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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Dark golden, somehow cloudy colored. Little white head. Bitter hoppy aroma, some citrus tones come up too. Strong flavored: starts with bitter fruits, ends with lasting dry and bitter tones. Medium to full bodied. Aftertaste lasts long with strong bitterness from hops. Nice brew!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joem1 (5) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2005 does not count
They say the recipe is different each year, well this years batch was great. Hoppy without tasting too citrusy, great alcohol flavor without being too pronounced, just a world class beer

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2005
on draft: huge tight tan head with a orange copper glow below. nose of citrus mango hops and vanilla. down the hatch is a perfect suttle sweetness and then the hops come to dominate fruity and flowery and crisp and spicy. a tangy buzz that pushes the palate and feels like a frothy pillow. good f@ck’n stuff. better then i remember.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
Bottled, 2004 vintage. Rich copper with a silky white head. Familiar sharp hop nose tempered by creamy spice.This goes down like a sorbet; one minute you have this hops, vanilla, spicy but subtle and then it’s gone, evaporating in a tingle. As I was only charged 79p in my local supermarket for this I’m going back down there to get some more before they get the price right.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16116) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2005
Bottled, 2004 vintage (BB 10/2005)
Dark copper brown, good creamy brown head. Aroma has aromatic American hops. Flavor has more hops! Mouthfeel is carbonated and soft. Balanced IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2005
(Bottled) Hazy amber/orange color with a smallish, lacy head. Very fruity, aromatic-flowery-hoppy aroma. Somewhat port-wineous and sweet. Fruity, flowery, hoppy, slightly wineous. Long, aromatic and bitter, slightly sugary finish. Medium-bodied, very bitter, dryish palate with balanced carbonation. Slightly thin for a winter ale, and not very warming. Nicely hopped brew, but I expected even more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 2004 vintage. Copper-amber colour with a longlasting white head. Rich, full, piney hop aroma. Flavour is similarly hoppy, with a pleasant spiciness. Kudos to Ralph at Volo in Toronto for bringing this one in. (Not a real re-rate, I just had to correct a typo.)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 27, 2005
pours and amber with a small off white head. Nice hoppy aroma with a hint of malt. hoppy flavor with some added spices. Nice bitter finish with the warming of alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée au Cabot Annex Store à Waterbury Center, VT. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices (Gingembre?). Apparence: Couleur ambrée pâle. Petit col blanc mousseux. Légère dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrûmes et d’épices. Forte présence d’houblon. Durée de l’arrière goût moyen. Palette: Corps moyen avec une texture mince. Carbonisation au dessus de la moyenne. Forte amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #74)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Good stuff for IPA lovers. Got some extra spice (keeping with tradition, I see, for SN brews) and stickiness. Warming and cheerful, and all-around fuzzy-headed enjoyment of the better things in life. Awww, how nice.


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