stephen (308) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(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.
cckevin (38) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice winter beer. Nice citrusy hoppy hints. Very very interesting. dry and spicy aroma. Very good beer overall.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazingly hoppy. Tastes like a liquid christmas tree. Maybe some coriander or orange peel to smoothe it out?
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 Bottled. This bottle conditioned beer is one of the best beers I've ever had! I look forward to this hop monster every winter. To me, it is what makes the cold northeast winters bearable. From the citrusy nose, to the VERY hoppy taste and aftertaste, this is a beer that I stock up on in the winter months. My belief is, you can never cram enough hops into a bottle of beer, but this one comes damn close to meeting that goal! When I have this beer in my fridge, I am guaranteed to have a Hoppy New Year.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy Christmas to you - also some other good flavors, which are overpowered.