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: 10,399 |  Reviews: 3,517
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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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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  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Finally in TN, just in time for Christmas. Poured from bottle dated 2011 into NB globe glass.

The beer pours an amber gold with a finger thick white head. Good lacing, color is darker than your typical IPA. Smells of citrus, pine, some toastiness, malts, and that typical SN resiny scent. Tastes great, piney hops, grapefruit, mild breadiness, and lingering tea-like bitterness. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, perfect consistency. Very similar to their pale ale in my opinion, only better.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

A: Amber brew with 2 fingers of white head that has decent retention and also leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Piney cascade hops certainly provide the bulk of this beers aroma, though there is an underlying caramel sweetness from the malts that rounds out the smell.

T: Tastes about what you'd expect from smelling it (and from Sierra Nevada). It's go some sweet malts, but the dominant flavor comes from the resinous hops, which bring a nice amount of bitterness and bring the dry finish.

M: Light-to-moderate in terms of body, and also fairly heavy on the carbonation.

O: This beer tastes like it comes from Sierra Nevada to be sure. It tastes like a slightly less hoppy version of their pale ale. I'm not sure what makes it an "ale for the holidays." But the price was right, and it's certainly a drinkable beer. Just a solid pale ale.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As is stated in my disclaimer (see below) i cant smell. but i can get a scent from this that i can only describe as fresh hops floral pleasant-ness. the fact that i can smell it is in itself note-worthy. But now, on to the drinking.
WOW! this beer rocks! perfectly balanced hop bitterness and floral notes. Definately not a dry finish, but rather, a lingering aftertaste that serves as the beer equivalent of after glow. A reminder of what a great beer you just had. For me there are generally four categories of beer. those that suck, those i would drink for free but wont spend money on, those i like and happily spend money on, and those that are particularly impressive and noteworthy. This one is in the latter category, and there are not a lot of beers i place in that category. I bought it as a single but i will be looking for a sixpack next time i go.

Put this beer on your must drink list!

Disclaimer: I cant smell but it hasn't curbed my ability to enjoy fine brews. It has only curbed my ability to tell you what it smells like.
I ALWAYS drink from the bottle...I almost never know what the beer looks like...not even sure why thats important.
I don't know the difference between a growler and a snifter, and I dont think anything shaped like a tulip should have beer in it!

Mouth feel? that just sound offensive...:) is this a serious thing?

I am an irreverent beer snob!

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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 10,399 ratings