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RATINGS: 3425   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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3.7
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Medium brownish-red looking beer that poured with an eager head which subsided quickly. Aroma was all about the tightly blended hops. I expected more of a typical spiced brew for this seasonal but it refreshingly drinks more like a light crisp English IPA. With an added prickly pine-cone mouth sensation. Hop lovers only need apply. I’m definitely springing for another six!

2.1
blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
This was a hoppy one. Geh. Wasn’t my kind of beer (obiviously). I tried it... you give it a try...

3.9
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 A very pretty beer. Pillowy beige head with a dark orange/amber body. Aroma is a hop blast with some citrucy sweetness. Sticky and herby hop flavors dominate, the sweet malt is pretty much overwhelmed. Mouthfeel is creamy with a perfect level of CO2, and has a slight alcohol burn on the earthy finish. Rerate, now that ive had more of this, I cant stop buying it. I dont know what it is, maybe dry cracked?, but it rules.

4.2
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Bottle. Light amber to copper in color. Average head. Upront citrusy hop bite mellows into a favorable taste that will have you craving more. Decently strong IPA and nice hop complexity and aroma.

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tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2005
12 oz bottle, 2005 edition. Pours a somewhat clear orange color with a nice head and lacing during consumption. (Mine was served fairly warm, perhaps 55-60 F/ 14 C.) Classic "C" hops in aroma and taste, with an ample amount of bittering hops as well. This is a good "tongue coater" beer. Overall, this is an excellent IPA.

3.1
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2005
12 oz bottle - Pours a very clear deep copper/amber color with a short head that didn’t last but a couple of minutes. Lacing lasted longer but it was mimimal as well. Aroma is pure citrus fruits with lots of pine. Flavor is overwhelmingly bitter, loads of grapfruit and nuances of lemon and other citrus. Mouthfeel was kind of flat, not very rich and a tad oily. Aftertaste was extremely bitter and lasted forever. This is a powerfully bitter IPA, which kind of suprised me as I considered it to be a holiday brew. Obviously a well crafted brew but not my favorite style.

3.7
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Bottle 2005 edition. Pours a darker orange color with a very thin white head. Very piney aroma with some citrus. Nice orange and grapefruit taste. This is very bitter. Nice and oily mouthfeel and little carbonation. Finish is more of the same pine/citrus.

3.7
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2005
reddish orange color w/ a tall fluffy off white head w/ some nice lacing. sweet and hoppy aroma orange rind, brown sugar, pine. Fairly oily palate lightly creamy. Surprisingly bitter nice pine and some citrus, no real sweet portion. But a good bitter IPA.

3.9
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2005
Rated on draft @ Stockholm beer festival. Orange-amber with nice white head. Pine and dry hops in the aroma. Flavour contain seville orange. Full body. Slightly acidous moutfeel.

3.6
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Out of a bottle, 2004 edition. Aroma quite robust and nose grabbing citric hops. Pour was a nice amber with a nice head that laced nicely. Flavor was good the hops really reach out but the malt profile to it takes just enough edge off. Palate was medium and smooth . Overall I enjoyed it very much.


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