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RATINGS: 3213   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 (56) - 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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 15, 2014
Transfer from BA reveiw on 11-27-12- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served an amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades slowly over time to give a decent level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some biscuit malt, hop, and a spice. The spice is light overall with the hop aromas are of a pine and grapefruit citrus in nature. Taste – The taste starts with a bready and roasted flavor. A light sweetness of fruit and caramel is present upfront, which fades as the taste advances further. Spice and hop flavors soon come to the tongue. The spice flavors are the light just as the nose would have suggested and with the loss of some of the sweetness and the new presence of a pine and grapefruit hop flavors, bring a bitter spiced and bready flavor to linger on the tongue at the very end of the taste. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in thickness with a carbonation level that is quite average. Not bad for the roasted and spiced flavors of the brew with the moderate carbonation level maintaining a good drinkability. Overall – A decent brew. A little bitter for a winter brew, as the bitterness and the spice don’t meld perfectly, but overall not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Piero1987 (661) - Iglesias, ITALY - AUG 14, 2014
Old golden color with creamy big head. Nice malty and fresh hernal aroma, also citrus and piney. Light sweet with soft pleasant bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Msdrbeat (47) - - AUG 10, 2014
Out of the bottle. Definitively enjoyed the wet hopped. A bit of good spice taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (1618) - FINLAND - AUG 7, 2014
2013 Celebration. An orange beer with a big and blond head. The nose has caramell, citrusfruits and pine, some tropical fruits, also woods to indicate some aging. Taste has caramell, pine needles, also wood, nice and quite strong bitterness. Menthol and resin in the long-lasting end. Medium bodied, fresh carbonation, nicely smooth to drink. Unfortunately, the age has robbed the best aromaticity, but good beer anyway with a strong hoppyness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (802) - HONG KONG - JUL 26, 2014


355 ml bottle as a gift by WheatKing at Q Club in SoHo, Central. Thanks Adam!

Looks: Cloudy hazy amber honey colour with no yeast sediments;Three-quarter finger head and off-white foam which fades in 40 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet Ale malt, with fresh grapefruit, pineapple, floral nectar, honey, caramel, strong pine, resin, strong yeast, light lemon and thin grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet Ale malt, with grapefruit flesh and zest, light caramel, molasses, strong pine, very light resin, very light alcohol, earth, spices, light biscuits, light lime, bitter hops, and pretty sharp grass.

Body: Medium; Slightly oily and oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Moderate Ale maltyness with good touches of caramel. Good fruity citrus. Very strong pine but not really resiny. Lack of yeast in bottle means lesser biscuits. The rest are full sharp hoppiness. Pretty well balanced. Gooood!

Hoppiness: Fragrant grapefruit pineapple, floral nectar, strong pine in nose. Quite refreshing citrus zest, strong pine, light resin, earth, spice and light lime in taste. Bitterness is strong, smart and neat, but not as bitter and astringent as typical German Pils. Work well with the light resin for a lasting, mid-to-strong bitter finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry after taste. Hoppy, spicy and delicate to mouth.

Comments: Most American craft IPAs I had were very malty and heavy, not this one: SN really know their stuff and this one is typically strong in pine and fruity aroma, yet the body, taste and hoppiness is lighter without being compromised. Everything is done with a delicate touch, which is well-suited for X’mas but what the hack. An excellent IPA!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guitarhero (23) - Dante’s hell, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Great double ipa for this brewery, lot of taste of hops, but the aroma is incredible, an hop bomb!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lightrider (307) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (297) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
HammerTroll (440) - 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)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kita (1042) - 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...


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