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RATINGS: 3387   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bright crystal clear deep amber ale with a healthy off white head. Aromas of grapefruit rind and spruce. Flavor starts off with sweet malt and is dominated with citric hop flavor. There is almost enough body and maltiness in this one to pull of the massive hop attack. Quite bitter finish. Bitterness wins, not enough balance. Overall, a pretty decent American IPA, but no Two Hearted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Rerate: Good citrus aroma. Middle of beer some caramel aroma notes also. Darker shade of orange for body color. Decent off white head that left some good lacing. Citrus hop flavor though out beer. Little dry citrus aftertaste on the palate. Good Beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abc2248 (9) - LITITZ, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2005 does not count
2004 Bottle. Amber/orange color with big, off-white head. Fruity aroma (grapefruit, pine). Slightly sweet malty flavor, and big hop flavor(again, grapefruit and piney). A very good ale to celebrate the season with !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2005
12oz bottle (in tulip glass): Pours copper with an off white head. Has a very hoppy aroma. The flavor tastes of spices and hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2004
Big, flavourful and bitter. Tasted off draft at Alternative Brews, Buffalo. A hazy orange-golden colour. with a thin white head. A definite hopheads brew, with an assertive, citrusy, piney flavour. The bidy is not very heavy like some IPAís , but is not thin either. A beauty of a seasonal brew, which is easily drinkable, but consists of some very strong and complex hop flavours.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kane (111) - USA - DEC 31, 2004
I have tried this in the bottle and on tap. The hop aroma and taste are there and it is a bitter beer. A dark amber colored beer with a head that is a nice light brown color. I think I prefer this in the bottle as the bitteriness is not as biting. Other than the seasonality this is a typical IPA style of beer and it is not that special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
2004 bottle. Pours an orange amber color with yeast in suspension and a thin white head. Very apealling aroma of orange, hops and malt. The flavor reveals orange peel, alcohol, strong hops and malt, bitter finish. Medium body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Very interesting, the orange peel adds a nice dimension to the beer. Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sending it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004
Rich copper colour. The hops hit you as soon as you lift the glass. Positively explodes with hops. Sure, thereís a bit of spice, but this is really all about the hops. Big piney, resinous hops, with citrus and tropical fruits joining in on the palate. Quite bitter - some might find it too sharp. - but a dream for hopheads. Iím a hophead. It may be one-dimensional, but I love it. On tap at the South Street Brewery, Charlottesville.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 2004 version. The color was golden brown with leanings towards amber or at least a bit of orange. Small white head, which quickly dissipated to nothing. The aroma was somewhat sweet with a malt-spice-mustiness. The flavor started with hops (pine) and ended with hops (grapefruit). Nice and bitter. I also detected nutmeg and a bit of malt (which was more present as a mouth feel). Some alcohol warmth at the finish. Enjoyable. Iíll have to keep my eyes open for it again.



2005 version. Amber with a bit of spotty lacing. I noted a spicy (wood and cinnamon) and lightly citrus aroma this year. Iíll agree at least somewhat with my 2004 notes in that there is a great deal of bitterness and the malt (while present) is there more in mouth feel. Noted more spicy hops this year and a bit of wood. Still agree with the pine presence. The only thing Iím going to change in this rating is the appearance. Iím bumping it to 4.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrfosters (17) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2004
I was really dissappointed with this years version. I was looking forward to that spicy. hoppy .winter warmer . Instead I got an average IPA.Nothing as special as I rembered from past versions. Maybe I got a sixer that was mishandeled. Not horrible ,but definitely a dissappointment.


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