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RATINGS: 3417   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
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 (5555) - 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 (30177) - 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 (14433) - 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 (2803) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 What to say? Hops and more hops carry the requisite bitterness of an IPA. Medium-bodied and slightly malty, with a rough hoppy finish that lingers for a good few minutes. As one rater said, it’s classic Sierra Nevada hops. Feels a bit heavy on the belly, but is still quite drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 2005 batch.
Beautiful glowing translucent yellow-to-orange in color with a persistent head, and sticky, clinging lacing. Some cascade and Chinook in the aroma in addition to a floral party of lilacs and lilies of the valley. Bitter pine needles seem to have fallen into a vat of nectar, plucked out and then sustained by a process of aeration and dry ice to preserve the bitter sweet memoir. Sweet, sugary pineapple esters are mildly trumped by a bitter squeezed grapefruit juice flavor. Dry, chafing bitterness spreads across the entire tongue like sucking on an experimental, long lasting Jolly Rancher principally concocted from passion fruit pulp. “Clean” would be one way of putting it, but “consensual rape” is more appropriate. Amarillo and warrior hops flavors seem to be more present time around, arriving with amaretto sweetness and aggressive bitterness. Such a delectable, sturdy balance is achieved. Bitter finish dances long into the night with interjections of papaya and that taste sensation you get when you drink orange juice immediately after brushing your teeth.

2004 batch.
So many things have been said about this beer. Long story short: it’s good. Nice bitterness, alcohol is well hidden but comes somewhat through in the finish. Nice balance with the hops. Hearty describes it well. Different from most winter brews. Nevertheless, a great IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Celebration 2003, drank 12/12/04 Aroma: Fruity, hoppy-citrus. Some caramel/sherry. Appearance: Somewhat turbid-I mistakenly poured some sediment in. Low head retention. Amber color. Flavor: Hoppy flavor and bitterness dominates with an adequate supporting malt backbone. Some caramel and sherry again-because it is an older bottle? Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel with some lingering bitterness from hops. Overall: A fresher bottle would be better and have more hop character, but good nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermensch (64) - USA - DEC 12, 2004
Kind of like SNPA but with more of a malt backbone. Starts of with an attractive amber color and foamy head. Well-balanced for an IPA, I prefer it to the SNPA. Hops flavor is still predominate, with nice citrus and pleasing bitterness. A bigger ale, but not too big to be a "session" choice. Well done!


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