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RATINGS: 3207   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
What a terrific little hop monster. Pours brilliant copper with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is of grapefruit and clean aleness. Highly bitter but with a decent malt backbone to balance it somewhat. Flavours are mostly american hop - cascade and centenial hops - very citrusy. I wish I could have more.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
11-15-02 bottling date. This ale has mellowed so much over the years; 1997 was stingingly bitter, with a huge hop kick -- like a permanent vaccination against Yuengling! Back to the real thing (December 28, 2002 tasting notes): Immensely pleasing balance of sweet substantial malt and first-whiff flowers of Cascade hops. Why oh why do I choose this every time over "Hop Devil"? The malts have it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2003
A very pleasant brew. Nice color, aroma, decent balance, but not outstanding considering it's called a "Celebration Ale". Slight citrus/lemon and nice bite on the tongue at first. Winter of 2002 batch. There are alot of beers that taste at least this good ALL YEAR LONG...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Has a nice amber color and a hop smell. Taste is first smooth malt then finishes with crisp hop bitterness. Overall it was not what I expected, but it ended up being pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 2002 Edition: This beer poured a reddish gold color and formed a huge off white foamy head, retaining a nice sudsy amount that left some nice circular lace. There was a good deal of carbonation present. An aroma of malt, hops and citrus. A flavor of malt and strong presence of hops. A bit of a citrus aspect with a touch of spice. A bit of a bitter finish. A very hoppy beer for this style, but I like that.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Dark amber in color. Malty in aroma with hops present. Very full bodied and warming which fits perfectly to the season.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2003
What an interesting idea ...sort of like an IPA with balance. Pours darkers and more golden than IPA, with a big tan head; not really a pale ale. Malty, but not as malty as I expected from the color, sweet, floral hops, grapefruit PNW hops but not the pine tar and orange of a Cascade, with a moderate bitter finish. All this, a moderate price, and a screw-off cap. Great. Not great-great like Stone's Ruination or Victory Hop Devil or DFH 90 minute IPA, but great

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
A real shame that this is seasonal beer the extra malt flavor makes this a favorite mine

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Lots O Hops. Another American IPA with cascade. This type of thing is getting a liitle boring. I also find it weird for a brewery to make an IPA their seasonal beer. I found it good, but not exceptional. Very hoppy, with an obvious cascade aroma and flavor. Strong finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 2003 Update: Need to knock it down a point from last year. A little too up front and brutal with the hops this year.


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