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98
98
style
RATINGS: 3566   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1110) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Hazy amber with a light tawny pour. Short but ver well lacing rocky white head. Hop flowers, grapefruit, salt water, toffee aroma. Hop juice, nutty malt, toasty. Very warming. Very green bitterness. Some molases and brown sugar. Finish smooths out, but still has a biting acidic long end to it. Very appetizing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2005
Draft, shaker. Strong pine and citrus (grapefruit) hop aroma. Malt profile is of bread and grain. Rich copper hue with a nice, tight, creamy, white head thats well lasting. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a solid (and one of my favorite) IPAs.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Bottle. Brilliant amber in colour with an off white head and very nice lace. The aroma was a beautiful balance of piney hops caramel malt and cookies. The flavour had lots of hops, pine, grapefruit (lots), malt (cookie dough). Very well balanced, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a long hoppy bitterness. Thanks for the beer Rastacouere.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Not my hundredth beer. I found some missing notes to enter. I had this a couple months back. 2004 vintage. Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit, sweet malt. Appearance: Very bubbly. Thick foamy head with good lacing. Off-white. Nice gold/copper color. Flavor: Bitter grapefruit, mild peatiness, orange-style (not taste) sweetness. A bit dry with a lingering aftertaste. Moderate palate that is sticky and very carbonated.

Resample: The flavor is a wonderous hoppy/malty taste that is very smooth and crisp. Refreshing and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 Beautiful deep amber pour, nice white head. Aroma of piney hops. There is some malt sweetness. You can always tell a SN beer, they are all pretty similar in flavor. In any case, a tasty beer. And hard to beat $8 for a six pack of good, 6.8% IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2004 was my first taste fo this beer. In the glass it is a nice copper color with a strong hops aroma. The hops also follow through to the palate settling on the center of the tongue. Definately another beer worth trying.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2005
This ale pours mirky, but the cloudy appearance leaves the ind on the first taste. The taste and aroma are pleasant.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2005
Amber color with a hazy cloud drifting in the beer. Good palate and a good balance between the malt and hops. I just love the long bitter aftertast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
draft...a beer with a kick. strong hop spice and bitterness. you certainly taste this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) I’m just not a big fan of Celebration I guess. Again, this is mostly just a very hoppy and bitter beer that dominates the moderately sweet maltiness from start to finish. The maltiness just gets lost behind all the hoppy bitterness because the beer starts bitter and becomes very bitter in the finish. The palate seems a bit thin for a winter. The very hoppy nose is lightly sweet with maybe a slight tea aroma drifting in. Dark amber color. Off-white head is very small on the pour, it’s almost a thin sheen by the time the beer is served. Some modest lacing. (03-Aug-04, ratings: 7, 3, 6, 3, 13, total 3.2)

(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) 2004 bottling. Clearly, after living on the west coast for 4 years now, I’ve come to appreciate and enjoy hops a lot more than when I lived back east. And maybe I’m finally coming around on Celebration too. I consistently panned Celebration because it was so ridiculously bitter and hoppy, but I now find the hops level enjoyable in this bottle. It’s a nicely balanced beer initially, malty and hoppy, but finishing quite heavy on the bitter, grapefruit hops. Medium plus in body, with a long-lasting, bitter finish. The nose is less aromatic than expected, and I’m not getting much hops at all, but it does show a fair amount of maltiness. Pretty much amber in color. The beer pours a perfect size of off-white head and shows excellent retention, maintaining an unbroken layer until all the beer has been consumed. And left behind is a decent amount of patchy lacing.


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