Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA
10,417 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Apperance: Burnt Orange color with a fluffy head that left a medium lacing through out the beer. Clarity was mild but about average for this style of beer.
Smell: Strong Hops with mild citrus
Taste:Dry and bitter. Reminds me of a basic IPA with a little more bitterness and a little less citrus then a normal IPA.
Mouthfeel: Standard IPA
Overall: Good beer, I enjoied this one alot more then I thought I would. If you like IPA's, this one is for you!

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Photo of sacullen
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Guden
1.97/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Dark coppery color with a coppery white sticky head that fades to a low layer but sticks around. Looks good but a little bit dark for an IPA.

S- Big grassy pine with a little fruitiness. Not very pleasant.

T- Super strong bitter pine flavor. There's also a little light malt and spicy character. Never had a "fresh hop" beer before but I don't like this one.

M- Dry and high in carbonation. Pretty standard for an IPA but with this flavor it just fills my whole mouth in a way I don't like.

D- Bleh. Don't want any more. A one dimensional IPA with that dimension being one I don't like. Made my stomach hurt too, won't be coming back to this one.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first review of this beer, but I have had several of them this winter season. They are too good.

Pours a hazy amber color that is not really transparent. The hops only have a slight citrus flavor to them, but they are well-balanced in the beer. The bottle says that this is a fresh hop beer. I get that taste from it, though I have no idea what that means. This is easily one of the best IPAs I have ever had, and it does not just fall into the obscurity of "pretty good" IPAs that I have had but could easily forget about it. After this beer goes off the shelves, it will be in the back of mind until next season when it is available again.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

‘Tis the season. What a fantastic case purchase.

*Notes from 12-18-11
12oz to pint glass

A: Celebration Ale pours a darker golden amber color. Close to caramel in color with a slight fuzzy haze to it. Adorned with a two finger khaki creamed head that leaves just sheets of cascading lace down the glass.

S: Smell is pungent with pines. Backed with notes of citrus, bready pale malts, and a fruity ale yeast character.

T: Taste is packed full of pine and quite pungent as well with a spicy graham cracker malt base to it. Nice balanced bitterness overall but resinous from intense dry hopping. Brings a very fresh and sharp herbalicous component rounding out this very nice and robust IPA.

M: Medium body ale with nice carbonation giving a rather creamy texture and touch of drying crisp to the finish. Sticky sweet hop residues coat the mouth.

D: A west coast winter ale! A slightly more robust IPA with definite bready malt presence. Intensely piney and spicy yet balanced and smooth.
Very welcomed in my household this time of year or anytime as a matter of fact.

A true celebration of the hops!

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Photo of markhobbs1
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jkanavel
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the flying saucer, also have a sixer (now a deuce) in my fridge.

A: amber and golden with a slight hop haze. Tiny bubbles float to the top, and the head is soft, pillowy, and pristine white.

S: Sharp and astringent. Floral and fruity. Vegetal. Lots of citrust in the nose with a biscuity, matly backbone.

T: Fresh hops, though different on tap and bottled. Its like rubbing hops in your face and inhaling deeply. Bitter and sharp, but very harmonious. There is a lingering sweetness on the tongue that serves to curb the after taste of all those hops.

M: Bubbly, but thick, viscous, and smooth. This is a great IPA.

O: Love it. This is my favorite Sierra Nevada brew yet.

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Photo of joshlara
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of NoProblem
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ONN8
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of SATBMan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pajeff
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of meerkat2
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Weegee40
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Duhast500
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is an orange/red with a finger or two of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty piney like a Christmas tree and has some nice earthy tones to the aroma as well. There is some big hops here and it’s not hiding it.

The taste is bitter with some interesting pine flavor mixed with some citrus fruits. The hops are here and make things Christmas-like with the piney hop flavor. There is some sweet malt flavor but they play in the background as the hops steal the spotlight.

The feel of this beer is medium body but a little bitter at first. Something to get used to this beer does mellow out and then has a smooth feel that slides around easier then expected.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 5.0
Pours three fingers of dense cream coloured over a deep amber to reddish orange body with some fine suspended sediment.

Smell - 3.0
Not unpleasant by any stretch, but severely lacking in aroma for an IPA. Some lightly perfumy hop aroma, but it is very indistict, vaguely grassy and herbal.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity malt backbone supports the hops and bitterness, but does not intrude. Hop bitterness is spot on (assertive, but not aggressive) although flavour is mostly grassy with a subtle orange note.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine bead and lively carbonation work together to create a lush, velvety, slightly oily, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall - 4.0
Having had this beer twice, I can be fairly certain that this bottle was not as fresh as it should have been. Still an enjoyable IPA, but lacking the big, grassy, herbal wet hop aroma of a fresh Celebration. Will re-review later with a hopefully fresher bottle.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,417 ratings