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RATINGS: 3422   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2003
This ale welcomes you with its very pretty frosty, dark strawberry-orange color, and nice creamy, sticky eggshell foam. A hoppy aroma with a slight edge of flowery sweetness wafts up to your nose just before its light, bitter, hoppiness runs quickly through your mouth. I can't decide if it's refreshing like a summer ale or more substantial like a winter brew - I think it must be both!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 (2002 - 7/13/03)Poured golden amber with a large head that left nice lacing. Hoppy aroma, and an initial hoppy taste followed by a fresh bitterness.
(2001 - 9/17/03) Darker amber color, strong fruity hop aroma. Milder hop taste, then there is a slight fruity taste, followed by a slight tingle on the tongue. Still good after almost two years.
(1996 - 8/1/04) Has become way to old. Sweet and oxidized, no more hops here. I’ll take a 1 - 2 yr old please.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Re-Rate Jan 2004. Bottle. Dark copper body, creamy off white head. Mellow citrus, chewy resiny hops and a muted touch of malt in the aroma. Flavour is very well balanced and quaffable, pleasant bitterness and citrus, dominate by grapefruit. Medium to full bodied. Very nice beer. Thanks for the bottles Jon Walker. 4/7/8/4/17 <P> Original RatingDec 2000. Yummy! Citrusy but not too much, i noticed the malt mostly in the aftertaste mostly. Very nice, it’s a shame I can’t get it in Ontario normally. 6/4/8/3/16

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Color is a golden orange with a off-white head about a finger high, top is lumpy with some big bubbles: settles to a nice even skimming with some nice clingy, patchy light lace. Smell is a nice floral, lightly citrusy sharp hop, super clean and fresh. Taste is very smooth and bright with brightly floral hop thats a little bit spicy and bitter as well. Feel is a lighter-medium body with a very crispy sweet dryness that starts in the middle and settles down through the finish and has a great evenly smoothed out bite with a very subtle but potent alcohol warming, which only now I'm starting to feel. Wow, some damn good stuff

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
a great holliday beer. Very hoppy and very earthy. It's not for everyone. I like so much that I basted my turkey for christmas dinner with it and everyone thought i was a genius.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2003
One of my favorite beers, Celebration has a great hoppy bitet to it and is great for winter time to throw down a 6 pack with your buddy. Cheers to Sierra Nevada on this one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2003 A nice foamy head that reminds me of the top of a root beer float. Not a great nose but very good flavor. A good balance of the malt and hops that goes down very smooth. On tap its even smoother, and pleasantly drinkable for how hopped up it is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Nice looking deep amber ale reminds me of a glass of apple cider. Millions of tiny particles floating giving it a cloudy like appearance. Thick creamy head with an almost blanket like lacing. Aroma is predominantly cascade hops, a trademark of this fine California brewer. Very smooth on the palate, a medium to full bodied ale which finishes with a little crispness. This is a great winter time ale and one worthy of celebrating.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
very classy indeed. I had no idea this is supposed to be an "IPA" until right now - I wouldve pegged it as an English strong ale or something, except for the citrussy stuff. Very soft and mellow in the mouth, with deep, full, buttery, plummy malt perfectly balancing the leafy, spicy hops - you can tell they used whole hops.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Rich orangish color with a moderate light tan head, and with some sediment floating around. Really does have the grapefruit aroma. Quite hoppy and bitter with orange/lemon peel flavors. I thought it was kind of raspy in the finish, so I'm going to put a couple of them downstairs and try it again next winter. I just rated Liberty Ale and although it seemed even hoppier, I thought the finish was smoother.


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