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RATINGS: 3494   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
pintbypint (3150) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
12oz brown bottle. 2015 bottling. Unfiltered deep golden appearance. The head is creamy and small, lots of lacing for those who like that kind of thing. Lovely hoppy nose featuring citrus/orange peel. Taste has mild sweet malts, hoppy notes of pine and citrus. Big hoppy aftertaste and bitterness, aftertaste is leafy and piney. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. A solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
minihame2 (327) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2015
Murky dark brown colour. Frothy tan head, about an inch thick. Pleasant malty aroma, brown sugar, some caramel. Quite strong taste, bitter but not too sharp. Lots of barley. Has nice mouthfeel, soft and moderately thick. Good as an IPA, very well suited for the winter season.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkSanta410 (770) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Pours Amber, light white head. Aroma is caramel, faint pine and citrus. Taste is biscuit and caramel with pine and faint citrus hops. Moderate bitterness, medium body, fully carbonated. Not a bad beer!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2011) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle from Premier, 2015. Pours coper with lots of frothy had and tons of lacing. Nose is maybe a hint of cinnamon and lots of grapefruit. Flavours of grapefruit, some pine, juicy fruit. Taste medium bitter, light sweet. Full sticky body with lively carbonation and lasting bitterness. Great!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cimbasso (554) - - DEC 15, 2015
Sampled on draught at The Tilted Kilt on S Wabash in Chicago. Orangey brown colour with a beige head. Bready aroma. The taste is very full and malty, with a strong flavour of orange zest and Seville orange marmalade with hints of pine and grapefruit skin. Excellent mouthfeel. This is a really first-class IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1312) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2015
Aroma is roasted malts, honey , caramel and clove. Taste is sweet malts and caramel. However the rich full hop provide is the star here. Rich clove, deep earthiness, and citrus here. Light tang but overall a well balanced and smooth execution. Appearance is a hazy amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jc1762 (456) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2015
2015 vintage poured into a taster showing dried/tanned orange peel brown with sparse white foam on the top. The nose shows a strong background of sweet round malts with moderately intense notes of lemon and pineapple. The palate is medium bodied and well carbonated. The palate show a first impression and mid-palate of very light round sweet malts. The finish shows a sharp IPA bitterness. The linger shows hints of orange zest.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Archduke (5) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015 does not count
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an snifter. Pours a Amber orange color with a finger an a half of off white khaki head with a consistent flow of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Smells of pine, spice, floral, grapefruit and orange peel. Taste: very easy drinking for an almost 7% abv beer. has big notes of spice, floral and pine on the front end and is balanced out greatly by the citrus in the fresh cascade hops. The Carmel malty finish in this beer leaves your pallet begging for another sip. Awesome hop forward winter IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savage_Night (304) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Pours copper orange/amber with a medium khaki head. Head retention is ok. Lacing is minimal. AROMA: malty, herbal hops, peppercorn, grapefruit, citrus, pine resin, bubblegum, herbs, roasty, caramel, spices, slight cinnamon, coriander yeast esters, tropical fruits and black currants. TASTE: malt bitterness, hop spice, coriander, citrus, peppercorn, caramel, pine bitterness, cinnamon, earthy, boozy, biscuity, leaves, tropical fruits, brown sugar and molasses. AFTER TASTE: coriander, hop spice, malty and bittersweet citrus with an oily slightly thick spiced/bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1127) - CANADA - DEC 11, 2015
Appearance: clear pale amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pine, citrus, floral, caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-strong bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (4/5) I’m a little baffled by what makes this a “holiday” beer. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t need an excuse to drink a good IPA, and this is in fact a good IPA. Actually, I did a little reading, and understand this is one of the first of the modern A/IPA’s, and could legitimately take the credit for spawning - or, at least, helping popularize - one of my favourite styles. But any spiciness in this is strictly hop-derived - there’s none of the “usual suspect” gingerbread spices usually associated with Wintereenmas here. Big bitter nicely balanced with pleasant caramel malts, and an off-dry lingering bitter finish. (16/20)


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