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RATINGS: 3213   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2002 edition. Oh this is a fun one. Very sprucey, and very bitter. Thick dark beer, which is naturally thick and rich on the palate. Well done

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
sofey (16) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2002

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2002
A very pleasent winter warmer. I like to have a little more malt character or sweetness from a winter seasonal. Good stuff anyhow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
document (36) - USA - DEC 7, 2002
Wham! A bucket full of hop aromatics. The beer is clean and pure tasting; distilled hops, a ghost of malt in there somewhere, one dimensional. But a dimension I love.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
HEad held on forever! LOADED with tiny bubbles. Nice floral creamy nose. Very well balanced, full and complex. Good stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 2002 sampled on 12/6/2002: Upon opening, the aroma of fresh hops fills the room. The pour yields a medium copper colored ale with a pillowy head. The taste is initially sweet becoming more bitter and hoppy at the end. The bitterness is still a bit sharp and sort of coats the back of my throat. I think this could use a year of aging. The alcohol is well masked and this beer shows lots of potential.

Re-Rate 10/14/03: Still tastes like I remember it. A good clean crisp IPA with nice malt and hop balance.

Second rerate (still 2002 vintage) 6/10/2004: Still donít notice much change. Maybe a little mellowing of the hops, but still pretty floral and bitter. This has kept very well, a classic IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2002
This is good beer. The fact that I love IPAs doesnít hurt. Celebration Ale has a fruity, hop aroma. It pours up a nice big head whick is retained throughout. The brew exhibits heavy lacing. Very attractive golden brown color. Best of all the flavor is excellent. Lots of hops with a light malt finish. Very good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFGrind (1843) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2002
If you take a look at my beer list this brew sits on top. I rated the 2001 edition a 4.5 in December 2001. Sure this beer is made for the winter season, but stash some in the basement and let it ícellarí until summer. The character of the beer becomes much more complex. Last night I had a 2000 & a 2001 edition both had a much different taste from each other and from when the beers were originally purchased. This beer is a must try whenever you can get your hands on it. I am still searching for a better beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3340) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 2001 Bottle. Deep copper color.Massive hop nose.Light malt foretaste with a huge hop finish Above figures are for rerate Dec 2012 Amber,lasting beige head.Nice fresh hop nose.Effervescant hop profile with good malt in back.Big lasting bitter hop finish.Great lace

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Not what I was expecting at all. Couldnít they have just called the damned thing an IPA and be done with it? Aside from that, this is a very nice beer. One of the best IPAís Iíve had.


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