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: 10,380 |  Reviews: 3,513
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Nice find at a local beer bar. It's quite unusual to find tapped beer from the US and this was also super fresh

A- Deep dark orange colour, quite hazy. Almost 3 fingers of amazingly frothy white head that shows decent retention. Loads of super-dense lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Background grainy malt base, with a slight toasted hint to it. Then piny, herbal and menthol notes from the hops. A slight hint of spiciness, probably from the esters

T- Toasted grainy malt backbone as the smell suggested. A bold resinous, piny bittering bite hits the palate, but it never gets too aggressive or bitter thanks to a very nice range of undernotes from the hops: some kind of floral feel, mint, tobacco, as well as some spicy grapefruit and lemon notes on the tongue. Nicely persistent resinous, bitter aftertaste

M- Medium bodied. Extremely smooth on the palate with just the right hint of delicate but very thick carbonation. More on the juicy and fresh side on the tongue, where the fruity flavours spread

O- Perhaps the most complex IPA i have tried (not that i have tried hundreds). I was asking myself how an american IPA could be meant for the winter but now i see, this is absolutely perfect for the winter. Still extremely drinkable despite its intense bitterness. Great beer

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Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Poured A hazy amber with 2 fingers of white frothy head and a small amount of vertical lacing along the edges.

S: Big nose of heavenly pine forrest hops. Hints of alcohol, fresh herbs and a sweet backdrop.

T/M: Like I just took a bit out of a Christmas tree. Heavy pine is Captain of this medium bodied vessel. A dry lingering tart grapefruit finishes this off.

O: Fantastic IPA, a truly great reason to look forward to the holidays. The flavors are simple yet powerful and provide a great tasting beer.

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Photo of ely2000k
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Giant head and lacing. Extremely pretty red amber color. Perfect for the season. This is one I want to drink by a fire. Smell of cherry, hops, and some malt. Love the bite in the taste. Definitely a piney, hoppy taste that I love, mixed with some mild fruit. Honestly this is quite a good beer. Love the bite of the carbonation.

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Photo of chrisbues
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Great amber ale color. Nice two-finger head that stays throughout. Looks and tastes very good. The pine/ mild citris aroma is pleasant but not overpowering, just right. Hoppy without the unpleasant bitterness, the smooth spice flavors linger for great mouthfeel. It may not be the best beer ever, but for that time it takes to drink one, it sure seems like it.
A favorite for sure.

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Photo of jordanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tjdrewry
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of PeterMatthes
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bsu2005
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Pours a golden/amber color with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

Pine, herbal, and a small amount of citrus. Some malt sweetness peaking through also.

Bitter pine, a little pepper. Decent balance, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, medium and well carbonated.

Overall a good IPA, I'd like to try it fresh.

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Photo of BBP
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a typical hop orange hue with a good head, nice retention, and pretty good lacing.

The aroma is of floral hops. Not really blasting aroma, but it's a little past optimal freshness so some aroma could have faded.

The taste is superb. I really think this has to be one of, if not the best deal on IPAs out there. It's full of hop bitterness, flavor, and leaves a really nice pine and citrus. The aftertaste and followthrough is the icing on the cake. The flavor lasts for quite a while.

The mouthfeel is medium heavy, and medium thick. Carbonation is lively, but not aggressive. The finish is dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this really caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting a tone, as I figured it was past it's prime, but I think if I had it fresh, it could easily be one of my top five favorite IPAs. I can say without a doubt, this is a beer I would buy by the case if it was readily available to me.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger head (reading other reviews I should have poured harder), over a dark amber body.

Restrained hop/grapefruit nose.

Massive grapefruit hit on palate and a very bitter hop aftertaste to follow. Needs a little more malt for my taste - not too integrated. Pine also present with a hint of orange rind.

Mouthfeel good, well carbonated, creamy.

Overall, a bit dissapointing. Good beer, not great beer.

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Photo of monriverrat
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Hopiness is present almost immediately. Slight lacing on the head, not a lot present. Appearance is light red/brown, body is full of hops as stated previous. I tasted a slight hint of woodsyness with what to me was pine. No mint with this one, but feels a little dry with a slight after taste.

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Photo of TexasTwister
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Gregwa
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

A welcomed sign of winter!!!! albeit wo the pretty white stuff in va like there is on the label

A - an off white head with ideal lacing lies aloft a cloudy goldenrod brew.

S - pine and light fruit smells

T - I find celebration to be a SN pale - northwest hops, crisp, clean - hyped with spices - cloves cinnamon - and an alcohol warmth. Perfect in balance and a lingering finish

M - smooth although a bit aggressive on the carbonation

A reliable gift year after year

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Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jilly425
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheEvilGenius
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Mmm, mmmm. This sassy brew might be my favorite mass-produced beer in the states. Serious business with that rocky beast of a head and that robust amber body. Smells like a truck of fresh hops and cherry cough syrup cooked up in an oak kettle just rolled in. Cherry cough syrup might sound nasty, but it's just the closest approximation I can put forth . . . cherry sucrets maybe? You know I wouldn't be drinking cherry cough syrup for fun! Tastes like a bastard of a strong ale with cherry, bitter, tart, fresh, wood, sweet tangy, mmm. So well done. Kudos, Sierra Nevada!!

I can't call this an IPA. I know it's in the style, but it isn't an IPA in my book. American Strong maybe? I dunno. Great though!

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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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