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RATINGS: 3315   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1394) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Amber color, transparent with a big inch and half of white head. I smell hops, but it is not the citrus scent that normally goes with the hops. Unique smell for an IPA and in a good way. Tastes a little malty at the beginning but hops quickly take over. It ends with a nice biting bitterness. Crisp and light body at first, followed by a little softer texture. Moderate to higher carbonation. Now, after a few drinks of this the carbonation is a bit annoying. A good IPA. As a winter seasonal I tend to pick maltier beers over hoppy ones, but that is just a personal preference.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lstorie3 (21) - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Appearance: Pours a pretty clear amber/copper color with a medium off white head. Tons of tiny bubbles stream to the surface. Very pretty beer. Good head retention with a nice amount of lacing. Smell: Grapefruit, rubber bands, soap. Not getting much malt. A touch of alcohol smell but no means strong. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of tingly bubbles. Taste: Upfront this is all hops. Citrusy in the front with a lingering bitterness calling back to the rubber band smell. The malt comes through at the very end and balances out what could be a hoppy mess without it. As usual, as it warms, the malt is allowed to shine through. Overall: It’s a good beer, perhaps a great beer, but it’s not what I want in a winter seasonal. It’s about what you’d expect from Sierra Nevada in terms of taste and aroma. It shows off the hop harvest well, so I guess it’s mission accomplished on that part. If I’m judging it on it just on taste, it’s a probably 8/10, but as a seasonal I’m giving it: 7/10.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cjmccahill (5) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Copper with a thick cream head. Smells piney, resiny. Pretty solid, very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (648) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours a clear amber with light white head. A pine and citrus/floral hop aroma. A bitter hop taste with citrus, pine and some light winter spices. A dry earthy hop aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (542) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a clear light copper with 2 finger light yellow head. Head is fairly resilient and leaves quite a bit of lacing. Lots of hops on the nose and the palate. There’s some nice caramel notes underneath, but not being a hop head, it’s a bit over the top hop wise for me (and very one note hop).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (1571) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from Vino Wines. Clear amber body with a thick off-white head. Steady carbonation. Lacing coats the full glass. Aroma of hop resin, pine and blood orange. Flavour of honey, cedar and freshly rubbed American hops. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. A hoppy, easy drinking IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weordie (101) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Pours copper with a medium, short lived head. Aroma of pine. Taste of sticky pine with a bitter body. OK but not their best

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuelMTL (161) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Pour is dark clear amber with a thick of white head. Nose is citrus and a bit spicy. A lot more taste than expected after the nose. Fresh intense citrus and floral hop flavors. Very fruity. The malty sweetness kicks in in the middle and gets overwhelmed by a long medium to high pine bitterness with a touch of roasted malt. Excellent IPA with lots of fresh hop flavors.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (2041) - WALES - DEC 20, 2014
355ml bottle from Wholefoods. 2014 release BB Oct 2015. Hazy orange amber, sparkling, big foamy head with craters, some thin lacing. Aroma is rubbery, lightly floral, leaves. Body is medium, foamy, low-ish carbonation. Taste is dry caramel and burnt toffee, slightly metallic, assertive bitterness and astringent hop character. Overall, it leaves a ’soapy’ impression. Decent enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (490) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Orange with good white head. Pungent pine and citrus hop aroma with a rich malty sweetness. What can I say, the description is accurate. Solid taste of fresh hops and rich toasted malt. Well balanced. Hops leave a pleasant coating on tongue. Lingering toasted malt flavor. Super good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LetsGoState (614) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Appearance is small white head and deep amber. Aroma is a mix. Taste is bitter hops with a nice balance of sweetness and spice. Overall a good IPA.


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