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98
style
RATINGS: 3550   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2005
From the bottle, pours a hazy, light amber with a foamy white head. Smells like a spruce tree, with some malts at the end. Tastes of cloves and nutmeg, some bitter, light hops, and a hint of cinnamon at the end. Its good, but I think Id like it more sipping it outside under freshly fallen snow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Brownish amber, rocky cream colored head. Hoppier version of their pale ale. For a Christmas beer, I was surprised. Faint spicing, overwhelming hops, thin mouthfeel. Closer to a summertime IPA. Maybe a new tradition for southern winters? Decent beer. Modestly priced. Ill purchase thjis again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Pours a coppery amber color with a decent-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Floral hops strong in the nose. Flavor is very hoppy as well, with a slight bittersweet finish. Pleasant alcoholic warmth. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
twcguy (32) - USA - NOV 7, 2005
2005 bottle, tastes like a hoppier version of the regular offering. Nice red color, medium head, almost a bite on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
2005 bottle. Poure a decent head. body red.SPices, damn good hop flavor. Just the thing to warm the soul for the winter. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Very appropriate for the holiday season. A spicy (not hot, but with spices) and complex beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1673) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
2005. Walnut brown in the glass. Some nutmeg spice aroma, dry hop aromas (grapefruit and some orange). Lots of hops on the tongue with a drying finish. There are also some spiced and malt elements, but they are a bit nondescript. Palate is tangy with the grapefruit and piney hops but a bit thin when it comes to mouthfeel. This is certainly not the most aggressive IPA, but everything seems to be in balance. The whole hops are apparent. As a winter ale, the spicing is a little harder to run down.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle. Drank it out of the bottle this time, but Ill re-rate it next time I open one. This tasted like a hoppier, more chewy, more substantial version of their IPA and Pale Ales. It was decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (3007) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
[on tap at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD] Appeared a nice pale ale colour and clear with an excellent head, though it was served to me in a styrofoam cup. Fresh citrusy hops with not very much pine and a slight vegetal character and no malt. The flavour is dominated by a fresh US hops flavour and quite a bit of hops bitterness (but not too much), and a hint of diacetyl. This beer needs a little more body and a lot more caramel malt flavour. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and almost astringent from teh hops bitterness. Very refreshing and clean. Very good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2584) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 bottle. Big grapefruit and pine aroma from a large-bubbled, long-lasting head and amber pour. This is really nicely balanced between the hops and malts, leaning heavily toward the bitter, citrus (grapefruit, pine and orange) hops as it should be. Resiny mouthfeel, nice bite and bitterness that lasts. An emjoyable IPA.


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