Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.15/5
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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,462
Reviews:
3,513
Ratings:
10,380
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
2,038
Trade:
2
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Photo of monkist
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

How long have I been wanting to try this Celebration IPA! Ever since I read about it first and heard stories of its freshness...
Now finally I found this around and it was relatively still fresh, with a bottling date of 31.10.2017, about two months and a half ago (of course over in California I might have been get it when it came right out but now we're talking about Europe and small batch imports - I am happy that it got here at all).
Still it's quite fresh. Has an amazingly rich color, a vivid amber/dark golden that talks about the purity of this beer and its ingredients. And they don't let you down. Its smell tells you that Sierra achieved an outstanding balance between aroma and bittering hops and they are overflowing, still ripe with freshness. And the taste... I was dumbfounded by its smoothness. The way the hop bitterness flows, first dense and intense, grassy, piney, earthy aromas that are thick like honey - and turn to fruity, piney bitter bitterness in the end. A magical composition of hops.
It is a Celebration ale, to bow your heads down before the greatness of hops, the brewing genius of Sierra Nevada. It is perhaps not as in your face as you might expect such a beer but the depths, the complexity and the content is amazing. It is a beer that I was most happy to drink and would enjoy having it again and again. Sierra Nevada at its best. Bravo!

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Photo of Mojopin88
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPAHvntr
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice ipa. This usesmalt right. It doesn’t overpower or compete with the hop flavor, but takes a backseat and let’s the hop shine while still being there to give it support when it needs it.

Had it on tap and in bottle, and it is way better that hazy little thing and hop bullet.

Not as good as torpedo but still, try it! Especially if you like a bit more malt

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a coppery, brown coloraion with a large, creamy head. Smells of sweet, bready, bsicuity malt with a strong pine presence and just a touch of tangerine citrus. Taste follows the nose, with strong, biscuity malt and pine and just a touch of dank, floral, slightly citrussy hops: orange peel, tangerine and toffee, followed by a medium bitterness. This review is from a 2015 bottle which was about 2 1/2 years old. Would love to taste this fresh for comparison. I guess the hops have faded a little, but this is actually still quite nice with the strong malt and pine notes with just a hint of citrus. Actually reminds me a lot of Uerige Jrön, a fresh hopped Alt beer.

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Photo of thoglund
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NappyB
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chipotle
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
2.65/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

**
01/31/15

On tap at wildflowers too. Brown color. A bit flat.
Taste: soapy , Ashy, Spice, caramel.

Disappointed. I feel like this beer has definitely changed for the worse over the years. Used to be maltier, but it's been hopped up to apease IPA-folks.
**



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Photo of BennyProfane
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patinthebronx
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jim67
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful amber. Thick golden head that clings to glass. Hazy.
S: Hints of malt and pine and citrus.
T: a little more bitterness than expected. Boozy for a 7%
F: Slightly thick on the pallet for an IPA. Very little fizz.
O: Not my favorite but ok for the price

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Photo of SailIntoTheStout
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of annp1022
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (2017)

A: Citrusy hops with light pine, floral, balanced with moderate biscuit-like malt sweetness.

A: Amber color, totally clear with a moderate white head that quickly recedes into the glass.

T: Crisp, piney and light resin hop flavors, fruity, with a caramel, biscuit-like malt sweetness, moderate hop bitterness with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; every year it's interesting to see how Sierra Nevada slightly changes up the recipe. Always enjoyable to drink annually.



l flavor is present. The taste was more assertive than the smell for sure. Was also bitter in the aftertaste with remnants of grapefruit peel. Altogether crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of monk2021
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dss27
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No need to add comments as this is obviously a very well-known quantity and one of the gold standards for American IPA (borderline DIPA by any reasonable standard), other than to add, should separate pages exist for each "vintage" (or any other limited edition/seasonal beers) as they vary from year to year? I have a bunch of these (plus Bigfoots, Thomas Hardy's, JW Lee's Harvest, some Bells products, and others--all on lees of course) going back quite a few years (some from the mid-'90s) and it's interesting how they change (not always for the better, especially for hoppy beers, but these hold up quite well). I had a New Holland Y2K (do the math) the other day and it was mind-blowing.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanBeets
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Arseel
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a clear glass. Has a cherry-amber color (festive) and a thick dark-golden head that gradually dissipates. Good carbonation.

Smells citrusy, orange and grapefruit peel masking the nose. Also smells of pineapple. Other sweet malt and piney scents that may remind the drinker of Christmas trees and sweets. Floral notes. Faint biscuit smell. This all balances the hoppy smell which strikes the nose very well.

Tastes piney and very fruity, the flavors of cherry and pineapple being the most prominent. A light caramel flavor is present. The taste was more assertive than the smell for sure. Was also bitter in the aftertaste with remnants of grapefruit peel. Altogether crisp and refreshing.

This was quite exceptional. A very refined combination of citrus, pine, and floral flavors that make the drinker image Christmas throughout the whole experience.

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Photo of yancot
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drgonzo767
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same as every year, hop bitterness with balanced malt. A fine Christmas tradition. Pours red-gold, smallish head, decent lacing, Smells of pine and biscuits. Taste is balanced again this year. Sure, there are better beers, and more hoppy beers, blah blah, we still look for it every year because it's damn consistent and goes down good on these cold days and nights.

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Photo of Junior
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, but not great. Amber in color. Bottle 10/28 so maybe a bit past it prime. Malty and sweet with a bitter finish.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,380 ratings
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