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RATINGS: 3528   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2005
Fierce, alcoholic Californian IPA (6.8%). Poured an amber colour, with a moderate head that laced well. Zinging aroma of gin and tonic and lemon cough drops, with an underlay of sweet spices. Oily mouthfeel. Full of lemony hops, with a classic US IPA bitter finish. Fiercely bitter. Plenty of warming alcohol. To be honest, I found this challenging until the hops had bludgeoned my palate into submission. By the end of the glass, I was a convert. (Bottle, 2001 vintage)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Great beer. Reminds me of SNPA but hopped up (no pun intended) on steroids. Very flowery bouquet of hops and pine also sweet and bitter. Complex but smooth . Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1081) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Hazy amber with a light tawny pour. Short but ver well lacing rocky white head. Hop flowers, grapefruit, salt water, toffee aroma. Hop juice, nutty malt, toasty. Very warming. Very green bitterness. Some molases and brown sugar. Finish smooths out, but still has a biting acidic long end to it. Very appetizing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2005
Draft, shaker. Strong pine and citrus (grapefruit) hop aroma. Malt profile is of bread and grain. Rich copper hue with a nice, tight, creamy, white head that’s well lasting. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a solid (and one of my favorite) IPAs.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Bottle. Brilliant amber in colour with an off white head and very nice lace. The aroma was a beautiful balance of piney hops caramel malt and cookies. The flavour had lots of hops, pine, grapefruit (lots), malt (cookie dough). Very well balanced, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a long hoppy bitterness. Thanks for the beer Rastacouere.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Not my hundredth beer. I found some missing notes to enter. I had this a couple months back. 2004 vintage. Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit, sweet malt. Appearance: Very bubbly. Thick foamy head with good lacing. Off-white. Nice gold/copper color. Flavor: Bitter grapefruit, mild peatiness, orange-style (not taste) sweetness. A bit dry with a lingering aftertaste. Moderate palate that is sticky and very carbonated.

Resample: The flavor is a wonderous hoppy/malty taste that is very smooth and crisp. Refreshing and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 Beautiful deep amber pour, nice white head. Aroma of piney hops. There is some malt sweetness. You can always tell a SN beer, they are all pretty similar in flavor. In any case, a tasty beer. And hard to beat $8 for a six pack of good, 6.8% IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2004 was my first taste fo this beer. In the glass it is a nice copper color with a strong hops aroma. The hops also follow through to the palate settling on the center of the tongue. Definately another beer worth trying.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2005
This ale pours mirky, but the cloudy appearance leaves the ind on the first taste. The taste and aroma are pleasant.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2005
Amber color with a hazy cloud drifting in the beer. Good palate and a good balance between the malt and hops. I just love the long bitter aftertast.


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