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RATINGS: 3531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Most definitly enjoyed this beer, especially considering that I am quite the hop head. Hops are plentyful in flavor and aroma. Everything is well balanced and smooth for a enjoyable brew that would be great for any winter evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2004
A nice hoppy beer, a bit spicy, warming. It will do much better with age, will try it again in a year or two.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2004
This was another grapefruit tasting red ale. I thought there would be some spice or different flavor to it, after having a great lakes christmas ale then this there was no comparison,i went from the best christmas ale to the worst which i wouldnít even call this a christmas ale. I would never tell anyone to buy this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2004
bottle- poured into frosted glass. great long lasting head. strong alcoholic taste, a bit bitter. great winter ale, but almost too strong to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2004 vintage Bronze colored pour with medium carbonation and nice nice fresh west coast (pine) aroma. Flavor shows some caramel malt strength, almost like a light barleywine. The finish is ruination-like harsh. A Hophead treat, an OK beer to me - likely preferable with some age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 bottle 12 oz. $7/6 @ Fryís Yuma, AZ. 2004. Clear copper color w cherry tint. Very good medium sized bubble carb w good beige/straw head that lasted. Sporatic lace. Aroma is rich, creamy, (a bit like malted milk balls without the chocolate sensation) light/medium roasted malt w moderate hops & a slight trace of green apples. There is a faint smell of varnish/plastic styrofoam. Flavor is plenty of medium roasted caramel malt & a pronounced hop bitterness but I feel the hop flavor could be somewhat fuller. On the palate its just a bit sharp and harsh w alcohol slightly noticible. There is a slight sweetness right before the lingering finish which is malty and bitter. Its well into the medium bodied category. The bittering hops are quite noticible but not backed up enough by the noble hop flavors. To me its a bit unbalanced with a concocted in bitterness that doesnít quite "fit". It stands up very well with food though. Rerate 12/6/04: Iím bumping it up .1 to 3.6. This beer stands up well with food. I donít notice its quirky aspects when my mouth is full of chow. Reminds me a bit of Victoryís hop devil. Its also widely available and reasonably priced. 2/7/06 Iím putting a 3.7 onto it now. rather tasty when warmed up. Its availability and price are its best virtues. Iím dropping the 2010 down .2 to 3.5. Seems the malt & hop flavors are less/weaker and the bittering hops stand out too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 Mm... tasted this and then ordered a pint for myself. On tap at the Gaslight. Jumps and celebrates off my tounge. A good, strong-tasting IPA with unoffensive loads of hops in it. Rich color. Not the winter warming flavor, more like the I will make your palate soar variety. RECENT UPDATE: Do not mix this drink with Chianti. Holiday disasters occur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Presumably the 2004. On tap at the Gaslight . Spicy and Holidayish. Perfect for tonight and the first New Jersey snow. Going back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Ah, finally got ahold of this yearís. Pours amber with a fairly large head. Great hop aroma. Very good hop taste with a little spice thrown in. Great aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
2004. Crystal clear amber color with a small off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and sweet malt. Hop flavor is very assertive at first, but is quickly balanced by the malt. Bitter finish. Not like most winter ales Iíve ever tried which tend to be more sweet and malty with more spiciness. This was a pleasant surprise. Not that I should be surprised by Sierra Nevada.

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