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RATINGS: 3209   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 Another winner from SNBC. I picked up a six pack of the 2002 vintage right before Christmas 2002. It pours a nice amber color, with a creamy white head. The head is fairly thick for a beer of this alcohol level. It lasted to the bottom of the glass, which is always a good thing. It smells of citrus notes, probably Cascade hops used in it. It also have vanilla notes, and a great deal of maltiness. It is one terrific beer in my book. Too bad it's only around at Christmas time, because it would make a great summer time beer as well. Maybe they'll start offering it year-round. 2004 Update: I got a couple cases this year. Chilled one down right away, just to try it, and judge it against an aged sample. The fresh stuff has a more subdued hops presence this year, and a stronger malt backbone. Top notch stuff, very warming this year. I believe the ABV is slightly higher than in years past. Higher bitterness, however. Rougher around the edges this year, maybe because it's so fresh. The cases I bought were only 1 week out of the brewery. It might need some aging, but very little.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Never disappointed by this one. It hits you right up front with crisp hoppiness and a full mouthfeel. This applies to either bottle or draught, which seems unusual these days. Maybe it's the connotation of the holidays, but SNCA just always hits me right. Slightly different every year, but never regresses.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2003
For six months, this has been the most-rated beer that I had not yet rated (due to an oversight). Well, no more! I didn't think I'd like it, but it was surprisingly tasty and the hops weren't overwhelming like I'd feared. There was enough malt that I could enjoy this. If there are other spices and flavors in it, I missed them.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
At first I had a little trouble with this beer because of the wheat flavor, but it quickly grew on me. The hops are very apparent and it pours a cloudy orange color with an aroma of spices and hops. If you don't like this beer at first, give it a second try and you'll probably like it much more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2003
Not bad for the style. Extra hoppy to bite ya. Nice malt balance. Tasty indeed!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 2002 Vintage. Pours a clouded orange brown. Strong aroma of hops and spice, perhaps cinnamon or nutmeg. Also a slight grapefruit aroma. Very bitter first taste. The Cascade hop taste is dominant. Definite acidic citrus aftertaste. Dry but bitter on the tongue. Not horrible but a little too hoppy without enough complexity for me. However, I would like to try an aged bottle of this. Will rerate then.

2003 Vintage. Was essentially the same except a much sweeter and cleaner taste. There was hops, and malt along with a hint of maple syrup. Very pleasant this time around. Great beer!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2003
'02 Bottle. My first experience with drinking liquid hops some nearly 10 years ago. Glad it really hasn't change much. Bright deep copper color with a moderate frothy beige head. Aroma of cascade, cascade, cascade and cascade hops... wait there is a hint of earthy malt. Grapefruit and light malt amalgamation. A classic in bringing hops to a utilization not previously used. Still look forward to this every year.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Hazy amber color with a large rocky off-white head. Big hops aroma, very crisp with lemon coming through. Taste is pine, hops with an oily dry finish. Vintage years vary but the 04 tasted in 05 was excellent in taste, balance and aftertaste. 06- whatever, thin body dry hop feel but it adds nothing to beer experience, very sad year

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 22, 2003
very light aroma ... light murky brown in color ... clean bitter taste, nothing much sweet ... IPA's arent my favorite but this is one of the more substantial ipa's ive had with a nice mouthfeel ...

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
One of, if not my favorite beers. A great amount of hops & always a happy sidekick to spicy dishes. It's so good that I bought a case to store away. Superb aroma & refreshing taste. Enjoy form the bottle or the tap. Even good a whole year later.


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