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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1610) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2006 04 bottle. Pours a copper color with a HUGE off-white head that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is very hoppy and grapefruity. The predominant taste is of those grapefruity, resiny hops. Finishes with a nice citric bitterness. Fairly complex. Each sip brings something new. Not what I was expecting, though still pretty nice. Seems more like a summer brew. Original rating from 12/11/04: 6,3,7,3,16. Re-Rate: When I started on this site, I was almost exclusively a dark beer lover. Ive become a serious Hop-Head in the time since I last had this beer. I love hops so much now that I had to buy a case (a rarity for me) of this beer that everyone is always raving about. Im bumping the mouth-watering Cascade aroma up a couple of points and the palate and the overall up a point each. Everything else stays the same. I definitely appreciate this beer plenty more now (especially since a case is so affordable). What was I thinking with that "summer brew" comment?!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
2004 edition. Clear copper colour with large rocky head that fades to lingering light head. strong citric hoppy nose. strong bitter hop taste that stays with you. good lace

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 RERATE, 2005 VINTAGE: Poured a mostly clear effervescent amber with an off-white head that left a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma of orange and grapefruit with some sweet candy. Taste is grapefruit and pine hops with some toffee in the background. Long dry finish. A bit too much toffee covering up the hops, and could use some more balance to it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - DEC 10, 2004
Very good beer, like a souped up version of the SNPA. Hops are pretty much prevalent in the beer, and its pretty easy to drink as well.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 2005 bottle - Pours a clear copper color with a good size head that lasts. Light lacing. Nice citrus hop aroma. Very similar to the SN pale ale we all come to love. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Clear red/amber body with a small cream colored head. Full floral hop aroma. Flavor starts out strongly bitter and hoppy. Gradually fades away (but never completely disappears) to allow a bit of maltiness through. Dry, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2004
2004. Nice clear red with an off white head. the aroma is largely of citrus hopps with a nice secondary floral hop aroma. There is a crisp bitterness in teh flavor and a little maltiness. It has hints of Alpha King in the hop bill. The finish is nice as there is a clean hop bitterness lingering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Pours burnt orange with soft puffy head. Nose is hoppy with citrus undertones. Slight sense of pine. Flavor is a nice balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Finishes with lip smacking stickyness, begging for another sip.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (693) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Pours amber with thin head. Nose is mild floral. Flavor is powerful floral hops with a sweet barley malt taste at the beginning that quickly segues (ha! Thanks English lit!) to the strong hops character. Has a very long resinous fir finish. This is a good IPA and Im glad I got a six pack of it rather than a single.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Amber pour. Bitter hoppy aroma. Grainy maybe rye taste with a good hop character. Bitter dry finish. I like it.


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