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RATINGS: 3271   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2004
Big head on the pour, it settles down quick but lasts the whole way through. Orange color. Serious hop both in the aroma and flavor, citrus and flowery. Some malt flavor but kind of lacking in the malt body, which is about the only thing that could be improved. This is something to look forward to every year. (and some local stores here still have it on the shelf in April)

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottled. Orange colour. Intense, flowery, grapey, mandariney, hopuicy ooozing hoparoma. Fruity and flavourful, with pine, citrus, mandarin and maybe purpurgrenadilla. Flavour and mouthfeel is perfect, with perfect balance of malt and hops. Semi-dry finish, because of the hops. Seemed to have a bigger body than DFH 60. (That’s for sure)This is the archetype and the holy grail of the American Style India Pale Ale. It oozes from malt and hops, and is incredibly balanced at that! I really beliveve this is the perfect beer for me. Fantastic beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2004
clear, crimson color, lush head, off-white, delicately lacey, great aromatics. Mmmm, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pine, orange. tangerine, nice hop attendance. Taste: big, bold blast of hops, a thoroughly "red" feel, full-force hop-itude, brisk and buzzing. Fruits appear again on the palate, and a nice, never too much, bitterness. Medium body, full-flavor, great, long, continual finish. Heck of a nice IPA, though I like them bigger and bolder than this...yeah, it could use more zing and ka-zam!, to be a great winter seasonal ale, it should have some extra kick, a little spices, maybe. But it's a pretty nice, if average IPA, feels like an English-style but a touch of American, but not enough.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
This was a little over one year old bottle (2002 vintage). Copper color with slightly orange hue - great clarity. Nice head. Aroma of deep, rich caramel mingles with pungent hoppiness and just a slight fruitiness (from hops or yeast?) Flavor is complex caramel malt balanced by sharp hop bite. Clean finish. IMO, one of the best beers around if aged at least a year - too bitter and not balanced if not aged.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (812) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 12 oz. bottle. Pours a fairly thick white head that eventually goes away completely. Nice pale red/orange color. The aroma is huge, very floral and mildly spicy. Probably the best-tasting IPA I have had yet; has the strongest IPA flavor before the swallow I have yet to experience, and there is an awesome dry hop bite at the end that lingers for a while. Refreshing and lasting in the mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 Copper-colored with an off-white head. Medium-bodied. Flowery, hoppy aroma. Bitter, spicy, almost citrusy, extremely hoppy taste with a bite. Delicious; one of Sierra’s finest.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (958) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 I am blown away. Pours out with a dark amber orange body and an extra tall beige head that is creamy and smooth. One of the loveliest display of carbonation I’ve ever seen in a beer. There is a near constant stream of tiny bubbles rushing to the top the entire time I drink this beer. The aroma is pure hops with citrus, pine, spruce, and spices in every whiff. Body is medium with an appropriate mouthfeel enhanced by the tiny bubbles that coat your tongue as the beer warms in your mouth. Bitter hoppy taste is a delightful departure from the sweet and syrupy winter fare from others. Malt backbone is solid and creamy, but hops are front, center, and back. Many thanks go to nvsblman for this trade. Hopefully next year this beer will be on the shelves in Georgia. When I see it in the stores, I’m going to be celebrating for sure. Update: It is now fall of 2004 and by the grace of God, HB 645 is now the law of the land in the State of Georgia. I just picked up a Sierra Nevada Celebration off the shelf from Green’s. When pouring it in the glass I notice something that was missing last year. This year’s version is cloudy. The bottle conditioned release is much less bubbly than the force carbonated 2003 version. The mouthfeel also seems more soft this year, and the spiciness has gone down a notch. Still a classic IPA. Update 2: Got a 2003 bottle as part of Cellar Meat BIF 18 from pentathlete. After a year and a half, the hops had faded, and the beer could be considered balanced. The taste had taken on shades of an Old Ale at this age, with some chewy sweet malt. The hops lurked in the back as a peppery wispy presence. I much prefer the assertive fresh taste, but still much to like here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 trhis is one bitter beer that is very potent and strong. Careful not to drink when its too cold, let it warm up a bit and the flaovr really comes out. I had this on tap and it was pretty darn good, better than the bottled version.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 16, 2004
pours a hazy amber color with a nice white head...wonderful aroma of hops and carmel malt, hints of citrus and sweet grass. very smooth body with a great hoppy flavor, bitter, and a bit earthy. i'd like to be drinking this in the cabin on the label...by the way, very good IPA!!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
The 2003. Poured yellow/ornage/light amber with a good amount of head. Aroma was full with spice/nutmeg/cinammon/ orange peels and a bit of what I swear was brown sugar. Very smooth going down with a slight bitterness from the hops. Halfway through the bottle the hops opened up more almost to an IPA character. Not was much hops as I like but defintely a good amount.


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