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98
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RATINGS: 3573   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - 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 (3061) - 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 (2691) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy amber/copper, good off white head that leaves a little lace. Piney hop aroma dominates. Medium mouthfeel with just the right mild carbonation. Hops again dominate the flavor profile, with just a hint of malt sweetness. Bitterness starts quickly, and continues through the long dry finish. Quite enjoyable. With seasonals, I expect some spice addtions, like ginger, nutmeg, juniper, cinammon, etc. So, its surprising that this is an IPA, and a good one at that.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 bottle in a standard pint glass. Pour a bright amber/red with orange and yellow splashes. Long lasting, resiny head with some lacing here and there. Huge grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Plenty of malt to back it up. Each drink is full of the grapefruit and pine hops. Hop resin coats the entire mouth. The bitterness lasts until the next drink. Big bite. SNCA is a true American Classic.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (3195) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Surprised to see an IPA as a winter seasonal. I love their flagship ale and saw nice ratings for this so I grabbed it. A nice dark amber color with a fast-fade white head. Hoppy aroma, malt and hops in the palate and a strong hops finish. Not as good as the flagship.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 2005 Bottle. Big head on the pour that dissipates rapidly, nicely lacing the top inch or so of the glass. Strong hop bite in front that is slow to fade. Medium bodied IPA style is fairly unique for a winter seasonal.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 2000 edition, scooped at Route 59 Liquor in Monsey, NY. 5 year IPA that still rocked. More like a top Belgian, still well hopped with spicey yeast and barley and grapefruit hop, tastes up front, followed by honey and then bitter finish. Drying. Copper with sizzling white head, lace. Rich full mouthfeel. 2007 edition, orange citrus, satisfying above aveage IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
This is my first experiment with the pre-made ratebeer form. Flowery hop aroma with hints of pine. Average sized white head with fair lacing. Head goes away quickly and the beer is an amber color. Strong bitter flavor at the beginning with a lingering finish. Medium bodied, lively beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Latest tasting - 05 Bottle, clear amber pour. Big hoppy aromas and flavors, citrusy. Biscuity malts come through to provide backing. Decent bitter bite to finish. Decent IPA.


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