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RATINGS: 3209   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Nose is hops and spices. Cloudy copper pour with foamy head. Bold hops give to malts and faint winter spices. Not your typical winter ale. Good stuff ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (767) - 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 (21) - 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 (303) - 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 (274) - 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 (335) - 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 (996) - 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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rockana (190) - 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,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Celest (126) - - MAY 31, 2014
Copper with persistent foam. Fruity and oaky aroma. Taste very balanced with hints of fruits, oak, marmelade. Nice hoppy punch.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosslew (185) - 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

3.7
   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.


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