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RATINGS: 3195   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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, - MAY 23, 2011
I have been waiting such a long time to taste this that it has become somewhat of an iconic beer. Unfortunately for this beer the Aussie scence has improved significantly as well as the availability of some seriously great US IPAs. So I have to now admit that this is rated on the basis of the competition. Still a great aroma and presentation in the glass. The hop presence is fine but not assertive. A bloody great beer as it would have been many years ago had I had it then. Now, a fine ale, but not a knockout.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarpa (671) - FINLAND - APR 17, 2014
Tap at O’Connells. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Fresh fruity hops aroma, some grass. Fruity hops, caramel flavor, nice and fresh.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (180) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice pale tan head. Good fresh fruity nose. Taste is strong grapefruit hop. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanVah (49) - SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
På flaska från systemet. Bärnstensfärgad med en liten skumkrona. Doftar blommigt sött. Härlig blommig smak med ett sött inslag av honung som avrundas med en perfekt beska.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (197) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with a fluffy off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma is mainly pine. The taste adds some caramel notes and sweet citrus on the back end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a syrupy undertone. -- This particular bottle is leftover from a few months ago from the 2013. It’s still great but, not as fresh as the others I’ve had. I didn’t rate it until now but I’ve had a bunch of fresh ones. Classic SN brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiammanghilla (421) - Genova, ITALY - APR 9, 2014
Bottiglia 355ml, ordinata su birraland e bevuta a casa. Ambrata con bella schiuma persistente. IPA ottima, luppolatura da manuale!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abio (1519) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
Head could maybe be some bigger, but holds good. Good sticky to the glass. Earthy and grassy hops, caramel. Good bitterness. Not bad to find on a holiday where you expect no beers will be good enough to drink more as once. Even better i found it at the first regular supermarket we entered.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (897) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
350ml bottle. 2013. Hazy orange-brown amber colour, foamy white head leaving some lacing and aroma of caramel, mango, citrus, grassy hops. Taste is malt caramel balanced with fruity mango notes and grapefruit, earthy & spicy hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. Very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JimmyBoy74 (103) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
355 cl systembolaget. En helt okej öl men jag hade förväntat mig mera. Kanske en av de sämre dryckerna från Sierra nevada.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (5435) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein oranges Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, hopfig fruchtig, bitter. Geschmack intensiv fruchtig hopfig, stark malzig.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Consumed during the holiday, sorry for the late upload to Ratebeerians. The appearance was an orange-amber colored body leaving a big two and half finger foamy lumpy white head appears and lasts for at least a good minute before gently dieing into the body. The smell had the hops up front with gentle soothing layers of pine, citrus and malts. The taste takes the previously mentioned smells and makes a great bittersweet combination. On the palate, she sat at a medium with the normal AIPA harshness on the tongue and mouth. It has a nice crispness. I would say this is fairly sessionable. Overall, this is a wonderful holiday AIPA that I always get every Christmas season.


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