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RATINGS: 3213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dynamo (6) - USA - OCT 1, 2003 does not count
A classic. Have been drinking this for about ten years now and buy large bulk quantities every fall to last the year. Have sampled 6 different vintages in a single tasting. Holds up extremely well over time. A delicious beer that belongs in the hall of fame. Were it not for the advent of some killer IPA's in recent years this one would still stand at the top of the mountain- alone.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
This is a light chestnut colored beer that has a slight reddish hue and amber highlights. It pours with a nice, solid head that really covers the glass with lace and exhibits excellent head retention. The aroma is of malt and floral hops, with a hint of spices. The front end of the taste is sweetness with a strong hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
I have had a 6er of Vintage 2002 for a few months now, and I’m finally getting around to sampling it.
Very nice! A beautiful mahogany color, glimmering deep amber hews sit beneath a gigantic tan head. Massive hops and notes of spice aroma reradiate from the beer. The flavor is hops euphoria, a big spicy presence, fruity, lots of citrus and large grapefruit essence. This one looks alive in the glass, a lively brew we have here.
Well I’m glad I have 5 more, I cant wait to do a comparison with the soon to come Vintage 2003.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Vintage 2001,medioum dark brown color or a dark amber color,you choose.Small white head that faded fast but left a small lacing behind.Hoppy citrus aroma,light spice and just damn good smelling.The taste was grapefruit and hoppy with a light malty taste and a very slight spicy note.The after taste was very nicely hopped with a medium grapefruit taste and mild bitterness.The feel was mild highly drinkable and worth wishing for more.Thankfully i have 3 more and the price was very nice at $1.39/bottle Vin's ranging from 2001-2002 so i'll be able to enjoy them for awhile atleast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Vintage 2004. Much better fresh than the two year old batch I rated last year. Pine is what I picture in drinking this. Additionally, the malt foundation is pretty good too. A nice one, and on sale at Cellars! Woo hoo! Vintage 2001. Pours a cloudy deep amber with about a half inch head. Head retains for some time and leaves nice lace. The aroma is not as hoppy as I anticipated, but more complex. The flavor is of hops with a malty and spicy finish. The palate is nice and rich but clean and carbonated. This is a good ale. Another SN winner!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Ok, I freely admit it I am extremely biased when it comes to this beer. I used to buy cases of this stuff every year. I finally broke down and started to buy a keg of it instead. The first time I had this it absolutely blew me away. The hops where so intense so fresh the just screamed to break free from the confines of the bottle. This beer is definitely best when fresh, because it is all about the hop flavor and aroma. The hops lend a wonderful spicy citrusy greatness to this beer. And wonderfully the brewers saw fit to outfit this paragon with a solid malt backbone that just carries and delivers the hop celebration to every corner of your mouth. Just a plain awesome beer.

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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Light orange gold in color, with a pillowy foamy head that floats atop this years offering from Sierra Nevada. Milder hop aroma than I expected. The very first sip though - POW! It is in your face hops - no holding back. Immediate and sharp hop bite digs into every part of your mouth. Mellows quickly to a nice Chinook hop flavor - thick and chewy. Malt body takes a few seconds to develop into a mild caramel / nuttiness, before finishing with the signature citrusy Cascade twang. It's more than just in-your-face hops though - this is a multi-dimensional beer that is quite complex as the flavors develop and intermingle as you enjoy it. This wonderful winter tradition is an absolutely perfect example of Pacific North-West hops - Chinook, Cascade and Centennial.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 Big, fluffy off-white head on a copper body with a dense load of fine suspended particles. Thick, sagging legs like Star Jones. Aroma of citrusy, tangerine hops and substantial maltiness that is fruity, vegetal and caramel-like. Fresh hoppiness and lingering rich, fruity malts give this a nice, long, well-balanced flavor. Warm spicy quality marries the hops and malts together very nicely. The alcohol also makes itself known in the flavor. Comments based on the 2004 batch, but this beer has been my beer of choice for Thanksgiving and the fall months in general in recent years. One of my most eagerly anticipated seasonals every year.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1277) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Had some of these last Christmas. I was expecting the typical spiced winterbrew, but was pleasantly surprised to find out it's just a nice, rich hearty beer worthy of a special occasion. I don't know if I would lump it in the IPA category though. Amber ale may be more suitable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Like the Bigfoot this one varies slightly from year-to-year and is always good. Very nice reddish color with a full white tight head. The aroma primarily consists of hops, citrus. The flavor is hop bitterness with a good malt sweetness that lingers on the palate. Very good mouth-feel, not to thick and not to thin with lively carbonation.


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