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RATINGS: 3566   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.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
White head on a golden body. Strong hoppy aroma. Mellon hop flavor. Not very distinctive.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2005
bottle pours a golden orange thin white head little lacing. aroma is huge floral hops and citrus notes. taste is citrusy hops malt quite bitter yet smooth and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Bottle. Thick long lasting head. Quite good. Honey colored. Rich flavor, with a slight berry and honey flavor, quite spicy. Definitely a IPA. I recently (Jan 2007) had a bottle from 2001. Very smooth, mellow, poured still with a white head, less carbonation, still a very pine and citrus flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2005
While working up a lather cutting down the Douglas Fir in the back of the overworked Christmas tree lot, by all means do yourself a favor and stop by the distributor for this newly arrived ale. Its classic, piney, hoppy, flavor will put a smile on your face as you struggle with that darned undersized tree stand and the impossible balancing act between the screws and the crooked, sappy tree trunk. If it was a truly harrowing experience, you may down a whole sixer to celebrate. Merry Christmas and thank you, Sierra Nevada.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
southgadawg (6) - USA - DEC 10, 2005 does not count
Pours honey colored with a clean white head. Nose is a little sweet, flowery. First taste comes through with traditional IPA flavors, then hints of spice come through. Most Winter brews Ive tasted are dark and spicy. This is my favorite.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle. A celebration of hops for sure. Pours amber with aromas of those floral hops. Not a big fan of overly hoppy brews for the most part and this was one of them. Very bitter finish. Winters should not be IPAs, I canget them at any time, not just seasonally.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours amber with a large tan head that has good lacing and retention. There is a nice balance of hops and citrus with spice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Pours a nice dark amber color. Hop floral aromas with a touch of spice. Nice hop flavor with a sweet caramel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
This beer had a nice amber color to it. The taste however, was one I did not enjoy. It was a bit to bitter for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2573) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy, floral nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts sweet and spicey but the hops kick in as expected with a bitter finish. $7.99 for a 6-pak of 12oz from Market Basket Concord, NH.


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