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RATINGS: 3570   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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   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 (3109) - 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 (11641) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
Pous a nice amber color with off white head. The nice hoppy aroma is pretty indicative of the taste. Im not a big Sierra Nevada Pale Ale fan, but I would definitely recommend buying this seasonal brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2005
2005 edition. Pours a dark amber with a ruby tint, small off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma has lots of citrus, some pine and biscuity malt. Flavor is loaded with grapefruit, some pine, some biscuit, a touch of caramel, very bitter, quite dry, especially in the finish. Nice IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2005
This beer has a nice hoppy aroma with pine and orange. Definitely smells like a SN. The haed was average with a white, rocky head. There was virtually no lacing and the head disappeared. Th body was clear with a nice amber.orange color. There was moderate hop bitrterness initially that became stronger. The finish was long. It has a medium dry mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation. There was a nice and surpirsing resin finish. I wish they brewed this one all year.


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