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RATINGS: 3320   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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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
itfitz (10) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Celebration Ale has caramel, cereal, hints of herbs and spices; the overwhelming prevalence of hops brings about a citrusy, floral note. Honestly, the holidays wouldn’t be the same without Celebration Ale, and I buy as much as I can stock in my home each year. This is without question one of my Top 5 beers. Incredible from the first taste until the last sip rolls out of the bottle.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (389) - ITALY - DEC 25, 2014
33cl 2013 bottle. Expired 2 month ago. Pours amber with two fingers of creamy off white head that disappears almost entirely. Aroma of sweet fruits, caramel and resinous hops. Taste is similar with some spices and some vegetal flavors. Bitter hoppy finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Unusual hoppy winter beer, shouldn’t have forgotten this in the cellar last year!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogreface (1368) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 25, 2014
A sötétebb színe, fűszeresebb illata és íze teszi ezt a sört ünnepivé, ami kellemes, finom, de nem arra való, hogy az ember hekto számra igya, egy pohár és kész!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Bronze color with thick off-white head; substantial lacing. Pine and resin aroma. Malt and bitterness upfront with resiny hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madnorwegian (63) - FRANCE - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a bright copper color. A good 2 inches of head that sticks around almost until you finish your beer. Tropical fruit aromas. Tastes of fruit, chestnut honey and caramel. Quite complex. A little too bitter though. Overall a yummy beer to have with a cheese plate and apples.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Keg in the Curler’s Rest. Pours amber, nose is pine and toffee, taste is crisp, cold, bitter. Not terribly impressed with the pub - poor service.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lstorie3 (22) - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Appearance: Pours a pretty clear amber/copper color with a medium off white head. Tons of tiny bubbles stream to the surface. Very pretty beer. Good head retention with a nice amount of lacing. Smell: Grapefruit, rubber bands, soap. Not getting much malt. A touch of alcohol smell but no means strong. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of tingly bubbles. Taste: Upfront this is all hops. Citrusy in the front with a lingering bitterness calling back to the rubber band smell. The malt comes through at the very end and balances out what could be a hoppy mess without it. As usual, as it warms, the malt is allowed to shine through. Overall: It’s a good beer, perhaps a great beer, but it’s not what I want in a winter seasonal. It’s about what you’d expect from Sierra Nevada in terms of taste and aroma. It shows off the hop harvest well, so I guess it’s mission accomplished on that part. If I’m judging it on it just on taste, it’s a probably 8/10, but as a seasonal I’m giving it: 7/10.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cjmccahill (5) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Copper with a thick cream head. Smells piney, resiny. Pretty solid, very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (652) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours a clear amber with light white head. A pine and citrus/floral hop aroma. A bitter hop taste with citrus, pine and some light winter spices. A dry earthy hop aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (544) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a clear light copper with 2 finger light yellow head. Head is fairly resilient and leaves quite a bit of lacing. Lots of hops on the nose and the palate. There’s some nice caramel notes underneath, but not being a hop head, it’s a bit over the top hop wise for me (and very one note hop).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (1580) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from Vino Wines. Clear amber body with a thick off-white head. Steady carbonation. Lacing coats the full glass. Aroma of hop resin, pine and blood orange. Flavour of honey, cedar and freshly rubbed American hops. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. A hoppy, easy drinking IPA.


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