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RATINGS: 3532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 ~2003~ IPA's have a lot of potential for aroma, and this one didn't really jump out at me. Amber/gold color, thin and transparent with a nice milky head. Pretty decent hop flavor, with some hints of citrus and apple. I helped this random starving artist, who i met in a strange alley of industrial Portland, move a box for his pet turtle to his house on the top of my roomates car, and in return he bought us this beer. Finish has some moderate hop taste, not a bad IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 Bottle Warm, reddish-copper with perfect clarity. Tan head starts well, then fades to a strong cap. Sharp aroma of Chinook hops: pine resin and grapefruit, along with some faint caramelly malt and fruity esters. Hint of breadiness too. The flavor is quite hoppy, with that clean, piercing bitterness that screams ‘Chinook!’ The malt backbone seems thinner than year’s past, as there’s only a small suggestion of caramel and bread. Some fruity esters try to bring some complexity to the table. The hops are a bit lacking in depth, as they’re a bit one-dimensional. On the lighter side of medium in mouthfeel, with a dry, alcoholic finish. While it doesn't quite have the same character as before, it's still a solid winter seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 Similar to the pale ale, yet hoppier. I love my hops, however, I was looking for more malt character along with some holiday flare (spices, etc.) perhaps. Who cares though. If I want that I'll drink an OSA. Slightly cloudy copper color and awesome sudsy tan head. Big piney hops up front then mild malts kick in. A great IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 I'm editing my last review... Upon further review, I really enjoyed this beer a lot more then next time I had it. The hops jumped out at me and the finish was pleasant and spicy. The body was robust and the mouthfeel was full and crisp. My first review was written after I had tried the beer after eating and I guess my palate were a bit cluttered...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 I consider it sacrilege to drink and rate this beer in October, but I am weak, and I fell prey to my curiosity. Poured a clear copper color, with an off-white creamy head. Pine and earthy hops aroma was somewhat harsh. Flavor was very piney and bitter with grapefruit and other citrus involved as the beer warmed. I didn't detect the sweet, cherry-like tanginess I noted in the aftertaste of the 2002 version. This year's batch could stand to rest for awhile! Still, Celebration Ale is, IMO, the best widespread beer this brewer produces. Update: I was lucky enough to find the 2000 edition today, and was amazed at how this beer has evolved. The 2000 edition was copper-colored but loaded with yeast sediment, unlike the clear 2003 version. Toast, bread, and caramel dominated the nose and the flavor. Hops were smoothed out and evident in the aftertaste, where they left a floral but only slightly bitter aftertaste. Truly a different beer when fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Big India style. Man, do you have to be in the mood for bitter hop flavor to drink this one. Not my favorite style but when you need the dryness of lots of hops, this one satisfies. I like the amber color and light tan head. Tastes better at 50-55 degrees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1670) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2003
2003 Draft. Copper appearance with a resinous, piney aroma. Blast of hops right from the first sip. Heavy bitter flavor with a touch of citrus in the finish. Something I look forward to in the fall to help flush all those Octoberfests out of my system. (lcs)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 2002: big light tan and rocky head. floral, piney, a faint "spicy" that’s nice, bittersweet, ... quite good. a bit too easy to drink. a little high, 7%, so it can be a dangerous thing. me likey! 2003 bottle, duvel tulip glass: semi-dark copper body, big and frothy off-white head. dry pine, bread, a splash of citrus and spice. i think i prefer the 2002, it’s been awhile. in any case, i’ve downrated. 2005 bottle, an IPA that is reminiscent of Founders’ Red Rye. a hearty IPA with a spicy bite; and primarily dry, piney.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2003
2003: Pours with a fairly thick head, lots of fruity hops in there, big-time grapefruit smell. Tasted like just another IPA to me, I was expecting more. Hoppier than average, but I can't find anything very unique about this one. Hops overpower anything else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
2003 celebration. Has a root beer type appearance with a thick head. Soft inviting hoppy citrus aroma. Initial taste is bitter with a medium body. Flavor is not too complex. Smooth and somewhat watery is the aftertaste. Hops are too overwhelming for the malt to come through. I was anticipating this new arrival, but a little dissapointed. Still a nice seasonal.

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