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RATINGS: 3196   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2002
she smells a little bitter but she has a nice creamy head and you can see right through her copper colored belly...i could be getting my women confused but i think she tastes similar to the goose island christmas ale but perhaps more hoppy..i like hoppy..she is not as flavorful though and not as good in bed. Overall Solid.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2002
2002: Hoppy, Hoppy, hoppy. Good blend of hops with a very nice floral nose. My favorite of the seasonals. The copper color sit nicely beneath the nice moderate head. The crisp dry finish is superb

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 (2003) Release What a thrill it was to stop by my “most favorite” watering hole “Papago Brewery” and to find on the shelf this years release of this stupendous beer.

Once it departed its tomb (bottle), and filled my glass, I simply marveled at its wonderful translucent burnished copper color, the head a large crown of creamy tan, and as it slowly fades in to oblivion the lace becomes a thin curtain to seal off the glass. Hop floral aroma reaches your first, followed by the citrus like crispness, then the sweet malt backing ends this fantastic nose, start is malt laden and sweet, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Hops are persistent in their spicy bite and the carbonation pleasing with the aftertaste dry and lingering. Being the “Beer Pig” that I am, I bought all they had tee hee, tee hee aren’t I mean?

(2002) Release: The beer pours a translucent deep copper color with a magnanimous head and thick clinging sheets of lace. Hop floral tones at the front and the malt underlying also citrus crisp and fresh, ah that nose. Front malt and lightly sweet, the top middling and the finish moderately carbonated with a special hop spicy bite that makes this a great IPA. The aftertaste dry and lingering and I have a case now aging away, yummy for the tummy.

(2001) Release: Pours a lightly hazy deep amber to copper color, the head is frothy, mountainous, the lace in thick sheets that cling to the glass till the very end. Nose is hop floral, malt takes second fiddle, quite "Sniffable". Front is malt, lightly sweet, top is moderate, the finish is magnificently hopped, potently acidic, the dry long lasting mouth feel, adds much to this beer. Ranks #286 on my current 1000 beer master list

1.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2002
The aroma rocks... Kinda like an evergreen. It has a nice redish tint to it. The taste is a lil bitter for my style. A lil too much evergreen taste for me. It goes down a lil better after the first taste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 16, 2002
2001 ed: Great thick head that you could write your name in; nice rich reddish-brown color. Nose was strong enough to get through my head cold, earthy and vibrant; flavor vibrant too, again earthy -- the last rater could be right about the sage -- definitely different from the usual cider/pumpkin/fruitcake flavors of holiday brews; a little rough on the finish if you ask me. Still another fine brew from the best ’big micro’ around. 8/5/8/3/15=3.8

2002: nose perhaps even more impressive than last year’s, very spicy and fruity. Flavor has a lot of citrusy tang, but is overwhelmingly hoppy; hey SN guys, just ’cuz you’re West Coast doesn’t mean you have to kill us on the hops here! Really hard to get past the bitterness; palate is rather unidimensional. A disappointment after last year’s more balanced brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
Spicey and hoppy, auburn, with a vanilla head. A big hoppy ale, enjoyably bitter, crispy and chewy. Delicious!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 16, 2002
Very light haze, a bit looking like orange imperial tea. Aromatic, very fresh and light. Same goes to taste. Nicely blended, very enjoyable to drink. Recommended. Celebration it is.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Thick creamy head. Slowly, mostly diminishing head. Nice subtle aroma of malts, then hops. Light amber in color. Smooth drinking. Very hoppy, nice and bitter. While the alcohol level isn’t off the charts or anything, it is well conceled in the smoothness.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
a whole lot better than pale ale..but not a great beer by far. taste is decent with a full malty aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Red in color, huge tan head with nice retention and lacing. Aroma is strong with hops and orange zest. Intial flavor is very hoppy, followed with spice (coriander?). Finishes with a very strong hop bite that lingers. Quite a warming beer, and a definite must-have for the winter season.


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