1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a terricfically balanced IPA,multiple hop notes and malt tones. Dk amber with lasting cottony head. These would go down quite easily in succession.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sierra Nevada 's holiday beer goes against the grain. Rather than a spiced beer, or a dark ale, Sierra Nevada offers an IPA. Celebration Ale is a rich deep copper color with a fluffy off-white head. The intensely hoppy nose is filled with the smell of citrus fruit and pine. The taste is at first strongly hoppy as well, but then the strong malt base shines through. The mid-taste is a rich mixture of grapefruit, lemon, caramel, toffee and biscuit. The aftertaste is lingering and bitter.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer has a ruby-red appearance. The flavor has smooth hops throughout and has a nice bitter finish.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Foamy white head over a clear reddish-copper body. Ample carbonation. Aromaís hard to pick apart, I get some pluminess with some lingering sprucey hop notes. Just a touch of cardboard in there, I think. Nebulous malt backbone, this beer seems to center around its hops. They start out gently bitter (tempered by malt sweetness) but finish with a very enjoyable citrus/spruce taste. This isnít a "big" beer, but is a nice way to get your hop fix.
psychoanalyst (16) - USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with lots of hops in both smell and taste. Complex and intense flavor.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2003 bottle (5/7/04). Head is big and frothy but doesnít stick around too long. There was some powdery particles in the red-orange body. Nose is pretty citrusy, with some nice toasted caramelly malts, and I swear I caught a bit of brandy in there. Flavor seems a bit like bitter brown sugar. It starts wtih bitter oaky grapefruit, but then the tongue picks up on some brown sugar sweetness. That then fades into a light grapefruit rind finish. (7 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 16).
2004 bottle (fresh, 12/8/04).
A touch hoppier overall. Iíd say the hops donít die out at all throughout the taste... quite hoppy into the finish.
1-yr old 2003
Very large frothy head. Aroma isnít quite as hoppy as fresh, but its still there, with quite a bit of brown sugar. Hops in taste are noticably duller, older, maybe leathery/soapy; but really good. (7 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 16)
Beaver (1290) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Celebration poured a copper-amber color with a nice thick, creamy head with fine bubbles that retained to the bitter end. Very nice smelling with a nice hop and spiciness balance with some floral tones. Interesting taste - medium to full bodied with a spicy, slightly sweet, initial taste with some subtle malt and fruitiness. Then come the hops! A very hoppy finish, a little too bitter for me. Overall, the Celebration is a very interesting beer. The hoppy, bitter finish and aftertaste is a little too overwhelming for me and detracts from the taste and drinkability of the beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow talk about hops. Both in the nose and taste. Dark amber in colour with a thing white head with excellent amounts of lacing on the glass. Like I said, very hoppy in the nose and taste.
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 VINTAGE: Hoppy all the way! I didn't expect a winter seasonal to be so hoppy, but I was delighted. Reminds me of ruination, but this is more balanced. The aroma jumped out at me from the glass - 3 feet away!
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 2003 - wonderful batch - love the deep red copper color and nice head - bitterness is very well balanced with the malt. It is easy to drink many of these in one session ;-)
2004 - a little less perfect than 2003, but excellent nonetheless. hoppiness not quite as apparent in the nose, and slightly off balance in the bitterness.