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RATINGS: 3520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 I’m 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (523) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 26, 2016
Aroma: caramel, pine, some red berries. Taste: moderate sweet and below moderate bitterness. Flavour: candied fruits, hops, caramel. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salwal (302) - GERMANY - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle poured into nosing glass, pours amber with thick white head. Nose is mango, Passion fruit typical westcoast style IPA lots of fruityness. Taste is intense bitter fruity slightly alcoholic. Finish is light fruity astringent with grassy subnotes... Good one!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SinH4 (2306) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle, Nov 2015. Amber color with big head. Aroma is herbal hops, piney, resinous, toasty malts. Taste is the same, quite bitter, nice toasty malt body. Bittersweet finish. More English than I would have expected from an American Fresh Hop IPA... Okay though. Why is this still within its European best before date?

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Michael27 (430) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2016
Das Celebration Fresh Hop IPA 2015 aus der Flasche vom Händler des Vertrauens. Fast kupferfarben mit massiver, nahezu undurchdringlicher Schaumkrone im Glas. Feine Pinien- und Zitrusaromen im Antrunk und auch später. Wenig Restbittre.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bastarda (382) - Freiburg, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2016
I took this for a wet hop ipa and drinking it just half changed my mind: aromas of ripe pineapple and a kind of wet hopped aspect to it, with its peppery and subtle honey notes. Taste brings more pineapple, honey and pepper. Very pronounced bitterness at the finish. Some alcohol fumes. Interesting flavour profile.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (7323) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2016
2015er edition. Fresh intense floral beginning. Lots of fruity hops. Grassy floral hops. Pine with a nice malty body. The aftertaste is floral malty smooth, great round with a moderate bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (1084) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAY 1, 2016
355ml bottle, 2015 at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of pine and resin. Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ANZUShophunter (255) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2016
2015 version from bottle. Pours amber/copper with a stunning head, the bubbles were nearly hexagonal. Aroma features orange peel from the hops and this carries through to the palate. A very solid brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Slightly cloudy, red brown. Spices, pine resin. Bitter, sweet through the finish. Mid heavy body, mid carbonation. Well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggiebob (630) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2016
Draft in Growler. It poured an amber color with a thin white head and minimal lacing. The aroma was light floral hops. The taste was tropical fruit and some caramel malt. I kept the beer overnight in the growler so I will try this one again.


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