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RATINGS: 3524   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with come faint haziness and a thin white bubbly head. Good smooth hoppy flavor with a nice grapefruit aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Nice light amberish color with a somewhat complicated piney aroma to it. that aroma continues into the taste giveing it a powerful piney-hoppy flavor. pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Pours a beautiful bronze hue topped with a fluffy, off-white head. This beer is rich, and the lace adheres thickly to the glass. How appropriate, I am using a Sierra glass and didn't know it. Aroma is of baked bread, citrus hopes, spicy melon and graprefruit. Very, very nice nose on this beer. Full mouthfeel of invigorating carbonation. Body of malt balanced and overwhelmed by hops, but in the most pleasant way. This is a hopheads dream, yet is equally enjoyable for those not so hop centered. A masterpiece, at once deserving of its high regard on this site and elsewhere. Cheers

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
A nicely hopped up IPA. Great hop bite and nice malty body. Finish ends with a nice lingering hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
defCon (19) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2003
a musky, pale taste of a finely aged beer, a little hard on the palate but a hard to find flavor, aroma and appearance are very basic. Small amount of head, some backtaste, but overall not a bad seasonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtyjj (3) - Healdsburg, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003 does not count
citrus and pine and flowers and caramel candy-like alcohol huff. Great cerebrator year in and year out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Very hoppy grapefruit aroma.Copper appearance with full head.Hoppy fruity grapefruit pine strawberry peach flavors.Lingering bitter finish.Not my idea of a winter special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillPierce (22) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2003
The definitive example of the "imperial IPA" pseudo-style. Beautifully clear orangish color with adequate but not large head. Strong aroma of citrus hops but not sharp and piney. The bitterness is very pronounced but not overwhelming and is balanced with a restrained malty sweetness and some nutty notes in the finish. A little warmth of alcohol on the palate. A strong, hoppy winter seasonal IPA that is satisfying and very close to being a classic beer. Enjoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fryjohn (12) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2003
(2003) Mild hoppy aroma, dark amber appearance, strong hops flavor with citrus/spice aftertaste. I look forward to this beer every December.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Now *this* is what a winter beer should be! Exceptional beer all around. The only thing I can really add to what's been said is that it didn't have much of a head at all. Other than that, this beer is awesome. Very nutty, hoppy taste without being over the top. My first thought when I was done with it was "do I have anymore of these?"

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