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RATINGS: 3494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
bitter sweet hops - allmost smoked aroma and flavor fla! Its a beer that bites and I love it! Allthough its a damn good beer, its not special enough.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 Vintage 2002.
Hazy amber body, foamy lasting tan head. Nice and fresh aroma of hop, fruit and toffee. Lots of hop in the flavor as well with flowery and fruity notes. Not as bitter as a fresh example, but still very nice and fresh. A wonderful IPA!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Had the first day of release in SF, on tap. Simply amazing hop aromas (Cascade family) with big amber malt to balance. Distinct fruitiness from yeast adds up to a reason to Celebrate. Quite something, and so much better than the bottled versions Iíve had before. Rated higher than I would a bottle because of the freshness.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 hekll ya 100th bEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR @!!! i rule and so does mike in SD!!!!!!!! It was awesome looking with no head ands spicy and amazing.......... hahahahahaha, i am reading this for the first time since i posted it like a year ago. god i was drunk. this was my 100th beer if none of you knew, so i was hammered. so, i have recently had the 1996 version of this as well as the 2005. this yearís was very very bitter IMO. had some grapefruit and citrus hops as well as some corriander and some spice that for unknown reasons, is kind of offensive to my taste buds. both times i had this i had to have mike finish it. i prefered the 96 because it was mroe mellow and calm.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2004 edition. Pretty clear deep orange color with big white head. Aroma has lots of northwest hops, along with apricot and some malt. Very floral. Taste starts off really bitter, has enough malt to back up the hops (barely) and finsihed dry and bitter. Excellent beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Thick foamy long lasting, orange thinged head. Beautifu dark orange/brown that just looks like a good IPA. Has a nice alcoholic spice which is again derived from a classic IPA with a touch of holiday spice. Also, even though this beer is made just for the winter it might be a nice tangency in the middle of the summer when your getting tired of all the wheat beers. Let it warm up a little if you get it right out of the fridge. You can tastes special characters if you do. Rerate: 2005 vintage: Red tinged orange body with a orange offwhite aggressive forming head. The head has such a stiff foamy quality that I have not seen in many beers. Intoxicating strong hop, rich malty nose. Flavor is sweet malt, aggrisive bitterness, and a excellent rich malt backbone which is my favorite character istic of a good IPA. I really did not know how to rate beer with my first rating of this beer. I feel like I have such a more safisticated palate now. Beer is freekiní so great!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Now when I think winter seasonals, barley wines, spiced ales, and belgian styles are the first to come to mind, Not IPAís. But when I first smelled this brew, my second thoughts were over. This has a somewhat light spiced hop nose, with all our favourite citrus and floral notes. This does indeed come across with a bit more spicy side than the usual IPA, making it a wonderful wintertime treat.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - MAR 6, 2005
a nice ale for its price. very tasty and hoppy. i can drink this any time.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 very good product. strong flavor, body, finnish -- just plain strong. Iíve forgotten how good this beer is nice balanced hops - not as good as their harvest ale

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2005
2004 bottle. Poured beautiful. Big head, and great lacing. Aroma was weak at first, but picked up pine in the middle, and was malty with caramel as it warmed. First sip hits you like a logger truck. Hello, hops! This is why they call it Celebration Ale. Itís like drinking a Christmas tree. As it warms, it really mellows out. Toward the end of the glass, it picks up caramel, brown sugar and it gets really good. At the beginning of the glass, it finishes like chalk (or what I assume chalk would finish like.) Toward the end of the glass, it finishes much smoother. Sweet, hoppy, a little bitter and dry.
Note to other newbies out there, buy a six pack of this. You may not like the first bottle, but by the time the sixth comes around, youíll want more.


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