Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA
10,418 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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Ratings: 10,418 |  Reviews: 3,523
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of millsn1
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pint glass. It was great coming out of the bottle; gave a nice cream coloured head that slowly dissipated. This was an excellent beer that I was very pleased to be drinking instead of studying, and maybe that inflated my ratings, but I thought it was very good.

Has a kick on the back of the palate, and comes off very hoppy, but I like that so this was a great, relaxing beer. Without the label I would have called it a Northwest IPA due to the strong taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this wonderful beer from the bottle in a conical shaped glass. It has a nice creme colored head about two fingers thick that slowly fades back. The lacing is nice and really sticks to the glass. The color of the beer itself is a nice amber that borderlines on almost copper.The aroma is heavenly to a hop head and well balanced. The hops' citrus, pine, and spice notes tickled the nose then faded to the caramel of the malt. The aroma balance is spot on. The flavor starts off tart from the spices and hops and goes to the sweetness of the malt. The after taste is a bit on the pine side. The mouth feel is medium, it clings to the palate much like the lacing of the head does to the glass.

Over all this a very drinkable winter beer. It successfully blends an IPA with a spiced malt beer. I look forward to next year's batch.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition review:

This looks good—a malty warm amber color with white bright foam. It has a pleasing aroma with some light malt & a piney resin aroma. The flavor has a great upfront bitterness with a pleasing resiny hop kick, some sweetness and a welcomed bitter finish. Always dependable and doesn’t disappoint this year either.

2011 review:

I get some holiday spices, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a warming aroma of clove and fruitcake. Age this for several years and see how it develops. Oh wait, I actually have to try it first? And it’s not a “Christmas beer”? But an IPA? …seriously, folks, (failed sarcasm aside) where does anyone get the sense that this is a a spiced winter warmer? Does anyone actually try it? I’ve never gotten the sense that it’s anything but what it is—and that is a delicious IPA! So, now that I’ve said my piece, on to the beer.

This pours a rich caramel-gold, lots of foam that slowly dies down while releasing all sorts of wonderful aromas. There’s a lot of hoppiness here—some light pine and evergreen and a big citrus leaning towards grapefruit. Absolutely tasty, with the citrusy and woodsy flavors backed by a sweet and caramelly malt backing. Enjoy the hop harvest with celebration but drink it fresh for full effect!

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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Huge three finger head that lasts for days! Great retention and lacing. Beautiful amber/orange in color.

S- Fresh and earthy featuring pine and citrus notes.

T- Fantastic balancing act of Hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Initially starts off with a nice bitter pine and layers into grapefruit citrus. Halfway through the malty backbone takes affect featuring toasted qualities and caramel sweetness.

M- Creamy at first and finishes crisp and clean.

O- A fantastic fresh hop brew! Fantastically balanced featuring a great hop profile with a nice malt backbone. One of my all time favorites!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 version poured into a Sierra Nevada Celebration shaker glass.

The beer pours a rich copper color with a frothy cream head that leaves nice sticky lacing. The head doesn't recede.

The beer smells piney up front, but spices like cinnamon can be found, as well as sweet apricot.

The beer tastes well-balanced, with pine coming through underneath some nice spice. The malts are subdued but add a nice touch of sweetness. Bitter piney finish.

Mouthfeel is sticky.

Overall, always a classic in December, well balanced with pine, tropical fruit, and subtle cinnamon spice.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Hazy, unfilteredd copper/ ruby colored. Fantastic head and retention.

S: Hops, hops, hops. Spicey, citrus/ grapefruit dominates.

T: Same as the aroma, bitter. There's a nice touch of caramel in the back which helps balance.

M: Silky smooth. Very nice and drinkable.

Overall: Whoa! I'm loving this fresh hop taste! A delicious IPA that all hopheads should try.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy ruby red with a big two-finger frothy white head that retains wonderfully throughout. Some fine lacing as well.

S - Big, fresh hop nose consisting of piney, floral, grapefruit, and some herbal. Perhaps some faint underlying lighly toasted malt. Smells good.

T - Mildly sweet in the front but quickly moves into a pleasantly strong bitterness with a lot of the notes from the nose, most notably piney, grapefruit, even a hint of spicy. Big hop flavor.

MF - Medium-full in body, but not heavy. Pretty drinkable, ample carbonation, and smooth mouthfeel. Nice bitter dry finish.

O - A nice IPA for winter, that sort of works. Smells, tastes, feels nice. A good change of pace from the maltier cold-weather brews.

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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, its topped off with a nice thick, light tan head that’s very creamy and bubbly. The body is a slightly burnt orange color and is pretty hazy with little carbonation. I only detected slight hop aromas, the spices were more present and seemed to be mixed in with some grape fruit, the malts are also fairly present here. Its light and crisp on the tongue and has a medium-to-light mouth feel. Its slightly tart over all, there are some hints of hops and spices in its after tatse. It goes down really smooth and there is almost no hint of alcohol.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) off white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really good lacing.

The aroma had a moderate dose of pine hops, a generous portion of grain and barley malts and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus and some nice wintery spices (clove and coriander I believe).

The taste was mildly bitter with a note of caramel and just a little orange at first then became moderately bitterer and a bit hoppy with notes of grapefruit and a big dose of spices at the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with a nice strong hop presence and a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body and a bit dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall a nice full tasting hoppy ale that had everything it needed to make a wonderful Winter Seasonal.

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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 10,418 ratings