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RATINGS: 3525   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Bottle 2004. Beautiful cooper colore with a creamy head. Aromas of cirtus, spices and pine. The flavor is spicy and perfectly harsh. A real winner.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
lifeofravis (21) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Was not a fan. I agree that the pine atrigency detracts from the taste and palate. Perhaps this was why i did not like it. I also could only drink one of these before i had to move on to something else.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2004-Aroma of grapefruit, earthy hops, pine, sweet malt. Appears a deep copper with hints of ruby; small off-white head that lasts; notable effervescence of tiny bubbles. Flavor is pine bitter but quickly gives way to chewy toffee malt, and finishes with a noticeable pine-resin astringency. Palate is medium and chewy up front but is dominated by astringency at the finish. Overall, this is a very good brew, however I believe the pine astringency detracts both from taste and palate. Perhaps, the beer is young yet.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
windowpaine17 (3) - USA - AUG 9, 2005 does not count
I was expecting something good, instead I got something that really didnít know what it was trying to do and as a result diappointed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PaulGator22 (9) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2005 does not count
Love this winter seasonal from Sierra Nevada. A dark IPA with lots of kick to it. Perfect on a cold winter night.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 2, 2005
Always got a kick out of this winter beer. Didnít realize it was an IPA due to its nice malt backbone. Reminded me of a much better version of the Sam Adams Winter Lager at the time of first tasting. Darker IPA with wonderful chewiness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Deep amber color with a decent head. Aromas were typical IPA and the flavors were too. Grapefruity hoppiness. Pretty fresh and a decent finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2003 vintage on tap at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Copper color with a nice white, foamy head. Smell is very mellowed compared to what Iíd expected -- strong American hops are present, but take a background seat to caramel malt. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, with the hops coming in at the finish to give it a wonderfully balanced bitterness. Really enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
bottle. wonderful copper color with a thick and foamy off white to tan head. sweet aroma of caramel. initial sweet malt with some dried fruit flavor and rum-ish flavor. round and warming. pleasant hop finish. Itís July now but this would certainly make a nice Winter brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Bottle, 1998 vintage. Pours a deep amber color, white head that left some lacing behind, cloudy due to what seemed like a lot of yeast in the bottle. Aroma was kind of subdued, but some gentle spicy hops, really musty I think due to the age. Maybe even a bit of dustiness on top of that. The initial impression upon taking a sip is a lot of sweet maltiness, really jumps on the front of your tongue, then a very subdued hoppiness. Lots of yeasty flavors come into play as it finishes, though it really isnít harsh, just gentle yet all-consuming. I think the hops really faded with age, the last time I had this beer was a few years ago (before I started rating) but I remember it being much hoppier. Medium body, carbonation level is on the medium to low side, but still smooth and drinkable. Not a great beer for aging, without itís hoppy character this beer isnít as good as when itís fresh. A friend who doesnít drink much beer had it sitting in the back of the fridge, so I figured that it would be worth rating this bottle. I plan to re-rate some fresh stuff.


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