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RATINGS: 3417   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Red in color, huge tan head with nice retention and lacing. Aroma is strong with hops and orange zest. Intial flavor is very hoppy, followed with spice (coriander?). Finishes with a very strong hop bite that lingers. Quite a warming beer, and a definite must-have for the winter season.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Very good, warm and interesting... a nice treat. Can’t drink too much though, starts to feel a bit strong in flavor after a glass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Very hoppy. Citrus aroma, quite possibly the longest finish ever. Subtle spice. A good IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Aroma of grapefruit and clove. Odd to have an IPA for a winter. I’m not a huge fan of the style, but it sure made an interesting winter. Complemented nicely by the spice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1095) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2002
I was a bit disappointed in this beer only because of the run it has received on this site. Still a great beer though. Sweet, slightly citric aroma. Taste was of sugar coated hops, nice mellow maltiness as well. Rerate: Legion gave me a pint of an aged 2001 batch....mellowed out tremendously!!! Super hoppy, super creamy, super good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Good stuff a little bitter lots of hops. Going to be drinking alot of this one over the holidays.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Good carbonation with a solid, amber color. Strong malt profile and a slight bite on the tongue. Hop flavors fade nicely into a sweet but assertive bitterness. There is a spiciness to this beer, pine, slight grapefruit but not as much as others. All around well done.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jelifish (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2002
It is like a spicy IPA. I liked it, but wouldn’t be able to drink more than one at a time.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Bitter. Hoppy aroma, the flavor makes me think this is like an arrogant bastard junior. The finish was the worst part for me, I could taste all the alcohol. If you like your IPA less hoppy and more bitter then this is the one. High marks on appearance. Kind of disappointing overall, doesn’t live up to the hype. Sierra Nevada’s Stout is still their best, IMO.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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.


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