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RATINGS: 3563   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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3.8
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 14, 2005
(Draft) Orangey amber with a smallish off white head. Prominent inviting aromatic hop nose, plus some maltiness. Nice lacing. Mouthfeel smooth. Flavor very nicely transits from distinct floral hoppiness to pleasant mellow bitterness in finish.

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entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
The more this ages the more it takes on the characteristics of a nice barleywine. Spiced but not overly, very hoppy in the SN tradition. As it ages the flavors round out nicely and the beer becomes richer.

3.2
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Went on holiday beer buying spree. This was one (at Target!) This was slightly hoppy, which I’m not a fan of, and pretty strong tasting. I think I made Dave drink the rest.

3.7
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle on 11/10/2010. Clear golden amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel, spice and floral hop aroma. Big floral/citrus hop flavor with light spice and caramel notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6 Updated on 07/12/2008. Bottle from 2007. Copper amber boy with a large creamy off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma with citrus and resiny hops. Clear floral and resiny hop flavor with a mild bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Original rating on 12/12/2005. Dark amber color with a thick frothy head. Hoppy aroma with a mildly hoppy flavor. Original score: 7/4/8/3/16

3.8
ABUSEDGOAT (2758) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2005 bottle: Deep hazy amber body with a nice head. Aroma is hops galore yet balanced. Grapefruit, citrus, caramel, pine, etc all come out in the aroma. Flavor is the same, well balanced. Not a lot of bite that I usually enjoy but this was wonderfully done.

4.4
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
This holiday treat made my hind leg twitch! I love full blown hoppy beers, love a beer that exceeds the 6.5% abv level and I love any beer that is made once a year for a season that accepts family drunkness. The brew poured a cloudy reddish-yellow with a major frothy head witch lasted the whole beer and left its marks up and down the glass. Floral hops everywhere. A high powered IPA with a sweet warming finish. Santa’s Milk is gonna taste a little funny this year!

3.4
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
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
radagast83 (8059) - 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
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. It’s 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.


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