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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Celebration is a holiday/winter tradition in a glass! Whether youre enjoying this by itself or with any holiday meal Celebration is a no brainer go-to! (INSERT RANT!) This really is an ale that demands the proper glass to enjoy all its potential! Get yourself a Spiegelau IPA glass or my favorite an oversized Barolo wine tulip, let the ale warm a bit and now youre workin! To the review. The aroma is earthy pine hops with hints of lemony citrus. As it warms youll pick up scents of cinnamon, clove and a bit of pineapple. The malts have a nice interplay of light caramel, light honey and biscuit. Not the most aromatic IPA but solid and pleasing. The first sip gives a juicy bitter hop rush before the barely balancing sweet malts come in. The hops do their work on the palate. Providing a good grip on the back of the throat and yet an almost slate like feel on the roof of the mouth.Oh the pine! Theres a long lasting finish but the sweetness does become more pronounced as you linger over the ale. Of course there is that signature Sierra Nevada bright crispness. Sierra Nevada coaxes a host of complex flavors from the hop profile, all of which virtually scream the things we associate with the holidays. I love this beer, but where Celebration really shines is when its paired with all of your traditional seasonal foods. Grab a plate of dark meat with dressing and gravy, maybe some yams and cranberry sauce with a warm buttered biscuit. Dont forget the pumpkin, apple or pecan pie! Then in turn see how Celebration either heightens or compliments each bite. Yum..I want to go to there!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (6266) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2017
355 ml bottle. Unclear reddish amber body with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma has malt, caramel, citric fruit and flowers. Flavor is sweet, smooth malt with some caramel, citric fruit, spices and moderate bitterness. Fine balanced body and long lasting, pleasant aftertaste. Not the most bitter IPA in the class, but sure a fine ale anyway, smooth, tasty and balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (514) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Pours a beautiful copper amber color. Lots and lots and lots of head. Some black sediment at the bottom of the glass, it never was suspended, went straight to the bottom. Excellent lacing, excellent retention. WOW!!

Aroma is like sweaty socks...yeah. Ill call that earthy hops. Light citrus and citrus rind. Some tropical fruit. Meh

Taste is pretty good. Malty, hoppy bitter. Its more bitter, but it takes a few sips to really kick in. Theres some good tropical fruit salad stuff going on here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, but takes a while to kick in. Oily. Lingering bitterness.

Overall, its pretty good. Its somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA. The lacing and head retention on this are amazing, and its easy to look over some of its flaws because it does look so amazing. I acquired this through a trade, and its a shame. Id like to have a couple more. Id recommend it, and Im thirsty for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Draft Half Pint at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2009, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2009 - Intense hoppy aroma and intense taste. Very Hoppy; resiny spicy peppery floral American hops. Very fruity; bitter oranges. Solid Malty base; caramel, toffee, hint of honey and almonds. Fruity sweetness leads to resiny hoppy bitterness. Very dry bitter hoppy finish. Lovely Beer! (2009-11)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
euniceradio (521) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2017 On tap. Pours clouded dark copper, large tan sticky head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, orange, cedar, dark fruit, roasted caramel malts. Taste of same with lots of roasted grain and grass to balance the quite bitter citrus, spicy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HourGlass13 (755) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Pours a dark copper color, with a foamy white head and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, some malt, sweetness and bit of grain. Taste is citrus, pine needles, malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, creamy with a nice blend of citrus and malt character. Enjoyable beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KevinReddirt (120) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Tried once at a beer fest. This time was a single 12 oz. bottle. It is a gorgeous medium amber and a slender whitish head. It smells of malt and perhaps a slight citrus. It tastes better the more you have of it. Moderate hoppiness, bitter start and bitter finish. The 6.8% abv is well covered. Very decent, just that there are others that are better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shawnmurphy (105) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2017
This has been one of my favorite beers for many, many years. I anticipate the holidays every year for, among other things, this beer. A 12-ounce bottle was poured into a pint glass, creating a two-finger white lead with residual lacing. Appearance is a slightly hazy copper color. Aroma is hard to make out, but I detect the spicy hoppiness along with caramel-glazed popcorn. The flavor is stellar: I make out butter cookies, white pepper, candied blood orange, and a woody and smoky bitterness.The mouthfeel is medium. This is the perfectly balanced bittersweet brew -- not too astringently hoppy, not too cloyingly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cwill (79) - Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Rich deep amber complexion. Almost looks like a marzen. Off white sticky head leaving plenty of lacing. The aroma is fantastic. On the palate, the raw hoppy character hits you first followed by a malty sweetness. I got a little lemon rind and pine. Creamy mouth feel with a dry finish. Outstanding winter IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmoen (422) - - JAN 7, 2017
B+. Pours a murky copper color with white head. Well balanced and good flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
teamsale (254) - Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle pours a clear copper with a two-finger off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet hop. Flavor is a decent standard hop and malt. Nothing really notable. Bitterness is mild and aftertaste is pleasant.

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