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RATINGS: 3207   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lightrider (299) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a honey amber with a thick head. Aroma is thick and robust Malts. Taste is a warm roasted malt with a nice bitter back bone. Finish is warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (261) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is earthy and hoppy almost funky. Taste is balanced. Strong malt finished by mild bitterness. Piney, citrus and grapefruit. Very easy to drink very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
HammerTroll (318) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 15, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2014 Hazy amber color with big white head. Grassy, hoppy and fruity nose. Aroma is again, grassy, hoppy, fruity and herbal. Strong bitter kick and bitter finish. Bitter all the way. Medium body, soft carbonation. Kind of creamy. Very nice.
(Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kita (973) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle, 0.35l. Hazy deep amber color with medium frothy tan-like head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of citrus, pine, berries and bready malt. Taste starts sweet malty with toffee and caramel notes, following is fresh fruity and piney with alcohol notes, mouthfeel is spicy, while finish is medium bitter with neverending aftertaste. Full body, oily texture and average natural carbonation in palate. Celebration of hops...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rockana (130) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours cloudy amber color with minimal white head. Grassy and caramel notes. Bitter start that nicely slowly disappears. Aroma is grassy, herbal. Medium body. Very nice,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Celest (122) - - MAY 31, 2014
Copper with persistent foam. Fruity and oaky aroma. Taste very balanced with hints of fruits, oak, marmelade. Nice hoppy punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosslew (180) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2014
Piney with a bit of plum follow the amber pour. Retains nice head. Sweetness also on the nose. Got citrus and bitterness on the tongue. Easy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattbell1 (1) - - MAY 17, 2014 does not count
Bottle from a hunter valley bottle shop's "tunnel of beer". It was the last bottle and I nearly didn't buy it......glad I did.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drkpower (5) - - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
From memory (2011 version, I think). Bottle. Citrusy and seriously piney. Responsible for starting my love of good beer. Subsequent reincarnations just as good. 2012 version on draft in Queens NYC even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1217) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
Pours a nice copper color with white head. Citrus, pine, and some straw notes on the nose; follow onto the palate. Iím also picking up a flowery note here and there. Very good, very complex.

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