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RATINGS: 3456   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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Scipio's rating

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (1277) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Pours a clear darker red with a big foamy white head. The aroma is much more on the fruity side, with berries, cherry, orange, all going together with some caramel, pine, and some slight impressions of spices. While I get all of these, the aroma is actually a bit weaker. The taste contains more pine and floral hoppiness, while it loses much of the initial fruits that I originally detected. I also get a bit of a yeast flavor at the end. As with the aroma, the taste seems to be more muted overall. It also leaves a slight bitterness. Medium in body, slick in texture, with some soft carbonation. This is pretty good, and I have no problem drinking this. I feel that there could, or maybe should, be more to this one.


3.6
PowY (1164) - AUSTRIA - JAN 20, 2018
354 ml bottle at home. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. The aroma is lightly hoppy with notes of pine, flowers and faint citric notes along with some biscuity malt. Medium to medium-full body with a medium bitterness and a very light sweetness. The flavor is medium hoppy with a distinct herbal bitterness along with blood oranges, grapefruits and some resinous and peppery notes with a discreet malt body in the back. Finishes with a good, hoppy (lightly metallic) bitterness. Built around the hop aroma yet not overly hop forward with a decent bitterness and good drinkability.

Aroma: 7
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 13

3.5
phfyysik (1493) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 19, 2018
Pours copper red with medium white head. Aroma is hoppy, fruity, some hay, metallic, some fruit sweetness. Taste is fruity, fresh, hoppy, metallic, dry, hay. Very nice beer!

3.7
Emeister84 (2665) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2018 12oz can from Kroger (Staunton, VA). Piney aromas, resiny, some grapefruit. Clear amber with orange highlights, and a fully lasting off-white head. Dry, citrusy, resinous. Medium bodied.

3.8
snowcrash000 (105) - Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2018
Pours a coppery, brown coloraion with a large, creamy head. Smells of sweet, bready, bsicuity malt with a strong pine presence and just a touch of tangerine citrus. Taste follows the nose, with strong, biscuity malt and pine and just a touch of dank, floral, slightly citrussy hops: orange peel, tangerine and toffee, followed by a medium bitterness. This review is from a 2015 bottle which was about 2 1/2 years old. Would love to taste this fresh for comparison. I guess the hops have faded a little, but this is actually still quite nice with the strong malt and pine notes with just a hint of citrus. Actually reminds me a lot of Uerige Jrön, a fresh hopped Alt beer.

3.4
BeardedAvenger (1280) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2018
Keg at Rose and Thistle, Frimley. Not getting much aroma over food. Light chestnut. Creamy white head. Graduappy gains bitterness. At first had a caramel sweetness. Then hoppy bitterness gains prominence. Underlying malts. Medium bodied. Slick. Low key fizzy carb. Long finish with astringent bite. Not too bad. A malty IPA. Does leave a bad taste in the mouth I'm not entirely keen on. However works as a winter beer. 3.4

4.4
thebeerbandit (42) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 1/1/18 Had with Abby during the first quarter of Bama vs. Clemson sugar bowl. Roll Tide!! Poured from bottle. Deep hazy orange with a 1 finger white head. Aroma is piney hops with a little sweetness. Taste is more piney hops with a fair caramel malt presence. Really well balanced. Both bitter and sweet. Not too much carbonation and medium feel. Hoppy bitterness lingers on the finish. Overall, this is awesome! Balance is exceptional! Lots of malty sweetness with a great showcase of the hops. Would have assumed it was a Double/Imperial from the malt presence. I’ll definitely get it next year too!

3
EerieDrinks (357) - Malm�, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2017
4 finger off-white head. Clear, amber coloured beer.

Aroma is grapefruit, lemon peels, apricot, caramel, light passionfruit and pine.

Taste is grapefruit, bready malts, pilsner spiciness and pepper with a boozy finish. Hint of clove and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is semi-sticky with a slightly dry feel. Medium-high bitterness. Low carbonation.

Overall: An OK IPA with a good maltiness but it felt quite anonymous most of the time. Pleasant but not something I'm longing for to drink again.

4.7
pachecoweld (29)
- California, USA - DEC 26, 2017
An excellent winter time ale. Aroma is light pine a pinch of citrus and some roasty notes thrown in. Color is a medium brown to Amber. Flavor is a bit of pine with lots of rich caramel malt and toasted nuts, a medium bitter finish. Not too sweet and not fruity like a typical IPA. Just what I'm looking for in the winter to enjoy.

3.9
jagross (5) - - DEC 25, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Orange gold pushing light mahogany color and light head. Some pine and citrusy hop aromas and roasted malty balance. Medium body mouthfeel and true to style. Crisp finish.

2.7
Pithikos (24) - Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2017
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