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RATINGS: 3426   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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3.2
DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Sampled from 2005 bottle. Spicy, almost overdone in that department. Age doesn’t sit well with this one. Not enough malt and hops to overcome some stale spices. Well, that’s just my opinion.

Bottled, 2004 Edition. Big, big IPA hoppiness, but not much else to set it apart. Some kind of fruitcake character, probably as in a slight fruit and nut overtone.

4.3
Howylixer (1) - USA - JAN 9, 2005 does not count
I love this beer. I’ve recently taken up beer making as a result of a thoughtful Xmas gift and I’m going to try making a beer that tastes like this. If I succeed, I’ll lock it in and stick with it. Howy Lixer

4.3
Puddleglum (16) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
I had this one out of the bottle. It poured a nice head that laced down the glass and was still there long afte the ale itself was gone. A very nice citrusy hoppy flavor and aroma with a sweet malt base and enough bitterness to give you a fat lip. All in all I enjoyed this and will again.

3.9
larsniclas (7108) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2005
Bottled. Amber with a steady and creamy head. Really hoppy with bitter fruits. Very hoppy and bitter flavour.

4.3
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm Backlog 16 Dec 2004
Are there any hops in this beer??? Wow, this is full bodied in every sense. For every sense. Fresh and sweet like newly cut grass... or something. A bit expensive though. US$16 for a bottle...

3.8
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Nice IPA with a good citrus bite, backed up with enough malt to lend a smoothness to the beer. Still can’t touch the Two Hearted though. Should be available year round!

4.1
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
bottle. amber body with a small white head. citrus hop aroma. flavour is just right, hoppy with a good malt character. oh my, this is wonderfully balanced! you couldn’t ask for more in an IPA.

3.2
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bright crystal clear deep amber ale with a healthy off white head. Aromas of grapefruit rind and spruce. Flavor starts off with sweet malt and is dominated with citric hop flavor. There is almost enough body and maltiness in this one to pull of the massive hop attack. Quite bitter finish. Bitterness wins, not enough balance. Overall, a pretty decent American IPA, but no Two Hearted.

3.6
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Rerate: Good citrus aroma. Middle of beer some caramel aroma notes also. Darker shade of orange for body color. Decent off white head that left some good lacing. Citrus hop flavor though out beer. Little dry citrus aftertaste on the palate. Good Beer.

3.8
abc2248 (9) - LITITZ, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2005 does not count
2004 Bottle. Amber/orange color with big, off-white head. Fruity aroma (grapefruit, pine). Slightly sweet malty flavor, and big hop flavor(again, grapefruit and piney). A very good ale to celebrate the season with !


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