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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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange with three fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit aromas with some sweeter citrus notes underneath. Pine and grass aromas follow, giving it an earthy finish.

T: Pine and grass dominate the flavor with some grapefruit and rind notes mixed in. Lightly bitter finish, but it doesn't linger too long.

M: Body is on the light side of medium with medium carbonation. It is slightly on the watery side, but not too bad.

O: A pretty good beer, and a great bargain. Definitely one of the better fresh hop ales with lots of grass, pine, and earthy flavors.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the 2011 version.

It's a dark honey color, slightly amber but not quite. The head is about three shades off white. It retains very well and leaves a shit-load of lacing.

The aroma consists mainly of a strong hop-forward smell. There's the slightest bit of barley malt, some slight citrus notes (grape fruit rhine), that sweet gummy bear/candy smell, slightly pineapple. But I mostly get a piney hoppiness, but more like a magnolia pinecone, and not a pine tree pinecone. And mixed with that is sort of a Fraser Fur Christmas tree tartness.

The taste is hop-forward. mostly piney hops. No real citrus, or at least not as much as I suspected. It's also not nearly as sweet as one might suspect from the aroma. The barley malt is there, but the hops hide it to an almost unbalanced extent, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is on the wet side of dry. It's crisp. It's refreshing, and not too filling.

It struck me at first as being identical to the Torpedo. But as I became more familiar with it, this beer has much less malt presence, and is not as sweet. Also, the citrus is less present, but not by much though. However, if you aren't very experienced in taste and aroma nuances, you probably won't be able to tell the difference between this and the Torpedo, except maybe that the Torpedo is much sweeter and maltier.

Anywho, good brew.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Poured a slightly hazy sunset orange with 2 fingers of frothy eggshell white head. Solid retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma produced big pine hop notes with citrus hops in the background.

Pine hop dominated taste. Grapefruit and maybe a little bit of lime zest makes up the rest of this beer. This one is definitely hop dominated. Not a whole lot of subtle background flavors.

Medium bodied and very carbonated. Maybe a little too carbonated in my opinion... Drying hop aftertaste, hop dragon breath coats every inch of your mouth.

Overall, this is a solid as hell six pack. A very great, widely available IPA for the holiday season. Maybe a tad overcarbonated... but other than that, an exceptional IPA.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into an Imperial Pint glass

A- Burnt orange to copper with a frothy white head, considerable lacing.

S-Sweet pine and citrus...grapefruit, lime.

T-Smooth, with sweet and lush (fresh) hops. The citrus is a lingering flavor with moderate bitterness. The citrus almost reminds me of the lime on the Tostitos lime corn chips, which isn't exactly lime.

M-Almost sticky, and definitely not dry, medium to full bodied.

O-Delicious, one of the best straight IPAs I've had.

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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe

A: Rich copper with a perfect pillowy one finger head.

S: Citrusy/fruity hops and floral notes...mostly grapefruit, orange peel and grape juice. Add to that a touch of grass.

T: A sublime balance of pine resin and zesty grapefruit. That gives way to light-biscuity malt and a tongue tingling punch of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body, above average carbonation. Dryer than SNPA, but not nearly as parching as Torpedo.

O: I’m not going to lie..this is a beer that I always look forward to and drink in quantity during the holiday season. I could pretty much write this review from memory. Long live Celebration!

PS - Could hardly taste the nutmeg and cinnamon this year! :)

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Light amber, massive carbonation visible, head retention and quality is excellent.
Lots of pine, grapefruit and citrus notes in the nose.
Slightly bitter at first, malty sweetness then leads into the resiny pine needles blended with mixed tropical fruit. Finishes dry with a lasting impression of the hop assault from the first sip.
Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel to this one. Moderate carbonation,extremely refreshing.
A great IPA, try it out.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.


Celebration is a reddish-orange and slightly hazy ale resting under a full off white head. The soapy head is about 2-3 fingers, and disappears very slowly. There was a ton of beautiful lacing along the glass, making this beer beautiful the whole way through.


The hops. Oh, the hops. It smells worthy of a celebration. Lots of citrus, hop spice, floral character, pine tree, and grapefruit zest. The pine is almost like a resiny pine sap aroma, and works well. Almost like a Christmas tree? Not quite that piney, but it's a definite big American hop aroma. There is a bit of malty sweetness and bread-like aroma, but for the most part it's all hop - yum.


