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:
#1,572
Reviews:
3,524
Ratings:
10,423
pDev:
11.33%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
390
Gots:
2,066
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 10,423 |  Reviews: 3,524
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
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 makes the drinker imagine 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

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Elneely88
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slhuggy
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mdorn
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,423 ratings