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RATINGS: 3321   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) After drinking this it is hard to go back to sierra pale ale. Beautifull color light head. citrus and spruce with winey friut in the background. Needs to be slightly heavier in body to be a fire side sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 99, 00, 01, 04/, 03 2003. Poured amber color with small white head. Aroma is full of hops. Grapefruits, piney, light fruity sweetness. Light sweet malt flavor is quickly covered up by hop flavors of citrus, grass, and pine. Light to medium body. í99:I think 5 years is pushing it fo rhtis beer. Light citrus hop aroma. Flavor nothing much left except some caramel and bitter hops. Lgiht body. í00:More malty which was good to balance the load of hops in there. Dry finish. í01: Actually lower hop bitterness compared to the í00. Malty sweetness is there, but not much. Enough to balance the hops. Bitter dry finish. í04: Sweet malty flavors, caramel and then quick fade to hops, hops, hops. Big citrus and piney aroma. 11/3/05 96, 00, 04, 05. 96 had a nicely developed and aged malt flavor with a bitter finish. Nothing like it is when fresh but tasty. 00 was missing hop and missed a developed malt character, 94 was thin. 05 had big citrus and pine aroma with caramel underneath. Big bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 12, 2004
A nice IPA from SN. It was a while back when I sampled this one,but I remeber it being better than the standard pale,and more heavily hopped,and also having a slightly better malt profile. I need to try this again,and re-rate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 i can see why its called "celebration"i celebrated the first time i had it too.this is my favorite i.p.a. of them all.classic ale taste with just enough kick to get ya through the winter nights!!!! 2004 rate:once again,its excellent.nice smooth hoppy taste,not to bitter.i love the celbration ale!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1238) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
A friend brought a case all the way from Montana and oh how much did I love this beer! It was an equisite winter warmer with a complex, christmas pudding mixture of flavors wrapped in a hop bow! A beauty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
12 oz. Bottle from 2003. Copper color with nice head. Great clarity. Great hop aroma. Flavor is fairly bitter, peppery, and some mineral flavors. Itís a bit thin but when you need a hoppy beer, this is a nice one to have in the fridge.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
intouch (15) - Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
What else can I say? One of my most favorite beers. Good looks, good taste, and great finish!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - MacGregorís - Rochester, NY] Very dark red in color with a thin white head. Nice balanced hop and malt aroma with some sweetness to it. Very good hoppy flavor that was balanced well with the malts. An interesting flavor. Iím definitely going to have to try more of this later on this winter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffonyc (3) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2004 does not count
A bit bitter, but all these Sierras are a bit bitter. Anyway, could have had more of a "holiday" taste and smell. The taste gets better as you drink. It is worth the drink, and above average(my average) The Sierra Nevada Brewers are above average to begin with, so this "seasonal" brew was no great feat. They couldíve done better, címon, itís christmas!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2547) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
An over the top hoppy aroma when you first open it. It pours out a dark almost reddish amber hue. It has a very hoppy taste that has little balance by malts. This isnít a bad beer, but not nearly as smooth as some of the other better IPAís


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