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RATINGS: 3413   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Celebration is a holiday/winter tradition in a glass! Whether you’re enjoying this by itself or with any holiday meal Celebration is a no brainer go-to! (INSERT RANT!) This really is an ale that demands the proper glass to enjoy all it’s potential! Get yourself a Spiegelau IPA glass or my favorite an oversized Barolo wine tulip, let the ale warm a bit and now you’re workin! To the review. The aroma is earthy pine hops with hints of lemony citrus. As it warms you’ll pick up scents of cinnamon, clove and a bit of pineapple. The malts have a nice interplay of light caramel, light honey and biscuit. Not the most aromatic IPA but solid and pleasing. The first sip gives a juicy bitter hop rush before the barely balancing sweet malts come in. The hops do their work on the palate. Providing a good grip on the back of the throat and yet an almost slate like feel on the roof of the mouth.Oh the pine! There’s a long lasting finish but the sweetness does become more pronounced as you linger over the ale. Of course there is that signature Sierra Nevada bright crispness. Sierra Nevada coaxes a host of complex flavors from the hop profile, all of which virtually scream the things we associate with the holidays. I love this beer, but where Celebration really shines is when it’s paired with all of your traditional seasonal foods. Grab a plate of dark meat with dressing and gravy, maybe some yams and cranberry sauce with a warm buttered biscuit. Don’t forget the pumpkin, apple or pecan pie! Then in turn see how Celebration either heightens or compliments each bite. Yum..I want to go to there!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drmet (145) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2015
T: -starts with sweet malt and strawberries -then huge resiny,piney notes -orange,citrus,mango,peach take the backseat -well carbonated -finishes with grapefruit and a huge hoppy note O: nice, but too bitter for my tastes

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kurtos (115) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle.(2014 vintage) Pours a nice dark amber. Taste. Very bitter and very grapefruit forward, also with a slight pine and sweet caramel backing. Overall. Very bitter and not for the feint hearted, whilst i think this is a very redeeming quality, this would get another couple of rating points if they kept or maybe even toned down the bitterness, to let the non bitter flavours of the hops present themselves better.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mrol (41) - - MAY 18, 2015
On tap. Light aroma and orange color. Medium cloudiness, slightly fruity start on this and a little bitterness on the finish. Weak. Really not a good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neurbob (14) - - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle from Total Wine, to Shaker Appearance: orange/ red, persistent head Aroma: cereal, conifer, some fruit/spice Taste: Sweeter than the Torpedo, more malty, slight spice, plenty of bitter Palate: Medium body, bitter complex finish. Really good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Listigovers (453) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Very rich aroma, reddish colour with a white lasting head. Medium to full bodied with an equal balance of hops and malt, bitter in the front with fades to a good malt backbone.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JMCtime (70) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2015
Very fresh citrus flavors with mild pine notes. A touch on the bitter side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (5756) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from Damian Beer. Amber color with medium off-white head. Nice citrus hoppy aroma with malty notes. Taste, solid malt backbone with caramel, followed by light citrus hoppy touch with herbal notes. medium long hoppy bitter finish with herbal touch. Good, but not stellar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whoisghost (98) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2015
A nice, dark amber colour, bordering on red ale colours with a creamy beige head. Beautiful hoppy aroma, lots of sweet malt scents with hints of cinnamon and a piney undertone. Very malty, biscuit and toffee to taste with a pine and citrus pinch as a result of the hops. Well balanced. A nice velvety finish, creamy almost. Subtle carbonation and those malts make for a melt in your mouth crescendo.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamedra (651) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 12, 2015
Láhev 355 ml. Aroma je příjemně chlebové s jemným závanem zrajícího sýra. Pěna je zlato bílá, jemná, vysoká a držící. Barva samotného piva je sytě měděná a jemně kalná. Chuť je bohatá, má příjemný sladový základ s chutným komponentem šťávy z exotického ovoce a jemným nádechem vlašských ořechů, finiš je příjemně chmelově hořký a držící. V ústech pivo působí plně, má střední říz a je dobře pitelné. Jaká to lahodná IPA, opravdu velmi povedené pivo.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabah (180) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
I liked this better than their regular IPA as well, maybe not as hoppy with some spices added instead to make it a tad sweeter. May be better than their regular pale ale as well. Pours a redish-copper color. A nice bitter-sweet flavor. A decent seasonal winter brew.


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