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RATINGS: 3421   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours an increadible hazy red Christmas color. This beer’s merangue-like head is massive, foamy, pillowy, and fragrent; it settles slowly alowing the aroma to rise and fill the area around the glass. A fine example of how beer should look. Aroma is simply outstanding. Agressive hops fragerance stands out while malt and alcohol linger in the air. Notes of grapefruit, Christmas tree, and sweet fruits such as cherry and plum dance in the aroma of this fine beer. Flavor starts off as an intense barrage of hops followed by a mellow wave of malt sweetness. Notes of alcohol, fresh flowers, grapefruit, citrus seeds, pine, tobacco, cedar, and cherry fill the palate with a gustatory colage that is both seductive and satisfying. Finishes bitter and savory. Just allow the flavor to linger a few moments before the next sip. And the next. Overall, I wish this beer was available year round, it’s one of the finest beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. Honestly, this beer is cause for celebration!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours amber color, clear, big white head. Aroma is fruity (peach, pear, apricot), pine, spices and grapefruit. Flavor has a strong hop character (grapefruit, citrus, pine, grass) with an undeniable malty presence. Dry mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very pleasant.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours with a head that would make John Holmes envious. Anyway... this is a wonderfully hoppinin’ (hehe) brew that is only missing the log fire... and Jamie Lynn "Meadow Soprano" Discalla. (I’m sure I butchered her last name. Oh well. If she has a beef, she’s more than welcome to face me and let her gripe be known.)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Great red pour with very good carbonation. Good taste and a bitter aftertaste which is quite exceptional. I would not call this a christmas beer either. Nice citrus in the taste as it goes down. Sierra Nevada is a very good brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Not you’re typical Chistmas ale.Strong hops,dry mouthfeel and citricy flavor give this away as an IPA.I could drink this all year round.Great beer!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Bottle: Nice sweet grapefruit, pine, and spiciness in the aroma. Pours a transparent amber with a pretty small short lasting off-white head. The flavor starts with a light tropical fruitiness. The finish has lots of spicey hoppiness with notes of grapefruit and pine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (30378) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
[Vintage 2001 - sampled 2004] A hazy deep red beer with a small light brown disappearing head. The aroma is sweet with notes of fruit and alcohol. The flavor is fruity with notes of strawberries, without much sweetness, but a good hoppyness, that gives it a very dry end.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Dark amber w/ crimson highlites underneath a solid dusty white head the consistency of whipped marshmallows. Lacing grabbed hold of the glass ( a chilled pint glass) and never let go. Hoppy aroma full of spice, roasted chestnuts and a hint of citrus - maybe grapefruit. Just the right amount of spice and herbs in the flavor dancing atop a rich backbone of hops and malt. Welcome hoppy aftertaste which complimented - rather than overwhelmed - the flavor. SN has always turned out a great holiday/winter seasonal and I’ll look forward to them every year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14446) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle. Very spicy, hoppy aroma. Brown colour. Long bitter aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2865) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear redish golden amber with a nice dense creamy white head. Lots of thick persistant lacing too. Aroma is plenty of hops of course but it has a sweet side, balanced well. Flavors are a strong hop character but again, nothing overwelms you. Rich dark malts are balanced with eht citrusy hops and there is a woody mellow flavor that brings it all together. Standard hoppy bitter trailer, a bit grassy, but not too sharp. A nice IPA.


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