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98
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RATINGS: 3550   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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4
   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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (424) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Rich dark amber pour with beige cap that fades to a ring. Aroma is earthy hop, floral notes with a hint of pine and just-noticeable bready malt. Flavor follows identically as the well-balance ensemble of flavors meld with a slightly hop-forward advance throughout the sip. Super tasty, and very pleasant aftertaste. I usually have this each year and enjoy it, but dont remember it being damn good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (805) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Pours a clear coppery orange-red with an off white foamy head. Light aroma of pine and malts. Fairly smooth with a malt base and a slightly bitter but smooth finish. Flavors remind me of a lighter version of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe or Founders ReDankulous. Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
crispaire (98) - - NOV 30, 2016
amber pour from bottle with decent foamy head. aromatics and flavors of spicy malts, citrus, pine, resin, and some earthiness. good medium body. goes down fairly easy and isnt too filling.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Larry_Duffman (418) - - NOV 27, 2016
I had it on tap. It pours amber with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma is piny hops and caramel. The taste is caramel malt, roasty, and hops. Theres a really nice balance here. This is very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffaoe (471) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2016
balanced aroma that has both hop and malt aromas. amber and clear in color with a nice lasting head. Taste is beautifully balanced beginning with nice malty, slight roasty flavor, followed by nice hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (600) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2016
Dark amber with slight haze and a white lacing head. Bold, piney fresh hop aroma. Malty character with a hoppy bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (809) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2016 Bottle pour into shaker pint glass from One Stop Market. Appearance is clear, reddish amber with massive sparkle, 1 1/2-finger width rocky, foamy beige head with good retention and light, sudsy lacing. Aroma is bready malt balanced with tropical fruit and light resin hops. Taste is sweet tropical fruit balanced with the bitter resin over caramel malt backbone. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with slick texture, average carbonation and bitter slightly dominating over sweet at the finish. Overall, a really attractive beer with more of an APA feel than IPA. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Bitter IPA; good stuff. Nice thick head, lots of lace and a clear dark amber color. Fresh hop, malty aroma. Flavors like nose, much more bitter than sweet, very piney.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zubblwump (66) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (892) - 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.


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