RATINGS: 3549   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrhopsbeertalk (298) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2015 Update 11/12/15 - Partial credit for at least bringing back the bitter edge, but this still lacks its previous depth of hop flavor and aroma. The caramel malts also, unfortunately, have a bigger presence. Update 10/27/14 - Sierra Nevada has ruined this beer! As a longtime fan and fiend I feel confident saying this tastes nothing at all like it used to and did as recently as 2012. There is NO aroma and very little hop flavor aside from some minor mt hood/chinook and sublte cascade contributions. I am so disappointed I might just cry in my glass. Same failings as this years Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale, possibly used the same hop crop. Skip it, write to them and complain and hope they bring this back to its previous glory! 2012 and earlier releases - One of a short list of longtime favorites. Freshly bottled Celebration packs a big hoppy aroma, flavor, and an abundance of bitterness. As it ages, this beer takes on varied and enjoyable flavor nuances as the bitterness mellows. I tend to buy this whenever its available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (803) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
crispaire (96) - - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (598) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (806) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3223) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rumbero (32) - 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!

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