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RATINGS: 3519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2005
( 04’ 12 oz bottle) Pours red amber with frothy head that lasts. Smells strongly of hops and pine. Tastes strongly of resins and grapefruit. Bitter (not to much) and strong aftertaste. Another good one from SN. Wish the alcohol was a bit higher though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
This was an ’04 on tap at O’Brien’s. The aroma was piney & citrusy w/ hints of flowers and a slight light fruit sweetness. The flavor was full of grapefruits and pine w/ a slight light fruit appeal. The beer poured a brownish orange color w/ very slight head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated w/ great bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1325) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 From A Bottle.Dark amber in colour,small head,aroma of hops and peach,taste is of hops and old fruit.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dalle (1145) - Skřrping, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2005
Bottle. Amber-red colour with small head. Sweet, flowers, pine, resinous, bitter. Flavors don’t melt together well imo. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DogfishKing (22) - USA - FEB 21, 2005
Very Nice. I really liked this. Very bitter but it immedietly grows on you. Hides the 7% abv very well and it sneaks up on you at the end of a 6pack. Overall really nice

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8291) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2005
Nice floral aroma. Appearance is yellow, medium head. Flavor is very bitter, too bitter. A bit thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Jan 08 Bottle from Bitter Virtue. Much better this time. Good hop aromas, some grainy malts and without the astringency I found before. 3.6
Feb 05 Bottle. Spicy pine aromas. Pine grows leaving a piney astringency. Strength apparent with lots of bitterness. 2.8

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Very hoppy nose, citrusy and piney, good fruityness too. Body is dark orange to golden, with a small white head on top. Fruity flavor, some malt and ends with good hop bitterness. Very nice one!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 I have had bottles of this, Poured amber, with a off-white head. Aroma of malts and hops pine and alcohol. Mouth feel is mid level but there is a kick in this alcohol. Nice, can’t wait to age a few of these. re-rate of a 2004 1-28-06 Beautiful a cloudy amber color. Tan fizzy head, left real good lacing. Nose was hops, then faded to malt. Carbonation was balanced well with sour malt. Bitter hops first, and a sub dude hop ending. The alcohol is felt but not really taste much, unlike the New-fresh ones. Improved well with age. I have another to next year. "04 re-rate Nose is mild hops and some malt. Much easier to drink, still very tasty and potent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Bottle from Sainsburys. Deep brownish copper. White head. Aroma is hops, hops and more hops. Piney and resiny with a citric aroma and background alcohol. Flavour is malt and dead bitter with a load of piney american hops and strong alcohol character. Floral and fruity, citrus fruit (grapefruit) and sweet malt. Really great, tasty US beer. My favourite American beer to date.


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