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RATINGS: 3571   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PaulGator22 (9) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2005 does not count
Love this winter seasonal from Sierra Nevada. A dark IPA with lots of kick to it. Perfect on a cold winter night.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1195) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 2, 2005
Always got a kick out of this winter beer. Didnt realize it was an IPA due to its nice malt backbone. Reminded me of a much better version of the Sam Adams Winter Lager at the time of first tasting. Darker IPA with wonderful chewiness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Deep amber color with a decent head. Aromas were typical IPA and the flavors were too. Grapefruity hoppiness. Pretty fresh and a decent finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2003 vintage on tap at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Copper color with a nice white, foamy head. Smell is very mellowed compared to what Id expected -- strong American hops are present, but take a background seat to caramel malt. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, with the hops coming in at the finish to give it a wonderfully balanced bitterness. Really enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
bottle. wonderful copper color with a thick and foamy off white to tan head. sweet aroma of caramel. initial sweet malt with some dried fruit flavor and rum-ish flavor. round and warming. pleasant hop finish. Its July now but this would certainly make a nice Winter brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Bottle, 1998 vintage. Pours a deep amber color, white head that left some lacing behind, cloudy due to what seemed like a lot of yeast in the bottle. Aroma was kind of subdued, but some gentle spicy hops, really musty I think due to the age. Maybe even a bit of dustiness on top of that. The initial impression upon taking a sip is a lot of sweet maltiness, really jumps on the front of your tongue, then a very subdued hoppiness. Lots of yeasty flavors come into play as it finishes, though it really isnt harsh, just gentle yet all-consuming. I think the hops really faded with age, the last time I had this beer was a few years ago (before I started rating) but I remember it being much hoppier. Medium body, carbonation level is on the medium to low side, but still smooth and drinkable. Not a great beer for aging, without its hoppy character this beer isnt as good as when its fresh. A friend who doesnt drink much beer had it sitting in the back of the fridge, so I figured that it would be worth rating this bottle. I plan to re-rate some fresh stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (7510) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
Bottle at BarVolo (vintage 2004). Pours a sparkling dark orange with an average size creamy white head. Looks great. Aroma is primarily hops then sweet malt, mild citrus, spices and pine. Very bitter flavour of hops, citrus and spices. Palate was a little harsh. Fantastic beer -- I love Sierra Nevada!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2005
Vintage 2003, Light hazy orange-amber beer with light yellow-beige head. Very clean malty nose with faint figgy accents and with touches of summer flowers. Also aromas of buttercakes, fruit-musly, spices and refreshing hops. The beer has a smooth elegant taste with touches of nutmeg, masisbanda, apricot-pit, cookies, cedar-wood and the slight bitterness of avocadoskin. The mouthfeel is medium body and has a nice balance. The beer has a lot of caracter and the refreshing boost of hops brings all the components on the right place. Thanks Joris for sharing this one with me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9828) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2005
2003 vintage Off-white head, falling away fast over hazy orange-amber ale. Sweetish cookies and cake-bottom with a whiff of hops. Little aroma of sweetened juniperberries. Mix raisins, lychees, cookies, cardemoms, cloves, honey-laden flowers, apples and a lot of (American) hops into a very evenly mix, and one might come near to this. Retronasal some resiny harshness. Well-bodied without appearing very heavy, slight oilyness, typical for an American beer. Superb, superb balance giving both a restrained and a rich feeling. Thanks to Logan Perkins.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gilamonster24 (8) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005 does not count
very very high in flavor that tastes of christmas. i can hardly wait for the cold months just for this beer to come out and help celebrate the winter.


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