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RATINGS: 3208   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kodos (200) - USA - JAN 8, 2003
2001 on tap: Deep amber on the pour with a large head. Lots of nice lacing. Nose is all hops! Light malt sweetness with a hint of spice. Finish is acidic, piney and sharply bitter which lingers...An excellent winter special IPA!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildpig99 (3) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 8, 2003 does not count
This beer has a great malty taste and is highly hopped. Surprisingly, it’s a very smooth drinking beer considering its high alcohol content. This is the kind of stuff that homebrewers strive for!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Damn kids, I enjoyed this one quite a bit... floral, fir tree, spice aroma with a full hop flavor; bitter and citrusy with a nice dry finish that lingers for quite awhile... toasty malt presence alert; again... for lack of creativity; good stuff

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
IPA? I don’t recall seeing anything on the label where this claimed to be an IPA. A good hoppy beer anyhow, recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Beautiful, deep amber body with lasting head. Very strong hoppy/astringent aroma -the song remains the same from the beginning, middle, to end with adequate toasty malts to balance. Lively carbonation. We’re moving to Chico.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2003

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Superstar (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Lively aroma and flavor. Slightly too bitter for my taste, but overall quite good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2003
I was disappointed in this as a celebration ale, because I normally expect something heartier than this proved to be. Hoppy nose, bitter palate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Hoppy nose. Smells like a pine tree. Bitter finish to abrupt for me. Not bad, though. Tastes like a scaled down version of their Bigfoot.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2002


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