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RATINGS: 3318   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1413) - 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. Iíll 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (92) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Bronze color with thick off-white head; substantial lacing. Pine and resin aroma. Malt and bitterness upfront with resiny hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madnorwegian (62) - FRANCE - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a bright copper color. A good 2 inches of head that sticks around almost until you finish your beer. Tropical fruit aromas. Tastes of fruit, chestnut honey and caramel. Quite complex. A little too bitter though. Overall a yummy beer to have with a cheese plate and apples.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Keg in the Curlerís Rest. Pours amber, nose is pine and toffee, taste is crisp, cold, bitter. Not terribly impressed with the pub - poor service.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lstorie3 (22) - 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: Itís a good beer, perhaps a great beer, but itís not what I want in a winter seasonal. Itís about what youíd expect from Sierra Nevada in terms of taste and aroma. It shows off the hop harvest well, so I guess itís mission accomplished on that part. If Iím judging it on it just on taste, itís a probably 8/10, but as a seasonal Iím 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 (652) - 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 (543) - 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. Thereís some nice caramel notes underneath, but not being a hop head, itís 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 (1578) - 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 (102) - 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 (164) - Montrťal, 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.


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