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RATINGS: 3398   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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3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2013
I’m typically skeptical of holiday offerings, but this guy was dandy. Clear amber pour with massive off white head. Aroma was underwhelming--muffled spiced grapefruit and pine--but taste really made up for it. Nicely balanced citrus and pine copse with fresh, dank hop resin undertones. Sticky and smooth. Nice brew.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (1101) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle from Biervana, Munich, 27th March 15. Pours dark amber, big head that dissipates, aroma is a bit metallic. Taste is better though, good sweet malt and hops, lingering bitter hop finish. Pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
10.1.2015. Copper orange. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, resin, tropical fruits. Taste has caramel, piny and resinous hops, grapefruit, grass. Lingering grassy bitterness. Solid balanced IPA with early sweetness and lingering bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (1649) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2015
Orangebrun klar med to fingre høyt beige skum. Humlepreget av fersken, ananas, grapefrukt og vanilje. Søtlig fruktig start før kraftig bitterhet overtar. Bitterheten sitter lenge. Medium kullsyre. Tørr.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (406) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Hazy orange pour with a big soapy tan head. Nice lacing. Aromas of malt, whole-grain bread, caramel, pine and resin. Well-balanced malt and hops. Medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a nice bitter finish. More good stuff from Sierra Nevada.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RafeAU (253) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2015
330 ml bottle, packaged 17 October 2014 (so drinking at ~5 months of age). Pour is amber with thin white head. Hop aroma has pine, citrus orange/grapefruit, high bitterness, medium carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth. Displays the same Sierra Nevada hop character you know and love.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2015
Classic seasonal beer from this pioneer among American craft brewers. Egg-white, regular, medium thick, lacing, moussy head with excellent retention, over a deep orange amber robe with slow fizz, a bit hazy with some minute dark yeast bits floating around. Typical ’dank’ aroma of orange peel, pink grapefruit, pine needles, old cheese, bark, mango, roasted peanuts, sweet honey, warm butter, calvados, biscuit, sundried tomato, dry cookies. Fresh fruity onset, sweet orange, starfruit, pineapple and redcurrant, smooth with soft, supple mouthfeel, medium carbonation tingling a bit, very nutty, biscuity and toasted malt backbone providing support for a long, dry, resinous, peppery hop bitter finish, more earthy than citrussy (feeling almost ’English’), drying and cleansing the palate and very appetizing, with a malty ’juiciness’ underneath; dustier, more powdery and more ’basic’ bitter after adding the deposit. Very good, but probably even better when young (tasted sample was 2 years old).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fredd_an (132) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
Humlig barley wine doft med kola inslag. Humlad kola nyans. Karamell malt? Trevlig humle karaktär. Eftersmak fin beska som ligger kvar strävt på tungan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4124) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 12, 2015
At Tolkien’s House, Zagreb. Thanks Filip! BB 30.9.2015? Misty amber-red body with a creamy off white head. Surprisingly tame, malty aroma, vague jammy fruitiness that partly likely comes from the hops... Strawberry jam notes in the taste, medium sweetness. Good medium bitterish hoppy note, vaguely herbal note. It’s a nice beer but by no means a thriller. Expected more from a Fresh Hop IPA. If the BB indicates it was bottled in late September, then it can be excused I guess and will retry at some point. Not worth it right now.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Berbatov (20) - Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
A- gold AR- resin and citrus M- full, long finish T- rye, citrus, and pine O- very big and full beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fyb (23) - SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2015
Semi-clear copper with an impressively long lasting, creamy, off-white/tan:ish head, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass’ walls. Aroma is hoppy, floral, pine, resin, grapefruit. Taste is very well balanced, wood, biscuits, mango, grapefruit, moderate bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation. Long, hoppy, bitter finish. An IPA that’s often mentioned as a rather malty one, which I can’t really see with this bottle. Good one though.


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