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RATINGS: 3421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2004
From a bottle. Slightly cloudy orange/red/gold, and thick chunky head. Aroma is a subdued hop feel. Not as much bitter hop bite as I figured from these guys. A very nicely balanced beer. Not as spicy as their pale ale, and creamier than I expected as well. Very good and very drinkable. My favorite Sierra brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Bottle. Coppery red with a thick, frothy, off white head. Good lacing. Hoppy aroma, some faint sweetness - a caramel like sweet. Bitter taste, a classic IPA. A slight warming feeling, indicative of the increased alcohol. I would have never thought of an IPA as a ’holiday seaon’ ale, too summery in my opinion. Not what I was expecting. A good IPA, though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Full on copper colored with big opened pores in the head. Can barely smell anything in the aroma but some pine is noticable. Flavor is of nuts with citrus and is mildly hoppy. A dry finish and a fair IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pinier version of SN PA. Ok but nothing amazing. Lemony finish really takes away. A bit of lemon-floor-cleaner n there. I don’t get all the hype. Maybe I’m losing my love for non-malty IPAs....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Most enjoyable IPA in every sense of the word. Look foward to its release every year now. Like a perrenial all star, case buy worthy. Recieve a 91 vintage bottling and wow was that wild. Dark thick brown muddy pour. nose of figs, and raisins and some caramel. Flavor was huge fig and chocolate. Young its still a creame of the crop. Huge hop, some nice maltiness, but mostly crazy bitterness. Fabulous. Rating is for the fresh bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
A good IPA. There are hops and some spice on the nose, very enticing. There is a fantastic rocky head and a nice red colour. The taste is well blanced, good hops taste, not too bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours a nice dark red. Smell is flowery and hoppy. The taste is dominated by hops, but not as much as their pale ale. Very easy to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Deep copper to amber hue, light offwhite head and light lacing on glass. Smell is rich of nutty roasted barley and sweet citrus fruits. Flavor is a solid sweet malt backbone with strong citric hop overtones. Medium body, not too sticky on the palate, crisply carbonated. Very easy to drink, SNCA is always welcome at my house during the holidays.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Oooh man this is nice. Pours a beautiful dark red color with very ncie head. Smells strongly of hops and, low and behold, it tastes like it too. Very nice tasting hops present here; strong but not overpowering. Just lick your lips after having a sip. Amazing!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fourway4 (4) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2004 does not count
I am a huge fan of this beer, so I purchased a 1/2 keg last week. Lots of hops and no added spices make this unique winter warmer. The beer is much smoother on tap and does not need time to mellow like the bottled version. Highly recommended if you are a fan India Pale Ales.


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