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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9912) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 7/5/05: 2004 Bottle. Poured with a small off-white head. Virtually no lacing. Amber in color. Smells of spices, citrus, and alcohol. Very bitter from start to finish. Light to medium body and over carbonated. Not one I look forward to again. 5/3/4/3/10 3/10/06: 2005 Bottle. Poured a gorgeous orange-amber color with a small off white head that dissipated to a ring. Light lacing. Nice aroma of orange, lemon, and spices. The alcohol aroma is hidden this time around. Classic IPA flavor of citrus, pine, and a light caramel background. Light and dry. Great hoppy bitterness throughout. Possibly a bad bottle in my first rating of this. This one was very enjoyable. 7/4/8/3/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle. Red/orange w/ off white head foamy head. Nose is hopps. Taste is bitter and hoppy with a somewhat sweet after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Nice hop aroma. Pours very nice with a frothy white head on a copper body. Citrus notes follow a mild malt profile and big hops are present through out. A less in your face IPA which is more to my personal style. Still was kinda sad there was no cinnamon or fruitcake flavors :-(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2005
2004 Vintage, 12 oz Bottle: Light transparent red/orange which pours a big tan head which is mostly sustaining, nice carbonation. Aromas of big hops with some pine and light grapefruit. Flavor is a nice sweet bitterness, a little bite, and a drying mouthfeel. Nice looking lacing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Re-rate, Vintage 2008: Wow, as good as ever. I don’t notice much difference year to year. This is a good thing, no? Perhaps my favorite of the holiday brews. Love the rich body, the generous malt, the hearty hops. Much like an IPA, which might seem a little odd for a winter seasonal, but for some reason it just works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5382) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
Perfume like flavours dominate.Plenty of body yet in some ways quite gentle for a 6.8%.Reminds me of Anchor Liberty Ale. An all round top class ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Drank nice and cold from a bottle into glass. Coldness definitely brought out an overwhleming (and delicious) grapefruit flavor, with a full body. Burnt orange with a foamy head. Very refreshing IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
murawski (160) - USA - MAY 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 While there are many "holiday" ales out there, Sierras Celebration remains one of my favorite mainstream choices. While it does not beat any of the holiday seasonal micro-brews I have tasted; spicy flavor of nutmeg, but very drinkable. Always perfect for a winter weekend at a cabin in the mountains, sitting outside by the fire pit. And the shorter bottle fits perfectly into those drink holders on the camping chairs.

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