Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA
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4.15/5
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10,381 Ratings
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:
#1,460
Reviews:
3,513
Ratings:
10,381
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
386
Gots:
2,040
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 10,381 |  Reviews: 3,513
Photo of adam36
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark Hoppy beer great for the sipping in front of a fire when the weather is cold outside.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2005

A: Like an organic, 100% juice apple juice. Single finger pearl colored head. Unbelievable lacking - 5 minutes later it is still coating my dogfish head pint glass (thanks nick).

S: I dont know - nothing special here. Spicy and citrusy - exactly what i expect from an IPA.

T: Quite interesting. The hops knocked me aside initially, but as I continued drinking I realized they arent overwhelming at all. They hit you upon first sip, but dissipate quickly without any bitter remainder. Definite orange and grapefruit.

M: I doubt this adjective is appropriate for an IPA, but it was creamy! Slid down easy and coated my throat the whole way. Truly great feel.

D: I think I could pretty much pound these away. Doesn't have the raw power of the Stone IPA, but at the same time, it might make it easier to drink. Great brew to enjoy a six-pack of over the course of a day of football.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 version, 12 oz bottle, new style (for sierra nevada) pop off lid, poured into a pint glass and shared with the gf.

A very nice looking IPA. Color is...rich, i guess i could call it. Pale amber/copperish, big head that gets all rocky and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is very hoppy, but is a nice blend. I got some grassiness mixed with sweet and citrusy as well. Taste is mostly hops, as a good IPA should be, but it isn't hugely bitter. Malt balances it out nicely. A drinkable brew, but...

I have some questions about this beer. Winter? This beer seems unusual as a winter seasonal, especially considering the fact that SN has a pale ale and IPA that are both available year round. Im also a bit confused as to why this beer seems to be one that is often cellared. Why? The only reason i can think of its popularity in terms of aging is the vintage dating. I'm not saying it doesn't age well, i don't know, i have never tasted an aged example, but it just seems like an unusual choice. A good beer, but it is a bit of an enigma that leaves me a bit confused.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: hazy caramel

Smell: some citrusy/grapefruit hops and a clean malt aroma. well balanced. so much so everything is pretty much canceled out.

Taste: again hops and malt are in harmony. nothing really stands out. if they were aiming for that ultimate balance in a brew, they came goddam close. slightly dry finish with a minor bitterness that doesnt stick around too long

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. light-med body

Notes: this is a perfectly balanced IPA. nice, easy aromatics and taste. well rounded. nothing dominates, but then again it loses some complexity. NOT the Celebration i remember and reviewed in the past

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Photo of OneEyedJack
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

2011

A- Hazy amber red. Great looking IPA. 1 finger white thick head. Nice lacing throughout.

S- Malt and hops. Really a nice smelling winter seasonal, extraordinarily different smelling IPA.

T- Hop forward. Delicious, follows with malt. Balanced, excellent, this is something I would drink on the daily.

M- Crisp, warming, nice carbonation. Just drinkable in every way.

O-Of course SN would have an IPA as their winter seasonal, and of course it would be legit. Is it fair to say SN is underrated? I have been drinking Celebration since I was a teenager and damn it's good.

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Photo of Pjev11
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber in color. One finger of pale head that lingers. Looks nice. Tasty.

Smells hoppy, fruity. But not overly strong.

Light carbonation, crisp. Goes down smooth and refreshing. Taste is citrusy and hoppy.

Overall a really nice, tight, crsip winter seasonal IPA from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of wtighe03
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Malefactor
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dwinslow15
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigbelcher
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yahoo, Another year where Sierra Nevada has done it right. I just had a bottle of this years Celebration Ale. Hopheads will love this one. Aroma was pure hoppiness. Not overpowering like some Double IPA's but much better than your average IPA. I also liked the fact that even though you could tell it had some cascade hops in it they used other hops to give it a better flavor than just cascade only. Color was a nice light amber color. Head was good and full. I'm looking forward to the draft version now also.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour was a nice amber/orange with a two to three finger head that slowly dissapated and left a nice lace on the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was citrus up front with a nice hop spice mixed. Also, there is a hint of apricot in the rear of the nose.

The drink starts with a hop kick up front and goes quickly sweet with a fruit tone. The finish is nice hops that linger, but not too long. The hops are there but not oily, just a nice hop flavor.

This is a great IPA! Good for a newby in IPA's and great for a seasoned beer drinker. Great flavor, great look, very drinkable.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok lets add another. yeah this beer is darn good, i'm sorta glad it's seasonal though.
appearance: it's amber, which seems fine in this case.
smell: ah. hops. but very, very fresh hops. almost like wet hops or draft beer. i'm guessing this is the dry hopping. the smell is so strong it mixes with the taste while you drink it.
taste: it's got a very prickly bitterness, that is not smooth at all. yet it works well in this case. the malts are up to the task of keeping this thing balanced. there's just something a little different from other ipa's that i can't put my finger on. but this is bitter enought to scare non-hopheads away.
mouthfeel is quite carbinated. drinkability is super high for a beer this complex. I've drank a pint of this with ease. for this review i've turned it into a nice siper in a tulip and that works too. enjoy

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red/ golden color. A decent head stays a while and tries to lace. Smells of spiced hops and light malts. The taste follows the same suit, a very bitter big hop flavor up front that bites at the tongue, then finishes with an easier malt flavor in the background. Mouth wasn't so pleasent with the hop bite, and drinkability wouldn't have lasted long, I did not want another. I guess I was just expecting something else, this isn't my style of beer.

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Photo of beerfinder
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of magnj
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since you can't review beers more than once, I'll do it this way. The score reflects the most recent years review.
2009
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a - Orange-amber body is quite clear, sits below a generous off white head that leaves lacing all the way down.

s - Pine and earthy hop aromas with big sweet caramel malts in the back.

t - Big hop bite and flavor up front following through to the end. After the initial bitterness fades the pine flavor melds with the sweet and sticky caramel malts to produce that rich signature west coast style IPA.

m/d - Stick full body fells appropriate considering the flavor and alcohol content. So easy to drink, I generally like to try a few different beers during a session but I want to stick with this one tonight.

2008
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a - Nice amber color, but the real nice bit is the chunky 3 finger head and subsequent lacing.

s - Hops obviously, Pine and something sweet

t - Bitter all the way through but balanced by sweet malts toward the end making for a very well rounded pale, though the alcohol comes on a little hard as it gets warmer.

m/d - Light mouthfeel considering the big flavor which makes for nice drinkability. Feels stronger than 6.8%, makes for a nice drink on a cold night.

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Photo of Hacksaw99
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of RTrain12
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Budweiser signature glass on 11/19/10.

The head pours a 3 finger dense creamy foam. Sweeet. Ilove this kind of head. The thing won't die down and it clings to the glasss wonderfully. The beer itself is a clear light amber and looks fantastic.

The nose is hops, hops and hops. Can't really get much more out of it.

The taste is much more balanced than the nose. The crystal malt is bold and rich. The hops have good flavor and aren't overpowering. Very easy to sip down and it has good weight in my mouth. Definitely a good IPA, but it's not a life changer.

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Photo of beerme411
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rxeight
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of kirbmeist
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mani
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Chokobo
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,381 ratings
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