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RATINGS: 3219   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 A very nice seasonal IPA. Pours a dark, orange tinged reddish brown with off white head. Nose is hops and orange citrus, with some spicy elements and a touch of sweetness. Flavor starts with a mildly sweet spice note and then fades into waves of citrus and dry hoppiness. The back end of the flavor dominates, leading to the overall impression of a dry, largely hoppy beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 2006: Still awesome, just notching another year. 2005: A perennial favorite of mine. 2004: Rich, hoppy, smooth, crisp, what more could a beer lover want? Almost as good as it gets. 2003: This year’s version seems a bit more mellow on the hops side, although overall it’s still great. 2002: What a beer! It has a copper hue and small head, which leave light lacing on the glass. The flavor is strong, lots of hops and citrus. It tastes like Christmas. And the generous alcohol content keeps you warm during those winter nights.

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 (1373) - 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 (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
A real shame that this is seasonal beer the extra malt flavor makes this a favorite mine


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