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RATINGS: 3528   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Now when I think winter seasonals, barley wines, spiced ales, and belgian styles are the first to come to mind, Not IPA’s. But when I first smelled this brew, my second thoughts were over. This has a somewhat light spiced hop nose, with all our favourite citrus and floral notes. This does indeed come across with a bit more spicy side than the usual IPA, making it a wonderful wintertime treat.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 6, 2005
a nice ale for its price. very tasty and hoppy. i can drink this any time.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 very good product. strong flavor, body, finnish -- just plain strong. I’ve forgotten how good this beer is nice balanced hops - not as good as their harvest ale

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2005
2004 bottle. Poured beautiful. Big head, and great lacing. Aroma was weak at first, but picked up pine in the middle, and was malty with caramel as it warmed. First sip hits you like a logger truck. Hello, hops! This is why they call it Celebration Ale. It’s like drinking a Christmas tree. As it warms, it really mellows out. Toward the end of the glass, it picks up caramel, brown sugar and it gets really good. At the beginning of the glass, it finishes like chalk (or what I assume chalk would finish like.) Toward the end of the glass, it finishes much smoother. Sweet, hoppy, a little bitter and dry.
Note to other newbies out there, buy a six pack of this. You may not like the first bottle, but by the time the sixth comes around, you’ll want more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
2004 Vintage. Moderately cloudy/hazy copper w/ a creamy, lasting pale tan finger of foam. Fresh, flowery hop nose of pine, grapefruit, & mint. Medium bodied, sticky feel w/ a subtle effervescence. Initially the flavour is sweet & malty w/ a lovely fruity, caramel quality, then moves to a dry, bitter hop finish that lingers. Very nicely balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4630) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2005
Reddish syrupy looking beer with a lightly hopped aroma and a very deeply hopped flavour with a long finish. Overall a reasonable dryly hopped beer in the English vein but a little more robust.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutsRights (10) - USA - FEB 25, 2005
’04 Bottle. Same as ’03. Bitter like an IPA, but not so pale. More fruit flavors than the style usually suggests. Strong pine flavor, with some citrus. Bitter finish. I like how it all comes together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2005
Cloudy amber colour with a dense off white head. Complex aroma that starts malty before the fruity hoppy bitterness kicks inn. Flavor is mostly hoppy with some grapefruit, long dry bitter finish. Nice IPA!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2005
35.5 cl bottle. 2004 vintage. Served in Nørrebro Bryghus IPA glass. Faintly hazy amber gold. Big, long-lived, off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is deliciously hopped (citrus, pine needles, resin) and pleasantly sweetish. The flavor is superbly balanced between citrusy, resiny hops, and solid, malty sweetness. Long, deliciously bitter and very dry finish. Nicely full mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A sublime IPA.

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.


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