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RATINGS: 3446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 (57) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (743) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2015
It pours a cooper color with slight hazing with a large off white head that leaves plenty of lacing. It has a malt aroma of nuts and caramel. The hops are piney and citrusy with floral being prominent. It has flavors of nuts and a hint of caramel with the pine and floral flavors taking over the majority of the flavor sensation. The are hints of dark fruits as well. It is meduim bodied in texture with a bitter knock on the palate that is long lasting, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (737) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2015
12 oz bottle, 2015 edition.
Amber with a tight, lasting tan head, and nice lace pattern. Fresh floral and pine aroma, combined with caramel and crystal malts. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, followed by spruce hops. lengthy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sawbuck (508) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Nice aroma of fresh pine, some floral notes and a hint spice. Deep orange red color, with a huge tan head. Rich malt up front. Sweet. Caramel and fresh bread flavors. Huge richness in the malt. Bitterness cuts in nicely. Fresh pine and notes of pepper on the finish. Full rich mouth feel. Malt bill must be huge on this beer. Should be an everyday beer. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnTheTrail (175) - Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours amber, half finger of tan head. Aroma citrus, grassy, spruce. Taste is a mix of pine needle hops and sweet malt. A nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 16, 2015
12oz bottle pours clear toasted amber-red with 2 finger head. Nose is mango, fruity orange, melon, slighty sticky pine and citrus. Taste is crisp, round light-sweet toasted malt with orangey fruit and some grassy pine bitterness. Finishes with medium bitterness, citrus, melon, orange, toast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Livendadream (176) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Btl pours a slightly hazy Amber color with red highlights. Monsterous,billowy off white head lingers forever leaving huge puffs of lace clinging to glass. Aromas of fresh baked cookies,pine trees, and citrus notes. Tastes of sweet caramel, orange and resin. Medium body, soft mouthfeel, adequate carbonation and a nice mild bitter finish. I donít know what it is about this beer but every year I try one bottle and end up going back to the store for a 12pk! Big malty backbone balanced with the fresh hop flavors and aromas make this beer perfect for the holidays. Get this beer right when it hits the shelves and you will understand why it has such a huge following.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LKay (144) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2015
IPA fresh hop style with a heavier malt backtone that makes it a bolder, cold-weather beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sPOKEtacular (1) - - NOV 14, 2015 does not count
Bottle from liquor store nice copper color with nice white head Excellent hop aroma with pine and citrus Great lacing on the glass Very good maltiness to balance the hops. Sierra Nevada yeast is very clean A great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
growler6 (71) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2015
More of a winter warmer than an IPA. Scone level sweetness works well with the orange and nutmeg aromas but doesnít quite blend with the bitterness. Also a bit watery. Good, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjohnny (440) - - NOV 14, 2015
Piney aroma. Clear darkish amber with a huge foamy off white head that lasts forever. Lots of malt. Lots of pine. A hint of sweet. Pretty good.

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