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RATINGS: 3528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1682) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 This is a wonderful beer. It starts out with an aroma of hops with a hint of spice. After pouring it, you get a dark amber ale, with minor cloudiness. The taste is of a good IPA balanced with some traditional winter spice. This is definitively one that I am recommending to those I know. I have also cellered several bottles of it to see how it turns out. When I try those, I will update this rating. [Update - 6 month old bottle] Hops still present in the beer, but a toasty smell of malts is now the main note in the aroma. Pours out amber with a large off white head that grows quickly, then fades to a craggy head. The flavor is still has a strong citrus hop presence, but the malts are starting to come out and play, with tastes of caramel. I’ll keep updating this as I open more as time goes on. (Update - 1 Year old bottle) Not much hops left in the aroma. More of a toasty aroma, with just a touch of caramel lingering behind. Still pours with a giant head that fades to a craggy off-white head. Hop bitterness has almost entirely faded out, and gone over to a more malt flavor. Predominant flavors being toast and caramel. Tastes more like an Oktoberfest then an IPA at this point.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aleksander9 (1343) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2016
Deep red with bubbly white head. Citrus, caramel and burnt sugar. Sweet, harsh tea and green finish. Overall: nope. Where’s the hops?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (913) - Skui, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
Mørk gylden med høyt hvitt skum. Aroma av humle og karamell. Smaker søt, så en vag bitterhet. Bær av noe slag? Medium konsistens.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (3329) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2016

Lukt: Citrus og karamell.
Utseende: Honning farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende skum.
Smak: Citrus og karamell.
Hvor: Kjøpt@VP Kvadrat, Nydt@Tasting kveld hos Untapd Jostein med Bryne.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@6,8%, Når@28.07.2016
Drukket Som Alias@Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (4771) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2016
On bottle from Vimonopolet Norway. Deep golden color, slightly hazy with good foam. Medium/high Aroma intensity; hops, caramel, malt and some fruitiness . Medium body & complexity. Some immediate sweetness, Ok bitterness - ends up a little Bit too sweet. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AnG_BrgNor (484) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2016 Bottle. Hazy dark amber with nice lasting head. Aroma is caramalt, pine, floral and malt. Taste is much like the aroma but the malty parts stands out. For beeing a malty ipa I think its very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OminouSC2 (426) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Dark orange color. Sweet caramel aromas, fruits and alcohol, some hops. Sweet bread taste, caramel, sugar and pine hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABS (883) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. 2015 version, in other words, way too old... Pours close to clear copper. Medium sized, slightly orange head. Malt, orange and some metallic nose. Malt, herbs, some grapefruit, resin and pine flavour. Bitter. Medium, oily body, soft carbonation. Sadly, too old.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (1703) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2016
How : bottle Appearance : almost clear dark golden with a small white head. Aroma : caramel, dried fruits, citrus, spice, wood, spice, pine and grass. Palate : medium body, average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (631) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 26, 2016
Aroma: caramel, pine, some red berries. Taste: moderate sweet and below moderate bitterness. Flavour: candied fruits, hops, caramel. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salwal (325) - GERMANY - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle poured into nosing glass, pours amber with thick white head. Nose is mango, Passion fruit typical westcoast style IPA lots of fruityness. Taste is intense bitter fruity slightly alcoholic. Finish is light fruity astringent with grassy subnotes... Good one!


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