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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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4.22/5  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%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, floral and citrus aroma with hop notes. Grapefruit and citrus notes on the tongue, crisp, fresh and smooth with a slight bitter finish. Great taste, complex, well balanced. It's a seasonal brew, but but i'm not sure why. It could be consumed at any time of year as any other ipa.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Clear, orange/amber with cherry highlights. Light head, good lacing. One of the best labels going.

Smell: Hops come through like a Mack truck. Really opens up the sinuses.

Taste: Excellent hop character, not too strong. Santa's sleigh is full of holiday hops. Citrus and pine back it up.

Mouthfeel: Medium; not much carbonation here.

Overall: A truly epic IPA. Unusual choice for a holiday beverage, but for hopheads, this is a classic.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Sierra Nevada stubby style brown bottle. Great looking celebration label for the holiday season. Poured into a standard Libbey crafter's mug.

A - dark red colored amber. Definitely a holiday feel here. Massive off white head. Very frothy and long lasting. Head provides a superb coat of lacing that you simply don't get everyday. Head and lace are one of a kind material.

S - citrusy hop aroma with some herbal qualities. Very good aroma. Lots of fruity hops with a touch of toasted grain like Malts.

T - wow. A very good flavor here. Lots of hops up front which provide a nice bitterness. Toasted malts with a slight sweetness. A bit of an alcohol taste in the finish, but not overpowering. Some pine like hop flavor in the back end that finishes with a wonderful fresh mint taste. A small touch of orange peel as well.

M - medium bodied brew with the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and thick mouthfeel that's easy to drink.

O - this is a fantastic IPA. I'm not one to choose an IPA as my holiday beer, but this one has a Christmas feel to it with the color and taste to be downed in front of my tree in the month of December. But forget all that. Experience this dandy of an ipa for the simple fact that it's a well crafted world class American ipa. Great beer

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,423 ratings