Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.15/5
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10,418 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:
#1,541
Reviews:
3,523
Ratings:
10,418
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
391
Gots:
2,060
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 10,418 |  Reviews: 3,523
Photo of DigitGrowler
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckles21
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blevinsaj
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It had a weird skunky smell, not sure if it is actually how the beer smells or just something wrong with that particular bottle. The taste was pretty good but the smell was overwhelming.

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Photo of Ceezer
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of poppopintheattic11
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Schlitz74
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good beer for the style.

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Photo of Zbrewer80
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

This is by far my favorite beer. I wish it wasn't a seasonal, but maybe that is one of the reasons I appreciate it so much. Every year around Thanksgiving I start looking for this to show up at the liquor section at Hyvee. I was also fortunate to drink it on tap this year at one of my favorite alehouses. Wow...nothing better. Rich in dark amber color, Perfect blend of 3 different hops, and an amazing balance of bitter pine, citrus, and caramel toasted malt will satisfy any fan of a true American IPA. the only downside is that when it is gone...it is gone for about 10 months...that makes me sad!

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Photo of DanJ1979
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davisrs
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada's Fresh Hop IPA was surprisingly smooth and citrusy with slight pine throughout the palate. I had this at a restaurant.
This gives a 2 finger head.
The color is a medium cloudy straw, because some yeast is left in the bottle.
The aroma is a slight piney citrus.
The taste is a distinct citrus crispness with light notes of ptne. Bitterness is moderate toward the middle to back of the palate with a hint of malt which offers a smooth finish. I just find this to be one of the best palate cleansing, refreshing beverage any time of the year.

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

Photo of entenduintransit
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Nass
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

NO SPICES in this one. They could have fooled me. This is quite bold tasting. I am not too keen on this one. It's okay but just not for me. Cheers! C (75-79) score range

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sterlinkul
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what an IPA is supposed to taste like, no grapefruit juice here... Another crisp and clean one from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of pirateclem
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Like a cross between a Scottish ale and an IPA. A bit of caramely sweetness crossed with citrusy and piney hoppiness. It was good, would drink again but probably not buy again. There’s just things I like better but it was a good change up.

The look of it is awesome though. Deep caramel like like a heavy IPA with a thick lacy white head.

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Photo of Donovanj
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome, awesome beer! One of my favorites from SN.
Abundance of fresh hop taste and aroma. Surprising balanced taste as it smells like complete hops overload! Color is an awesome deep red amber color. Everything about this beer is so much better hop bullet which I have now as well.
A few others have pointed out that this beer does seem different year to year. I remember it being a bit more malty a few years ago.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ptgb
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joedvegas
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with a nice thick white head that laces well. Lots going on with the nose. Plenty of tropical fruit and some hints of forest, violet and honey. Taste a little on the weaker side compared to the smell hints. Front palate of pineapple, lemon and lime with a malty, earthy finish. Medium feel with a lingering finish. Overall a nice woodsy winter IPA.

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
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 10,418 ratings