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RATINGS: 3269   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.


Sully's rating

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.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (192) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Nice looking amber beer with a thick foamy off white head. Rather tepid nose of light citrus, candied orange peel, and hints of spice, but you have to really search for it. Thankfully, the flavor is more pronounced with a resinous hop bite up front followed by light caramel malt that finishes with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2031) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Clear orange with a 3-finger off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus and hay. Taste of pine, citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple and floral hops. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (507) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 2011 and 2013 -- This is a nice spicy beer with some bright hop flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (663) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle 0,355L. Foggy orange colour with large off-white, frothy head. Aroma of sweet tropical fruits - pineapple, tangerine, orange, peach and honey. Taste starts moderate bitter with a lot of grapefruit and orange. Finish is heavy bitter. Medium body, dry texture and soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Wonderful beer for Christmas. Lots of malts and hops that have given this beer and complex mix that comes across so smooth and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
delnoche (453) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - NOV 21, 2014
12fl oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Deep amber with ample off white head. Aroma is fresh flowery hops. Lots of citrus in the flavor with strong hops on the back end. Lasting bitter finish. Yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (658) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Pours a clear amber-gold, with medium head. Floral aroma, with pine and citrus--very fresh and biting. Flavor is very bitter-pine, some citrus, a good bit of underlying malt sweetness. Really nice IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
78samh (162) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2014
12 oz bottle pours a bright, clear amber with a small head. Citrus hop aromas and sweet malts. Taste is oranges, hay, pine and grapefruit. Moderately bittered, yet ultimately very smooth. Very fresh tasting. Great IPA!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RobertLiley1 (24) - - NOV 19, 2014
Nice and malty with a smooth hops finish... Pours extremely thick and dark with a nice head and awesome lacing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 11/19/2014 Total Score: 4.6
Very malty with a nice hop backing... Not to over powering. Pours very thick with a nice head and excellent lacing. One of my fav holiday beers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (397) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 18, 2014
I am rating the 2014 version, poured from a bottle. Pours somewhere between a dark golden and light brown color. Head isnít that large, but is a nice white color and comprised of tiny bubbles that stick around for quite a long time. Light aroma of pine and grass. Nice, full bodied flavor. Start rich and creamy in the mouth and finishes with a subtle but noticeable sour hop finish. Flavor is not overpowering but is well developed and the different flavors blend together nicely. Honestly, I think the aroma may be the weakest point of this beer, which is odd for an IPA. This a very solid beer and Iím happy to drink this type of IPA when itís cold outside (like tonight).


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