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RATINGS: 3207   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2002
This is good beer. The fact that I love IPAs doesn’t 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 (1834) - 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 ’cellar’ 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 (3306) - 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. Couldn’t 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 IPA’s I’ve had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2002 - Copper color, big hops on the nose - pine, citrus. Taste is more of the same - big hops, big flavor, nice mouthfeel. Extremely enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Extremely hoppy, like all other Sierra Nevadas I’ve had. Is that a whiff of pine I smell, or am I just buying into the commercial propaganda? A solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
This smooth beer is a little more tame than in years past, but it is still a good hoppy brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 I waited and waited with anticipation, and never have found this beer. Then one of my students comes back from Detroit over Thanksgiving and hands me one of these. Delicious hopping, more subtle body than expected compared to the big bad malty sweet bitter bombers down San Diego way. Yes!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Nice amber color, good nose and flavor to match. An enjoyable IPA but not the cream of the crop.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2002
2002: Amber red glow with tangerine highlights. Medium head disappates into a thin cloud of foam. Grapefruit and pine resin aroma. Toasted malt and citrus flavors joined with a sour hop bite. Slightly astringent on the tongue. Dry acidic finish.


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