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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
garyp699 (9) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 30, 2002 does not count
I P A!! This beer is loaded with hops. A terrific hop nose and flavor finish with a crisp bitterness that lingers. And still a nice malt background the is detectable. If you love IPAs you’ll love this classic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
"Suhhhhh-weet wheatiness" is the phrase that comes to mind. Not your typical IPA, I got strong apples in the aroma and flavor along with the rather crisp hoppiness. Quite nice and almost candylike, I enjoyed it tremendously. I think I’ll have another next time I’m out.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WileCoyote (9) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2002 does not count
2002 edition. Just had my first taste of the season. It made me want to sing "America, the Beautiful!" This is an All American Beer. Don’t wait for the hops to mellow out, drink it now. A wonderful brew!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Dark orange with a thick long lasting head. Strong grapefruit smell. Very citrusy with a the traditional SN hoppiness. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
2002. This beer gets a high rating because it is a tasty classic. Cascade/Centennial hop flavor and aroma. Fairly bitter and iwth citrus aftertaste. Delicious

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Rating is for 2002 version.Medium gold color, large foamy head. Hoppy spicy aroma. Malty and very aggressively hopped. Malts are slightly sweet and balance the big bold hops well. Think this year’s version is better than the 2000 edition. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter, Bid bodied IPA. Really nice. Well age well I think.2000 vintage- Medium brown color, small head. Medium malts, aggressively hopped ale. Full flavor, full mouthfeel, nearly chewy. Good hop to malt balance. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Year in and year out I have loved this beer, and the 2002 edition has not let me down. I love most of all the intensity of the fruit driven hops on the palate. Rock on Celebration Ale

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2002
(2002 edition bottled 10/4/2) This ale poured flawlessly and produced a beautiful pint, an excellent head and equally fine lace. Once again this beer has a big hop nose packed with cascade and centennial hops. The palate starts out dry and hoppy, but ends up malty and hoppy on the finish. The finish goes on for about 30 seconds or so. Once again Celebration Ale does not disappoint. A very complex earthy ale teeming with PNW hopvine goodness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cckevin (38) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Wow that is one hoppy beer! I love it! On a cold day, this is an excellent choice for a nice sipping beer. Huge nose, and a multitude of flavors. Mix of hops and citrus are well balanced.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2002
My first thought when I smelled this was ’wow that smells good.’ Then I calmed down and though about it. the citrusy hop nose is invigorating. the flavor is wonderfully hoppy and finishes bitter. the hops are definitely giving off lots of citrusy flavors throughout the taste. this is a top-notch IPA.


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