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RATINGS: 3409   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
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Upon release the hops are a bit caustic. I had one last night and already the hops are mellowing into a beautiful bitter spicyness and allowing the significant malt backing to come through. I also detect candy cane around the edges but I'm not sure if its the psychological impact of the name and label. A really good IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Really nice red color. Moderate head. aromas of sweet crystal malt mix with assertive hop bitterness. Full of carmel and rich bready flavors and a crisp hop bite. Very balanced. Big hoppy finish with some citrus and warming alcohol notes. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Beautiful glowing amber color with a white head. Strong apple and citrus hops aroma. Pretty sweet flavor, with lots of citrus and apple hops, malt and floral flavors. Very dry hoppy finish. REALLY enjoyable!

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
all of sierra nevada beers look soooooo delicious and this one is no exception. poured clear golden tan/orange with rich thick whitish head. lacing was present. tasted malty/citrusy/fruity with distinct hoppiness. the aftertaste finished with a good hoppy bite. wow, this is a good beer as is what i expect from this great brewery!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
Great amber color, big floral hop nose. Smooth moderatly malty body with big hop finish. Decent head, good seasonal brew.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
Orange/golden, a little hazy and with a small head. Aroma is fruity from peach. Sweet and fruity flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 This is an awesome IPA. Pours a beautiful dark amber/red with tiny floating particles a thick white head. Aroma is grapefruit, cascade hops and pine. Strong cascade/centennial hop flavor with a great spicy, pine, pepper, grapefruit/citrusy taste. Also has some toasted malt and caramel. Goes down smooth with a great balanced overall taste. Has the perfect amount of malt to go with the hops. Very bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Great lacing and head retention.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 2003 Edition. Yellowish-amber color with a thick head of large bubbles, very loosely connected. Smells of citrus hops (grapefruit dry), sweet dark cherries and winter spices. Taste is powerful grapefruit hops up front sitting atop a syrupy sweet, butterscotch base. Cherries, pit fruit and winter spice round out the palate. Aftertaste is mostly lingering sweet, and oddly enough, drying. Tasty beer. Very IPA like. ***2001 Edition*** Smells lightly of hops. Ruby-amber/gold body. Sweet taste. Smells lightly of hops. Sweet banana, pine, brown sugar on palalte. Drying aftertaste with smoothness attributed to its old age.Sampled at RFD in Washington, DC.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 11/13/11 Update - Pours a darkish amber in orange color with a very small white head and little carbonation. Hop aroma is intense... grassy and citrus with just enough malt understructure to provide some minor balance. Flavor is hoppy and quite bitter with plenty of citrus/pine hop flavor. Awesome! 12/25/06 Update- Dark orange amber in color with a foamy white head. Intense hop aroma... full of citrus and pine. Flavor is quite hoppy, but some malt supporting structure. Nicely bitter on the finish. Original Rating on 6/13/04 - Dark amber with a sparse white head. Aroma is of hops ... citrus/pine. Flavor is citrus/grapefruit with a spicy bitterness that I crave. This is a really good beer. Can’t wait until next year!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
I look forward to this every year. I like the idea of storing some for next year or longer....hmmmmmm.


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