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RATINGS: 3364   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheMaha (56) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Celebration is a holiday/winter tradition in a glass! Whether youíre 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 itís potential! Get yourself a Spiegelau IPA glass or my favorite an oversized Barolo wine tulip, let the ale warm a bit and now youíre workin! To the review. The aroma is earthy pine hops with hints of lemony citrus. As it warms youíll 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! Thereís 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 itís 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. Donít 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (490) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 31, 2015
355 ml bottle from Bier-Deluxe.de
Copper, moderate hazy body, with a big, creamy, off-white head.
Aroma of sweet berries, peach, some tropical fruits, biscuit, some bubblegum, soap.
Tastes of citrus candy, pine, peach, berries, orange, biscuit, black tea, some spices and wood.
Medium, quite creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes bitter, subtly sweet malty, a bit dry, piney, quite zesty, a bit spicy.

Very tasty! Surprisingly malty, while there are still loads of fruity and piney hops. Pretty unique, with a very distinctive, bitter-sweet-spicy balance, that on the one hand fits the christmas season perfectly and on the other hand makes this an easily recognisable beer, I guess. Overall even better than I expected!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
samsmith33 (441) - - JAN 31, 2015
On tap at wildflowers too. Brown color. A bit flat. Taste: soapy , Ashy, Spice, caramel. Disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weissjoh (10) - Freising, Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2015
Celebration Fresh Hop Ale. So muss ein Fresh Hop sein, ausgepršgte Hopfennote, frisch. Sehr gut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angelkostvo (723) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 30, 2015
Orange colour, white head. Aroma of honey, caramel, soap. Taste is light to medium , slightly sweet. Light body, thin texture, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spatenfan (38) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Draft - Sweet piney arroma. Appearance light reddish with an off white head. Taste sweet with a low citrusy aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8587) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2015
350ml bottle, vintage 2013, from a forgotten place in my cellar. Thanks to djoeye. Rocky off-white head blanketing the glass. Close to clear amber coloured body. Mid-sweet grapefruit, wood, and brown malts on the nose. Mild spiced dried fruits, citrus peels, caramel and bread are present to the taste buds. Smooth leafy hop bitterness to the finish. Pleasing and with fine drinkability (TromsÝ 29.01.2015).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Xavalias (181) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle labelled "2014" from a Wild Plum shop in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Pours orange-amber with a nice persisting, off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Lots of hops here, with citrus, grapefruit, pine on strong malt base that balances the heavy bitterness. The taste is heavy bitter with a smooth, full body, not unlike an IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (5280) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
Draft - Fresh Woody and leafy notes. Clear gold with a rich white head. Woody, vegative and bitter with some pale malts. This tastes a bit old and stale, will try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ibbjos08 (4) - USA - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
Letís dispense with the pretenses and admit that despite its size, Sierra Nevada puts out a great product . Celebration is no exception. 2-3 of these will have you flying high. The taste for me isnít quite as good as the Torpedo double IPA. Itís a little spicier, but itís nice to have a season alternative to Torpedo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jared_Clifton (14) - - JAN 25, 2015
Pours amber with a white head. Light to medium body. A good amount of bitterness from the hops with hints of citrus, ginger and nutmeg and finishes sweet.

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