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RATINGS: 3231   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
penguinjive7 (72) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Pours a dark amber with a gorgeous almost inch and a half of head and awesome lacing all the way down. The smell is of citrus hops and toast. The first taste to hit the tongue is the citrus hops followed by more piny hops. The malty breadyness follows almost immediately and blends with the hops with just a touch of spice to make for a nice, smooth finish. This one is just about perfect in the mouth if not just a tad heavy on the carbonation. Man I love this beer. Definitely one of the best IPAs Iíve had in a while and hits just right on a cold Buffalo day.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (361) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Nose is spicy, fruity hops. Flavor is dank, melon, grassy, bready, biscuity, doughy, caramel, mild grapefruit rind. Really well balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
itsamber (16) - - OCT 29, 2014
Extremely well balanced IPA. Every note shines through at the same level - not overly bitter. Refreshing, mild spice profile coming from the hops, crisp and refreshing, taste a little bit of green apple rind - the same amount of very subtle bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrhopsbeertalk (146) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2014 Update 10/27/14 - Sierra Nevada has ruined this beer! As a longtime fan and fiend I feel confident saying this tastes nothing at all like it used to and did as recently as 2012. There is NO aroma and very little hop flavor aside from some minor mt hood/chinook and sublte cascade contributions. I am so disappointed I might just cry in my glass. Same failings as this yearís Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale, possibly used the same hop crop. Skip it, write to them and complain and hope they bring this back to itís previous glory! 2012 and earlier releases - One of a short list of longtime favorites. Freshly bottled Celebration packs a big hoppy aroma, flavor, and an abundance of bitterness. As it ages, this beer takes on varied and enjoyable flavor nuances as the bitterness mellows. I tend to buy this whenever itís available.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ITSAPLEASURE (1) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2014 does not count
2014 is a good brew year. Good looking dark amber color offset by a quarter inch white header. Smooth taste-Nice piney and crisp feel in the mouth. If you are looking for a hop bomb this is not it. But it is a very good and nice beer to enjoy with company.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedevilsfan (163) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2014
2 full fingers of white fluffy head. Nice copper color with immediate lacing. Aroma is lots of grapefruit and some pine. Taste is much the same very clean with lemon and grapefruit. Slight alcohol warmth ont eh back end.This is a world class IPA that often gets overlooked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (674) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle @ home from Saveur-biere.com - Color: clear amber beer with small carbonation and small heavy white foam. Really nice. Smell: grassy and hoppy domination small woody and forest nose. Taste: high hoppy taste with good caramel notes and malty well balanced. Aftertaste: nice wet bitterness. Really nice beer. I recommend it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1482) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte. Amber colour, creamy white foam. Aroma of tropical fruit, caramel and honey. Sweet with bitter hoppy finish. Very drinnkable and good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Great brew had in bottle...rich malts amber in color great use of PNW hops...real fresh and hoppy tasting...I loved way malts back this one up.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"i think this beer is quite a bit better than their regular ipa or flagship pale ale. itís got a better aroma, and a nicer all around, hoppy flavor. their second best beer."

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ulysse (49) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2014
Little foam top. Fresh first mouthful. Heavy bitter finish. Looks like a Christmas beer but doesnít taste like one.


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