Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA
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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA

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

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

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Ratings: 10,383 |  Reviews: 3,514
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a nice white fluffy head. The smell is hops all the way. Well balanced beer that has that warming affect as you drink more. Lots of little bubbles that dance in your mouth. I can't find one part of this beer that stands out too much or over powers another flavor. My two favorite parts are the smell and the aftertaste. I will have to get more of this.

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Photo of freed
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My mouth started watering when I read the name of this ale. I admit I've got a 'thing' for hops, but this is a wonderful example of a full bodied ale with strong hops. I'm not sure if this is considered a seasonal, but its my favorite of the bunch. Its like having a great winter beer and a great IPA. Great for drinking outside during the winter.

addendum: market found 10 cases hidden, so its on sale. Seems extra good compared to the lagers I've had lately

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Photo of mjl21
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2009 version. Bottled on the 274 day of the year. Comes in at 6.8%

A-Pours a clear amber with a one finger off white head that has some decent staying power. Lot of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom. Leaves some good lace patterns.

S-Pale malt, pine, and citrus hops are all noticeable. Not one of these dominates the aroma and results in a balanced nose.

T-Grapefruit, pine, pale malt, and some sweet malt all jump out in each sip. There is some lingering sweetness and bitterness in between sips. There is some subtle spices that can be picked up as it goes down.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

D-Easy drinking seasonal.

This is always one of my favorute seasonals. It has lots of hop flavor but also has a nice malt profile to bring everything together. My token fridge beer for the holidays.

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Photo of ScottieD
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking semi-hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing traces around the top and falls nicely.
The smell had a sticky piney ebb and flow of lingering lemon underneath.
The taste was mainly bittersweet, fully combined and it lead to a nice bittersweet aftertaste and a sticky finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice crisp sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me.
Overall, I dig this brew. It was well worth the opportunity to buy for the price, one can't beat it.

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Photo of diamondlie
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of banger7
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dbrag
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of MCain04
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Risenhower
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of stoutman
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear winter beer with a beautiful redish orange pour. A sweet hoppy smell with a nice bite during the finish. A nice medium head with flavor. Surprisingly tasty, full of nutty, chocolatey, tootsie roll like flavors. A body that is more than I expected, each sip finishes with a short blast finishing hops!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2001--picked up at Blue Max.
Pours a dark orange with an initial sensational smell of hops and fresh fruit. The taste is primarily floral hops throughout with just a hint of orange peel, banana and very slight roasted malt, but overall powering on the hops. The ABV seems to be mixed in wonderfully for a nice, but not overpowering warmness. A wonderful beer all around, today I agonize over not buying the entire rack of this version.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 2006 SNCA poured into a belgian-style snifter glass. Probably not the most appropriate glass for the occasion, but I wanted to see if I could capture as much of the aroma as possible. A nice burnt-orange-amber color from the pour, with a nice looking inch high head on top. Leaves a relatively thin and disconnected, but noticeable, lace along the glass as the beer recedes. The head then settles down as a nice thin cover over the entire beer, with its edges clinging to the glass. There is also a tuft of foam which comes to rest in the middle of the glass. I find this quality reminiscent of several belgian ales I've had before; it's nice to see.

The aroma is malty, but with clear notes of unknown spice and even a citrus/ginger-like faintness to it. I can't tell the spices in this. Maybe some cinammon? I'm not entirely sure. (Admittedly, I'm getting over a week-long head cold and my olfactory senses are not yet back up to snuff... pardon the pun.) But the taste of the SNCA is fierce and unexpected. There is an almost peppery hoppiness to this beer. The hops are in complete control here, and are most noticeable, as usual, in the finish. Some tart citrus in there as well, and a hint of fresh pine. This is not the usual spicey flavor that I (mistakenly?) associate with winter brews, and I like it very much. There is also a subtle sweetness that settles in quietly under the tongue.

I wouldn't sit down for a session with the SNCA, but I could see having one or two of these after dinner sitting around a fire on a cold winter night. Sounds cliched, perhaps, but this beer is anything but cliched. A solid outing by the gang at Sierra Nevada once again.

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Photo of biggmike
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive orange/amber color with a nice white head that lingers for a while. Aroma is a piney hop smell, while the flavor is also a piney, grapefruit flavor. Beer is very smooth and drinkability is high. Lacing was good. This is a good beer that I will definitely have again.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an Orange amber with some reddish highlights. A respectable head and a rocky,foamy lace.
The aroma is splendid floral hops,citrus hints and malts.
The taste is bitter-sweet hops,malts with some caramel flavor.
The feel is light-heavy and it's easy to drink.Medium carbonation with an oily feel and a dry finish.
A bit watery in the final gulps,and that was the only flaw.

Notes: The well masked alcohol made up for some water in the finish. Balance was off just a bit,but that was not enough to stop this beer. It was a celebration indeed. Drinkability is fine,but not for sessions.
Then again,a cold night would beg to differ.

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Photo of mcsauter82
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerGreg
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Celebration
12oz canned 10-12-17
Amazing stuff. Easily a 4.35 rating stands if not higher.

2008 Celebration
1'' off white/eggshell head. Great retention and thick, fresh lacing. Copper color with good clarity. Wonderful aroma of creamy, sweet malts and piney, citrusy hops. Classic Sierra Nevada nose. Hop bitterness form start to finish...lots of pine needle and bitter orange peel/rind. Nice malt backing - faint caramel in finish, still - a hop showcase. Medium body with tongue tingling alcohol and bracing hops - decent level of carbonation. One hell of a beer.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(originally reviewed on 1-5-07)

Beautiful ruby/grapefruit juice red with a nice thick and frothy head.

Delicious hops are there, but what really surprised me about this beer was the really delectable aromas of malts. Such a rich and balanced smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel
This is up there with some of the most impressive and tasty beers from the get-go. It has a luscious full-bodied mouthfeel without being too heavy, and it also has a perfect level of carbonation. The hops are really present and in a great way, but the malts are also coming through balancing the whole thing out exceptionally. Again, I'm very surprised and pleased by the malt side of this beer.

This beer really made an impression on me and it far exceeded the hype. If it weren't for the semi-high ABV, I would have easily put three away the first night I had this. I'm really, really pleased with this and will certainly buy it every season from now on.

2007 Version

It's still such a good beer, but I liked the 2006 version better. And that's strange because 2006 was considered by many to be an off year. But I think it had a better malt profile to it than the '07's. Still a very drinkable and well crafted IPA.

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Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of goindownsouth
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada has done it again with this brew. I was a little skeptical when it was recomended to me by Shangy's (my beer store listed on this site). It is clean and refreshing with a mild aroma of hops. The head is not all too thick and laces nicely by the end of the glass. This is a nice one if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2004 brew. Appears a dark red amber color. Creamy head on top laces the glass, nice. Smells of biting hops, and citrusy fruits, lemons, limes, grapefruit. The taste of this beer is very challanging. I like a good challenge. The hops are so present the beer stings your tongue and bites you in the back of the mouth. Intense. You have to swallow the beer fast and evade the taste bud hop attack to even pick up on the maltyness. But that's ok, I don't think this beer was intended to be well balanced in that respect, it's just a hop extravaganza. Very bitter finish as well. The mouthfeel is crazy, an asrtringent biting sting for sure, but not in a bad way, if that makes sense... I know, it doesn't make sense, but who cares, this stuff is kick you in the ass good.

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Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,383 ratings
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