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RATINGS: 3531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Bottled. Sold by the case at my local Costco. Poured a nice copper color wtih slightly off-white head. Nice odors, and killer hops. Citurs tinge. This is too good to only make during the holidays. Maybe it is just because I like IPA so much, but I feel this is the best offering from a brewer that produces a lot of quality beers. I now have versions from multiple years on the shelf. I feel this beer keeps getting a little better every year There may be slightly better IPA’s around lke Stone which costs three times as much per ounce. but for the quality - value ratio you cannot do better than this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Tilted toward the bitterness end of balanced. Great malty sweetness, full range of hop bitterness/flavor/aroma. Makes winter in Chicago utterly bearable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Dark amber with with frothy white head that sticks to glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and malt. Upon first sip, hops hit you and malt comes through. Full-bodied and strong, this is one of the very best beers I’ve ever had. One of the best IPAs. Makes the holiday season worthwhile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyandmalt (25) - USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 You bet your boots it’s hoppy. Alcohol was forward....not too forward though. Near perfect flavor and mouthfeel. Way to go S.N.!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ambroze (22) - Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Bottled, Had a copper color and a medium head. It tasted extremely hoppy, and finished the same. Very sharp on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11593) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 On tap. Tried the ’01 & ’04 versions at the same time. Hoppy and citric. Oranges.Dry finish. I enjoyed both versions (as expected, the ’04 was stroner in the hop presence that the ’01).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Bottled, Had a copper color and a medium head. It tasted extremely hoppy, and finished the same. Very sharp on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2004
2004 bottle and a draft at the Abbaye. Dark amber ale - great lacing, really fine carbonation. Hops start out with great floral aroma and flavor, but then finishes dry, bitter, and harsh. Better memories of past years’ Celebrations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Lots of hops go into this one. The 2004 vintage seems a bit better than last year’s brew. Maybe a little crisper? Nice copper/red color entices you to jump right in and makes this one a little darker than some of my favorite IPA’s. The flavor matches color, with a bit more of a malty flavor than most... which turns out surprisingly pleasant. Should be a year-round offering. 2006 vintage is nowhere near the product that Sierra Nevada has offered in the past. Flavors are buried under a wheat/grain dust body that covers up some of the more subtle offerings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Had this on tap at Hard Times in Herndon. Pours a dark amber color with a small frothy tan head that disappeared fairly quickly. The head does create a nice lacing around the glass as it is drunk. Great aroma, which is huge in hops with some herbs and spices hanging on for the ride. Hops and fruitiness dominate the taste with a hint of spiciness and an excellent bitter finish. A great brew for a hophead to get his fix from. The mouthfeel is about average for an IPA. I find this to be a very drinkable brew as I usually have about 6 of these will playing pool, of course you will feel the 6.8% after a few. An excellent seasonal and all around brew, one of the best IPAs I have had.

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