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RATINGS: 3408   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2002
On tap: This has been my favorite IPA for years- and this years is just as good as the years before if not better. It is strong but you cant notice the alcohol. Very smooth in its bitterness- not sharp and harsh like hopdevil- which is good in its own right. I just think this is a very easy to drink IPA despite its big flavors. Very hoppy in all respects- aroma taste- and moderately bitter. Awesome beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
pours slightly hazy amber with a well retained off white head. huge piney hop aroma. sticky, resiny hop mouthfeel. very bitter, but a little background fruitiness is nice with all the hops. big grapefruity, piney hop finish lingers. very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 2010 edition, fresh: wonderful piney hops and a voluptuous off white head. Citrusy hops dominate the flavour and the palette is velvety and amazingly smooth and creamy. Late, strong bitterness that leaves a crisp orange peel on the tongue. 3.9 2002 edition: Very large hop aroma eminates from a frothy head. Burnt orange hops hit the palate hard, but diminish very quickly with very little lingering flavour. Initial flavour is pretty good, but the beer really doesnít finish well or leave the best taste in the mouth. 3.2

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
One of my favorite American beers. Nice amber color, great balance of malt and hops, very warming and oh so good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Re-rate: This years edition is not nearly as good. The hops seem to dominate the aroma, but the flavors are weak. In fact, they seem to get sour, and not in a good way. I like this a lot more with the 2001 a few months ago. 10/30/2002, 4.1 2001 edition. I thought this would be a good beer to drink after getting my first job out of college. Iíve had it for a while, so I know itís ípast itís prime,í but I found it to be pleasant and easy to drink. Wonderfully hoppy, without being overdone. Nice notes of citrus, pine, and juniper. The palate is incredibly creamy and smooth. I cannot wait for the 2002 edition. Now that I have a job, I can actually afford it.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2002 edition. Oh this is a fun one. Very sprucey, and very bitter. Thick dark beer, which is naturally thick and rich on the palate. Well done

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
sofey (16) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2002

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2002
A very pleasent winter warmer. I like to have a little more malt character or sweetness from a winter seasonal. Good stuff anyhow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
document (36) - USA - DEC 7, 2002
Wham! A bucket full of hop aromatics. The beer is clean and pure tasting; distilled hops, a ghost of malt in there somewhere, one dimensional. But a dimension I love.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
HEad held on forever! LOADED with tiny bubbles. Nice floral creamy nose. Very well balanced, full and complex. Good stuff!


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