. Clean red/amber color with a nice looking fluffy offwhite head. Smell is sweet and citric hoppy, kinda nice. Taste is good at first, with the fruity esters jumping through, followed by some biggish malts and a clean, crisp hop finish. As it warms, though, gets a dusty taste and become kind of bland and almost muddy tasting. I have a feeling it would be a better bottle beer for some reason. Update-this is a better beer than I had rated it back in the day. A nice, big resinous IPA that is super tasty and drinkable. Plus, its well priced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
bottle-2004.Clear amber color with a solid tan head. Sweet, hoppy aroma with some rubbing alcohol and a bit of yeast. Fruity, malty and very hoppy flavor. A touch of diacytl. Extremely well balanced ale. The body, bitterness, sweetness, malt flavors and hop character all compliment each other with out dominating. That said, it doesn’t seem as amazing to me as years past. Perhaps it is my own palate changing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2004
2004 Edition - A big tan head sits atop a beautiful dark orange body. Big hop aroma. Very hoppy, spicy brew with a bit of sweetness. Dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2098) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 29, 2004
04- pours a nice orange themed light amber with a marshmallow like fluffy head. hops are dominant in the nose very citrusy. very sharp hop grapefruit/pineapple flavor up front. malty sweetness is evident throughout but comes out more as this baby warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2004 edition: pours a red amber color fairly thin head, beige colored. Fruity malt aroma. Nice, kinda spicy taste. Pretty well balanced and full bodied. Nice and hoppy throughout, good bitter bite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2004 edition. Pours a deep red with a fluffy white head that lasts for a long time finally leaving some nice lacing behind. Very smooth well balanced beer. Floral hops shine in the aroma with a light maltiness. Taste starts with a mild sweetness, light toasty caramel taste and finishes with some citrus hops that add a bit of fruitiness to the brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Bottle. 2004. Large rocky head with excellent lacing. Clear orange/copper color. Notes of cookie flowers, perfume, and herbs in the nose. Nice hop bitterness with notes of resin and herbs with a heavy malt background. Full bodied with a slick texture and notes of dust in the body. Nice lingering bitterness after a dry finish. Update: Almost 2 years in the bottle and it starting to taste very malty but with a good hop flavor and bite. That is the benchmark of a good brewer. Beer that holds up to aging but is great fresh. This beer now is more like a barley wine with lower alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Pours copper with an unwavering head that laces on down the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops, but there is a subtle sweetness in there as well. Flavor is initially bitingly bitter, but mellows to a warm spicy maltiness. Finishes dry with more hop flavors. Medium bodied.


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