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RATINGS: 3566   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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4.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dsw4b (5) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
This beer was an impulse buy prompted by a surprisingly low price. I took note of the brewery and little else. It should come as no surprise, then, that I expected a very malty beer with little hop presence and a very full body. It seems a large number of beers brewed for the holiday season fit into that mold. The initial aroma did little to convince me otherwise. My wife disagrees with the mild aroma assessment, so maybe Im imagining that (or have a cold or something). Anyway... Wow. Lurking beneath the mild aroma was a mouthful of hops. The body is medium-light and the head is soft and seems to last forever. But the hops... There is almost no balance contributed by the malts, and for me, that is a good thing. A little more in the area of aroma might be desired (if for no other reason but as a warning to unsuspecting drinkers), but overall, this could easily be my favorite beer for now. Had I known at the time of purchase that this beer was this good, I would have picked up a case or seven.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shawnmurphy (43) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cwill (78) - Coatesville, 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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmoen (363) - - JAN 7, 2017
B+. Pours a murky copper color with white head. Well balanced and good flavor

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
teamsale (229) - Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle pours a clear copper with a two-finger off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet hop. Flavor is a decent standard hop and malt. Nothing really notable. Bitterness is mild and aftertaste is pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonmac (1112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle purchased at France 44 and consumed with blonderedhead. Served up in a tulip style glass. Nose is a pleasant hoppy citrus and pine combination. Leads one to believe its going to be very fresh. Pours a copper/amber hue. Taste is obviously hop forward like most Sierra Nevada offerings. A malty characteristic kicks things off with a caramel sweetness before giving way to a hop bomb. There is a resiny quality that comes heavily into play in its mouthfeel. Finish is aggressively hops and it lingers for quite awhile. Good overall and a quality choice as a winter seasonal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (1009) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a copper orange with a lasting foamy off white head. Aroma is of pine, grapefruit, orange, caramel. Taste is of pine, caramel, grapefruit, bread, hint of tropical fruits. Oily mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarageBrewer80 (447) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2016
Flaska frn SB. Brnstensfrgad kulr med orangevitt skum. Doft av citrus och rostad malt. Halvst kropp med mediumbeska och ltt bitter avslutning. Smak av citrus, torkade aprikoser och rostad karramemalt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mister_Li (1106) - GERMANY - DEC 29, 2016
Leicht trbes Bernstein mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, etwas Karamell, leicht fruchtig, Grapefruit, etwas Kiefer, leicht bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (542) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle from Taniguchi. Pours bronze with a light beige head soapy like sea foam. Has a toasted malt aroma, floral hopping, pine, brown bread, light chocolate. Toasty flavour too, wheat crackers, light caramel, pine hops. Drinks wonderfully, creamy body with good carbonation, moderate bitterness, quite full. A no-nonsense beer that does what satisfying beer should - has all the parts to make it go down well.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chadhami (54) - - DEC 17, 2016
Nothing says Christmas like a Sierra holiday brew. Definitely full of that IPA hop.


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