Big, bold hop flavor and bitterness. The hop flavors are big amounts of pine, citrus, grapefruit pith, hop spice, and a nice amount of floral notes. Lots of bitterness, which leaves an almost resiny feeling in the mouth. There's some juicy fruit notes, like slight tropical fruits and tangerine. There's a bit of maltiness, grain, and bread flavors at the end of the toungue which compliments te bitter notes nicely.


The brew would about as easy drinking as they come if it wasn't for the bitterness. Even with the bitterness, though, it almost drinks like water. There's a perfect amount of carbonation that enhances the spicier flavors. The beer is mostly dry, but there's a bit of body that lubricates the mouth slightly.


What an awesome beer. It's very much a hop lovers beer, and anyone expecting holiday spices is in for a surprise. I could have this beer in a normal beer drinking rotation, but part of the charm is that you can only get it one time of the year - hence the name of the beer. I thoroughly enjoy this beer.


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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large sniffter

Appearance : Awesome whiteand head with great retention and superb sticky lacing. Deep amber in color thats slightly hazey.

Smell : this aroma is all SN tons of evergreen, piney notes abound

Taste : lots of hop forward flavors hit you first then a nice long lasting aftertaste of hop bitterness. Not much sweetness to speak of just lots of hops

Mouthfeel : medium bodied ipa not overly carbonated, just right in my opinion.

Overall : The lacing really stands out in this beer, very well done. This beer caught me off guard I wasn't expecting it to be this good. Serria Nevada's ability to put out quality products is beyond reproach IMHO.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.49. Poured from the Red Labeled bottle w/ "2011" on the neck, a Winter Cabin covered w/ snow in the middle of the main label, & the classic S.N. brand across the entire bottle into a 16oz iTap Passport Pint Glass. Has 1305 116 17 on the side of the bottle. Still wish I knew what this meant from this brewery...

Aroma- Is this the name the type of herb thats in this brew game? Tons of skunk, grassy, piney, and citrus hop that blows you away! Very sweet background as well. Tremendous but expect nothing less than perfect from Sierra Nevada!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head thats bubbly and lasts longer than your girlfriend could even imagine! Has a reddish/copper colored body that is very clear. Leaves VERY thick lacing with rings and tons of bubbles.

Flavor- Has a ton of mango and citrus hop flavor from the beginning. Very high and great character! However, I don't care much for the finish. Medium hop bitterness finish it off and wish there was more... Even the S.N. Pale Ale has a bitterness that blows this one away!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, and then has more of an English IPA/ Pale Ale finish...

Overall Impression- I remember back in 07 and 08 enjoying the hell out of this brew! I only can give it a "Good" overall rating b/c it didn't hit all that I wanted in this style. The reason I bought this brew was b/c I'm celebrating the starting of Finals week tonight (just kidding). Will have this again without a doubt but not my absolute favorite from Sierra Nevada.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of joecast
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Celebrating uni graduation. Hooray for me!! 2011 version.

High carbonation keeps the sediment flowing through the beer. Thick off white frothy head. Good lacing. Holding to light shows off the bright amber color.

Considerable pine and resin aroma. Very nice. Sharp and fresh. Like I am smelling hops still in the field. Impressive considering it has come half way around the world.

Piney hops pack a bitter punch. Aftertaste is pine as well. Easy to get distracted and focus only on the hops but the malt is well presented with light hints of biscuit sweetness but stopping short of any alcohol flavors. Hops flow right through from beginning to end. Flavor and bitterness are well integrated.

Mmm so good. While this is a bitter beast, the impact lingers but doesn't dominate making it easy to finish the bottle (and be a bit sad there is only one). not surprising this is a much anticipated release each year. SN come through with another winner.

*score edited after comparrison with hop ottin*
version 2005. had to buy a six-pack after trying it on tap at hollingshead
pours surprisingly clear deep amber. 1cm head which seems to have a slight orange tinge to it. disisipates to a thin lace leaving sheets on the glass as it drains.
strong sharp citrus aroma. grapefruit brings tears to the eyes.
heaps of bitterness. some thick malt sweetness keeps things in perspective. sharpness fades slightly as it warms, leaving layers of sticky beer on the mouth with each sip.
certainly lives up to the hype, and a reason on its own to celebrate its release. Total 4.25

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,411 ratings