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RATINGS: 3229   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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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2001
(2001) I donít know what it is with Sierra Nevada and their signature hop flavors....Excellent. The second the aroma hit my nose, I said íMmmmmí (Yes...out loud). To be honest, if I had my eyes closed, I would have sworn (by aroma) it was their pale ale. The color is much darker, and the flavor a bit more full, but their Pale Ale is quite similar in hoppiness. I expected a very spicy beer as most Christmas Ales are, but instead got the wonderful hop and citrus flavors this wonderful brew had to offer. The color was copper and very clear with evident carbonation rising to the top to form a beautiful head. As I tipped the glass to drink I saw plenty of lace left on the edge, and even after leaving it sit for a while, the lace remained. I generally donít consider myself a hop-head, but when it comes to Sierra Nevada, I am. After reading PhillyBeer2112ís review of this brew, I have to say that the analogy of chewing on a lemon rind is right on...but it is balanced perfect with the sweetness. Bottom line...I WILL go pick some more of this up SOON! Way to go Sierra Nevada...you never fail to inspire me. UPDATE! After enjoying the 2001 brew that I wrote about above, I was extremely fortunate enough to run into a store having the 2000 brew. I picked up a six of it and found it to be just as great as the 2001. However, the 2000 recipe tasted a slight bit hoppier and citrusy. Excellent!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexgrimm (260) - SPAIN - OCT 23, 2014
Pours a glowing amber orange with a nice head that quickly dissipates into a thin film (lace). Hoppy aroma of sappy pine... Taste of light sweetness and heavy bitter... you wonít mind the bitter tilted balance... hearty, refreshing, and drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedevilsfan (156) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2014
2 full fingers of white fluffy head. Nice copper color with immediate lacing. Aroma is lots of grapefruit and some pine. Taste is much the same very clean with lemon and grapefruit. Slight alcohol warmth ont eh back end.This is a world class IPA that often gets overlooked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (673) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle @ home from Saveur-biere.com - Color: clear amber beer with small carbonation and small heavy white foam. Really nice. Smell: grassy and hoppy domination small woody and forest nose. Taste: high hoppy taste with good caramel notes and malty well balanced. Aftertaste: nice wet bitterness. Really nice beer. I recommend it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1458) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte. Amber colour, creamy white foam. Aroma of tropical fruit, caramel and honey. Sweet with bitter hoppy finish. Very drinnkable and good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Great brew had in bottle...rich malts amber in color great use of PNW hops...real fresh and hoppy tasting...I loved way malts back this one up.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"i think this beer is quite a bit better than their regular ipa or flagship pale ale. itís got a better aroma, and a nicer all around, hoppy flavor. their second best beer."

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ulysse (46) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2014
Little foam top. Fresh first mouthful. Heavy bitter finish. Looks like a Christmas beer but doesnít taste like one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (544) - CROATIA - OCT 6, 2014
Cloudy amber color, average sized off white head. Lots of sediment. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Nice thick body, it feels like itís 10%, not 7%. Aroma of pine, tropical fruits, citrus. Medium sweet, medium bitter taste. Nice and long bitter finish. Very nice IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
serjaymz (89) - Istanbul, TURKEY - OCT 5, 2014
Şişe, delirium bar Brüksel.28/09/14. Bronz koyu bir renk, ortam karanlık ama bardakta gazlı görebildiğim kadarı ile. Köpük kırık beyaz ve bronza yakın renkte.. Koku tazelik.. yeni kesilmiş çimen, taze otlar, tatlı malt, ferah bir Pale ale-ipa Tadım başta yumuşak, dolgun bir Pale ale gibi başlıyor, ağızda malt hafif baharat tınıları hissediliyor ancak sonrasında aroma (şerbetçiotu aromaları) ve hemen ardından acılık her saniye artıyor ve dili damağı sarıyor. Bitirişi bir Dipa havası ile yapıyor. Oldukça başarılı bir bira...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
12 oz bottle courtesy of Dan, served in a stem glass. Pours clear orange-amber with a small off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big piney hops, along with caramel, biscuit malts, and subtle citrus. The flavour is moderately bitter throughout, with resinous, piney hops balanced with loads of caramel and biscuity malts. The flavour is long and moderately bitter with a piney-spicy quality. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and average carbonation. Overall, a very nice robust IPA that stands up to winter nicely. 2014-09-30


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