RATINGS: 3573   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Tap at Old chicago in Eden Prairie. Poured a hazy dark amber with a good sized foamy off white head. Had a piney scent. Tasted slightly sweet almost butterscotch with that wonderful hop finish that balanced out very nicely, Had good body and mouth feel. I was pleasently surprised at the quality of this beer. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1437) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Floral & citrus aroma. Nice hoppy flavor. Spices really come out in the flavor. Had at Old Chicago in Eden Prairie, MN. Really good qualities in this beer. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
I wasnt sure what style ale this was going to be from looking at the bottle. I guess I was almost expecting some sort of barleywine or something. Needlessly to say I was pleasantly surprised by the piney hoppiness of this India Pale Ale. Looks really pretty in the glass. Tastes great and feels great in my mouth. There is definitely some alcoholic warmth at the end too. Yum.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1796) - 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.

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