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RATINGS: 3530   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle. Red/orange w/ off white head foamy head. Nose is hopps. Taste is bitter and hoppy with a somewhat sweet after taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Nice hop aroma. Pours very nice with a frothy white head on a copper body. Citrus notes follow a mild malt profile and big hops are present through out. A less in your face IPA which is more to my personal style. Still was kinda sad there was no cinnamon or fruitcake flavors :-(

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2005
2004 Vintage, 12 oz Bottle: Light transparent red/orange which pours a big tan head which is mostly sustaining, nice carbonation. Aromas of big hops with some pine and light grapefruit. Flavor is a nice sweet bitterness, a little bite, and a drying mouthfeel. Nice looking lacing.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Re-rate, Vintage 2008: Wow, as good as ever. I don’t notice much difference year to year. This is a good thing, no? Perhaps my favorite of the holiday brews. Love the rich body, the generous malt, the hearty hops. Much like an IPA, which might seem a little odd for a winter seasonal, but for some reason it just works.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
Perfume like flavours dominate.Plenty of body yet in some ways quite gentle for a 6.8%.Reminds me of Anchor Liberty Ale. An all round top class ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Drank nice and cold from a bottle into glass. Coldness definitely brought out an overwhleming (and delicious) grapefruit flavor, with a full body. Burnt orange with a foamy head. Very refreshing IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
murawski (160) - USA - MAY 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 While there are many "holiday" ales out there, Sierra’s Celebration remains one of my favorite mainstream choices. While it does not beat any of the holiday seasonal micro-brews I have tasted; spicy flavor of nutmeg, but very drinkable. Always perfect for a winter weekend at a cabin in the mountains, sitting outside by the fire pit. And the shorter bottle fits perfectly into those drink holders on the camping chairs.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Pine and grapefruit abound in both the nose and the flavor. Very drinkable IPA, but not outstanding in any catagory. I don’t hold that fact against it...it’s a very good brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2005
This product is nicely spicy, and smells the same. It’s decent, but firmly middle of the road as it doesn’t really distinguish itself in any way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
Pours hazy golden with a medium white head. Nice hoppy nose with flowers and spices. Taste is hoppy, fruity, spicy again with a floral touch. A very fresh and pleasant beer.


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