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RATINGS: 3272   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.


3.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark amber color. Hoppy floral nose. Very close to SN Pale Ale. Good but I just assume have the regular pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Nice amber color and aroma. Lot of hop in aroma and flavor, earthiness to it. First few times i tried it i hate it. now i love it. great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Upon release the hops are a bit caustic. I had one last night and already the hops are mellowing into a beautiful bitter spicyness and allowing the significant malt backing to come through. I also detect candy cane around the edges but I'm not sure if its the psychological impact of the name and label. A really good IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Really nice red color. Moderate head. aromas of sweet crystal malt mix with assertive hop bitterness. Full of carmel and rich bready flavors and a crisp hop bite. Very balanced. Big hoppy finish with some citrus and warming alcohol notes. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Beautiful glowing amber color with a white head. Strong apple and citrus hops aroma. Pretty sweet flavor, with lots of citrus and apple hops, malt and floral flavors. Very dry hoppy finish. REALLY enjoyable!

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
all of sierra nevada beers look soooooo delicious and this one is no exception. poured clear golden tan/orange with rich thick whitish head. lacing was present. tasted malty/citrusy/fruity with distinct hoppiness. the aftertaste finished with a good hoppy bite. wow, this is a good beer as is what i expect from this great brewery!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
Great amber color, big floral hop nose. Smooth moderatly malty body with big hop finish. Decent head, good seasonal brew.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
Orange/golden, a little hazy and with a small head. Aroma is fruity from peach. Sweet and fruity flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 This is an awesome IPA. Pours a beautiful dark amber/red with tiny floating particles a thick white head. Aroma is grapefruit, cascade hops and pine. Strong cascade/centennial hop flavor with a great spicy, pine, pepper, grapefruit/citrusy taste. Also has some toasted malt and caramel. Goes down smooth with a great balanced overall taste. Has the perfect amount of malt to go with the hops. Very bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Great lacing and head retention.


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