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RATINGS: 3269   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 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!


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (192) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Nice looking amber beer with a thick foamy off white head. Rather tepid nose of light citrus, candied orange peel, and hints of spice, but you have to really search for it. Thankfully, the flavor is more pronounced with a resinous hop bite up front followed by light caramel malt that finishes with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2031) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Clear orange with a 3-finger off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus and hay. Taste of pine, citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple and floral hops. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (507) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 2011 and 2013 -- This is a nice spicy beer with some bright hop flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (663) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle 0,355L. Foggy orange colour with large off-white, frothy head. Aroma of sweet tropical fruits - pineapple, tangerine, orange, peach and honey. Taste starts moderate bitter with a lot of grapefruit and orange. Finish is heavy bitter. Medium body, dry texture and soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Wonderful beer for Christmas. Lots of malts and hops that have given this beer and complex mix that comes across so smooth and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
delnoche (453) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - NOV 21, 2014
12fl oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Deep amber with ample off white head. Aroma is fresh flowery hops. Lots of citrus in the flavor with strong hops on the back end. Lasting bitter finish. Yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (658) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Pours a clear amber-gold, with medium head. Floral aroma, with pine and citrus--very fresh and biting. Flavor is very bitter-pine, some citrus, a good bit of underlying malt sweetness. Really nice IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
78samh (162) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2014
12 oz bottle pours a bright, clear amber with a small head. Citrus hop aromas and sweet malts. Taste is oranges, hay, pine and grapefruit. Moderately bittered, yet ultimately very smooth. Very fresh tasting. Great IPA!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RobertLiley1 (24) - - NOV 19, 2014
Nice and malty with a smooth hops finish... Pours extremely thick and dark with a nice head and awesome lacing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 11/19/2014 Total Score: 4.6
Very malty with a nice hop backing... Not to over powering. Pours very thick with a nice head and excellent lacing. One of my fav holiday beers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (397) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 18, 2014
I am rating the 2014 version, poured from a bottle. Pours somewhere between a dark golden and light brown color. Head isnít that large, but is a nice white color and comprised of tiny bubbles that stick around for quite a long time. Light aroma of pine and grass. Nice, full bodied flavor. Start rich and creamy in the mouth and finishes with a subtle but noticeable sour hop finish. Flavor is not overpowering but is well developed and the different flavors blend together nicely. Honestly, I think the aroma may be the weakest point of this beer, which is odd for an IPA. This a very solid beer and Iím happy to drink this type of IPA when itís cold outside (like tonight).


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