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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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur dAlene, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 bottle 12 oz. $7/6 @ Frys Yuma, AZ. 2004. Clear copper color w cherry tint. Very good medium sized bubble carb w good beige/straw head that lasted. Sporatic lace. Aroma is rich, creamy, (a bit like malted milk balls without the chocolate sensation) light/medium roasted malt w moderate hops & a slight trace of green apples. There is a faint smell of varnish/plastic styrofoam. Flavor is plenty of medium roasted caramel malt & a pronounced hop bitterness but I feel the hop flavor could be somewhat fuller. On the palate its just a bit sharp and harsh w alcohol slightly noticible. There is a slight sweetness right before the lingering finish which is malty and bitter. Its well into the medium bodied category. The bittering hops are quite noticible but not backed up enough by the noble hop flavors. To me its a bit unbalanced with a concocted in bitterness that doesnt quite "fit". It stands up very well with food though. Rerate 12/6/04: Im bumping it up .1 to 3.6. This beer stands up well with food. I dont notice its quirky aspects when my mouth is full of chow. Reminds me a bit of Victorys hop devil. Its also widely available and reasonably priced. 2/7/06 Im putting a 3.7 onto it now. rather tasty when warmed up. Its availability and price are its best virtues. Im dropping the 2010 down .2 to 3.5. Seems the malt & hop flavors are less/weaker and the bittering hops stand out too much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 Mm... tasted this and then ordered a pint for myself. On tap at the Gaslight. Jumps and celebrates off my tounge. A good, strong-tasting IPA with unoffensive loads of hops in it. Rich color. Not the winter warming flavor, more like the I will make your palate soar variety. RECENT UPDATE: Do not mix this drink with Chianti. Holiday disasters occur.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Presumably the 2004. On tap at the Gaslight . Spicy and Holidayish. Perfect for tonight and the first New Jersey snow. Going back for more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Ah, finally got ahold of this years. Pours amber with a fairly large head. Great hop aroma. Very good hop taste with a little spice thrown in. Great aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
2004. Crystal clear amber color with a small off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and sweet malt. Hop flavor is very assertive at first, but is quickly balanced by the malt. Bitter finish. Not like most winter ales Ive ever tried which tend to be more sweet and malty with more spiciness. This was a pleasant surprise. Not that I should be surprised by Sierra Nevada.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Myklanjlo (3) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2004 does not count
(From the bottle, 2004 batch). Pours a clear amber with an orange tint. Bubbles are mild, but large. Head is small with moderate retention and little to no lacing. The aroma is slightly reserved, smelling of floral hops with grapefruit notes and a hint of candy sugar. The sip is mildly effervescent on the palate, tasting initally of citrus and spice, and finishing fairly bitter, oily, and hinting of nutmeg. Like most Sierra Nevada brews, this too is well-crafted. If one had the patience to cellar this beer for 1-2 years, the resulting smoothness would carry this beer from excellent to exceptional.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2085) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 on draft at MacGregors in Henrietta - It wasnt in the correct barware but it still looked nice. Bright red color with a soapy looking head. Very nicely balanced and quite refreshing. I will have to see if I can pick up a case of this stuff. Very tasty.

2005 Version aged one year. The hops have died down quite a bit, and the malt has really stepped up. There is still some bitterness that keeps the finish clean, but the hop aroma is severely diminished and it changes the perception of the beer. 6/4/7/4/17

2005 Bottle, consumed November 2007, almost 2 years old. Aroma has really evolved to show off its malty side. The hops are still there, but far more subtle. Its obvious this beer has experienced age but only because of its smoothness and faded hop character, not because of any noticeable oxidation. The flavor is a good match to the aroma. Still quite delicious. it doesnt age quite as gracefully as Bigfoot, but for its reduced alcohol, it holds its own. 7/4/8/4/17

2005 Bottle. Almost 3.5 years old. The head is minimal. The aroma is actually a fruity sweetness. The hops are only present in the finish. The pleasent sweetness is the primary character but the hops are still there and the beer is still nice. Doesnt taste stale at all.

2005 Bottle consumed in Feb 2009. 4 years old and still going strong. Nice hops even now. Impressive. 2007 Version. Bottle. Fresh. Aroma is fresh bitter grapefruit hops. Nice. Chewy hops constantly change the flavors of the buried caramel malts. Its like a swirling twister of smooth caramel malts and fresh dancing hops. Really a beautiful beer. 7/4/8/4/18

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2004
best beer ive had in a while. great aroma with an even better taste. will buy again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Bottle. Great clean hop flavor. Bitter finish. Very floral overall. A little over the top in the floral hops, but solid. Re-rated with updated numbers (7/3/07): Draft. Dark iced tea body with a inch foamy head. Nose-bare floor, fresh cut lumber (mild), very light soap/detergent. Taste-low to medium PNW hops, light citrus zest, medium bitter, seltzer, medium to light CO2, tea, pineapple, light perfume, medium bitter on the finis, cottony, almost stale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DontFearTheHops (6) - USA - NOV 8, 2004 does not count
Ruby/Amber coloring with fine carbonation and a generous head. Similar hoppiness to the regular IPA, but with a touch of fruit. Finishes great, leaving a satisfying bitter hops flavor crackling on the palate.


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