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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Deep brownish red color. Little white head. Smells of aromatic hops, kinda spicy. Nice balance of sweet malt a spicy, earthy hops. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Dark Amber color, white foamy head that diminishes, good strong lacing, from a good strong beer. Just tasted at a bar, I thought it was the best beer on the wall; it probably was out of the forty or so. Flavor is strong "pine tree" hops, as you'd expect from an IPA, the finish is balanced a tad more bitter than sweet. No noticeable aroma, kind of disappointing, might be because I'm getting over a cold. I'm sure there's some more complex flavors in there, however I wasting there to do serious tasting. Good IPA, doesn't beat Stone's IPA but it comes close, good strong winter beer, as the label suggests.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - JAN 13, 2004
This is just a tad short of the SNs flagship Pale Ale. Still very good though. Good IPA but not as good as Three Floyds Dreadnaught. This poured with a nice orange hue and good head and lacing along the way. Also full flavored with some hoppiness and not overly malted at all. Bet ya can't drink just one!

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1941) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 This was an excellent beer. The spicey and bitter tones of the beer overcome the winter cold. I woudnt consider it an ipa but then again im not a brewmaster. I think this beer is the best seasonal ive ever tried and higly recommend it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfm (1724) - Holbćk, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2004
[2003 Bottle]. Light amber color with a nice white head. The taste is bitter and hoppy, but not unpleasant. It features a nice balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2004
A hoppy tasting beer with a nice red color to it. Strongly flavored, it was a very nice treat. The worst thing about this beer is that it isn't available all year. A solid brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drywallman (338) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Pours nice and dark. Has the raisin, plum, carmel, and citrus in the nose, along with the same plus pine/juniper in the taste. This is a great seasonal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 On tap at HDG. Orange in color. Very hoppy brew, cascades. Pretty good. Not one for cascades though. Nice and refreshing. Big beer. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Bottle 2003: Butterscotch, carmel, pine, orange in the nose. Clear orange copper color. Small head that tapered down to nothing. Piney/orange/carmel flavors. Kinda syrupy, nice spicy bitterness. What a brew. I can't believe I waited so long to have. Had on draft at Sunset Grille and I'd score 8/3/8/3/18

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2004
Draught at Swift's, East 4th Street, New York. Crystal clear, deep, full amber colour. Lacy whitehead. Big, scrumptious, hoppy aroma. Long bitter finish that goes on longer than you can handle without a taking a sip.


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