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RATINGS: 3408   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Pours copper with a nice head. Hoppy grapefruit, resin aroma. Good flavor. Moderate malt, strong bitter hop. Aftertaste is astringant. Good notes of hay, pine with a hint of fruit (apricot?). Very nice brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
dhblane (6) - USA - MAY 2, 2004 does not count
This was the 2003 edition, poured a deep orange amber color with about 1 finger of frothy head that quickly dissipated, leaving some fine lacing in my glass. Smell was grapefruit, banana and mild citrus, with a hint of a malt backbone. Very soothing! Taste is sweet malts that are quickly taken over with a velvety bite of hops, yet never truly bitter like a Stone IPA. The overall taste is wonderfully crisp, that is refreshing and finishes dry and smooth. (Outside Temperature at tasting was 100+) Mouthfeel had just the right amount of carbonation with a slight oily texture that was very pleasing. Overall, a great Cali IPA, in either Winter or Summer. Another quality offering from Sierra Nevada!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2004 2003 bottle: poured into a tulip glass. pretty small head, could have been poured better. Beautiful deep golden color, it’s crystal clear in there..The aroma sets you up for quite an unpredictable experience, moderate hop/citrusy smell..alcohol notes. Tastes full bodied, hoppy, bitter finish, you feel it in your nose. Fairly mellow IPA, but it sure delivers nonetheless..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2004
I look forward to Celebration Ale every Christmas. Last years cut was great. I've let these sit a few years and they are still exceptional. Great hops and citrus taste. Rich copper color with a good amount of carbonation. Highly recommended to IPA fans.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
Golden red color, clear consitency. Smells like grapefruit. Strong fizz, but suprisingly creamy palet with a bitter aftertaste. Short lived head. Keep it cold and drink it fast because it doesn't warm up gracefully, but gets rather soapy the longer it sits in your glass. I recommend it in general.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10784) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2004
tap-Golden brown in colour, with anice sweet malty nose, lots of hops. Hoppiness is not overbearing in mouthfeel, with some nuts and grapefruit surrounding the mouth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2004
Pours dark amber color, with decent head. Aromas of citrus, hops, fruit, and florals. Tastes hoppy, but with well balanced malt and dryness...also some fruitiness at the finish. Not one of my favorite IPAs, but a solid beer in its own right.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2004
Big head on the pour, it settles down quick but lasts the whole way through. Orange color. Serious hop both in the aroma and flavor, citrus and flowery. Some malt flavor but kind of lacking in the malt body, which is about the only thing that could be improved. This is something to look forward to every year. (and some local stores here still have it on the shelf in April)

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottled. Orange colour. Intense, flowery, grapey, mandariney, hopuicy ooozing hoparoma. Fruity and flavourful, with pine, citrus, mandarin and maybe purpurgrenadilla. Flavour and mouthfeel is perfect, with perfect balance of malt and hops. Semi-dry finish, because of the hops. Seemed to have a bigger body than DFH 60. (That’s for sure)This is the archetype and the holy grail of the American Style India Pale Ale. It oozes from malt and hops, and is incredibly balanced at that! I really beliveve this is the perfect beer for me. Fantastic beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2004
clear, crimson color, lush head, off-white, delicately lacey, great aromatics. Mmmm, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pine, orange. tangerine, nice hop attendance. Taste: big, bold blast of hops, a thoroughly "red" feel, full-force hop-itude, brisk and buzzing. Fruits appear again on the palate, and a nice, never too much, bitterness. Medium body, full-flavor, great, long, continual finish. Heck of a nice IPA, though I like them bigger and bolder than this...yeah, it could use more zing and ka-zam!, to be a great winter seasonal ale, it should have some extra kick, a little spices, maybe. But it's a pretty nice, if average IPA, feels like an English-style but a touch of American, but not enough.


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