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RATINGS: 3513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffonyc (3) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2004 does not count
A bit bitter, but all these Sierras are a bit bitter. Anyway, could have had more of a "holiday" taste and smell. The taste gets better as you drink. It is worth the drink, and above average(my average) The Sierra Nevada Brewers are above average to begin with, so this "seasonal" brew was no great feat. They couldíve done better, címon, itís christmas!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2955) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
An over the top hoppy aroma when you first open it. It pours out a dark almost reddish amber hue. It has a very hoppy taste that has little balance by malts. This isnít a bad beer, but not nearly as smooth as some of the other better IPAís

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2004 Had unlimited samples of this at a vintage beer tasting. Was vintage 2003. Had a hoppy, grassy, citrus taste. Tasted like a pale ale to me. Was amber with a white head. It didnít quite taste right to me. Something about the grassy bitterness. I will try a fresh one when I get the chance. Re-Rate: Had this on tap. Had a great hop presence with nice spice character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 At first I thought this sucked and was pissed at the hoppiness. Then I decided to grade it on what it was vs what I expected(malt and spice). VERY good ambercolor IPA,easy drinking and goes super with BBQ anything. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Possibly a little out of season, but still good. Slighly darker amber appearance, decent beige head. Perfectly hopped, malty aroma. Well-balanced hops, spices. Good pine aftertaste. Smooth beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
An interest take on winter brews. Something I will need to revist this winter for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 bottle. 4/29/05 2003 vintage. Virtually no head with sweet malty aroma. Pours a cloudy red orange color. Sweet tasting not very bitterfor. Kind of a dry start and finish. The alcohol percentage is a very favorable almost 7% and is disgusied extremely well. I still have a few bottles of this so I hope to have it in the years to come and see how it progresses. A wonderful beer for a cold winter night with friends and family alike.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11248) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2004
Bottled, Vintage 2001: Red coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized head. Lasting. Fruits and well hopped aroma. Hops, fruit and a little yeast in the flavour. Light spiced. Has a well balanced bitterness in the end. Some might say, that it is to be drunk fresh, with the sharp hopsbitterness, but I quite like this aged version.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2004
2003 edition from NAB NYC Has a nice looking reddish orange color formy head.not a super hoppy IPA but itís there.Very smooth drank this one too fast.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 2003 bottle:This one was tasty my friends. Pours a nice thick amber. Very deep red amber hue. Head is extremely fizzy, as was the beer, detrimentally so. Excellently bitter, excellently floral. Alcohol and hops combine to create pure hoppy love in my mouth hole. However far too fizzy. Far far far too fizzy. G-rat


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