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RATINGS: 3427   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
2005 bottle. Poure a decent head. body red.SPices, damn good hop flavor. Just the thing to warm the soul for the winter. Nice!


4
Fisler (607) - Bamberg, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2017
Optisch schonmal super, Schaum perlt noch derb hoch nach dem Einschenken. In der Nase malzig, fruchtig, grasig, grünhopfig eben. Im Trunk komplex, süffig, Keks, Malz, Frucht, dann bitter, ein bisschen Spekulatius, wie ein leichter Barleywine. Sehr lecker!

4
Bacchus66 (772) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2017
12oz bottle at home. Pours slightly hazed reddish amber with a sticky off-white head and good lacing. Great IPA character with grapefruit, orange, pine resin, caramel malts, lots of hops bitterness offset with semi-sweet caramel malt. Lively spicy hops finish. Delicious.

3.6
Grumbo (3464) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2017
Bottle, UK import, source not recorded. Backlog entry. Entering my historic scores for US beers whilst visiting New York. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

3.2
StoutBeerReviews (207) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2017
Forgot to rate this one, been a while back. Just remembered it being very full body and strong. too strong for my meal really. Maybe by itself it would have been better.

4
lmojoh (883) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2017 Aroma fersken, humle, malt. Utseende halvmørk gylden med offwhite skum. Smak fersken, humle, noe alkoholsmak. Bra balanse på smak, god bitterhet, lang bitter ettersmak. Flaske på The Bishops Arms Luleå 35,5cl 6,8% BF290917 ---

3.1
Lunkie (1950) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2017
Hop malt caramel spice aroma. Murky red Amber colour good head and lacing. Caramel chocolate malt flavour. Smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
bwy (91) - 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 (1028) - 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 (6616) - 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 (612) - 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. I’ll call that earthy hops. Light citrus and citrus rind. Some tropical fruit. Meh

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


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