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RATINGS: 3462   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
A very good IPA! Very hoppy and quite strong. The only Sierra Nevada beer I like more than this is Bigfoot.


1.8
Fliwmn (38) - Moorhead, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2018
No aroma to speak of just caramel flavor not enough hops for me. My husband preferred my Drekjers wheez the Juice to his which was this ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
sephyrott (285) - - FEB 10, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2018 Pint from tap at the North Star. A well balanced mix of roasted malt, light hops and caramel. It improves its flavour when it warms

3.5
GreenCat (233) - SLOVENIA - FEB 8, 2018
0,355 l bottle, 2017. Pours copper with a finger of lasting tan head. Aroma is mix of sweet malt aroma, biscuit, caramel and piny, resinous and light citrus hop notes. Taste is quite sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and carbonation above average. Finish is long, initial sweetness is overridden by quite heavy bitterness that lingers on tongue for a while.

3.4
DrNosha (2886) - Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2018
355ml Flasche „Celebration Fresh Hop IPA“. Flasche von 2015, gut abgelagert! Rot-braunes Bier. Luftiger Schaum. Intensiver süsslicher Duft. Starker Malzkörper. Melasse, Karamel, Rosinen. Dazu kräftig bittere Hopfenaromen. Langes Pinienfinish. Danke an R-to;-)

3.9
josanguapo (2096) - SPAIN - FEB 1, 2018
From Decervecitas. 2017 version. In Teku glass. Playing Bloo Kid 2. Smooth feeling and great aspect, with a thick, persistent foam. Pleasant but surprisingly malty for a beer labaled as fresh hop IPA, with hops giving a soft bitterness but not much flavors

4.5
npilolli (1) - Akron, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2018 does not count
2010 Edition This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass.... Presentation - Label artwork is very tasteful and classy in the traditional SN style. Give one the feel of a sunny winter day. Always love SN bottles and artwork! Appearance - SNCA pours out a orangish/copper color with a loose white head that sticks around and laces nicely down the glass. Smell - This is def an IPA like it claims. I cold smell different hints of citrus and the classic IPA piney smell. Absolutely wonderful!!! Taste - I want to start of by saying that I love IPAs so and this is one of the 3 best that I have had!!!! Taste goes along with the smell. Citrus/Piney taste throughout with a nice smooth bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeel - A thinner light bodied beer which makes for a smooth feel in the mouth with a nice amount of carbonation that gives the feel of a more full bodied offering. Drinkability - Very drinkable if you like IPAs. Smooth, tasty, and very enjoyable. I really enjoyed this offerening because it was an IPA which is different from most holiday offerings. I would definitely recommend this to any IPA lover as a good holiday brew(Note: 2010 edition). 2011 Edition This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass.... Presentation - Same label and look of the 2010 edition only has 2011 stamped on it. Very nice. Appearance - SNCA2011 pours out the same beautiful amber color with a light and airy 2 finger foam golden white foam head that slowly fades to a nice frothy coating. Smell - Smells of strong floral/citrusy/piney hops. Some hints of bready malts as well. A very nice, big smell. Taste - Tastes very piney on the front end before the floral/citrusy hop flavor takes over. In my opinion SNCA2011 was a bit more hopped than the 2010 edition. Mouthfeel - Very nice amount of carbonation with a medium bodied feel. In my opinion SNCA2011 has a bit more body than the 2010 edition and has a slightly creamy feel. Drinkability - Excellent taste and smell to go along with being medium bodied and moderately carbonated make this an extremely drinkable offering. Celebration never disappoints. While the profile is slightly different from year to year it is always an exceptional brew!! 2012 Edition Presentation: SNCA 2012 sports the same basic label artwork and setup as 2011 with the exception of the 2012 marking on the neck. Neck label gives a fine description of the beer and has the 2012 marking. Front label has the festive artwork in the traditional SN style. Rear label has a nice back story on the beer, ABV info, and website info. Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English Pint. SNCA2012 pours out a clear copper orange color with a 2 finger white foam head of light density. Head retention is exceptional lasting a full 4min before fading to a thick coating and ring. Lacing was very good. Smell/Aroma: Smells of fresh hops with a citrus and piney scent very prevalent. A slight caramel malt scent can be detected as well. Flavor/Taste: Tastes follows the nose as the citrus and piney hops rule. A biscuit-like toasty malt flavor is detected on the front end that gives way to an intense hop bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced flavor profile. MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a slick almost creamy mouthfeel. Above average amount of carbonation. Insanely drinkable with an excellent profile across the board. Overall/Comments: SNCA is a completely different beer from nearly all that one will find offered in the winter seasonals. An excellent twist on the traditional classic American IPA. The fresher the better with SNCA. A true classic every year and SNCA2012 held true to form. Classified as an American IPA at 6.8% ABV. Consumed 1/11/13. 2013 Edition Presentation: Awesome label in the SNBC tradition that the festive SNCA feel with awesome eye-catching graphics and colors. Front label gives a bit of brewery info. Back label gives web info, ABV info, and a nice backstory on the beer. Neck label give vintage (2013) and a nice description of the beer. Appearance: An aggressive pour from it 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz English pint led to a 3 finger white head of a medium rocky density atop a deep orange/copper/amber colored beer. Head retention was an awesome 5min 27 sec before fading to a thick coating and ring with phenomenal lacing. Smell/Aroma: Smell is of piney resin hops with nice herbal tone. Citrus aromas are very prevalent along with a nice caramel maltiness. Flavor/Taste: Tastes is of very piney resin on the front end with a sweet maltiness that balances out the resin very well. A sweet citrus hop flavor that blends nicely with a bready biscuit maltiness at the midpoint. Back end quickly turns pine hop bitter with a resin herbal aftertaste. MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a slick and creamy mouthfeel. The perfect amount of carbonation make this very drinkable. Overall/Comments: A truly great seasonal treat that I look forward to every year. The fresh hops are the star every year! A must drink! Consumed 1-21-14. Classified as an American IPA @ 6.8%ABV.

3.5
johancederholm (48) - - JAN 25, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2018 Bärnsten med stort ljust skum. Doft av tropiska toner och lite sötma. Söt fyllig öl med lång beska. Något dunkel och len,önskar lite mer crisp! Fortfarande god!

3.6
PowY (1215) - 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 (1507) - 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 (2705) - 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.


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