RATINGS: 3571   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zubblwump (80) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Cloudy, dark amber pour, with a thick brownish white head. Aroma is really nice, strong with pine and spiciness. A little bitter bite on the first sip. Solid IPA taste, with some of the peppery taste I smelled earlier coming through. A tad sour on the back end. I like it, but maybe a rung below some of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (1050) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 16, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Poured amber, with a lasting off white head and good lacing. Aroma of pine, pine needles. Taste was medium bitter, piney hops, peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rumbero (75) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Fresh. Bottled less than a month ago. Pours deep amber with slight hazyness and a perfect 3/4 inch off-white head with excellent retention. Lacing is also very good. Aromas are piney American hops with some spice and some herbal overtones. Earthy yeast and some fresh baked bread from the malt is also present. So drinkable. Medium/light body, resiny texture and crisp carbonation and just a slight astringency makes for great palate. Flavors are all a close to perfect balance of hop flavors, mild malt sweetness, and enough bitterness to qualify it as an IPA. Beer finishes dry with the hop IBUs making a late appearance. This is an old-school IPA that contrasts with todays IBU bombs and less bitter English IPAs. - So drinkable and a classic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruigo (2690) - PORTUGAL - NOV 9, 2016
355ml bottle. Clear dark amber with nice off-white head. Malt, barley, spicy, bread and floral aroma. Taste is sweet at start with malty notes and it is followed by bitter notes. Overall, a tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mainuh_man (291) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2016
12 Oz bottle. Pours clear amber orange with a frothy brown head leaving huge lacing. Relatively mild aromas, orange, sugar malt, and some floral and piney hops. Medium sweet with floral and rasiny hops up front, long, piney hop linger. Medium-full body with a slick mouthfeel and average carbonation with cloying sugars. Overall, well balanced and drinkable, but nothing noteworthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (2179) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2016
On tap. Pours a dark copper color with bit of a foamy head and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, some malt, sweetness and bit of grain. Taste of citrus, malt sweetness and bit of grain. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, creamy with a nice blend of citrus and malt character. Enjoyable beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
blkckd5150 (2) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2016 does not count
Sierra Nevada brews their Celebration even better than the year before. Its a tribute to the Brewers did they get it right and youre after year

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nonshaugen (560) - Fetsund, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2016
355 ml, bottle conditioned. Very hazy, dark golden reddish amber, lots of powdery sediments, thick beige head, fantastic lacing, low carbonation. Not much hops to the nose, but great caramelly dark malts coming through. Mouthfeel is creamy, dry at the end. Taste is sweet, malty and somehow some dark fruits at the back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OsuStu (251) - - OCT 30, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep copper color with a dense, bubbly off white head. Heavy lacing. Aromas are pine, toffee, sourdough bread, and florals. Some earthiness, hop bitterness primarily in the finish, caramel, grapefruit, dried sweet fruits, and grass. Medium body, pretty fizzy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sulawang (1143) - - OCT 29, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2016 Visual: Pours dark copper brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention with almost a full layer, singular tight steady streams.

Nose: faint generic light citrus hop oils, faint barley malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly-micro-fizzy

Mid-palate: toasted barley malt (lvl--sweetness), tangy-almost lemony citrus, medium bitterness

Finish: pine, dandelion, lingering bitter hops on the tongue.

Summary: Is this really a fresh hop IPA? I dont get any green in the hops at all; The barley malt body is quite big and almost too aggressive without letting any fresh hop shine through. Overall its above average, but unstructured and incoherent at points. (10/31/16 Note: mine had a packaged date of 10/19/15 so thats undoubtedly why I didnt get fresh hop oils in it.)

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