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RATINGS: 3428   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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4.3
HighlanderOne (1365) - 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.

2.8
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.

3.8
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.

4.2
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.

3.7
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
An upbeat winter beer, the hops in this one really do call to mind a sense of celebration. A delicious and well balanced IPA, this is a great pick me up on a cold and dreary winter day.

3.8
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Wow what a great winter warmer. Sierra Nevada brewed a great beer. Tis hgad a perfect amount of malt and hops to balanace this beer nicely. I got a good flavor of spicyness and a warm feeling drinking this beer. The colors was great ana d the head was nice and thick. Great Job brewing this beer.

3
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Hoppy and piney. Some hints of wheat. average carbonation. piney aroma. a decent winter brew. medium bodied, with a sticky texture.

3.9
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2005
I’ve been waiting for this one...this is a fourteener of the Sierra brew’s. Same old Sierra taste with a kick! The pale ale seems to have been subdued over the years but this one is a big in your face hop experience. Aroma is weak but has a nice frothy head. A sweet looking amber color is complimented well with bittering hops and flavor. The hops come out in both taste and bitterness. The aftertaste has a ton of grapefruit and misc. citrus. Ton’s of Cascade hops fill this one up to the brim. Very nice.

3.7
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2005
A perrenial favorite- let see how it is this year. A clear orange-amber color with a thick, firm and long lasting head. The aroma is not as stong as I remember, but invitingly hoppy with spicy, piney notes. The flavor is full and bittersweet, with a long bitter finish that balances the caramel sweetness. A great beer to welcome the colder weather and I look forward to the snowy little scene every year.

3.7
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Tap at Rich O’s. Dark amber color with a thin white head. Nice citrusy aroma. Taste is piney, citrusy, full of hops. Sierra’s best beer, hands down.


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