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RATINGS: 3520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Re-rate. Bottle, 2004 vintage. Pours beautiful coppery color with a fluffy white head that lasts well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is delicious malty with dominant pine and citrus hops. Flavor is again dominated by hoppiness but has good sweet malt undertones as well. Medium body and good carbonation. A yearly treat!.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 2003: Deep amber robe, hazy, well-laced white head from which a good part never disappears. Rich citrus (grapefruit) aroma with notes reminiscent of the christmas tree (piney, resinous, herbal). Good hop character, finish is moderately bitter, just hoppy enough I found. Medium body, good balance. It’s certainly good, but it doesn’t impress me.
2004: Superb appearance, generous head never leaves. Earthy, creamy grapefuity, big hops flavor. Straightforward and classic. It makes you say it’s well balanced, but at the same time, malt is kind of hidden. Probably a 3.5.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Pours deep copper (amber) color with nice bubbly head and great lacing. Citrusy, spicy hops in the nose. Nice malt flavors with quite a bit of hop character. Nice bitter finish. Very smooth IPA. Too bad it's a seasonal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Draft: amber color with nice, white head. Spicy/grassy hops in the nose and flavor. Pretty nice malt content as well. Good, but I prefer others.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
I tried the 2002 version of this on tap. It has a nice hoppy smell. The color is deep amber. It does seem to have a variety of spices in the flavor. The increased alcohol content is not really obvious. The taste is smoother than most IPAs. Overall this is above average, but not all I had hoped for. I had it on tap at MacGregors in Perinton, NY.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2003 Rerate: Just had this on tap - man I love this beer. Balanced it is - and so nicely!Clear reddish amber with off white rocky head. Mostly lasting with some lacing. Mild citrus hop aroma with nutty malt lying just beneath. Touch of fruit and brown sugar in the nose as well. Rich and creamy texture. Finish is nice balance of hops and malt that seems to linger forever.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 11, 2003
classy stuff. pine aroma and initial taste of listerine with some clove coming through later in the glass. very smooth and agreeable

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dynamo (6) - USA - OCT 1, 2003 does not count
A classic. Have been drinking this for about ten years now and buy large bulk quantities every fall to last the year. Have sampled 6 different vintages in a single tasting. Holds up extremely well over time. A delicious beer that belongs in the hall of fame. Were it not for the advent of some killer IPA's in recent years this one would still stand at the top of the mountain- alone.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
This is a light chestnut colored beer that has a slight reddish hue and amber highlights. It pours with a nice, solid head that really covers the glass with lace and exhibits excellent head retention. The aroma is of malt and floral hops, with a hint of spices. The front end of the taste is sweetness with a strong hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
I have had a 6er of Vintage 2002 for a few months now, and I’m finally getting around to sampling it.
Very nice! A beautiful mahogany color, glimmering deep amber hews sit beneath a gigantic tan head. Massive hops and notes of spice aroma reradiate from the beer. The flavor is hops euphoria, a big spicy presence, fruity, lots of citrus and large grapefruit essence. This one looks alive in the glass, a lively brew we have here.
Well I’m glad I have 5 more, I cant wait to do a comparison with the soon to come Vintage 2003.


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