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RATINGS: 3570   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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4.3
UNCCTF (578) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloring with a big fluffy head. Lots of spice that I would expect from a holiday beer and a big hop presence that got better and better the further I got into the beer. Iíll be stocking up on this one.


3
bwy (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
More of an earthy taste. Kind of a toffee taste. The hops are overpowering everything else. Expectations are misleading. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 62

3.7
BeerRenter76 (1007) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 1/18/2009. Had this one today at Opal Devines in Austin. Flavor of floral hops with a nice bitterness, with a decent malt backbone. Normally you wouldnt think of an ipa as a christmas brew but this is a pretty good beer no matter the season

3.7
Beer5000 (6453) - 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.

3.7
beer_rookie (554) - 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. Iíll call that earthy hops. Light citrus and citrus rind. Some tropical fruit. Meh

Taste is pretty good. Malty, hoppy bitter. Itís more bitter, but it takes a few sips to really kick in. Thereís 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, itís pretty good. Itís somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA. The lacing and head retention on this are amazing, and itís easy to look over some of its flaws because it does look so amazing. I acquired this through a trade, and itís a shame. Iíd like to have a couple more. Iíd recommend it, and Iím thirsty for more.

3.9
john44 (3078) - 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)

3.9
euniceradio (525) - 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.

3.6
HourGlass13 (849) - 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

3.4
KevinReddirt (152) - 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.

4.7
shawnmurphy (339) - 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.

4.7
cwill (90) - Parkesburg, 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.


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