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RATINGS: 3207   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.


dsw4b's rating

4.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dsw4b (5) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
This beer was an impulse buy prompted by a surprisingly low price. I took note of the brewery and little else. It should come as no surprise, then, that I expected a very malty beer with little hop presence and a very full body. It seems a large number of beers brewed for the holiday season fit into that mold. The initial aroma did little to convince me otherwise. My wife disagrees with the mild aroma assessment, so maybe Iím imagining that (or have a cold or something). Anyway... Wow. Lurking beneath the mild aroma was a mouthful of hops. The body is medium-light and the head is soft and seems to last forever. But the hops... There is almost no balance contributed by the malts, and for me, that is a good thing. A little more in the area of aroma might be desired (if for no other reason but as a warning to unsuspecting drinkers), but overall, this could easily be my favorite beer for now. Had I known at the time of purchase that this beer was this good, I would have picked up a case or seven.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lightrider (300) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a honey amber with a thick head. Aroma is thick and robust Malts. Taste is a warm roasted malt with a nice bitter back bone. Finish is warm.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (268) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is earthy and hoppy almost funky. Taste is balanced. Strong malt finished by mild bitterness. Piney, citrus and grapefruit. Very easy to drink very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
HammerTroll (318) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 15, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2014 Hazy amber color with big white head. Grassy, hoppy and fruity nose. Aroma is again, grassy, hoppy, fruity and herbal. Strong bitter kick and bitter finish. Bitter all the way. Medium body, soft carbonation. Kind of creamy. Very nice.
(Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kita (977) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle, 0.35l. Hazy deep amber color with medium frothy tan-like head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of citrus, pine, berries and bready malt. Taste starts sweet malty with toffee and caramel notes, following is fresh fruity and piney with alcohol notes, mouthfeel is spicy, while finish is medium bitter with neverending aftertaste. Full body, oily texture and average natural carbonation in palate. Celebration of hops...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rockana (133) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours cloudy amber color with minimal white head. Grassy and caramel notes. Bitter start that nicely slowly disappears. Aroma is grassy, herbal. Medium body. Very nice,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Celest (122) - - MAY 31, 2014
Copper with persistent foam. Fruity and oaky aroma. Taste very balanced with hints of fruits, oak, marmelade. Nice hoppy punch.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosslew (180) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2014
Piney with a bit of plum follow the amber pour. Retains nice head. Sweetness also on the nose. Got citrus and bitterness on the tongue. Easy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattbell1 (1) - - MAY 17, 2014 does not count
Bottle from a hunter valley bottle shop's "tunnel of beer". It was the last bottle and I nearly didn't buy it......glad I did.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drkpower (5) - - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
From memory (2011 version, I think). Bottle. Citrusy and seriously piney. Responsible for starting my love of good beer. Subsequent reincarnations just as good. 2012 version on draft in Queens NYC even better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1222) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
Pours a nice copper color with white head. Citrus, pine, and some straw notes on the nose; follow onto the palate. Iím also picking up a flowery note here and there. Very good, very complex.


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