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RATINGS: 3420   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 (1487) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (3639) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle shared at Black Swan, post CBC - fuzzy amber coloured pour with white head. Tropical and citrus fruity, hoppy and malty, some caramel, toffee, orange, pine, grapefruit, bitter finish. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gorgosh (318) - - JUL 3, 2015
Inget är som det borde. Jorden ruckas en aning ur sin bana för här här vi ett Sierra-öl som inte får hjärna och hjärta att slå frivolter av lycka. Men så har Sierra en helt egen måttstock som är lite mer kräset kalibrerad än alla andras. Det här kan med andra ord vara en braksucce, förklädd i en annan etikett.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
villevav (325) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2015
Punertava väri, tiheä luonnonvalkea vaahto.Tuoksussa märkää nahkatakkia ja sitruksista humalaa. Maultaan maltainen, katkera ja täyteläinen. Tasapainoinen ja suutuntumaltaan virkistävä olut.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (881) - CROATIA - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with a khaki head; aroma is caramel, grapefruit, and malt; taste is malt, citrus, caramel, and a hint of spice; finish is bitter with some spice notes; nice IPA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarryBeast (597) - - JUN 24, 2015
On tap @GarricksHeadPub. Lots going on here, but it rounds out into a smooth, very palatable brew. Lighter and easier than I expected -- good balance of multiple hop strains that don’t overwhelm a solid malt base.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smithld1 (30) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle 2014 edition. Not as pungent as a torpedo but pretty fruity. Some distinctive Sierra Nevada tones filter through. A good drop.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NordicV (1366) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2015
Ett år gammal flaska. Mörkt bärnstensfärgad öl med inslag av rött. Ljusbeige skum. I doften finns storkaramelldoft, malt men även mycket humle, främst i form av tallbarr men även en del fruktighet som drar åt jordgubbe. Detta går igen i smaken. Bra humlebett trots att flaskan var ett år gammal.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drmet (228) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2015
T: -starts with sweet malt and strawberries -then huge resiny,piney notes -orange,citrus,mango,peach take the backseat -well carbonated -finishes with grapefruit and a huge hoppy note O: nice, but too bitter for my tastes

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kurtos (119) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle.(2014 vintage) Pours a nice dark amber. Taste. Very bitter and very grapefruit forward, also with a slight pine and sweet caramel backing. Overall. Very bitter and not for the feint hearted, whilst i think this is a very redeeming quality, this would get another couple of rating points if they kept or maybe even toned down the bitterness, to let the non bitter flavours of the hops present themselves better.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mrol (102) - - MAY 18, 2015
On tap. Light aroma and orange color. Medium cloudiness, slightly fruity start on this and a little bitterness on the finish. Weak. Really not a good beer.


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