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RATINGS: 3530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


3.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
draft...a beer with a kick. strong hop spice and bitterness. you certainly taste this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) I’m just not a big fan of Celebration I guess. Again, this is mostly just a very hoppy and bitter beer that dominates the moderately sweet maltiness from start to finish. The maltiness just gets lost behind all the hoppy bitterness because the beer starts bitter and becomes very bitter in the finish. The palate seems a bit thin for a winter. The very hoppy nose is lightly sweet with maybe a slight tea aroma drifting in. Dark amber color. Off-white head is very small on the pour, it’s almost a thin sheen by the time the beer is served. Some modest lacing. (03-Aug-04, ratings: 7, 3, 6, 3, 13, total 3.2)

(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) 2004 bottling. Clearly, after living on the west coast for 4 years now, I’ve come to appreciate and enjoy hops a lot more than when I lived back east. And maybe I’m finally coming around on Celebration too. I consistently panned Celebration because it was so ridiculously bitter and hoppy, but I now find the hops level enjoyable in this bottle. It’s a nicely balanced beer initially, malty and hoppy, but finishing quite heavy on the bitter, grapefruit hops. Medium plus in body, with a long-lasting, bitter finish. The nose is less aromatic than expected, and I’m not getting much hops at all, but it does show a fair amount of maltiness. Pretty much amber in color. The beer pours a perfect size of off-white head and shows excellent retention, maintaining an unbroken layer until all the beer has been consumed. And left behind is a decent amount of patchy lacing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Had this beer on tap at Starr Hill brewery in Charlottesville, VA. Taste was great! I loved the paring of spice and hops. It took me by surpise, I would definitely get it again. Not sure how it handles the bottle, but if you find it on tap, order one up!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
Orange colour with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, hops and fruit. Malty flavour with notes of fruit, that ends up with a nice and lasting bitter finish. Nice IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
bitter sweet hops - allmost smoked aroma and flavor fla! Its a beer that bites and I love it! Allthough its a damn good beer, its not special enough.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 Vintage 2002.
Hazy amber body, foamy lasting tan head. Nice and fresh aroma of hop, fruit and toffee. Lots of hop in the flavor as well with flowery and fruity notes. Not as bitter as a fresh example, but still very nice and fresh. A wonderful IPA!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Had the first day of release in SF, on tap. Simply amazing hop aromas (Cascade family) with big amber malt to balance. Distinct fruitiness from yeast adds up to a reason to Celebrate. Quite something, and so much better than the bottled versions I’ve had before. Rated higher than I would a bottle because of the freshness.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 hekll ya 100th bEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR @!!! i rule and so does mike in SD!!!!!!!! It was awesome looking with no head ands spicy and amazing.......... hahahahahaha, i am reading this for the first time since i posted it like a year ago. god i was drunk. this was my 100th beer if none of you knew, so i was hammered. so, i have recently had the 1996 version of this as well as the 2005. this year’s was very very bitter IMO. had some grapefruit and citrus hops as well as some corriander and some spice that for unknown reasons, is kind of offensive to my taste buds. both times i had this i had to have mike finish it. i prefered the 96 because it was mroe mellow and calm.


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