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RATINGS: 3364   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2003
The beer has a ruby-red appearance. The flavor has smooth hops throughout and has a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Foamy white head over a clear reddish-copper body. Ample carbonation. Aromaís hard to pick apart, I get some pluminess with some lingering sprucey hop notes. Just a touch of cardboard in there, I think. Nebulous malt backbone, this beer seems to center around its hops. They start out gently bitter (tempered by malt sweetness) but finish with a very enjoyable citrus/spruce taste. This isnít a "big" beer, but is a nice way to get your hop fix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
psychoanalyst (16) - USA - DEC 10, 2003
Dark amber color with lots of hops in both smell and taste. Complex and intense flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2003 bottle (5/7/04). Head is big and frothy but doesnít stick around too long. There was some powdery particles in the red-orange body. Nose is pretty citrusy, with some nice toasted caramelly malts, and I swear I caught a bit of brandy in there. Flavor seems a bit like bitter brown sugar. It starts wtih bitter oaky grapefruit, but then the tongue picks up on some brown sugar sweetness. That then fades into a light grapefruit rind finish. (7 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 16).
2004 bottle (fresh, 12/8/04). A touch hoppier overall. Iíd say the hops donít die out at all throughout the taste... quite hoppy into the finish.
1-yr old 2003 Very large frothy head. Aroma isnít quite as hoppy as fresh, but its still there, with quite a bit of brown sugar. Hops in taste are noticably duller, older, maybe leathery/soapy; but really good. (7 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 16)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1364) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2003
The Celebration poured a copper-amber color with a nice thick, creamy head with fine bubbles that retained to the bitter end. Very nice smelling with a nice hop and spiciness balance with some floral tones. Interesting taste - medium to full bodied with a spicy, slightly sweet, initial taste with some subtle malt and fruitiness. Then come the hops! A very hoppy finish, a little too bitter for me. Overall, the Celebration is a very interesting beer. The hoppy, bitter finish and aftertaste is a little too overwhelming for me and detracts from the taste and drinkability of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Wow talk about hops. Both in the nose and taste. Dark amber in colour with a thing white head with excellent amounts of lacing on the glass. Like I said, very hoppy in the nose and taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
2003 VINTAGE: Hoppy all the way! I didn't expect a winter seasonal to be so hoppy, but I was delighted. Reminds me of ruination, but this is more balanced. The aroma jumped out at me from the glass - 3 feet away!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 2003 - wonderful batch - love the deep red copper color and nice head - bitterness is very well balanced with the malt. It is easy to drink many of these in one session ;-) 2004 - a little less perfect than 2003, but excellent nonetheless. hoppiness not quite as apparent in the nose, and slightly off balance in the bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (790) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 I love the complex, festive nature of this ale! The barley and the hops are just right in this... if only it had a little bit more bitterness, itíd be my fave beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 2003: Wonderful flowery aroma, along with a nice copper body. Full of flavor. 2004: Dark copper color with a nice white head. Tangy citrus aroma with malt & pine resin the flavor, backed by citrus and nice residual bitterness. Spicy. Delicious.

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