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RATINGS: 3417   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1241) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
A friend brought a case all the way from Montana and oh how much did I love this beer! It was an equisite winter warmer with a complex, christmas pudding mixture of flavors wrapped in a hop bow! A beauty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
12 oz. Bottle from 2003. Copper color with nice head. Great clarity. Great hop aroma. Flavor is fairly bitter, peppery, and some mineral flavors. Itís a bit thin but when you need a hoppy beer, this is a nice one to have in the fridge.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
intouch (15) - Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
What else can I say? One of my most favorite beers. Good looks, good taste, and great finish!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3810) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - MacGregorís - Rochester, NY] Very dark red in color with a thin white head. Nice balanced hop and malt aroma with some sweetness to it. Very good hoppy flavor that was balanced well with the malts. An interesting flavor. Iím definitely going to have to try more of this later on this winter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffonyc (3) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2004 does not count
A bit bitter, but all these Sierras are a bit bitter. Anyway, could have had more of a "holiday" taste and smell. The taste gets better as you drink. It is worth the drink, and above average(my average) The Sierra Nevada Brewers are above average to begin with, so this "seasonal" brew was no great feat. They couldíve done better, címon, itís christmas!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2719) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
An over the top hoppy aroma when you first open it. It pours out a dark almost reddish amber hue. It has a very hoppy taste that has little balance by malts. This isnít a bad beer, but not nearly as smooth as some of the other better IPAís

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2004 Had unlimited samples of this at a vintage beer tasting. Was vintage 2003. Had a hoppy, grassy, citrus taste. Tasted like a pale ale to me. Was amber with a white head. It didnít quite taste right to me. Something about the grassy bitterness. I will try a fresh one when I get the chance. Re-Rate: Had this on tap. Had a great hop presence with nice spice character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 At first I thought this sucked and was pissed at the hoppiness. Then I decided to grade it on what it was vs what I expected(malt and spice). VERY good ambercolor IPA,easy drinking and goes super with BBQ anything. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Possibly a little out of season, but still good. Slighly darker amber appearance, decent beige head. Perfectly hopped, malty aroma. Well-balanced hops, spices. Good pine aftertaste. Smooth beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1018) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
An interest take on winter brews. Something I will need to revist this winter for sure.


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