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RATINGS: 3209   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
phersjm99 (25) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2001
Iím partial to most seasonal beers, it just seems like a little more goes into it. Iíll deffinately come back to this one

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1828) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 This stuff is great. I wish we could get it on the east coast! Ah...now life is good. They have had it out here for the last couple of winters. Very fine blend of malts, spices and hops. Good hop kick!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mleghorn99 (5) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2000 does not count
This is the best beer Iíve had out of a bottle. The only beers Iíve had that were better were locally brewed bitters on tap in London. By the way, a previous viewer recommended storing this beer for a year... NOT a good idea! Beer doesnít keep very well, and the fresher it is, the better it tastes. If you hold a glass of it up to the light, and itís cloudy or opaque (and itís not a wheat beer), then itís time to thow it out.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2000
Iím salivating already to get my Celebration 2000! This is some tremendous brew! With it served at the proper temperature, the Cascade and Centennial hops can fill the room. A nice, warming alcohol presence. Overall a big and chewy holiday treat. Improves with the flavors blending nicely with some age. Lay a few down for a year or so and give it a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2000
A great beer, but too hoppy and not spicey enough for a true íholidayí ale in my opinion. When I drink a holiday ale I expect something special, something different. This was too much like a pale ale to me. I guess I wanted a touch of spiciness which I didnít really detect.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 26, 2000
I think this beer helped create the American IPA catagory. Huge hop presence and bitterness. I talked with the brewery and they said it usally comes in at 65+ IBUs. The 1999 version is getting better, and I canít wait for the 2000 version. Nice malt balance in the background. This is one of the best beers out there!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2000
Good, unlike anything Aheiser Busch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomasus (204) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 17, 2000
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2011 Pours a glowing amber orange with a nice head that quickly dissipates into a thin film (lace). Hoppy aroma of sappy pine... Taste of light sweetness and heavy bitter... you wonít mind the bitter tilted balance... hearty, refreshing, and drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2000
The 2k SNCA was the first time Iíve enjoyed it and now I wish Iíd started earlier! This is a delicious AIPA, I think one of the best things about it is the maltyness isnít completely covered by the killer hops. Itís very hoppy but, balanced at the same time. This is one of those seasonals you keep in the cellar for when you canít get it anymore!


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