RATINGS: 3570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
light brown app. with small white head...aroma is full of grapefruit notes, sweet malts, with an afternote of bitterness....flavor is of grapefruit and hops, and is a tad too piney...okay palate

KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Nice orange brown color with a spare off-white head. Nice balance of sweetness that yields to a slight bitter, astringent finish.

adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Pours a light orange copperish amber color with a thin white laced head. Aroma is piney with plenty of hops. Taste is citrusy with hints of pine needles, hops and grapefruit. Very refreshing ipa and a beer that can be drunk in large quantities.

ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - NOV 15, 2005
bottle. poured a brown copperish color. with a tan head. aroma was quite strong, very citrusy and hoppy. this was a nice IPA, i tasted lots of hops and a slight hint of pine. bitter yet fairly sweet. a good beer for the cold months

SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
from bottle, 2005

Poured a light brownish color with a small fast dissapating white head. Aroma was a distinct, overpowering sweet grapefruit smell. First sip I taste hops, that quickly gave away to grapefruit. As the beer warmed the grapefruit became more and more noticeable. IPA’s aren’t my thing, and this one had a nice kick to it. It’s not bad, but again not my thing, I wouldn’t rush out to get it again.

JakeFr5150 (23) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2005
12oz Bottle: Not quite sure what I expected here. Sort of thought it would be slightly honey/cinnamon flavored like some "christmas" ales, but that wasn’t the case here. Basically, this is just a hoppier version of their Pale Ale. Pours a deep dark amber color. Head quickly forms and stays the entire length of the glass, minimum of 1/4" thick. This got me hooked. Taste is a very robust hoppy flavor, basically like someone upped the hops in their regular Pale Ale - fantastic. Very robust indeed. Finishes smooth with no bad aftertastes, just a strong hoppiness on the palate. Probably the best "christmas" ale I’ve had, if you can call it that.

HighlanderOne (1313) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 Re-rate 12/2011. Poured beautifully from bottle. Great copper color with long lasting beige head. Hops dominate aroma, and flavor follows this up nicely. Big hops, pine, grapefruit and a bit floral. Also tasting sweet malt, vanilla and basil. Great feel and finish. Still an excellent beer.

GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Amber color, bitter taste of orange-whites and corianerd, also quite hoppy. Smells citrusy, thin feel. Too bitter for my tastes.

TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 Pours dark orange with a thin tan head. Aroma is piney hops, grapefruit, spruce and citrus. Taste is orange spicy hops (NB?) and sweet toffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied, acidic, and resinous.

Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2005
A long time favorite. Lots of Cascades in the nose, a tart but caramel-y middle that sweetens with a little age, and a dry finish. Tested in bottle only so far, but my favorite pub has a keg waiting.

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