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RATINGS: 3305   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Inviting aroma of grapefruit, pine and a hint of nuttiness. Bracingly bitter up front, with juicy body and a dry bitter finish. Very much hop accented, not very different from their Pale Ale. They know their hops and they use them well.


3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (390) - Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Hazy copper color with tan head. Aroma of musty bitter oranges. Taste; bitter orange peel and malty mouth feel (not much malt flavor though). It grows on you as it warms up, if its too cold it has a character reminiscent of dish soap, as it warms up it is more of a wintery, boozy IPA. The aroma never improves though... perhaps best consumed from the bottle directly. For the price (<$15 per 12-pack).

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chuckstout (269) - Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Clear Orange/red with dense off white head. This one didnít travel very well.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonusWagner (1598) - Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Sweet and soapy. Citrusy hops but a bit like dishwasher orange soap stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (183) - - DEC 15, 2014
Bottled 10/10/14. Pours golden pale color with a huge frothy beige head that lingers. Aroma is big bold hops, Lemon, orange, just tons of citrus. Little bit of malt backbone. Flavor is hop-forward, orange sweetness. mango, grapefruit. Very tasty, with a just slight maltiness. Itís definitely a hoppy IPA but it isnít overpowering. Good flavor, fresh. Really good IPA that.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jamesthebrit (291) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
I think the beer from North Carolina tastes different than from California. This beer was good. Now it tastes like soap. Anyway Aroma is soapy. Oily. Watery. Little hops, Looks good reddish orange. Tastes oily. Orange. Lemon. Hops are dull. Palate is watery. Pretty smooth tho. Medium body. Overall where did the hops go? Why do all Sierra Nevada beers smell and taste like soap now? Nope. Something is amiss

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbuskirk (479) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Itís about damn time I had Celebration Ale. Iíve only been wanting this ale for two years or so. The wait is over, and I must say, it was worth it. Appearance is what Iíve come to expect from Sierra Nevadaís hoppy ales: heady and burnt orange. Smell and taste are fresh hop-forward. Pine, grapefruit, and some grassy notes dominate the aroma. Taste has more of the same with some herbal and spicy tones thrown in for extra goodness. THIS is a winter ale. Exotic spices be damned. Hops prevail. A holiday IPA is a real reason to celebrate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerInHeaven (145) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
pours a rich copper with a thick and persistent tan head. Aroma is citrus and floral hops. Taste is good bitter with a hint of spice. Long bitter hoppy finish with good nasal linger. A very solid IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (296) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Tasty ipa...good malt to hops ratio...very easy drinking...............................

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
12 oz bottle from Niagara Falls Wegmans. Pours a clear orangey copper colour with moderate-sized off-white head. Aroma is pine/cedar with a little citrus and some fruity malt. Flavour has nice piney hoppiness with some subtle citric notes and a solid bready/fruity maltiness, as well as some spiciness in the finish. Medium-full body. Quite good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. A- Citrus, pine, bready, hoppy. A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Citrus, piney, bitter. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, sweet bitter finish. O- Not what I expect from a holiday beer. However, that shouldnít detract from the fact that this is a solid IPA. Lots of pine and citrus going on and very well balanced, especially considering as a California IPA it has all the rights to be super aggressive and it is not.


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