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RATINGS: 3227   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2004
This is one of the best examples of an American IPA. Nice and hoppy and with enough malt to back it up. The fact that its seasonal only adds to its appeal. Although I like all of SN's beers, this is the only one that I seek out and buy consistently.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 I’m not a big fan of this beer. It was a bit too spicy for my tastes. Good head, good mouthfeel, good hops, good malt, but too much damn spice. 3.2 Sampled again at clogs in corvallis on tap. Wow. This shiite is very good. Tons of solid citrus hop flavor and aroma. Plenty of body and alky to boot. 4.0

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
The bottle pours a deep amber color that produces a thick head. This thick head generates a heavy lacing as the glass empties. The beer starts off well but finishes too smooth for me. I like a nice kick and generous "mouth-feel" for the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Copper colored with high carbonation. Piney nose. The taste is strong with Chinook hops and bitter aftertaste. A little too out of balance for my tastes.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Coppery color big head redducing to a nice lace. Nose is citrus with some pine. Flavor is full and hoppy with a bitter finish that stays around for a while.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Dark orange body with a frothy beige head. Grapefruit and dough in the nose. Creamy, bittersweet flavor. Very good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Certainly not a balanced brew, but a hophead's dream come true. Strong pine and wood presence. Also has some notes of herbs, citrus, and mintiness. Pours a very nice reddish amber color. A very well made and interesting beer, I just have to get used to the style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swtchcrook (3) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004 does not count
04 edition-this batch is not as earthy as last year's, but still an excellent beer nonetheless. SN never really goes wrong with this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Deep brownish red color. Little white head. Smells of aromatic hops, kinda spicy. Nice balance of sweet malt a spicy, earthy hops. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Dark Amber color, white foamy head that diminishes, good strong lacing, from a good strong beer. Just tasted at a bar, I thought it was the best beer on the wall; it probably was out of the forty or so. Flavor is strong "pine tree" hops, as you'd expect from an IPA, the finish is balanced a tad more bitter than sweet. No noticeable aroma, kind of disappointing, might be because I'm getting over a cold. I'm sure there's some more complex flavors in there, however I wasting there to do serious tasting. Good IPA, doesn't beat Stone's IPA but it comes close, good strong winter beer, as the label suggests.


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