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RATINGS: 3196   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (4906) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Balance Scmalnce. Drink it for the hops.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkIggy99 (4) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2002 does not count
Always an excellent Sierra Nevada brew. Great flavor and body.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2002
Another overrated Sierra Nevada offering. This 2001 amber orange beer begins auspiciously with a healthy hop aroma. However, the bland hopness of the taste soon dissapoints. A tad bitter on the after taste. This is a mediocre IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
Good beer, always pleased with this company. Not as good as their pale ale though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
backroadbob (6) - Walnut Creek, California, USA - FEB 21, 2002 does not count
After having the 1997 on tap at the brewery last year, I understood why folks cellar this one. Hops are toned down and the complexity is unbelievable. Unfortunately, the 1998 doesn’t seem to hold the same promise and I can’t help wondering if there’ll be another like the 1997. Good question for the next visit. I found the ’97 by the bottle for $7 each at 19th Ammendment in SF and made that a ritual after Giants games until they ran out.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2002
I absolutely loved Sierra’s offering of their Celebration Ale. I had a 1999 bottle that was stored in a damp room for quite some time (haha Joel!) and I was knocked out by its smooth mix of hoppy bite and alcohol (if that’s actually smooth!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMaster (68) - Denville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2002
Greeat strong hoppy ale. Really enjoy this beer each winter.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 7, 2002
For hop heads, it doesn’t get any better than this. The 1993 is remembered as my favorite beer of all time (and since I can’t compare it any more, its status may remain in perpetuity). Great hops flavor and aroma, and quite well balanced (most years). I wish they could make it all year round.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papaski99 (11) - USA - FEB 6, 2002
a pretty good ale with a strong flavor, good for chillin with the guys and girls, def worth the $

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pjman2099 (2) - USA - FEB 4, 2002 does not count


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