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RATINGS: 3419   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Nice IPA with a good citrus bite, backed up with enough malt to lend a smoothness to the beer. Still can’t touch the Two Hearted though. Should be available year round!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
bottle. amber body with a small white head. citrus hop aroma. flavour is just right, hoppy with a good malt character. oh my, this is wonderfully balanced! you couldn’t ask for more in an IPA.

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 IPA’s , 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 (3488) - 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 (7482) - 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, there’s 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. I’m a hophead. It may be one-dimensional, but I love it. On tap at the South Street Brewery, Charlottesville.


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